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What is RSS?
What material from the National Academies is available by RSS?
How do I use RSS?
How do I subscribe to the National Academies news feed?

What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is used to automatically send news clips to users’ computers once they download the RSS feed. This means that whenever you access the feed, you will have the most recent news from the National Academies.

What material from the National Academies is available by RSS?
A growing collection of content from the National Academies provides daily access to news releases, publication announcements, research updates, and public statements. The Office of News and Public Information, Institute of Medicine, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Academies Press, and Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences all host RSS feeds.

How do I use RSS?
RSS feeds -- like the National Academies' RSS feeds -- can be read by internet browsers or "news reader" programs. Both Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7.0 and Mozilla’s Firefox 2.0 support RSS feeds without downloading special software (see below for instructions). News reader programs are available for a range of computer platforms, many at low or no cost. To find an RSS feed reader, type "RSS reader" into an Internet search engine.

How do I subscribe to the National Academies news feed?

  • For Microsoft's Internet Explorer
    1. While on this page, in your browser's menu toolbar, find the RSS feed icon and click on the arrow immediately to its right
    2. Select which RSS feed you are interested in
    3. On the new page that displays, find the link for "Subscribe to this feed", and click it
    4. A window will pop up that says "Subscribe to this Feed". Don't worry about anything in this window, just click "Subscribe"
    5. A new page will open that says you've successfully subscribed, to view your subscribed feeds, click the Favorites Center button (the single star icon on the left side of the toolbar), and then click Feeds.

  • For other programs:

    1. At the top of this page, right click on the feed that you want to subscribe to and select "copy link" (depending on your browser, it may say "copy link location," "copy shortcut," or something else)
    2. Open your desired feed reading program
    3. Select "Add Feed" (might be called something a little different depending on your program) in the "Edit" or "Tools" (or possibly "File") menu and paste the copied link into the "Feed URL" or "Feed Location" box


Learn more:

History of RSS

RSS began in 1997 as a language called "scriptingNews." It was renamed "RSS" by Netscape in 1999, which used it for its site. The current version, RSS 2.0, is published by Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School under a Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike license.


Extensible Markup Language (XML) is the simple, very flexible programming language that gave rise to RSS. XML was originally designed to meet the challenges of large-scale electronic publishing.