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Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society

“From the interior of the Sun, to the upper atmosphere and near-space environment of Earth, and outward to a region far beyond Pluto where the Sun’s influence wanes, advances during the past decade in space physics and solar physics–the disciplines NASA refers to as heliophysics–have yielded spectacular insights into the phenomena that affect our home in space. Solar and Space Physics, from the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Committee for a Decadal Strategy in Solar and Space Physics, is the second NRC decadal survey in heliophysics. Building on the research accomplishments realized during the past decade, the report presents a program of basic and applied research for the period 2013-2022 that will improve scientific understanding of the mechanisms that drive the Sun’s activity and the fundamental physical processes underlying near-Earth plasma dynamics, determine the physical interactions of Earth’s atmospheric layers in the context of the connected Sun-Earth system, and enhance greatly the capability to provide realistic and specific forecasts of Earth’s space environment that will better serve the needs of society.”

Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence

“Despite efforts over the past several decades to reduce sodium intake in the United States, adults still consume an average of 3,400 mg of sodium every day. A number of scientific bodies and professional health organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association, support reducing dietary sodiumContinue Reading

Health Impact Assessment of Shale Gas Extraction

“Natural gas extraction from shale formations, which includes hydraulic fracturing, is increasingly in the news as the use of extraction technologies has expanded, rural communities have been transformed seemingly overnight, public awareness has increased, and regulations have been developed. The governmental public health system, which retains primary responsibility for health, was not an early participantContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – DOD Financial Management, Standards For Internal Control In The Federal Government

DOD Financial Management – Ineffective Risk Management Could Impair Progress toward Audit-Ready Financial Statements, GAO-13-123, Aug 2, 2013 Standards For Internal Control In The Federal Government – 2013 Exposure Draft, GAO-13-830SP, Sep 3, 2013

Industry Statistics Portal

“This new Web application, which replaces the existing Industry Statistics Sampler, provides easy access to all Census Bureau programs that release statistics for a user-selected industry, as classified by the North American Industry Classification System. Census Bureau business and industry statistics dating back to 1997 (according to the 2007 classification) will be available on theContinue Reading

After a Recent Upswing, College Enrollment Declines

“According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today, college enrollment in fall 2012 plunged by half a million (467,000) from one year earlier. This decline, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment, follows a period of substantial growth — 3.2 million — between 2006 and 2011. These statistics come from School Enrollment: 2012. As theContinue Reading

Changes in International Economic Order after Global Financial Crisis

Park, Bokyeong and Eichengreen, Barry, Changes in the International Economic Order after the Global Financial Crisis (December 30, 2011). KIEP Policy Analyses 11-01. Available at SSRN: “The global credit crisis of 2008-09 was the most serious shock to the world economy in 80 years. It was for the world what the Asian crisis of 1997-98Continue Reading

A Day in the Life of American Adolescents: Substance Use Facts Update

The CBHSQ Report – August 29, 2013: “The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates critical public health data… In the United States in 2011, there were an estimated 25.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17. In the past year,Continue Reading

Environmental Working Group – Searchable Cosmetics Database

“It’s our mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. We launched Skin Deep in 2004 to create online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal careContinue Reading