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FDA Approval Brings First Gene Therapy to the United States

Categories: Children,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Youth

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm574058.htm

Agency press release announces what it terms an historic action to approve a gene therapy, known as Kymriah for the treatment of leukemia in children and young adults. The cell-based gene therapy is approved for use in the U.S. for the treatment of patients up to 25 years of age. Includes links to additional information about the development.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Business R&D Performed in the United States Reached $356 Billion in 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17320/nsf17320.pdf

Reports on research and development spending by private business in the U.S. which increased in 2015 by 4.4% over 2014.  Provides details by type of research, by sector or industry and by source of funds.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Eclipses and Transits: Overview

Categories: Science/Technology

https://www.nasa.gov/content/eclipses-and-transits-overview

Explains and illustrates the differences between solar and lunar eclipses and transits of planets.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Task Force on Cyber Deterrence

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0LEVv009JZZgRUAyg8nnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEya2JoNHBtBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjQ0MzBfMQRzZWMDc3I-/RV=2/RE=1503093941/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2fwww.acq.osd.mil%2fdsb%2freports%2f2010s%2fDSB-CyberDeterrenceReport_02-28-17_Final.pdf/RK=1/RS=bzAPNMmZIJQkzlaS9NP3enOPyhs-

Offers a series of recommendations for strengthening U.S. ability to deter cyber attacks and intrusions. Finds that the offensive cyber capabilities of some U.S. adversaries exceed our ability to defend critical infrastructures.  From the Defense Science Board

 

Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/800-53/sp800-53r5-draft.pdf

Offers a comprehensive set of security and privacy controls for all types of computing platforms including Internet of Things (IoT) devices to protect individuals and organizations from various external threats.    From the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce

 

State of the Climate in 2016

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

http://www.ametsoc.net/sotc2016/StateoftheClimate2016_lowres.pdf

Annual summary of global weather conditions.  Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration set new highs during 2016.  From the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report

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

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3920195/Final-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.pdf

The 673 page draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies on climate change and the role that humans have played in warming the atmosphere. Provides the scientific foundation for the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Not yet released by the U.S. government; copy made public by the New York Times.  Also available at Stanford University Digital Repository.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Index Up 40 Percent Since 1990

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.noaa.gov/news/noaa-s-greenhouse-gas-index-up-40-percent-since-1990

Agency press release which tracks the warming influence of greenhouse gases as measured by the Annual Greenhouse Gas Index.  Unlike previous releases during the Obama Administration, this brief release does not link the rise in emissions to human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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