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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2016 Science and Engineering Indicators Report

Categories: Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsb20161/#/downloads/report

Covers domestic and international science and engineering trends. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

State of the Climate

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/

Compare past reports on annual climate back to 1997. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-noaa-analyses-reveal-record-shattering-global-warm-temperatures-in-2015

Press release announcing that 2015 surface temperatures on earth were the warmest since record keeping began in 1880. Includes links to the full temperature data set and the methodology behind the temperature calculations. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues

Categories: Business/Economics,Income/Poverty,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/big-data-tool-inclusion-or-exclusion-understanding-issues/160106big-data-rpt.pdf

Examines benefits that “big data” can offer business firms, especially in providing services to underserved populations, and possible risks in worsening disparities or discrimination. Includes a section on Considerations for Companies in Using Big Data. From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Discovered Off Alaska’s Arctic Coast

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,History,Science/Technology

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2016/010616-remains-of-lost-1800s-whaling-fleet-discovered-off-alaskas-arctic-coast.html

Press release on the discovery of two whaling ships which were among a fleet of 33 ships which were trapped and crushed in ice in September 1871. Global warming is credited with making the discovery of the ships possible. Also describes the rescue of the trapped sailors and the import of the event. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/

The 8th edition of the guidelines, revised every five years, which serves as the basis for healthy approaches to school lunches and other federal sponsored food programs. Includes a section on how the guidelines were developed, 15 appendices, and 19 statistical tables.  From the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services

 

Section 1201 Study: Exemptions to the Prohibition Against Circumvention of Technological Measures That Control Access to Copyrighted Works

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology

http://copyright.gov/fedreg/2015/80fr81369.pdf

The triennial rulemaking process which allows for consideration of proposals to grant additional exceptions to the prohibition against circumventing access controls to protect copyrighted works. From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Section 512 Study: DMCA Safe Harbor Provisions

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology

http://copyright.gov/fedreg/2015/80fr81862.pdf

Notice in the Federal Register for public comments on the impact and effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor (limitations on copyright infringement liability) provisions. Consideration will be given to the costs and burdens of the notice and take-down process on large- and small-scale copyright owners, online service providers, and the general public. From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

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