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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Preliminary Methodology to Assess the National and Regional Impact of U.S. Wind Energy Development on Birds and Bats

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2015/5066/pdf/sir2015-5066.pdf

Describes the components of the methodology, the underlying assumptions, and its usefulness in identifying species that may require additional protection.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

NASA Study Shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-study-shows-antarctica-s-larsen-b-ice-shelf-nearing-its-final-act

Press release about scientific study of collapsing Antarctic ice shelf, in existence for 10,000 years but expected to completely disappear before the end of the decade.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Gasoline Prices: Cyclical Trends and Market Developments

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-4/gasoline-prices-cyclical-trends-market-developments.htm

Discusses the influence on recent gasoline prices caused by seasonality in gasoline refining and the so-called shale revolution which changed the U.S. since 2009 from a crude oil importer to a gasoline exporter.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

 

Adrenal Gland and Lung Lesions in Gulf of Mexico Common Bottlenose Dolphins … Found Dead Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0126538

Finds that exposure to elevated levels of petroleum compounds in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill was the probable cause of a high death rate among dolphins since 2010.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Library of Science.

 

Current Unmanned Aircraft State Law Landscape

Categories: Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/current-unmanned-aircraft-state-law-landscape.aspx

Surveys the states, including Virginia, which have passed legislation regulating in some manner the use of drones.  Also covers proposed rules at the federal level.  From the National Conference of State Legislatures

 

Findings From the Second-Grade Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015077.pdf

Provides a first look at the overall second-grade achievement of students who were attending kindergarten for the first time in 2010-11.  Shows reading, science, and math scores both overall and by selected child and family characteristics. From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2015

Categories: China,Defense/Military,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2015_China_Military_Power_Report.pdf

Latest annual report to Congress on the military modernization and security strategies of China, the probable future developments over the next 20 years, and U.S.-China engagement on security matters at present.  From the Department of Defense

 

Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities 2013

Categories: Education-Higher,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/sed/2013/digest/nsf15304a.pdf

Describes trends in the attainment of doctorate degrees including characteristics of those who earn them, fields of study, postgraduation trends, and time/expense required.  From the National Science Foundation

 

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