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California power company PG&E Corp, which expects to soon file for bankruptcy, said on Wednesday it would cost between $75 billion and $150 billion to fully comply with a judge's order to inspect its power grid and remove or trim trees that could fall into power lines and trigger wildfires. PG&E in a filing at U.S. District Court in San Francisco said it could not on its own afford the work proposed in a Jan. 9 order by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is overseeing conditions of the company's probation following a 2010 gas pipeline explosion. To pay for the proposed work, PG&E said it would have to pass the bill to ratepayers who get their power from the utility company's nearly 100,000 miles of overhead lines in northern California.
Her train journey from Sweden took 32 hours, but Greta Thunberg is not tired. The teenager is dead-set in her mission to persuade the global elite in Davos to take climate action. The 16-year-old has galvanised protests by schoolchildren around the world, after delivering a fiery speech to world leaders at last month's UN climate talks in Poland.
Chinese scientists have made clones of a gene-edited macaque to aid research of circadian rhythm disorders that are linked to sleep problems, depression and Alzheimer's disease, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. It was the first time multiple clones had been made from a gene-edited monkey for biomedical research, the agency said. The clones were born at the Institute of Neuroscience at the China Academy of Sciences in Shanghai.
Citigroup and Nasdaq are among a group of firms investing $20 million dollars in Symbiont.io Inc, Bloomberg reports on Jan. 23. Other investors reportedly include Mike Novogratz’s crypto-focused merchant bank, Galaxy Digital Holdings. Symbiont’s blockchain and smart contract platform, Assembly, will be applied in capital markets.
Most Latin American nations recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on Wednesday, leaving Nicolas Maduro ever more isolated as he faces unrest at home and threats from the United States. Longstanding leftist allies Bolivia and Cuba were the only countries in the region to explicitly voice support for Maduro as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru backed Guaido. The United States and Canada also recognized Guaido - the 35-year-old leader of Venezuela's opposition-dominated National Assembly - as Venezuela's legitimate ruler.
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Heathrow Airport is trialling new technology that could dramatically cut travel delays caused by low visibility on runways. Air traffic management service NATS has started a three-month test of the AI system, which if deployed could cut down lost time at the UK's largest airport by 20pc and reduce the amount of late-running flights. Heathrow has the highest airport control tower in the UK at 87 metres, but this means it can be surrounded by low cloud even when the runways are clear. In these conditions, controllers rely on radar to know if an arriving aircraft has cleared the runway. This means extra time must be given between each landing, resulting in a 20pc loss of arrivals capacity, and subsequent delays. Nats has deployed 20 ultra high-definition cameras at the airfield, which feed their footage into an AI system which is learning to interpret the images and track aircraft. This informs a controller when an aircraft has cleared the runway, reducing their workload and making it easier to decide when to give permission for the next arrival to land. Nats believes the system will help the airport reclaim all the lost capacity from the tower being in low visibility. The technology will be particularly useful at night, as the highly sensitive cameras will enable controllers to see the airfield as if it was dusk rather than complete darkness. Technology intelligence - newsletter promo - EOA Ahead of rolling out the technology later this year, the airport plans to study the behaviour of over 50,000 aircrafts to ensure the accuracy of the system, organisers have said. The trial is part of a £2.5m investment that NATS has made in a "digital tower laboratory" located inside Heathrow's control tower. Andy Taylor, chief solution officer at NATS, said: "I am convinced that this technology can totally revolutionise how air traffic is managed at airports around the world.” Heathrow executives have said that this technology could play a major role in its expansion through a third runway. Aviation minister Baroness Sugg said: “I’m determined that this sector continues to drive up standards and investing in innovative technology is good news for passengers and good news for airlines, helping improve journeys and customer satisfaction.” Heathrow has been subject to scrutiny in recent months following cancellations and delays caused by a drone sighting and IT systems failure within airport buildings. Kathryn Leahy, Heathrow's director of airport operations, said there are typically around 12 low visibility days a year when the tower is surrounded by clouds. "We need to be a lot more resilient," she said. "When we've got low visibility in the morning and we're being regulated by Nats from an air traffic control point of view, that then knocks on to the next wave of aircraft that are due to depart. "You see that knock-on effect through the day." Ms Leahy added that the new technology could prevent the need for a second tower to be built with the opening of a third runway.
