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May 3, 2016

“Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost some regions up to 6 percent of their GDP, spur migration, and spark conflict, according to a new World Bank report released today. High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy, says the combined effects of growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will see demand […]
“The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday proposed a rule [May 3, 2016] to support U.S. financial stability by enhancing the resolvability of very large and complex financial firms.  The proposal would require U.S. global systemically important banking institutions (GSIBs) and the U.S. operations of foreign GSIBs to amend contracts for common financial transactions to prevent […]
Via OCLC – Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI – “Organizational affiliations of the creators of works are important to a variety of stakeholders, including academic administrators, funders, publishers, repository managers, software developers, rights agencies, and individual researchers. Identifying and tracking these affiliations can be challenging, as organizations may be known by a […]
CRS report via FAS – Traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs): A Primer, John J. Topoleski, Analyst in Income Security. April 27, 2016. “In response to concerns over the adequacy of retirement savings, Congress has created incentives to encourage individuals to save more for retirement through a variety of retirement plans. Some retirement plans […]
CRS Report via FAS – Judge Merrick Garland: His Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court. Andrew Nolan, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney; Kate M. Manuel, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney; Brandon J. Murrill, Coordinator, Legislative Attorney. April 27, 2016. “On March 16, 2016, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]
NTSB news release: “A short circuit on Washington’s Metrorail system that caused thick smoke to fill a stranded train, killing one passenger and injuring 91 people on Jan. 12, 2015, was the result of WMATA failing to follow its own safety procedures and inadequate safety oversight by the Tri-State Oversight Committee and the Federal Transit […]
Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 – “This bill amends the federal criminal code to create a private civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Specifically, the bill authorizes a trade secret owner to file a civil action in a U.S. district court seeking relief for trade secret misappropriation related to a product or […]
The National Academies Press – Ovarian Cancers: Evolving Paradigms in Research and Care (2016). Committee on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research; Board on Health Care Services; Institute of Medicine; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine “In an era of promising advances in cancer research, there are considerable and even alarming […]
Via Vox – Here’s what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy – Updated by David Robert – “The road maps show how 80 to 85 percent of existing energy could be replaced by wind, water, and solar by 2030, with 100 percent by 2050.” Energy Environ. Sci., 2015,8, 2093-2117: […]

May 2, 2016

Anything can happen in the Zone: Library and Departmental Change Driven by Migration to a Cloud-based Library Management System, Josh Petrusa, Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) , Vol 30, No 3 (2016) Abstract – “Butler University Libraries had already made progressive changes in public services areas, but Technical Services remained unchanged and bound to legacy […]
Via ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University Townsville Queensland 4811 Australia “Australian scientists have revealed [April 26, 2016] the full extent of the coral bleaching that is unfolding on the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland. The final results of extensive aerial and underwater surveys reveal that 93% […]
Bickers, John M., Asculum Defeats: Prosecutorial Losses in the Military Commissions and How They Help the United States (May 1, 2016). National Security Law Journal, Volume 4 (Forthcoming) . Available at SSRN: “Small but consistent failures have marked the U.S. endeavor to use military commissions in the struggle against Al Qaeda. The handful of […]
Via Greenpeace – Annie Leonard. May 2, 2016: “Greenpeace Netherlands released to the public secret documents from the United States’ current trade negotiations with the European Union. The deal is called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP for short) and once it’s agreed upon it will govern the U.S.-European economic relationship for years. You […]
Via POGO: “The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) broke the law in its use of independent contractors, according to a four-year-old internal review that was declassified and approved for public release in March. The contents of the June 2012 CIA Inspector General (IG) audit report were revealed last week by VICE News reporter Jason Leopold. The […]
Ideal Cardiovascular Health and Cognitive Aging in the Northern Manhattan Study. Hannah Gardener, ScD; Clinton B. Wright, MD, MS; Chuanhui Dong, PhD; Ken Cheung, PhD; Janet DeRosa, MPH; Micaela Nannery; Yaakov Stern, PhD; Mitchell S. V. Elkind, MD, MS; Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS. Journal of the American Heart Association, May 2, 2016. Background: “The […]
Liberty Street Economics – What’s Up with GCF Repo®? Jacob Adenbaum, David Hubbs, Antoine Martin, and Ira Selig “In a recent Important Notice, the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC) announced that it would no longer support interbank trading for its General Collateral Finance Repo Service. (GCF Repo®, hereafter GCF Repo, is a registered service mark […]

May 1, 2016

Via – Evolutions in DNA Forensics – Criminal law expert Ken Strutin’s new article is yet another research tour de force – a collection of recent and notable developments concerning DNA as forensic science, metric of guilt, herald of innocence, and its emerging place in the debate over privacy and surveillance. The increasing use […]
Via First Monday – The Internet at the eco-village: Performing sustainability in the twenty-first century, Teresa Cerratto-Pragman, Daniel Pragman, Bonnie Nardi, Volume 21, Number 5 – 2 May 2016. “Is the digital infrastructure and its footprint an ideological blind spot for recently emerging ecological communities, including eco-villages? This paper examines how a group of people […]
UN-Habitat Urban Data – Free and open access to data about countries and cities around the globe. “The urban indicators data available here are analyzed, compiled and published by UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatory which supports governments, local authorities and civil society organizations to develop urban indicators, data and statistics. Urban statistics are collected through household […]
Via First Monday – Tackling complexity in an interdisciplinary scholarly network: Requirements for semantic publishing, Nora Schmidt, Volume 21, Number 5 – 2 May 2016 “Scholarly communication is complex. The clarification of concepts like “academic publication”, “document”, “semantics” and “ontology” facilitates tracking the limitations and benefits of the media of the current publishing system, as […]