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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Regulation of Synthetic Biology

Categories: Health/Medical,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0497/POST-PN-0497.pdf

Examines the potential benefits and challenges, including social and ethical issues, involved with the design and engineering of novel biologically-based parts, devices, and systems.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Trends in Political Participation

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0498#fullreport

Discusses trends in political participation in the United Kingdom, how new forms such as online activism are replacing older forms such as party membership, and how UK institutions are responding.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013: Assessing Trends in Material Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States

Categories: Environment,Statistics,Waste Management

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/2013_advncng_smm_rpt.pdf

Annual report on the collection and disposal of waste in the U.S.,  formerly entitled Municipal Solid Waste in the U.S.: Facts and Figures.   From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA and DOT Propose Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2015/hd-trucks-phase-2-standards

Proposed regulatory standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution.  Agency press release with links for further information.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Terrorism

http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2014/index.htm

Annual report on trends and events in international terrorism with sections on regions of the world, state sponsors of terrorism, and foreign terrorist organizations.  From the State Department

 

Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/50252-Effects_of_ACA_Repeal.pdf

First considers the effect of ACA repeal on health insurance coverage and on the federal budget over the next 10 years and then the macroeconomic effects of repeal.  Finds that ACA repeal would increase the federal deficit by $137 billion over the 2016-2025 period.   From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Encyclical Letter Laudato Si of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

The English text of the encyclical from the Pope on global warming and the destruction of the human environment.  From the Vatican

 

FDA Takes Steps to Remove Artificial Trans Fats in Processed Foods

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm451237.htm

Press release with link to Federal Register article on finding that partially hydrogenated  oils are not generally recognized  as safe for use in human food.  The determination is expected to drastically reduce the use of PHOs in the food supply.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

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