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Green Space and Health

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology,Urban Issues

Summarizes the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


MDA Discrimination

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

Newly released summary of a secret 2010 document on the difficulty of defending against intercontinental ballistic missiles.  Calls for more independent reviews of U.S. anti-missile programs by independent experts.  From the JASON Scientific Advisory Panel to the Defense Department, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Broadband Coverage in Europe 2015

Categories: European Union,Science/Technology,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Examines the progress in 31 European countries of specific broadband coverage objectives and analyzes the availability of nine broadband technologies across each country at national and rural levels.  From Eurostat



Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies: 2016 Update

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Latest annual report on the move toward clean energy technologies, which highlights the development wind turbines, solar technologies, electric vehicles, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  From the Energy Department


Request for Information Regarding Data Portability

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Asks for responses on the benefits and drawbacks of increased data portability, the types of data that would most benefit, best practices in implementing it, and the specific steps that government, industry, and associations might take to foster it.  From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Five States Account for Half of U.S. Business R&D in 2013: New Data for Metropolitan Areas Available

Categories: Business/Economics,Science/Technology,Statistics

California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, and Washington accounted for half of the research and development paid for and performed by companies in the U.S. in 2013.  Provides R&D investment info for each state, profiles for the 10 leading states, and R&D spending by leading metro areas.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Examines current and future emissions from various diesel sources operating in port areas and explores the potential of a range of available strategies to reduce emissions from ships, trucks, locomotives, and cargo-handling equipment.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


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