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Grassroots Conservation of Biological Diversity in the United States

Grassroots Conservation of Biological Diversity in the United States

Date: February 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report examines the technological and institutional aspects of biological data relevant to maintaining biological diversity in the United States focusing primarily on Federal data collection efforts.
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Hearing Impairment and Elderly People

Hearing Impairment and Elderly People

Date: May 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This OTA background paper discusses the prevalence of hearing impairment and its impact on elderly people; hearing devices and services that may benefit them; and problems in the service delivery system that limit access to these devices and services.
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Review of a Protocol for a Study of Reproductive Health Outcomes Among Women Vietnam Veterans

Review of a Protocol for a Study of Reproductive Health Outcomes Among Women Vietnam Veterans

Date: December 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses the study that has been proposed as a partial response to the mandate of Public Law 99-272; that law also requires approval from the Director of OTA before any such studies are undertaken, which is the reason for this review. This study is one of three that make up the full VA response to the mandate to look into the health of women Vietnam veterans.
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Does Vocational Education Help the "Forgotten Half"?: Short-term Economic Consequences of High School Vocational Education for Non-College Students

Does Vocational Education Help the "Forgotten Half"?: Short-term Economic Consequences of High School Vocational Education for Non-College Students

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper uses very recent data to address that question for individuals just one year out of high school. The paper also presents data on the types of occupations that these young people engage in, and rough statistical correlations between those occupations and types of high-school-level vocational coursework.
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Current Status of Federal Involvement in U.S. Aquaculture

Current Status of Federal Involvement in U.S. Aquaculture

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The purpose of this paper is to provide information on technology issues of immediate importance to the U.S. aquaculture industry.
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Supercomputers: government plans & policies

Supercomputers: government plans & policies

Date: March 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper was requested by the House Committee on Science and Technology. Within the past 2 years, there has been a notable expansion in the Federal supercomputer programs and this increase prompted the committee’s request for a review of issues of resource management, networking, and the role of supercomputers in basic research.
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Evaluating Defense Department Research

Evaluating Defense Department Research

Date: July 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper discusses briefly (1) the purposes of research directed toward support of the defense science and technology base and (2) criteria for judging government-supported, military oriented research portfolios. It will not cover, except tangentially, research into science and technology directed to civilian uses or the more advanced development phase of military weapons and systems.
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An Evaluation of Options for Managing Greater-Than-Class-C Low-Level Radioactive Waste

An Evaluation of Options for Managing Greater-Than-Class-C Low-Level Radioactive Waste

Date: October 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This evaluation of management options for greater-than-Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste was undertaken at the request of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The Committee asked that OTA evaluate existing Federal and non-Federal options for GTCC waste storage and disposal. From its analysis, OTA was to develop an integrated management approach to protect public health and safety in the short- and long term.
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Higher Education for Science and Engineering

Higher Education for Science and Engineering

Date: March 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper focuses on the end point of educational preparation for science and engineering careers — undergraduate and graduate study. It places the issue of future supply in the broad cultural context of changing demographics, labor market adjustments, and intervention policies.
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Big Dumb Boosters: A Low-Cost Space Transportation Option?

Big Dumb Boosters: A Low-Cost Space Transportation Option?

Date: February 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper describes and examines a launch vehicle concept commonly known as the “Big Dumb Booster,” a concept that derives from efforts first made in the 1960s to minimize costs of space launch systems. Some launch system analysts believe that the use of this concept, when applied to existing technology, could markedly reduce space transportation costs. Other analysts disagree.
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