Letter to readers

July 13/20, 2005
Dear readers and friends of Technology Research News,

Technology Research News has been writing and publishing stories about research breakthroughs in the world's technology laboratories for the past five years. We believe that it is increasingly important to know the state and potential of scientific development in a world where science and technology increasingly influence everything from business to day-to-day life.

We are an independent news service run by journalists. We are also self-funded, and our funding is running out.

We would like to continue publishing TRN as a free site, and we'd like your help.

In the five years since we began TRN our readership has grown steadily. We now have more than 200,000 unique visitors per month.

We'd like to believe that you -- the reader community that has grown up around TRN -- are willing and able to contribute the $100,000 a year we need to fund this independent publication.


We need to raise $50,000 in funding within the next two months to be able to publish TRN through January 2006. We need to raise an additional $50,000 in funding by January to be able to publish TRN through July 2006.

Here's our plan, and here's what you can do:

Contribute $10 or more to the TRN fund and receive a one-year subscription to the PDF version of Technology Research News. This version is printable, and contains a cover that doesn't appear on the Web site.

Contribute $100 or more to the TRN fund and receive your choice of TRN Making the Future reports.

If we receive more than $50,000 by the end of July, we will drop the price of the PDF version of Technology Research News from $29 a year to nothing -- we will offer the PDF version for free on our site.

If we receive more than $100,000 by the end of September, we will be assured that we can make the reader-supported publishing model work.

We also have aspirations beyond simply keeping TRN going. We would like to expand our coverage. With an additional $50,000 of reader support per year we could bring you more stories a week, more columns, complete our index of research institutions, and build services like a picture index and gallery.

Contributions of $150,000 by the end of December, 2005 would allow us to expand our coverage this way. It would also allow us to to offer our Making the Future reports as downloads from our site at no cost.

We are proud of what we've accomplished over the past five years. Please help us continue. You can donate online or you can print a donation form and mail it to us with a check.


Thanks for your time, and thanks in advance for helping keep people informed about science and technology.

The TRN editors,
Eric, Kim and Ted


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