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Adult Literacy and New Technologies: Tools for a Lifetime

Adult Literacy and New Technologies: Tools for a Lifetime

Date: July 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: Adult education needs are difficult to define and difficult to meet; what constitutes adequate literacy changes continually as the demands facing individuals grow more complex. This report is an attempt to identify those capabilities, along with limitations, and outline how new information technologies can be marshaled to meet the goal of a fully literate citizenry.
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Advanced Automotive Technology: Visions of a Super-Efficient Family Car

Advanced Automotive Technology: Visions of a Super-Efficient Family Car

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report presents the results of the Office of Technology Assessment’s analysis of the prospects for developing automobiles that offer significant improvements in fuel economy and reduced emissions over the longer term (out to the year 2015). The report examines the likely costs and performance of a range of technologies and vehicle types, and the U.S. and foreign research and development programs for these technologies and vehicles (to allow completion of this study before OTA closed its doors, issues such as infrastructure development and market development--- critical to the successful commercialization of advanced vehicles-were not covered).
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Advanced Network Technology

Advanced Network Technology

Date: June 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper analyzes technologies for tomorrow’s information superhighways. Advanced networks will first be used to support scientists in their work, linking researchers to supercomputers, databases, and scientific instruments. The paper also describes six test networks that are being funded as part of the High Performance Computing and Communications Program.
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Adverse Reactions to HIV Vaccines: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Issues

Adverse Reactions to HIV Vaccines: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Issues

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The purpose of this background paper is to describe the current state of development of HIV vaccines, and to discuss what is known about adverse reactions that may occur. The background paper provides an overview of ethical issues that arise in the conduct of HIV vaccine trials. The report also discusses alternatives to the current product liability system to encourage the development of HIV vaccines and to fairly compensate those who are harmed as a result of adverse reactions to the vaccine.
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Affordable Spacecraft: Design and Launch Alternatives

Affordable Spacecraft: Design and Launch Alternatives

Date: January 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper examines several proposals for reducing the costs of spacecraft and other payloads and describes launch systems for implementing them. It is one of a series of products of a broad assessment of space transportation technologies undertaken by OTA at the request of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
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After the Cold War: Living With Lower Defense Spending

After the Cold War: Living With Lower Defense Spending

Date: February 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report focuses on ways to handle the dislocation of workers and communities that is, to some degree, inevitable in the defense cutback. It opens a discussion of how defense technologies might be converted to commercial applications. The second and final report of the assessment will continue that discussion and will concentrate on opportunities to channel human and technological resources into building a stronger civilian economy.
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Aging Nuclear Power Plants: Managing Plant Life and Decommissioning

Aging Nuclear Power Plants: Managing Plant Life and Decommissioning

Date: September 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report examines the following: the outlook for safety management and economic life decisions for the Nation’s existing nuclear power plants as they age, the prospects for decommissioning, and current and potential Federal efforts that could contribute to more timely and better informed decisions regarding plant life and decommissioning.
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Agricultural Commodities as Industrial Raw Materials

Agricultural Commodities as Industrial Raw Materials

Date: June 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report examines potential new crops and traditional crops for industrial uses including replacements for petroleum and imported strategic materials; replacements for imported newsprint, wood rosins, rubbers, and oils; and degradable plastics. This report finds that, in the absence of additional and more comprehensive policies, developing industrial uses for agricultural commodities alone is unlikely to revitalize rural economies and solve the problems of American agriculture.
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Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer Policies for the 1990s: a special report of OTA's assessment on emerging agricultural technology: issues for the 1990s

Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer Policies for the 1990s: a special report of OTA's assessment on emerging agricultural technology: issues for the 1990s

Date: March 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report addresses the central issues in the debate of the 1990 Farm Bill. It was requested as part of a larger study examining emerging agricultural technologies and related issues for the 1990s by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the House Committee on Agriculture.
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Agriculture, Trade, and Environment: Achieving Complementary Policies

Agriculture, Trade, and Environment: Achieving Complementary Policies

Date: May 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report provides information that can help align agricultural legislation with emerging needs and trends. Current policies do not ameliorate conflicts between agricultural production and environmental quality, between trade and the environment, and between agriculture and competitive trade.
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