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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Published Thursday, November 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-18
This POSTnote reviews the Antarctic Treaty System with emphasis on scientific activities relevant to the current debate. POSTnote 18. POST. 1990 .
National curriculum & A level sciences
Published Monday, October 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-17
This POSTnote examines the effect of the National Curriculum on science teaching and the implications for the future of GCSE and A- Level exams, as well as for higher education. POSTnote 17. POST. 1990.

Topics: Schools, Science

Global warming
Published Sunday, July 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-16
This POSTnote summarises current knowledge on global warming, and examines some remaining uncertainties which are relevant to decision-makers. POSTnote 16. POST. 1990.
Understanding the human genome
Published Friday, June 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-15
This POSTnote describes current and planned research on the human genome, and considers issues which may arise from this work. POSTnote 15. POST. 1990.
BSE & slow viruses
Published Friday, June 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-14
This POSTnote examines the current state of knowledge of ‘slow viruses’ such as BSE, the evidence relevant to the public health implications and uncertainties which remain. POSTnote 14. POST. 1990.
Optical fibre networks
Published Tuesday, May 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-13
This POSTnote describes the present and potential applications of optical fibres and examines issues arising from the current regulatory framework within which they and competing technologies operate. POSTnote 13. POST. 1990
Published Sunday, April 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-12
This POSTnote describes superconductivity and its potential, and examines the UK response with reference to similar efforts abroad. POSTnote 12. POST. 1990

Topics: Electricity, Science

Release of GMOs
Published Thursday, March 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-10
This POSTnote describes GMOs, their applications, potential risks and control. POSTnote 10. POST.1990.
Energy efficiency
Published Thursday, March 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-11
This POSTnote looks at the potential for increasing energy efficiency in the UK, the barriers to progress, and reviews some of the options available for improvement. POSTnote 11. POST. 1990.
Computer misuse
Published Thursday, February 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-9
This POSTnote describes how computers can be ‘misused’, the damage that may or may not result, and the issues raised. POSTnote 9. POST. 1990.
Drinking water quality
Published Monday, January 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-8
This POSTnote describes the basis of current standards and highlights some of the issues relating to the provision of safe drinking water. POSTnote 8. POST. 1990.
International space station
Published Monday, January 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-7
This POSTnote describes the UK’s involvement in the space station, and examines the way ahead in the light of the US budget constraints and European aspirations in space. POSTnote 7. POST. 1990.
In vitro fertilisation & embryo research
Published Wednesday, November 1, 1989 | POSTnotes POST-PN-6
This POSTnote presents some of the science and technology relevant to human fertilisation and embryology. POSTnote 6. POST. 1989.
Decommissioning nuclear power stations
Published Sunday, October 1, 1989 | POSTnotes POST-PN-5
This POSTnote summarises the technology involved in decommissioning nuclear power stations and addresses related issues of potential interest to Parliamentarians. POSTnote 5. POST. 1989.
Implications of new technologies in clinical testing
Published Saturday, July 1, 1989 | POSTnotes POST-PN-4
This POSTnote describes clinical testing technologies and their status in the UK, and highlights some of the issues which may be of interest to Parliamentarians. POSTnote 4. POST. 1989.
Landfill gas - public hazard or valuable resource?
Published Thursday, June 1, 1989 | POSTnotes POST-PN-3
This POSTnote addresses the processes underlying the generation of landfill gas and describes some of the options available for its control and use. POSTnote 3. POST. 1989.
Sudden infant death syndrome - recent developments
Published Thursday, June 1, 1989 | POSTnotes POST-PN-2
This Briefing Note addresses the problem of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and summarises the new findings and their implications. POSTnote 2. POST. 1989.
Irradiation of food
Published Monday, May 1, 1989 | POSTnotes POST-PN-1
This briefing note describes the science and technology underpinning the irradiation of foods. POSTnote 1. POST. 1989.

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