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Phosphate Resources

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,China,Food/Nutrition,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-477.pdf

Describes the importance of phosphates for food security, the location of dwindling reserves, and ways in which dependence on mineral reserves could be reduced. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/august/ozone-depleting-compound-persists-nasa-research-shows/#.U_X5wLxdVWg

News release regarding unexpectedly large amounts of carbon tetrachloride, a chemical banned under the Montreal Protocol back in the 1980s.  Sudden re-emergence of the chemical attributed to large emissions from contaminated sites or new, unknown sources.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

BLS Statistics by Occupation

Categories: Labor/Employment,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2014/occupations/

Provides an overview of occupational employment and wages as of May 2013 with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by typical entry-level education required.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Students Make New Gains on Mathematics SOLs

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2014/08_aug27.shtml

Reports results of Virginia school students on math, reading, science, and social science Standards of Learning exams for 2013-14 and compares results to previous two years.  Also provides links to results by state, school division, and individual schools.  From the Virginia Department of Education

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Alternative Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Taxes

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-475.pdf

Outlines the different types and aims of these currencies, describes how alternative currencies are being used, and includes regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/the_cost_of_delaying_action_to_stem_climate_change.pdf

Examines the economic consequences of delaying implementing climate change policies and calls for implementation now to avoid higher costs from delays.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2011-13: Detailed Statistical Tables

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf14312/pdf/nsf14312.pdf

Covers federal outlays for research and development by 27 agencies 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

 

Army Researchers Develop Cargo Pocket ISR

Categories: Defense/Military,Science/Technology,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.army.mil/article/130189/Army_researchers_develop_Cargo_Pocket_ISR/

Describes the development of pocket-sized aerial surveillance devices, part of an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Program, that, like tiny drones, can provide video surveillance of threat areas.  From the U.S. Army

 

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