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Geological Information

U.S. Geological Survey
Visit the web site of the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency.

Standards and Technology

National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standard.

Space Program Information

View Shuttle schedules, read about the Astronauts, follow space shuttle missions, download photos and movies of galaxies, stars, planets, spacecraft and airplanes, visit launch sites and wind tunnels, access NASA databases, and participate in NASA's education programs.

Obtain Environmental Information

Environmental Protection Agency
Using an on-line query form, input geographical location information to determine what hazardous waste, toxic release, water permit, and emission to air facilities are in a particular locale.

Search U.S. Patents 1976 to Present

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Free, easily searchable US Patent front-page information (bibliographic data plus abstracts; no drawings) of all US patents from 1976 to present. Browsable US Patent Classifications and definitions.

Order Copies of U.S. Patents or Trademarks

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Patent and Trademark copy order forms in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, and text formats. Fee, ordering, and delivery information. Transactions by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, or deposit account. On-line ordering available soon.

Apply for Copyright

U.S. Copyright Office
Application forms are available in PDF forms. Basic information on copyrights.

Apply for awards in Science and Engineering

National Science Foundation
Apply for research and education grants online, retrieve information about proposal preparation and funding opportunities, and search award abstracts. Proposal preparation and award administration information . Fastlane is an experiment with ways to use the World Wide Web to facilitate business transactions and information exchanges between NSF and its' clients.

Understand the Global Environment

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment. Provides science programs for students K-12 and GLOBE teacher training.

Disaster Developments

Federal Emergency Management Agency
The FEMA News Desk provides access to all disaster news releases. The releases are categorized by state and type of disaster.

Prepare and Reduce your Risk of Disaster Damage

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Provides information on all types of disasters, what steps to take to prepare for them, and how to mitigate the impact disasters have on people and property.

Weather Forecasts and Phenomenon

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Get the latest forecasts and space weather warnings.

Ocean Updates

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
View satellite images of the oceans, browse information on current research and results, or visit an oceanographic cruise.

Learn about Our Weather and Environment

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Learn how to identify dangerous weather indicators and explore an environmental database.

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