Debuts Image Search Debuts Image Search
Site now faster, easier to navigate
Oak Ridge, TN – now quickly finds science images, including animal and plant, weather and space, and earth and sun images and more. The information is free and no registration is required. Go to and select the Image Search link under Special Collections.
Initially, three databases are being searched from one search box. More image databases will be added to in the coming months. The current federated search includes:
* The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Library of Images from the Environment (LIFE), a collection of high-quality photographs, illustrations, and graphics covering a wide range of topics, including images of plants, animals, fungi, microorganisms, habitats, wildlife management, environmental topics, and biological study/fieldwork.
* The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA ) Image eXchange (NIX), a search engine of NASA’s multimedia collections, including images of space flight wind tunnel, solar system, aircraft, and education initiatives.
* The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo Library, a collection spanning centuries of time and much of the natural world from the center of the earth to the surface of the sun.
In addition to the image search, has:
* undergone a significant software upgrade for quicker performance
* included both the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations in the basic search
* provided an author cluster on the results page
* upgraded the alerts service so you can manage your alerts directly from your alerts email and get daily alerts rather than weekly
* added a widget for download to your website or customized pages
* and provided more citation download options. is a gateway to more than 42 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2000 scientific websites from 18 organizations within 14 federal science agencies: the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, the Interior, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation. These agencies represent 97 percent of the federal R&D budget. is the portal to science and the U.S. contribution to is hosted by the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, within the Office of Science, and is supported by CENDI (, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers.
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Comscore Ranks Top 30 Global Internet Properties, Undercounts Chinese Sites | DigiCha

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Here are the top thirty Internet properties in the world as measured by comScore:
There are six Chinese sites on the list-Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Sina, Sohu and Netease.
The Comscore data significantly understates the size of major Chinese websites.
Top 30
The interesting thing about this chart is that 75% of these properties are based in the US.
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