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U.S. ethanol exports in 2014 reach highest level since 2011

“According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33% more than exports of fuel ethanol inContinue Reading

Population Estimates for Counties and Metro Areas

The Villages, Fla., Nation’s Fastest-Growing Metro Area for Second Year in a Row – Florida was home to the nation’s fastest growing metro area from 2013 to 2014, according to new U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan statistical area, micropolitan statistical area and county population estimates released today. The Villages, located to the west of the OrlandoContinue Reading

New Memoir by Participant in U.S. H-Bomb Program Sheds Light on the Making of First Test Device

National Security Archive: “A new scientific memoir by one of the few surviving participants in the U.S. H-bomb project provides fresh information and insights into the production of the world’s first thermonuclear device. In an exclusive essay and selection of declassified documents provided to the National Security Archive and posted today on the Archive’s website,Continue Reading

For young readers – print and digital coexist

Young readers prefer printed books – By Cory Doctorow “A new book called Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World cites surveys that say that young readers increasingly prefer to read books from paper, not screens. More than that, though, they find ebooks and printed books complementary. Printed books are good for protractedContinue Reading

NASA – ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades

Darryl Fears – Washington Post: ” The long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what’s coming: a “megadrought” that will grip that region and the central Plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says. Thirty-five years from now, if the current pace of climateContinue Reading

Bioethics Commission Releases Gray Matters, Vol. 2

“Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released the second volume of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, seeks to clarify the scientific landscape, identify common ground,Continue Reading

Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview

Via Rick McKinney – “The Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. (llsdc.org) is pleased to announce the availability of a new website entitled Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview. The site, which had been available only in PDF, has been substantially revised and its subheadings, each withContinue Reading

Large-Dimensional Factor Modeling Based on High-Frequency Observations

Pelger, Markus, Large-Dimensional Factor Modeling Based on High-Frequency Observations (March 17, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2584172 “This paper develops an inferential theory for factor models of large dimensions based on high-frequency observations. We derive a new estimator for the number of factors and derive consistent and asymptotically normal estimators of the loadings andContinue Reading

Reducing Poverty in the United States

Reducing Poverty in the United States: Results of a Microsimulation Analysis of the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Policy Package, Kye Lippold, March 2015 “A package of five policies—a transitional jobs (TJ) program, a $10.10 minimum wage, expanded earned income tax credits, a tax credit for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and expanded childContinue Reading

The Importance of Addressing Cybersecurity Risks in the Financial Sector

Sarah J. Dahlgren, executive vice president and member of the Bank’s Management Committee, head of the Financial Institution Supervision Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Remarks at the OpRisk North America Annual Conference, New York City: I am often asked about my list of “things that keep me awake at night,”Continue Reading

5 ways to keep your data safe right now

Christopher Soghoian is a TED Fellow, and the principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he monitors the intersection of federal surveillance and citizen’s rights. Before joining the ACLU, he was the first-ever technologist for the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where he worked on investigations of Facebook, Twitter,Continue Reading

European Court of Justice Hears Case Challenging “Safe Harbor” Agreement and NSA Spying

EPIC – “The Court of Justice for the European Union heard arguments this week in Maximilian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, a case filed in Ireland following the revelations of the NSA PRISM program. At issue is whether the disclosure of EU citizens’ data by Facebook and other Internet companies to the NSA violates theContinue Reading