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Science  27 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5995, pp. 1028-1029
DOI: 10.1126/science.1186936


Modern science is advancing at an unprecedented rate, and the amount of scientific data is doubling every year (1). These data have sparked a revolution in the way astronomy is practiced. No longer are scientists forced to wait months for access to a telescope to learn about the night sky; instead, entire research projects can be accomplished with online data sources. Representing modern astronomy, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has made its entire data set available through an online portal for public use as an educational resource and to invite volunteer contributions to scientific research.

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