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 Decade: 1980-1989
 Collection: Office of Technology Assessment
Linking for Learning: A New Course for Education

Linking for Learning: A New Course for Education

Date: November 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses the development of telecommunications technologies and the study of distance learning. OTA was asked to analyze various technological options, examine current development, and identify how Federal, State and local policies could encourage more efficient and effective use.
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Partnerships Under Pressure: Managing Commercial Low-Level Radioactive Waste

Partnerships Under Pressure: Managing Commercial Low-Level Radioactive Waste

Date: November 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report provides an overview of progress made by nine compacts and the remaining unaffiliated States in developing disposal facilities. Disposal costs have more than tripled while LLW volumes have dropped by more than half over the last decade. Since many costs associated with developing and operating a disposal facility are fixed, unit disposal costs will increase substantially as new facilities open. This may lead States to consider the economics of cooperative arrangements, which would permit them to trade waste services and construct fewer full-service disposal facilities.
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Rural Emergency Medical Services: special report

Rural Emergency Medical Services: special report

Date: November 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report finds that many State EMS systems are fragmented and lacking resources to remedy EMS problems in rural areas. Many rural EMS programs lack specialized EMS providers, have inadequate EMS transportation and communications equipment, and are not part of a planned regional EMS system. The report describes the availability and distribution of emergency medical service (EMS) resources (e.g., personnel, transportation, facilities) and examines how limited Federal resources can be used to improve rural EMS. In addition, the report discusses how Federal EMS resources might be targeted to States’ rural areas.
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The immunological aspects of neural grafting

The immunological aspects of neural grafting

Date: October 10, 1989
Creator: Hickey, William F.
Description: This report starts out with an overview of the immune system, describes the central nervous system (CNS), and future consideration.
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Coming Clean: Superfund Problems Can Be Solved...

Coming Clean: Superfund Problems Can Be Solved...

Date: October 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: In this report, OTA concludes that there is ample reason to be optimistic about the potential of the Superfund program and presents a number of possible strategic initiatives and incremental program changes in some detail. As difficult as the national cleanup job is, there are many ways to build a better balance between health and environmental needs and the limitations that technology, experience, and economics will always impose.
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The Containment of Underground Nuclear Explosions

The Containment of Underground Nuclear Explosions

Date: October 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This special report reviews the safety of the nuclear testing program and assesses the technical procedures used to test nuclear weapons and ensure that radioactive material produced by test explosions remains contained underground. An overall evaluation considers the acceptability of the remaining risk and discusses reasons for the lack of public confidence.
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Copyright and Home Copying: Technology Challenges the Law

Copyright and Home Copying: Technology Challenges the Law

Date: October 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report first examines home recording technologies. Then—focusing primarily on audiotaping—we examine the ambiguous legal status of home copying. Our report considers the economic effects that home audiotaping may have on the recording industry, contrasted to the effects that restricting home taping might have on consumers. Finally, we identify a range of actions that either Congress or the industry might pursue.
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Facing America's Trash: What Next for Municipal Solid Waste?

Facing America's Trash: What Next for Municipal Solid Waste?

Date: October 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses options for a national policy based on the dual strategies of MSW prevention and better management. It also presents options to address immediate problems such as increased interstate shipments of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and unfinished Federal guidelines for landfills and incinerators.
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Federal Scientific and Technical Information in an Electronic Age: Opportunities and Challenges

Federal Scientific and Technical Information in an Electronic Age: Opportunities and Challenges

Date: October 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report addresses several questions regarding the dissemination of scientific and technical information (STI). The paper answers these questions within a framework for an overall strategy on STI dissemination, and identifies key elements that could be useful in such a strategy.
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Legal and regulatory issues for neural grafts

Legal and regulatory issues for neural grafts

Date: October 1989
Creator: Andrews, Lori B.
Description: This report discusses the use of neural grafts from fetuses that is showing some success for the treatment of disorders such as Parkinson's disease.
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Federal tax policy and infrastructure financing: a report to the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress

Federal tax policy and infrastructure financing: a report to the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress

Date: September 13, 1989
Creator: Graham, D. W. & Shinn, Paul L.
Description: This report starts out by discussing in details the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and its impact on local construction, it provides statistical analysis of the effects of the Tax reform Act, it discusses innovative infrastructure financing techniques, finally federal infrastructure policy options.
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Advanced Vehicle/Highway Systems and Urban Traffic Problems

