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Daily Archives: December 4, 2015

Wiley Online Library – New Free Open Source Journal on Global Challenges

Global Challenges: An innovative journal for tackling humanity’s major challenges: “Climate change, energy poverty and security, health security and disease, food and nutrition security, and ensuring safe access to water and sanitation are some of humanity’s major challenges. They can lead to poverty and inequality within a world population projected to grow to 9 billion by 2050 and can have a powerful negative impact on economic and social development and on the natural environment. These challenges are also, and increasingly becoming, underlying reasons for injustice, conflicts and war. Addressing such challenges in a sustainable manner requires strategic research investments, international collaboration, collective resources, and knowledge exchange between diverse communities. There is increasing awareness that solving such problems requires an interdisciplinary approach: the natural sciences and technology cannot solve these issues alone and must integrate with the social sciences and humanities to identify viable solutions and to ensure that knowledge is informing policy and practice. How communities prioritize research objectives and communicate with one another may determine how effectively humanity can tackle these major global challenges. Our firm belief is that research policy and funding should be heavily influenced towards the global challenges with more interdisciplinary research, multi-sectorial approaches, cross-border collaboration, and a clear focus on relevance for national and global policy making leading to the widespread adoption of best practice. In response, we are excited to announce the launch of Global Challenges, Wiley’s new premium interdisciplinary open access journal. Global Challenges will publish high-quality research papers, reviews, editorials, and commentaries spanning research and practice related to these global challenges. The aim is to mobilize debate and leadership regarding these challenges and to create a platform for directing and setting the research, policy, and practice agendas. In doing so, we provide a new centre for an emergent community of cross-disciplinary collaborative stakeholders…”

CRS Report – Federal Reserve: Oversight and Disclosure Issues

Federal Reserve: Oversight and Disclosure Issues, Marc Labonte, Specialist in Macroeconomic Policy. December 1, 2015. “Critics of the Federal Reserve (Fed) have long argued for more oversight, transparency, and disclosure. Criticism intensified following the extensive assistance the Fed provided to financial firms during the financial crisis. Some critics downplay the degree of Fed oversight and… Continue Reading

104 Wolves in Yellowstone Park – But Demands Continue For Destruction

Grey wolf recovery: 104, not 10,004 or even 1,004 – the number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park is 104 – after recovering from – Zero.  The guardian reports that despite a slow and critical re-balancing of what many believed was an irrevocably destroyed predator/prey ecosystem but now documented as an environmental achievement, several states… Continue Reading

Testimony – Federal Government’s Responsibilities and Liabilities Under Nuclear Waste Policy Act

Kim Cawley, Chief of CBO’s Natural and Physical Resources Cost Estimates Unit, testifies on the Nuclear Waste Policy Act before the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives. December 3, 2015. “This testimony provides updated information about the federal government’s responsibilities and liabilities under the Nuclear Waste… Continue Reading

The Federal Role in the Financing of Multifamily Rental Properties

CBO reviews the federal government’s current role in the multifamily mortgage market and four broad approaches to modifying that role. December 3, 2015. “Multifamily properties—those with five or more units—provide shelter for approximately one-third of the more than 100 million renters in the United States and account for about 14 percent of all housing units.… Continue Reading

Search Engine Backed by Internet-Wide Scanning

“Censys is a search engine that enables researchers to ask questions about the hosts and networks that compose the Internet. Censys collects data on hosts and websites through daily ZMap and ZGrab scans of the IPv4 address space, in turn maintaining a database of how hosts and websites are configured. Researchers can interact with this… Continue Reading

The Cloud Catalog: One Catalog to Serve Them All

The Cloud Catalog: One Catalog to Serve Them All – By Steve Coffman “As a whole, public libraries are the single largest supplier of books in the U.S. No single other outlet can compete with public libraries—not Amazon, not Barnes & Noble, not Walmart or Costco, not all your local bookstores. But you’d never know… Continue Reading