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Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: Accelerating the Next Revolution in Roadway Safety

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/AV%20policy%20guidance%20PDF.pdf

A policy document issued as agency guidance to create an initial regulatory framework and best practices to guide manufacturers in the safe design, development, testing, and deployment of automated vehicles.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation

 

U.S. R&D Increased by More Than $20 Billion in Both 2013 and 2014, with Similar Increase Estimated for 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16316/nsf16316.pdf

Research and development in the U.S. totaled $477.7 billion in 2014. Offers 4 tables which cover R&D expenditures by performing sector and source of funding, annual rates of growth in R&D spending from 1980s, 2014 expenditures by type of work, and the same topic from the 1970s to date. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44632.pdf

Although the extent and pace of future sea-level rise remains uncertain, the phenomenon is expected to contribute to floods, erosion, saltwater intrusion into coastal freshwaters, and changes in coastal terrestrial and estuarine ecosystems.  Considers the causes, the effects on U.S. coasts, and the policy questions for Congress.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

Categories: Disability,Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics,Women

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15311/tables.cfm

Updated information on a series of tables including graduate enrollments by S&E fields, degrees awarded by level and field of study, postgraduation plans, and employment. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

New Drugs for Dementia

Categories: Elderly,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0535/POST-PN-0535.pdf

Provides an overview of dementia, current treatments, and potential new drugs.  Also examines the challenges in developing new drugs and ensuring patient access.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Automation and the Workforce

Categories: Great Britain,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0534/POST-PN-0534.pdf

Automation technologies can reduce costs and raise productivity but also threaten jobs.  This note provides a British overview of how these technologies are being used and their implications for employment, skills, education and inequality in the coming decades.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Federal Railroad Administration Status Update on Positive Train Control Implementation

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.fra.dot.gov/Elib/Document/16634

Describes the importance of positive train control as a safety feature, the growing calls for implementing such a system over the past 40 years, and the current status of each railroad’s progress towards implementing a PTC system.

 

PubSpace

Categories: Govt Information,Science/Technology

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/funder/nasa/

New full text, online archive of journal articles from NASA-funded research.  The material will be freely available at this site one year after publication in the peer-reviewed journal.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

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