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Energy Storage

Categories: Energy,Great Britain,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-492.pdf

Discusses ways in which energy storage applications are considered one of eight leading technologies by the British government.  Also covers the roles of energy storage in the electricity, heat, and transport sectors and barriers and policies related to energy storage technologies.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Measuring Living Standards

Categories: Great Britain,Income/Poverty,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-491.pdf

Outlines differents approaches being considered by the British government for setting and measuring thresholds for living standards—households’ access to goods, services, and recreational activities—and their strengths and limitations.  Also covers recent research on trends in living standards.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Recent Developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs)

Categories: Arab,Great Britain,Israel,Middle East Conflict

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/RP15-18.pdf

Reviews developments over recent months including the breakdown of U.S-brokered peace talks, the Hamas-Israel conflict of 2014, the current status of the Palestinian territories, and the 2014 ceasefire agreement which calls for indirect talks between Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel.   House of Commons Library Research Paper 15/18

 

Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

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

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/post-pn-489.pdf

Discusses the medical, legal, and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Tackling Tax Evasion and Avoidance

Categories: Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/413943/Tax_evasion_FINAL_web__with_covers_and_right_sig_.pdf

Latest actions by the British government to reduce and prevent tax dodging by citizens and businesses.   From HM Treasury.  House of Commons Command Paper Cm 9047

 

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2014 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Great Britain

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/410646/HRR_2014_Final_Digital.pdf

The annual human rights report of the British government.  Cites 27 countries as countries of concern for human rights violations.  From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  House of Commons Command Paper Cm 9027

 

The Darknet and Online Anonymity

Categories: Great Britain,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-488.pdf

Technologies that allow Internet users to be anonymous help citizens protect their security but also facilitate organized crime such as the Silk Road drug market.  This report discusses the challenge of preventing such crimes without compromising other uses of anonymity technology.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Sources of Statistics [Great Britain]

Categories: Great Britain,Statistics

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/rp15-12.pdf

Briefing paper which brings together sources of British and international statistics on 27 subject areas grouped by social and economic categories.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 15/12.

 

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