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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Electricity: Status of Residential Deployment of Solar and Other Technologies and Potential Benefits and Challenges

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Uncategorized

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/682737.pdf

New devices are allowing customers to generate, store, and manage electricity at their home or business.  This report describes key federal/state policies used to encourage the deployment of such technologies, the extent to which they are being deployed, and the benefits and challenges of such efforts.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Contracting Data Analysis: Assessment of Government-wide Trends

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Science/Technology

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/683273.pdf

Contracting for data analysis products and services accounted for 40% of the government’s discretionary spending in FY2015.  This report identifies trends in civilian and defense agencies’ contract obligations from FY2011-FY2015.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

State of the Global Climate in 2016

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://library.wmo.int/opac/doc_num.php?explnum_id=3414

2016 was the warmest year on record: 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the pre-industrial period and 0.06 above the previous record set in the previous year.  Covers key findings in temperature, oceans, greenhouse gases, precipitation, sea ice and glaciers, and extreme events.  From the World Meteorological Organization

 

Federally Funded R&D Centers Rebound to $18.5 Billion in R&D Spending in FY2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17314/nsf17314.pdf

The nation’s 42 federally funded research and development centers  saw spending rise by 4.2% in 2015.  Provides details by funding source, and five year trends in spending levels for the 42 centers including the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Federally Funded Academic Research Requirements: Background and Issues in Brief

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44774.pdf

The federal government is the largest source of academic research and development funding in the U.S.  This report reveals sources of conflict between funding providers and recipients over requirements that accompany the funding including the time burden of regulations and issues related to human subjects and animal research. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

NASA Software Catalog

Categories: Science/Technology

https://software.nasa.gov/

Latest version of the catalog which includes software products free of charge to the public.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Science and Engineering Research Facilities, Fiscal Year 2015

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/datatables/facilities/2015/

A set of 27 Excel data tables on research facilities in academic institutions covering total space, costs of new construction and renovation, and source of funding.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Research Space at Academic Institutions Increased 1.4% Between FY2013 and FY2015: Smallest Growth in Three Decades

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17315/nsf17315.pdf

Press release on research space in academic institutions including cost of new construction and repair, funding sources, and trends in research space at largest institutions.  Combines limited data with narrative.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

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