RSS and Newsfeeds - the Details
The Sciencebase science RSS (really simple syndication) newsfeed helps you keep up to date with news in chemistry, life sciences, materials, medicine, nanotechnology, and physics as featured in webzines and blogs to which freelance science journalist David Bradley contributes. You subscribe (FREE) or aggregate the newsfeed (which is just a simple XML file*)and it delivers the headlines straight to your newsreader without you having to check back with the site to find out what's new. Your newsreader might be a standalone program like Amphetadesk, your My Yahoo page, the active bookmarks system in Firefox, or a news and blogs account you can create for Thunderbird.
How do I read an RSS feed?
You can install a piece of software known as a news aggregator and then click the orange buttons on this page to trigger the news aggregator to subscribe. The program then downloads any updates automatically and brings you clickable headlines and introductory text. Search Google for news aggregators to find the popular software, there are lots of freeware tools out there.
A Flaming Alternative - Firefox
To read the sciencebase RSS in Mozilla Firefox open the sciencebase Home page and
click the little orange square that appears towards the bottom right in the browser status bar
(it's in the address bar in the latest version of Firefox) to "subscribe".
This creates an active bookmark in your favorites folder/bookmarks, which
automatically grabs the latest Sciencebase headlines when you browse to it.
RSS Thundering Along
Thunderbird mail client with the Forumzilla extension makes reading RSS feeds as simple as downloading your email. Just add our feed address http://www.sciencebase.com/science-blog/feed to your list of RSS feeds.
RSS RDF XML ATOM - What?
*It's acronym city out there: RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication", "RDF Site Summary" or "Rich Site Summary" (and probably a dozen other things depending on your technical stance and whether you understand that there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't). RDF itself stands for "Resource Description Framework". XML is eXtensible Markup Language (there's also CML - Chemical Markup Language, and a whole host of others). If I remember rightly from my days on the SGML (standard generalized markup language) working group at the RSC (royal society of chemistry) when we were looking into the DTD (document type definition) used by the ACS (american chemical society), it's a standardized text format derived from SGML...I could go on, and frequently do. I don't think ATOM actually stands for anything, it's just ATOM!