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Information Technology Takes a Different Tack

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Science  28 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5466, pp. 600-601
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5466.600

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Challenged by a White House committee to help foster innovation in information technology (IT), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is taking risks and looking for far-out ideas. As lead agency for a 5-year, $5 billion federal IT program, NSF hopes its boldness will rub off on the other players. And some researchers think that such a fresh, frisky approach would work well in NSF's other programs, ranging from exploring the early universe to plumbing the ocean depths.