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Hillary Clinton Tells NASA To ‘Just Make Another Suit’ After First All-Female Spacewalk Is Rescheduled
NASA can put a man on the moon — but it can't outfit two women astronauts in well-fitting spacesuits for the same mission. Earlier this week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that a female member of the crew scheduled to work on the installation of lithium-ion batteries for a pair of the International Space Station’s solar arrays would be replaced by a man. According to a statement NASA gave to Popular Science, it came down to the availability of spacesuits on the ISS.
The simmering trade war between the United States and China risks devastating the Amazon rainforest as Beijing looks for ways to make up a shortfall in US-grown soya beans, experts warned on Wednesday. Over the last eight months, the US and China have slapped tariffs on more than $360 billion in two-way goods trade, weighing on the manufacturing sectors in both countries. One US export especially hard hit by the tit-for-tat measures has been soya beans, most of which are used for animal feed.
Development of Sample Sparing Assays for Monitoring Immune Responses (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The social media giant’s policies have long excluded posts on white supremacy, but Facebook said it didn’t apply the same lens to expressions of white nationalism because it wanted to be able to include “broader concepts” of nationalism such as American pride and Basque separatism, which are linked to people’s identity. The problem of white nationalism on Facebook was magnified in 2017 after a deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists used the social networking site as a way to fuel hatred and to connect far-right groups in a protest of the removal of a Confederate statue.
The unanimous jury returned its verdict in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick, just miles from J&J's headquarters, in the case of plaintiff Ricardo Rimondi. J&J, which faces some 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide, denies that its talc causes cancer, saying numerous studies and tests by regulators worldwide have shown its talc to be safe and asbestos-free. In a trial that lasted a month, lawyers for Rimondi told jurors that asbestos-tainted J&J talc products caused the man's mesothelioma, a type of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure.
In a televised address to the nation, Modi said India fired a missile to knock down one of its own satellites in low Earth orbit, calling the capability crucial for national security. “India has today established its name as a space power,” Modi said. The shoot-down involved an interceptor from India’s ballistic missile defense program, showcasing the country’s rising confidence in the technology.
Texas officials on Tuesday sued owners of a Houston area petrochemical storage facility over a fire last week that burned for days, alleging violations of environmental laws and seeking damages to cover response costs for the disaster that released chemicals into the air and waterways. The suit seeks reimbursement of costs for emergency responders, temporary air and water monitoring systems, and health care workers. "We have been working with state and federal partners to hold ITC responsible for the damages," Harris County Chief Executive Lina Hidalgo said on Tuesday at a hearing where local residents pushed for a response to the disaster that sent tons of carbon monoxide into the air and chemicals into waterways.
Representative Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump's proposal was "dead" as soon as it arrived in Congress at the second of two House of Representatives hearings where Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced lawmakers skeptical about the budget plan. "This budget... signals to the world that the Trump foreign policy is one of disengagement," Engel said. The ranking Republican on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees State Department spending, Hal Rogers, described the budget plan at an earlier subcommittee hearing as "woefully inadequate" to cover the administration's foreign policy and security goals.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans on Tuesday defeated the "Green New Deal" resolution that called for tackling climate change by moving the United States off fossil fuels, while Democrats said the vote was a political stunt on an issue that will rise in importance. The vote was 57 against the resolution in the 100-member chamber, with 43 Democrats voting "present." Republicans won over Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and one independent senator, Angus King, who usually votes with the Democrats. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Leslie Adler)
Nasa must return people to the moon within five years "by any means necessary", Mike Pence has said. The US vice president called on the space agency to accelerate its efforts to get people back to our neighbour, aiming for the lunar south pole, in a major speech. Talking to a meeting of the National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama, he said Nasa rockets and lunar landers will be replaced by private craft, if required.
NASA responded to accusations of sexism Wednesday over its decision to cancel a planned historic spacewalk by two women astronauts due to a lack of well-fitting spacesuits. On Monday, the US space agency announced that Christina Koch will perform tasks in space Friday with fellow American Nick Hague -- rather than with Anne McClain as originally planned. Had Koch and McClain done their spacewalk together, it would have been the first ever by two women astronauts -- out of more than 200 spacewalks since 1998.
After spending the winter months hibernating inside a fridge at a rescue centre in Belarus, a group of bats awaken and are released into the wild. The Kozhanopolis centre, which is located in Minsk, takes in bats that are found by members of the public after struggling to find a safe place to hibernate. "In winter, bats fall into a very deep sleep and for hibernation, they need fairly cold and moist environments," says the centre's head, Alexei Shpak.
NIH Funding Opportunities
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- Notice of Clarification to the Award Budget for PAR-18-894, "Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Enhance Workforce Diversity (R36 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)"
- Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the NIH Common Fund Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures Program: Multisite Clinical Center Acute Pain from Musculoskeletal Trauma or Acute Peri-operative Pain (UM1 Clinical Trial Optional)
- Notice of Change to the Award Budget for PAR-18-802 "Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Technologies for Low-Resource Settings (R41/R42 - Clinical Trial Optional)".