National Academies Press

The NAP is the publishing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Engineering – all are among the most prestigious STEM organizations in the world and as such produces highly regarded monographs, reports, briefings, and consensus documents on a whole host of topics from agriculture to national security. Well over 9,000 volumes are freely available online, sorted into specific topic areas. If one listens to the news, one will inevitably hear about a report issued by the NAP; the latest one to inform the general public dealt with The Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. One can always look at the latest releases section to see what new reports have been generated; more than 200 are published every year. And you can stay in touch with the NAP via various media platforms as well

 

 

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Online Primary Sources: Illinois

This multi-volume collection – Illinois Historical Collections – ranges from 1672 through the late 19th century. Explore original records of French explorers to the region, read the papers of George Rogers Clark, peruse texts pertaining to the British presence in the area, consult early election results, and so much more. There are 38 volumes in this collection; thirty-two are currently available online.

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Jersey City’s Amazon HQ2 Proposal

Although Jersey City did not make the final cut as one of the cities to house HQ2, you can still read its proposal and find out what the city stated that it would do to accommodate Amazon, and why Amazon should have considered Jersey City.

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New Security Reports From the National Academies Press

Among the many diverse subjects the NAP publishes on, one deals with Conflict and Security Issues; currently over 550 volumes are available for free downloading/perusal. The latest volumes reflect the ongoing commitment of the NAP to issue pertinent reports; these reports have been produced within the past month alone: Changing Sociocultural Dynamics and Implications for National Security: Proceedings of a WorkshopEmerging Trends and Methods in International Security: Proceedings of a Workshop; and Leveraging Advances in Social Network Thinking for National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop. To keep yourself current on what the NAP disseminates, you can subscribe to the Conflict and Security Issues RSS feed.

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Galaxy Novels

For the space of a decade or so, Galaxy Science Fiction issued abridged reprinted novels as part of its line; they were available as standalone publications in the same format as the magazine itself. Many of these novels are/were considered classics at the time. So peruse the shortened versions of works by Jack, Williamson, C.L. Moore, James Blish, and L. Ron Hubbard (yes, that L. Ron Hubbard – some of his science fiction is darn good), among others.

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Latest Kmart/Sears Stores Closings

The complete list is here; there is one closure in the Garden State, two in the Empire State.

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National Security Reports – May 2018 Update

Gina Haspel’s CIA Torture File (National Security Archive); Rare Earth Elements – Recent Developments; The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for CongressNavy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress , Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress, Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Definitions in Brief, Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background and Issues for Congress, CRS Reports on the “Iran Deal”,(all CRS); Artificial Intelligence and National Security; Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines (Combating Terrorism Center); 2017 Internet Crime Report (FBI); Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences (Chatham House); Data Breach Trends – Year End 2017 (Risk Based Security); 2018 Special Operations Command Fact Book  (SOC); Privacy & Data Security Update: 2017 (Federal Trade Commission); Pre-Radicalization Criminal Activity of United States Extremists (START); Global Risks Report 2018 (World Economic Forum); Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers: We Need to Change the Way We are Doing Business (UN Secretary-General); and Global Food Security: A Primer (JSTOR).

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