Editor's Note: This second part of a two-part series looks at the Internet's growing capabilities for scientists. For more and more researchers, the network is making crucial information resources available online. In addition, several ongoing demonstration projects in remote instrument control and in networked laboratories suggest a much-changed future for science as a result of the Internet. The first part of this series, which explored the increasing importance to scientists of E-mail and other electronic communication, appeared in the May 2 issue.

The global Internet, with millions of individuals and thousands of computer networks, is changing fundamental aspects of the way scientists work. But the present, researchers agree, should be seen as prelude to a future in which an ever greater diversity of networked resources will allow scientists to approach new and currently unanswerable questions.

Today, electronic mail and an array of other data exchanges move collaborative investigations forward that...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!
Already a member?