RSS (an acronym for Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based format for syndicating Web content, such as headlines, summaries, links, and articles.
Enough with the geek speak! Why should I care about this?
Websites with "RSS feeds" allow you to use an RSS-aware program, usually called an "RSS reader", to get the latest information from a website without having to visit the website. The RSS reader will tell you when there is something new to see and provide a direct link to it.
So, the Roches have an RSS feed?
Yes! The Roches have two RSS feeds. One for the website in general and one for the Roche Talk Bulletin Board. If you use the RSS feeds, you don't have to check the website for new information. Your RSS reader will tell you when there is something new to see. The front-page feed is updated when new content is posted to the main website or when there is big news. The Roche Talk Bulletin Board feed is updated whenever anyone posts a new message to the bulletin board.
That's cool. Where do I get an RSS reader?
Modern browsers have them built in! Look in the help for your browser. They sometimes go by other names, such as News Feeds or Live Bookmarks. You can also configure some mail programs, such as Apple's Mail program with OS/X 10.5 to deliver RSS Feeds to you.