PerspectivePHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Machine Science

Science  23 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5990, pp. 399-400
DOI: 10.1126/science.1189416

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Scientists today cannot hope to manually track all of the published science relevant to their work. A cancer biologist, for instance, can find more than 2 million relevant papers in the PubMed archive, more than 200 million Web pages with a Google search, and databases holding results from experiments that produce millions of gigabytes of data.