Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Big Data and Public Health

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-474.pdf

Examines the current and potential uses for big data in health improvement and the legal and practical issues raised by data use for public health or research purposes.  One of a series of Big Data studies released by this organization. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Extramural R&D Funding by U.S.-Located Businesses Nears $30 Billion in 2011

Categories: Business/Economics,Health/Medical,Manufacturing,Science/Technology,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf14314/nsf14314.pdf

Reports on the spending by U.S. corporations for research and development performed by other entities both domestic and foreign.  Also reports on the type or category of industries that spent the most on extramural R&D, with pharmaceuticals and transportation equipment manufacturing leading the list.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Chirp Seismic-Reflection Data from the Baltimore, Washington, and Norfolk Canyons, U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin

Categories: Defense/Military,Geology/Mining,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1118/ofr2014-1118-title_page.html

Part of a larger project to investigate mid-Atlantic margin Holocene geological activity and assess the area’s potential to generate submarine geohazards.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

“Black Boxes” in Passenger Vehicles: Policy Issues

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43651.pdf

Explains what event data recorders are, government mandates that EDRs be included in vehicles, and controversies relating to their use.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Next Page »