Advanced Vehicle/Highway Systems and Urban Traffic Problems

Date: September 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report on Advanced Vehicle/Highway Systems (AVHS),as an umbrella term for several interdependent vehicle and road technologies, that offers potential for reducing congestion and the air pollution it engenders, and for improving highway safety.
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High Performance Computing and Networking for Science

High Performance Computing and Networking for Science

Date: September 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper explores key issues concerning the Federal role in supporting national high performance computing facilities and in developing a national research and education network.
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Polar Prospects: A Minerals Treaty for Antarctica

Polar Prospects: A Minerals Treaty for Antarctica

Date: September 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report identifies U.S. interests in Antarctica and evaluates the Minerals Convention relative to these interests. It examines the status of knowledge about the resources of Antarctica, the potential impacts of minerals development, and the technical, economic, environmental, geological, and political constraints to development in Antarctica.
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Statistical Needs for a Changing U.S. Economy

Statistical Needs for a Changing U.S. Economy

Date: September 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The background paper does not attempt to provide a comprehensive critique of national statistics and does not introduce new research designed to solve the technical problems. It is, instead, designed to show how defects in the existing statistical system can limit our understanding of key economic issues and to demonstrate the ways that better management and coordination of America’s statistical agencies can lead to concrete improvements.
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Benefit charges for financing infrastructure: a report

Benefit charges for financing infrastructure: a report

Date: August 1989
Creator: Hopkins, Thomas D.
Description: This report discusses benefit-based charges that have become an increasingly popular mans to generate funds for operating and capital costs of public works.
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Round Trip to Orbit: Human Spaceflight Alternatives

Round Trip to Orbit: Human Spaceflight Alternatives

Date: August 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This special report examines a wide range of potential improvements to the Space Shuttle, explores the future of space transportation for humans, and presents policy options for congressional consideration. It is one of a series of products from abroad assessment of space transportation technologies undertaken by OTA, requested by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
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Study of international clearing and settlement: Volume VI

Study of international clearing and settlement: Volume VI

Date: August 1, 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment
Description: This report is a part of collection of expert papers on clearing and settlement. These paper are a part of Study of International Clearing and Settlement.
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Transplantation of adrenal tissue into the nervous system

Transplantation of adrenal tissue into the nervous system

Date: July 30, 1989
Creator: Fine, Alan
Description: This report the transplantation of adrenal medullary tissue to the nervous system.
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Catching Our Breath: Next Steps for Reducing Urban Ozone

Catching Our Breath: Next Steps for Reducing Urban Ozone

Date: July 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report on urban ozone was requested by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and its Subcommittee on Health and the Environment in anticipation of the upcoming reauthorization of the Clean Air Act. Of the air pollutants that the Act covers, ozone has been the most difficult to bring under control; it may well be the most expensive.
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Competition in Coastal Seas: An Evaluation of Foreign Maritime Activities in the 200-Mile EEZ

Competition in Coastal Seas: An Evaluation of Foreign Maritime Activities in the 200-Mile EEZ

Date: July 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper reviews the status of the major sectors of the maritime industry engaged in EEZ activities and notes the significant trends. Basic data on the major sectors were first prepared for OTA by the Maritime Administration. OTA then conducted a survey of industry and other interested parties and prepared the analyses in the paper.
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Defining "Rural" Areas: Impact on Health Care Policy and Research

Defining "Rural" Areas: Impact on Health Care Policy and Research

Date: July 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper examines dichotomous designations used to define rural and urban areas and discusses how they are applied in certain Federal programs. In addition, several topologies are described that are useful in showing the diversity that exists within rural areas.
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The evolution of distance learning: technology-mediated interactive learning: a report for the study, "Technologies for learning at a distance", Science, Education, and Transportation Program

The evolution of distance learning: technology-mediated interactive learning: a report for the study, "Technologies for learning at a distance", Science, Education, and Transportation Program

Date: July 1989
Creator: Dede, Christopher
Description: This report has two primary goals. One objective is to provide provocative ideas on how emerging forces external to education may shape the future of distance learning. The second purpose is to depict a potential new field, technology-mediated interactive learning, that may result from synthesis of distance learning, cooperative learning, and computer-supported cooperative work.
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Impact of federal funding changes on state/local infrastructure financing resources

Impact of federal funding changes on state/local infrastructure financing resources

Date: July 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment
Description: This report estimates the impact on state and local governments of four possible changes in federal financing for public works.
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