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Study of the National Academy of Sciences proposes / demonstrates the feasibility of alternative methods to deactivate or confiscate free air or detonation munitions.

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Legislative Body: 

US Senate

The report highlights the feasibility of new technologies to deactivate ammunition, which could reduce risks to public health and the environment compared to the frequently used method of

Science before, during and after the government shutdown

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On December 22, the federal government of the United States suffered a partial closure which lasted for 35 days, resulting in the longest governmental closure in history. This closure, the result of a budget dispute between the President and the House of Representatives, affected more than a quarter of the US government agencies. Among the affected agencies, directly and indirectly, were leading research agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Increasing Concerns About Appointments to the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics

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The Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network (PR-SPAN) and CienciaPR, the largest network of Puerto Rican scientists in the world, is echoing the concerns expressed by the American Statistical Association and the Association of Economists of Puerto Rico about recent appointments to the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics and how these threaten the autonomy and integrity of the agency.

PR-SPAN Ambassadors in action: Climate Change and the onslaught of Hurricane María

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During the past months, ambassadors of the PR-SPAN have been part of important investigations that reflect the current climate state, effects of climate change and the impacts of atmospheric phenomena inside and outside of Puerto Rico. Last November, the United States Congress published the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), a report on climate change in the United States and its territories. Isabel K. Parés-Ramos, environmental scientist and PR-SPAN ambassador, was part of the group of researchers who led the chapter on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Development of federal environmental regulations and how to contribute

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Federal regulations are the detailed instructions for the implementation of the laws approved by Congress. These details include the technical, legal and operational considerations necessary to execute the laws. This process is open to public commentary through the agencies in charge of creating the rules. The calls for commentaries can be accessed through the Federal Registry (


What will happen to science after last midterm elections?

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Last Tuesday November 6, midterm Congressional elections were held in the United States for the 116th U.S. Congress. In the Senate, the Republicans solidified their majority and took two new seats from the Democrats, retaining their control of the upper house. The House of Representatives, however, saw a huge shift in membership and is now under Democratic control, resulting in a divided Congress.

Information Collection: Post-Hurricane Research and Assessment of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Communities in the U.S. Caribbean

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Legislative Body: 

US House

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the renewal of the currently approved information collection, Post-Hurricane Research and Assessment of Agriculture, For

PS 950: To establish the "Law for the protection of women and the preservation of life " within the abortion procedures in Puerto Rico

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Legislative Body: 

Puerto Rico Senate

To establish the "Law for the protection of women and the preservation of life" within the abortion procedures in Puerto Rico. With the establishment of this law, it is proposed: 1) To carry out abortion procedures only in authorized hospital facilities.

Science in Action: Rebuilding a Resilient Puerto Rico

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On Saturday, September 1st, 2018 the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Caribbean Division, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) co-hosted the conference Science in Action: Puerto Rican Public Policy Supported by Evidence. I had the pleasure of traveling to Puerto Rico and participating in this conference as a member of the organizing committee.


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