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Science Line News [UK]

From: Philip Mantle <el51@dial.pipex.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 23:56:00 +0000
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 09:56:39 -0400
Subject: Science Line News [UK]

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 12:19:00 +0000
To: @bss.org
From: Science Line <scienceline@bss.org>
Subject: Science line news


We thought you might be interested in receiving a short update
on Science Line's activities on a regular basis (say 3 or 4
times a year) so here's the first one! If you don't want to
receive these little snippets, do let us know.

Firstly we wondered if you could spread the word about Science
Line amongst your colleagues and students. We're always looking
for extra areas of expertise and knowing that we can contact
other people when you're on holiday or too busy would be very
useful. If anyone is interested in helping us out, they can fill
in a form at:
http://www.sciencenet.org.uk/intro/forms/expert.html or contact
us at the office on 0181 735 5015.

You may well remember receiving a message thanking you for your
help last September when we took our 50,000th call. Well we've
now doubled that! In just 6 months Science Line dealt with
50,000 enquiries - the same number we dealt with in the first 3
years existence. And we still answer between 60 and 70% of these

If you haven't heard from us recently, we do apologise. We try
to spread the load, but we're not always successful. However
we're about to introduce new database software that should
enable us to track more accurately when we've contacted you. In
addition, having your email address (if we didn't have it
before) should make it easier for us to contact you.

And finally, the BBC, with whom we have close links, has let us
know of a service they offer that might be of interest to you.
The BBC Alert service lets users with particular interests know
what BBC programmes are to be broadcast each week in their
chosen topic, either by a searchable website or by free weekly
e-mail: http://www.bbc.co.uk/alert.

So you need never again miss out on TV or radio programmes on
your favourite topics. Alert is a quick and easy way to
highlight things that you want to hear about. Five topics are
covered - Science & Technology, Nature, Health, Countries &
Cultures, Literature & the Arts. As well as programmes, users
will be provided with information on relevant events in their
region plus suggestions of books which suit the topic.

If you have any comments about Science Line or would like any
further information, or would like one of us to come and talk
about Science Line, please let me know.


Science Line is a free public science information service.

We answer questions on all aspects of science, medicine,
technology and engineering.

Our phonelines are open from 1-7pm Monday to Friday on the
lo-call number 0345 600 444

Our office number is 	+44 (0)181 735 5015
Fax:                	+44 (0)181 735 5096

The electronic equivalent, ScienceNet, is available on the world
wide web. It contains all the questions we have answered over
the years in an online searchable database.

ScienceNet's URL is


If you would like to answer Science Line questions in the future
please fill in the form at:

This address is for answers and experts only, to ask us a
question, use the form at:
or email to sci.net@campus.bt.com.

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