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The Return of Science and Technology Assessment for Congress

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the nation鈥檚 urgent need for timely, reliable scientific information. Though information on the pandemic is in ample supply, less readily available is reliable analysis of what this flood of information means.

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Who Believes in Hydroxychloroquine?

Once touted as a treatment for COVID-19, hydroxychloroquine鈥檚 potential clinical value cannot be determined because of uncertainty, urgency, interests, and politics.

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The Endless Frontier Act Could Foster Technology Job Growth Across the United States

Expansion of federal support for technology-based economic development is decades overdue, and could, if implemented correctly, lead to sustainable technology-based economic growth in the many regions of the country that are currently struggling.

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  • Preparing for the Storms to Come

    September 23, 2020

    Due to climate warming, hurricanes and other storms hitting the United States are becoming wetter, slower moving, and more destructive, , citing increasing scientific evidence and pointing to Hurricane Sally鈥檚 recent pummeling of the Gulf Coast. This trend underscores ideas offered recently in Issues by researchers who noted how climate change is driving an 鈥渆ra of unprecedented weather events鈥 capable of overwhelming infrastructure, including stormwater control systems, and they recommended ways to design and manage infrastructure that will be more resilient.

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  • Major Power-Plant Maker Quitting Coal

    September 22, 2020

    In what is called 鈥渁 remarkable exit that will have far-reaching consequences,鈥 General Electric, a world leader in the manufacture of coal-fired power plants, says it will 鈥攖his despite Trump administration efforts to pump up the coal industry. It seems a case of the handwriting being on the wall. As a longtime environmental consultant recently laid out in Issues, coal has been declining as a power source for the past century, driven by an array of technological, social, and economic forces that affect energy markets.

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