Parliament did not vote as planned on three cabinet posts that remain empty, however, leaving Iraq with an incomplete government months after a general election. The budget projected oil exports of 3.88 million barrels per day, up from 3.8 million bpd for the previous year, at a price of $56 per barrel, an increase from the $46 the 2018 budget was based on. Iraq's 2019 budget of 133 trillion dinars ($112 billion) included payment of salaries for the Peshmerga, the military force for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, a move that lawmakers said might help ease tension between Baghdad and Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region.
Soonho Ahn joined Apple in December as global head of battery developments, after working as a senior vice president at Samsung SDI since 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. At Samsung SDI, Ahn led development of lithium battery packs and worked on "next-generation" battery technology, the profile says. Apple and Ahn didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Brazil's new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro will work to establish the formal independence of the country's central bank in his first 100 days in office, his chief of staff Onyx Lorenzoni said on Wednesday. Although the Brazilian central bank enjoys administrative autonomy, it is one of the few major central banks in the world that does not have formal institutional independence. While campaigning last year, Bolsonaro promised to propose legislation to make the bank formally independent.
Now one veteran analyst is calling for the first industry downturn in a quarter century. Video game revenue is headed for the first decline since 1995, with sales expected to fall by 1 percent to $136.5 billion this year, according to Pelham Smithers, owner of an eponymous London-based research firm. Smithers, who began covering the industry in the late 1980s, points to the recent sharp drop in stocks like Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Electronics Arts Inc. as proof that he’s right.
The forces that control eastern Libya regard U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame as an enemy contributing to the North African nation's violent crisis, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The unusually strong criticism followed the U.N. Libya mission's expression of "deep concern" about a deployment last week to southern Libya of troops from the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by Khalifa Haftar.
Last year was a huge year for private spaceflight, with a steady stream of very successful launches and huge progress being made on more ambitious ventures. It's already looking like 2019 is going to be an even bigger test for SpaceX, as well as competitor Boeing. Both groups are expected to soon begin their new manned spacecraft systems that will eventually serve NASA's needs, but first NASA has to make sure it has its crews ready. In a new announcement, NASA reveals that it is swapping out one of the astronauts expected to participate in the very first manned flight of the Boeing Starliner ship, which will ferry travelers to and from the International Space Station. The swap will see astronaut Eric Boe removed from the planned crew roster and replaced by Mike Fincke. NASA doesn't offer much in the way of details surrounding the decision to shuffle the astronauts other than to say that Boe "is unable to fly due to medical reasons." Boe was originally announced as a member of the crew in August 2018. "Fincke will begin training immediately alongside NASA's Nicole Mannand Boeing's Chris Ferguson, who were both assigned to the mission in August 2018," NASA says in a new blog post. "The Starliner's Crew Flight Test will be the first time that the new spacecraft, which is being developed and built by Boeing as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, is launched into space with humans on board." It'll be a history-making flight in that Boeing is expected to be the first commercial partner to have its manned spacecraft ready to take passengers. Lots of things could change that, however, as both Boeing and SpaceX will need to prove to NASA that their ships are capable of safely transporting astronauts. Before either SpaceX's Crew Dragon or Boeing's Starliner are allowed to carry a crew, both companies will showcase the capabilities of their hardware with unmanned test flights which will be closely monitored by NASA.
Horizon: We Need to Talk About Death (BBC Two) was more cheery than it sounded. This thought-provoking film found Dr Kevin Fong asking questions which face not just the medical profession but every one of us. Modern healthcare focuses on saving lives, but should we accept the inevitable and stop throwing everything into treating patients right to the very end? Would resetting the system to provide better palliative care result in better quality of life and enable us to die happier? After all, only three per cent of us say we’d like to die in hospital but more than half of us will. Fong explored the issue at St Christopher’s Hospice in south London, where wise medical director Professor Rob George said that his job was helping to conclude lives, not battle diseases. “The biography, not the biology,” as he put it. Dr Mark Taubert, palliative care consultant at Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre, agreed that tough conversations can be better than intensive, invasive treatment. He introduced us to Alison, who had advanced bowel cancer but decided against further chemotherapy, determined to spend what time she had left celebrating her life, not suffering in bed. At the Dolphniarium in Rotterdam Fong was an unobtrusive host, letting the professionals and patients do the talking. He went to the Netherlands to watch the Ambulance Wish Foundation take terminally ill Erica to her beloved Dolphinarium one last time. “Beautiful, isn’t it?” she sighed happily. “I enjoy this so much.” Fong said that making the film had changed the way that he will think about every patient he sees. Erica ended her day by visiting her grandchildren. Alison threw a party, with Dr Taubert among the guests. The late David Bowie’s Heroes played the programme out. It was an uplifting climax to a documentary full of surprises.
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