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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

Discusses the medical, legal, and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials: TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Science/Technology

Proposed rule relating to reporting and recordkeeping requirements for chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials.   Represents first use of Toxic Substances Control Act to gather information on nanoscale materials.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology

Latest annual report on how well the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is doing in carrying out its major projects and reducing acquisition risk.  From the Government Accountability Office


Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Text of final regulations, nearly 400 pages in length, relating to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration on public and Indian lands.  The rules are designed to protect community water supplies and require more public information about chemicals and methods used for extraction.  From the Interior Department


Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Need and Options for Subnational Scale Land-Use and Land-Cover Scenarios for the United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

Repot of a June 2014 workshop on potential changes in land use and land cover scenarios for the U.S. at a subnational scale and the needs, resources, and barriers for producing such scenarios.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program


Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries: Increasing Access to the Results of Research Funded by the National Science Foundation

Categories: Govt Information,Science/Technology

The details of the plan for expanding public access to the results of the agency’s funded research. From the National Science Foundation



Genetic Testing: Background and Policy Issues

Categories: Health/Medical,Science/Technology

Provides background information to be considered in weighing public policy matters related to genetic testing including definitions, the type of information genetic tests provide, and evaluating the results of genetic tests.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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