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The revamp of the 1,860-megawatt Koeberg facility comes as Eskom struggles to produce enough electricity to meet demand and is grappling to address construction glitches and cost overruns at two new coal-fired power stations. The nuclear plant is one of the cheapest to operate in the utility’s fleet. Koeberg “has been well-maintained over its 35-year history and hence only a relatively small number of large components require replacement,” Eskom said in an emailed reply to questions.
Several publications, including Bloomberg News, outlined a bevy of problems with test versions of the device, which folds inward like a notebook. Bloomberg’s review unit experienced issues after a plastic protective layer was removed on Monday. Then the display failed to operate properly.
The scientists emphasized that their work did not even come close to reawakening consciousness in the disembodied pig brains. The research grew out of efforts to enhance the study of brain development, disorders and evolution. The main practical application is the prospect of allowing scientists to analyze whole brain specimens of large mammals in three dimensions, rather than through studies confined to small tissue samples, Yale said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to leave the Trump administration, but his departure is not imminent, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. Perry, a former governor of Texas who has taken a leading role in President Donald Trump's policy of boosting energy production, has been finalizing his departure, the source said. Perry's plan was first reported by Bloomberg. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Leslie Adler and Peter Cooney)
One of the great things about the world of science is that researchers in most fields tend to be incredibly open with their work. Many publish papers that are available to anyone who wants to read them, and paleontologists in particular love to show what they've discovered, lending fossils of ancient creatures to museums and institutions where they can be studied further and enjoyed by the general public.Fossil hunter Alan Detrich has gone firmly against that trend, deciding to list the tiny T-rex fossils he discovered on eBay, despite the fact that they were still on display at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Now, his decision to sell the bones has drawn the ire of researchers around the globe, and his $2.95 million asking price is getting a heap of criticism.As Guardian reports, the issue that many in the paleontology field have with Detrich's decision to sell the fossils -- which he boasts are from "most likely the only baby t-rex in the world" -- isn't so much that dinosaur bones shouldn't be sold, but rather that the fossils are particularly important and should be studied.By all accounts, Detrich is the rightful owner of the specimen, having discovered it on private land in Montana himself. They are his property and, as such, he's welcome to sell or do whatever else he might want to do with them. However, there's been a heated debate raging in paleontology circles for some time over the existence of pint-sized T-rex fossils and whether some other specimens come from juvenile T-rex or from a separate but related species called Nanotyrannus.Settling this debate is only possible if a true juvenile T-rex specimen is found and closely compared to others, noting any similarities or differences that could result in the naming of a new species or determining that other small skeletons are indeed baby T-rex.Selling what appears to be a small T-rex skeleton to a private buyer will likely make such research impossible to complete, and that's a frustrating reality for researchers who are desperate for knowledge.Since the eBay listing went live, the museum that had the fossils on display has removed them from public viewing and returned them to Detrich, who appears to be ready to hand over the precious bones to the highest bidder.
Based on the number of Class A and B shares outstanding after the offer, as detailed in a regulatory filing, Pinterest’s IPO price would value it at about $10.1 billion. Including restricted stock and additional shares that could be sold by the underwriters, the IPO values the San Francisco-based company at about $12.7 billion, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because those details weren’t public. Pinterest’s last valuation, from a private funding round in 2017, was $12.3 billion.
The listing is set to be fourth biggest in the U.S. so far this year, after Lyft Inc.’s $2.34 billion IPO and Tradeweb Markets Inc.’s $1.24 billion offer in March. Digital scrapbook company Pinterest Inc. is seeking to raise as much as $1.27 billion in its IPO Wednesday. Uber Technologies Inc., whose IPO is expected to take place in May, is likely to be the largest in the U.S. this year.
Mustang Bio Inc. skyrocketed as much as 485 percent to $15.55 in late U.S. trading on Wednesday following news that the boys treated with an experimental therapy treatment it licensed from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are now living normal lives. Mustang Bio is an offshoot of Fortress Biotech Inc., a company run by Rosenwald and fellow entrepreneur Michael Weiss that specializes in investigating promising compounds.
Foxconn Technology Group assembles phones and gadgets found in almost every household in the developed world, including most of Apple Inc.’s iPhones and scores of devices for other brands. It’s a business that presents both strengths and drawbacks as Gou seeks to challenge Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a China critic whose party supports formal independence. While he’s admired as one of Taiwan’s most successful entrepreneurs -- a strong leader who can negotiate with both China and the U.S. -- his vast investments on the mainland could raise questions about Beijing’s potential influence over the democratically run island.
NASA is moving forward with plans to send a crewed mission to the lunar surface by 2024, a goal that will be impossible to achieve without additional funding and support that the U.S. government has not yet confirmed it is willing to offer. Nevertheless, the agency is working hard on many of the preliminary aspects of the mission, including choosing a landing site, and boy did they pick a neat one.In an announcement on NASA's website, the agency reveals that it will be targeting the South Pole of the Moon, which has never been explored by humans but is thought to hold vast reserves of water ice. Water in any form will be crucial to future plans of using the Moon as a "jumping-off point" for missions deeper into space, and learning how to efficiently tap into the Moon's natural resources is high on the agency's priority list."We know the South Pole region contains ice and may be rich in other resources based on our observations from orbit, but, otherwise, it's a completely unexplored world," NASA deputy associate administrator Steven Clarke said in a statement. "The South Pole is far from the Apollo landing sites clustered around the equator, so it will offer us a new challenge and a new environment to explore as we build our capabilities to travel farther into space."Astronomers know a lot about the Moon's South Pole, at least in terms of its geography, but landing a crewed spacecraft in the area will still be a massive challenge. At the moment, one of the biggest hurdles remains finding a suitable launch system, with Boeing's Space Launch System seeing huge delays and few alternatives that could feasibly be readied in time.NASA has been attempting to generate support with lawmakers for an increase in budget to make the five-year Moon mission date a reality, but nothing is set in stone. We should have a better idea of how much money NASA will have to work with in the coming weeks, and the chances of pulling of a successful mission may depend on a huge boost in budget.
If you struggle with seasonal allergies, you know how awful they can feel. The symptoms of pollen allergies often mimic a relentless cold, but if your nagging cough and runny nose come with a fever, it's unlikely that your allergies are to blame.
NIH Funding Opportunities
- Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2019
- Limited Competition: Interdisciplinary Complementary and Integrative Health Clinical Research Training (T90/R90 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- NEI Notice of Participation in PAR-19-134, "Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools (R15 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)"
- NEI Notice of Participation in PAR-19-135, "Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools (R15 Clinical Trial Required)"
- Notice of Correction to NOT-RM-19-001 Request for Information (RFI): Institutional Accountability to Promote Inclusive Excellence