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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Building for the Future: China’s Progress in Space Technology During the 10th Five Year Plan

Categories: China,Defense/Military,Science/Technology

Assesses China’s rise as space power and its implications for the United States. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Impact of Rising Energy Costs on Older Americans

Categories: Elderly,Energy,Prices/Inflation,Welfare/Social Services

Energy prices at the retail level have increased 70% since 2000. Older American are disproportionately affected by higher energy costs. Offers statistics on energy costs as a percentage of expenditures for households headed by those over 65 and information on federal programs of energy assistance to those with low incomes. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Nonstate Actors: Impact on International Relations and Implications for the United States

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Spying/Intelligence

Summarizes the ideas from a conference on how multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, and super-empowered individuals are transforming international relations. From the National Intelligence Council.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Annual Report 2008

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice

Reports on the types of consumer complaints related to debt collection practices, federal law enforcement actions related to debt collection, and consumer and industry education initiatives. A total of 70,951 complaints about debt collection practices were received from consumers in 2007. From the Federal Trade Commission.

Food Stamps and Obesity: What Do We Know?

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Welfare/Social Services,Women

Reports that use of food stamp benefits does not result in an increase in body mass index or obesity problems for most participants. Some evidence indicates that participation in the program may cause an increase in the probability of obesity for non-elderly women, who comprise 28% of food stamp recipients. From the Economic Research Service.

Background Checks for Firearm Transfers 2006 Statistical Tables

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

Provides statistics on the number of applications checked by state, the number of applications denied and the reason for denial, and the number of arrests for falsified applications. In 2006, 1.6% of 8.6 million applications were denied. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Review of the Research Program of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership: Second Report

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Provides information update to a public/private effort to develop more fuel-efficient automobiles such as hydrogen based vehicles. From the National Research Council.