The National Institutes of Health was given a 90-day extension on a contract to complete an audit of all HHS-funded fetal tissue acquisitions and a comprehensive review of HHS-funded fetal tissue research. Once complete, they will decide on whether or not to continue its long-term multimillion-dollar contract with the University of California, San Francisco to make “humanized mice” with organs.
“During the 90-day extension,” the NIH said, “the NIH Contracting Officer Representative can instruct UCSF to produce new mouse cohorts, obtain or engraft new fetal tissue, and/or start new in vitro or humanized mouse studies that are not already planned, if deemed scientifically necessary.”
The current “Humanized Mouse Models for HIV Therapeutics Development” contract requires UCSF to make at least two different types of humanized mice both of which must be constructed with liver and thymus tissues taken from aborted babies.
Whether or not the federal government continues to fund human fetal tissue research that creates a demand for tissue taken from aborted babies is now an internal policy decision in the hands of the Trump Administration.
Frank Bunger, MBA 18, dreamed of space as a child. Today, he’s pursuing that dream as co-founder and CEO of Orion Span, a startup that plans to build the Aurora Space Station to launch travelers into space 200 miles above the earth’s surface by 2021.
Before police arrived to the scene, an Amato's Cafe employee took matters into his own hands to protect his restaurant and its patrons.
...a woman jump out of a vehicle in the parking lot followed by a man, who tackled her to the ground.. several staff members and customers came outside to separate the man from the woman. The woman was helped inside the restaurant... "When he stepped in, his knife was in his hand and he kind of lunged," Tony said, "and that's when I went from finger off the trigger to finger on the trigger, and I told him 'I will shoot, I will shoot.'"... After throwing his knife away and backing out of the kitchen, Amato says the man climbed on top of the car and started screaming... Officers arrived and negotiated with the man, and OPD confirms a Taser was deployed... The woman who was allegedly assaulted by the man told Amato's employees that the man was high on meth.
Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and housing chief during the Obama administration, formally announced on Saturday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election.
“Today we’re falling backwards instead of moving forward. And the opportunities that made America, America are reaching fewer and fewer people,” he said, flanked by his wife Erica and children Carina and Cristian in San Antonio's Plaza Guadalupe, among a crowd of a couple hundred people. “That’s why we are here today. Because we’re going to make sure that the promise of America is there for everyone.”
It's unclear what Mr. Trump meant exactly, as simplifying a path to citizenship for such visa holders would almost certainly require approval from Congress, and the White House has made no such suggestion in its latest border security funding proposal, or any other public offer.
This is Trump throwing the DEMs a bone for the wall.
The legal strategy remains in the theoretical stages, since Trump has so far declined to take such a step — and it’s unclear if he ever will.
But on day 21 of the partial government shutdown — a closure prompted by an impasse over border wall funding — Democrats are prepping for the possibility that Trump will try to sidestep Congress and divert other funds to new wall construction by proclaiming the situation a formal emergency.
President Donald Trump on Friday said he is in no rush to declare a national emergency to secure funds for his border wall, suggesting instead that he will give negotiators more time to strike a deal to end the partial government shutdown.
"What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency," the president said during a roundtable discussion on border security at the White House. "I'm not going to do it so fast."
He then tried to put pressure on lawmakers to figure out a way to meet his demands for $5.7 billion in border wall funds.
Artificial intelligence is helping researchers spot aggressive forms of ovarian cancer.
Yinyin Yuan and colleagues at the Institute of Cancer Research in London built an AI to look for differences in tumour cell shape. It analysed tissue sample images from 514 women with ovarian cancer and found that misshapen nuclei correspond to a more aggressive form of the disease with a survival rate of 15 per cent over five years. That compares with 53 per cent for the standard form.
Writing in the German newspaper Handelsblatt, Ms Von der Leyen hit back at claims by another German politician who argued the EU should forge ahead with building a “real European army” instead of just talking about it.
In response, she said Wolfgang Clement was right in principle but had neglected to mention “the progress we Europeans have made in the last few years”.
She said: “Europe’s army is already taking shape.
“Reforms over the past months and years have brought our armed forces closer together. We're working quickly.
EU leaders including Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have previously expressed their hopes of forming an EU defence force.
Speaking in November, the French leader said a “true European army” is required to protect the interests of the bloc as the United States under President Donald Trump continues to look inward.
...The charges against Assange have not been officially revealed, though it’s plausible that the offenses are related to Russian hacking and the DNC emails.
The alleged offenses in the complaint notwithstanding, the government has an abundance of data to work with: over a dozen WikiLeaks’ computers, hard drives, and email accounts, including those of the organization’s current and former editors-in-chief, along with messages exchanged with alleged Russian hackers about DNC emails. Through a series of search warrants, subpoenas, equipment seizures, and cooperating witnesses, the federal government has collected internal WikiLeaks data covering the majority of the organization’s period of operations, from 2009 at least through 2017.
In some instances, the seized data has been returned and allegedly destroyed... In others, the seized materials include communications between WikiLeaks and their sources. Some of these discussions show WikiLeaks discussing their other sources and specific identifying details about them.
Regardless of what the charges against Assange are, the government has terabytes of data with which to try to make its case, data that’s come from WikiLeaks supporters, sources, key personnel, and Assange himself. The full depth of the government’s sources, however, have yet to be revealed.
Formerly known as the "BFR," the Starship is the private space company's upcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle meant for journeys to the moon and Mars and for hour-long trips anywhere on Earth.
As you can see, the actual spacecraft has a lot more texture than the smooth computer render the SpaceX chief teased a few days ago... Musk said the orbital version will be taller and have thicker skins that won't wrinkle. It'll likely take some time before we see that bigger, smoother Starship, though.
Looks like a homage to classic retro-futurism. It's a beautiful Starship.
Miami International Airport (MIA) will temporarily shutter one of its terminals this weekend as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners have been calling in sick at twice the airport’s normal rate as the partial federal government shutdown shows no signs of coming to an end.
On Jan. 10, the agency reported a 55 percent increase in employees calling out sick, a dramatic spike from a 3.3 percent one year ago.
Reports on twitter are saying that multiple people were left injured after an explosion at a bakery in central Paris.
The official story is that a gas leak was the cause, while some media outlets are saying it’s being considered as accidental. Others on twitter that were on the scene are saying it was a car bomb, but so far nothing has been confirmed.
The explosion comes as Yellow Vest protesters were planning on taking to the streets later today.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said Friday that she would run for president, joining what is expected to be a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge President Trump in 2020.
Ms. Gabbard announced her decision to CNN in an interview with the political commentator Van Jones that is scheduled to air on Saturday. “I have decided to run,” she said in a short clip posted Friday, “and will be making a formal announcement within the next week.”
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