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Customer Choice and the Power Industry of the Future

Categories: Energy,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Examines the effect of “distributed generation” models on the regulatory compact that has guided the electric utility industry since its emergence a century ago.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Short Lived Climate Pollutants

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Science/Technology

SLCPs include black carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and ground level ozone.  This note summarizes options for mitigating SLCP concentrations and the benefits and challenges of doing so.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Palliative and End of Life Care

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

Covers the key components of palliative care, approaches to managing and standardizing care, and key challenges to providing high quality care.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


J. Robert Oppenheimer Personnel Hearings Transcripts

Categories: Communism,Energy,Govt Secrecy,History,Nuclear Arms,Science/Technology

Declassified transcripts of a classic Cold War document, the hearings by the Atomic Energy Commission that resulted in the revocation of the security clearance of Oppenheimer, the physicist who led the Manhattan Project to produce the first atomic bomb.  The first time the complete text has been available.  From the Energy Department


Civilian Drones

Categories: Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

Provides an overview of the current and future applications, opportunities and barriers surrounding civilian use of drone technology. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2012-14: Detailed Statistical Tables

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

Covers federal outlays for research and development by character of work, field of science or engineering (including social sciences), geographical area, and research performer.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Carbon Budget 2014: An Annual Update of the Global Carbon Budget and Trends

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Science/Technology,Statistics

Reports that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning and other activities increased by 2.3% in 2013.  The carbon emissions were 61% above the 1990 total, the Kyoto Protocol Reference Year.  Also provides information on regional emission levels.  From the Global Carbon Project and Global


Virginia’s Information Technology Governance Structure

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

Criticizes muddled authority lines, especially between the Secretary of Technology and the Chief Information Officer, lack of clear responsibility for who secures the state’s data, lack of enforcement in procurement requirements and more.  Offers recommendations for legislative and executive action.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


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