Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Special Report: The Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee to Solyndra, Inc.

Categories: Energy,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Science/Technology

Provides the results of a 4 year-long investigation into allegations that officials of Solyndra submitted false and misleading information to the DOE during the application process for a $535 million loan guarantee.  The controversial transaction damaged confidence in the program designed to provide loan guarantees for innovative energy projects.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Energy Department


Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems: Part 1: Civilian Uses

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

Looks at the potential civilian uses for unmanned drone or robotic systems technologies such as package delivery, search and rescue operations, and wildlife conservation, and the legal aspects relating to privacy, security, and safety.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


NOAA 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Categories: Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Includes an updated forecast which calls for a 90% probability of a below normal Atlantic hurricane season due to the strength of the El Nino conditions in the Pacific.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Herbicide Resistance

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Great Britain,Science/Technology

Resistance to the use of herbicides has the potential to reduce crop yields.  The UK government commitment to increase crop yields will require the development of alternative crop protection methods.  This note outlines the challenges of herbicide resistance and possible approaches to alternative weed-control strategies.   From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Students Make Across-the-Board Gains on SOLs

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

Reports on outcome of 2014-15 Standards of Learning  tests in English, mathematics, history, and science in Virginia schools.  From the Virginia Department of Education


Experience Curiosity

Categories: Science/Technology

Journey along with the rover as it explores the surface of Mars.  The program simulates Mars in 3-D based on data from the Curiosity rover.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Mars Trek

Categories: Science/Technology

Web-based application that provides high-quality detailed visualizations of the Red Planet to a new generation of explorers.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants

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

Provides rule summary, history, the full text of the final rule, various fact sheets, and technical support documents for the regulation that requires states and utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants 32% below 2005 levels by 2030 and rewards them for expanding the use of solar and wind power.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


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