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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Soldiers, Spies and the Moon: Secret U.S. and Soviet Plans from the 1950s and 1960s

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

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB479/

A set of 16 declassified documents about previously secret American and Soviet plans for using space for military purposes.  From the National Security Archive

 

Smart Metering of Energy and Water

Categories: Energy,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-471.pdf

The British government plans to distribute smart meters for electricity and gas to all households in Britain by the end of 2020.  This note examines the potential benefits and risks associated with smart metering of both water and energy and the challenges for the roll-out.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Big Data in Business

Categories: Business/Economics,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-469.pdf

Examines the range of applications of big data by UK companies, highlighting the opportunities offered to a number of sectors.  Also considers the challenges faced by such businesses.  One of a series of reports by sector. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Big Data: An Overview

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-468.pdf

Examines definitions of big data, how it is managed, used, and regulated, and the public concerns that it generates.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Report on the Potential Exposure to Anthrax

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/integrity/docs/Final_Anthrax_Report.pdf

Describes what happened, why it happened, and what has been done to ensure it won’t happen again in this “after-action” report on the mishandling of anthrax in a CDC laboratory.   From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

An Assessment of the 1996 Department of Justice Task Force Review of the FBI Laboratory

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Science/Technology

http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2014/e1404.pdf

This, the third review of irregularities by the FBI lab, reviews how the Criminal Division Task Force managed the review of cases involving the use of scientifically unsupportable analysis and overstated testimony by lab examiners in criminal cases.  Denounces the slowness of the review and the result that many convictions were based on bad science.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department.

 

Geologic Map of Mars

Categories: Geology/Mining,Maps/Geography,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3292/

Announces the availability of an online global geologic map of Mars which records the distribution of geologic units and landforms on the planet’s surface with data acquired from the Viking Orbiters. From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

2013 Commonwealth of Virginia Information Security Report

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD1762014/$file/RD176.pdf

Assesses the strength of agency information technology security programs in Virginia.  Identifies agency business applications as the primary attack vector within state government.  From the Virginia Information Technologies Agency

 

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