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From Climate Change on Earth to Moon, Mars and Beyond ….

by Caroline Adenberger and Susanne Schandl


Climate Change-Debating America's Policy Options
by David G. Victor


Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
ISBN 0-87609-343-8, 200 pp, July 2004
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This book provides a balanced and comprehensive account of the issues involved in climate change and the range of domestic and foreign policy options available to American policymakers.
Written by David G. Victor, a leading expert on environmental policy, this report is seeking to raise public awareness about the complexities of climate change. Victor presents three alternative policy options in the form of presidential speeches, along with a memo that explains the multidimensional nature of this critical issue.



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Science and Engineering Indicators 2004
by The National Science Board


Publisher: National Science Foundation
Two volumes (Vol 1, NSB 04-1; Vol 2, NSB 04-1A), May 2004
http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/seind04/
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The "Science and Engineering Indicators 2004" provides an overview of the current state of U.S. science and engineering and is published by the National Science Board on a biennial basis. Aside from numerous tables and graphics, this report also presents analyses concerning related topics ranging from U.S. science and engineering education to U.S. technology in the global market place. This most recent edition gives, among others, detailed information on various topics including the demographics of actively employed S&E doctorate holders in the U.S., federal funding for R&D, industrial performance factors, who are the key players and many more.


The Austrian Nation. Cultural Consciousness and Socio-Political Processes
by Ernst Bruckmüller, translated and with an afterword by Lowell A. Bangerter


Publisher: Ariadne Press
ISBN 1-57241-115-5, 480 pp, 2004
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Through historical analysis and evaluation of social research, Ernst Bruckmüller examines a broad variety of factors that have contributed to the evolution of modern Austria as a uniquely defined political, cultural, and social entity. The resulting study not only presents a detailed portrait of Austria, its inhabitants in their historical context, and the nation's role in Europe and the world, but also a wealth of reference information pertaining to every detail of Austrian life.



A Journey to Inspire, Innovate, and Discover - Moon, Mars and Beyond …

 Report of the President's Commission on the Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy

Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office
ISBN 0-16-073075-9, 60 pp, June 2004
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This is the first report of the Commission, established by the President of the United States on January 27, 2004 to provide recommendations for implementation of The Vision for U.S. Space Exploration, outlined in George W. Bush's policy statement entitled "A Renewed Spirit of Discovery."
The report provides suggestions on a variety of topics, including potential private sector and international participation of the scientific community in implementing the vision.
http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/60736main_M2M_report_small.pdf


10th Anniversary of the Educational Cooperation between Austria and New York City - Past, Present, Future
by The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (Editor)

Publisher: Studienverlag Ges.m.b.H
ISBN 3-7065-1874-0, 139 pp, 2004
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For 10 years, there have been close ties between the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the New York City Department of Education and the City University of New York in a multifaceted collaboration, i.e. projects like professional teacher development, overseas graduate education, and a "virtual enterprise" program based on Austrian models.
This book gives a broad overview of the achievements and further goals of this ten-year partnership and features the reflections of founders, staff, teachers, students, faculty, friends and supporters of this successful project.


Food Security Assessment, Agriculture and Trade Report
by Stacey Rosen and Shahla Shapouri (Coordinators), Birgit Meade, Michael Trueblood, William Liefert, and Constanza Valdes

Publisher: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agriculture and Trade Report No. (GFA15), 92 pp, May 2004
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/GFA15/
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Food aid has been and continues to be an important tool used by the international community to fight hunger in low-income countries.
Just over 900 million people in the 70 low-income countries studied in this report are estimated to have consumed less than the recommended nutritional requirements in 2003. This marks a decline from more than 1 billion in 2002. A further main focus of this report is how the effectiveness of food aid could be improved by increased coordination between donor groups, more transparent eligibility criteria, and fewer fluctuations in year-to-year aid levels.


Biological Resource Centers
Knowledge Hubs for the Life Sciences
by Scott Stern

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN 0-8157-8149-0, 120pp, 2004

This book provides a systematic economic assessment of the impact of biological resource centers through their role in facilitating cumulative knowledge in the life sciences and building on their roles as knowledge hubs—institutions that facilitate the transfer of scientific and technical knowledge among members of a research community.
The knowledge hubs framework offers insight into how to develop and evaluate policy proposals that impinge on the control and access of biological materials. Stern argues that science and innovation policy must be premised on a clear understanding of the role that knowledge hubs play and the policy mechanisms that encourage their sustained growth and effectiveness.


The Best of Austrian Science Fiction
Edited by Franz Rottensteiner, translated by Todd C. Hanlin

Publisher: Ariadne Press
ISBN 1572410787, 321 pp, 2004
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Unlike fantasy, Austrian science fiction is mostly written by authors who have written no other fiction, sometimes by professional scientists for whom science fiction is their natural literary outlet. Herbert W. Franke, Peter Schattschneider or Michael Springer are all physicists. This anthology presents a representative sample of Austrian science fiction and contains a comprehensive overview of the history and current state of science fiction in Austria by the editor.
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