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Novartis has filed for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the gene therapy, Zolgensma, and a decision is expected within weeks. The FDA submission was based on findings from a trial of 15 babies treated with Zolgensma. One patient died from respiratory failure, which was deemed by the investigator and an independent monitor to be unrelated to the gene therapy.
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992.
Is the final frontier the next frontier for cloud computing? One of the presentations planned for Amazon's re:MARS conference in June suggests that Lockheed Martin is putting serious thought into the idea of space-based cloud services. The presentation, titled "Solving Earth's Biggest Problems With a Cloud in Space," features Yvonne Hodge, vice president and chief information officer at Lockheed Martin Space. Just because an executive is talking about the subject doesn't necessarily mean the aerospace giant has a plan in the works. But the concept would fit in nicely with Lockheed Martin's previously announced partnership with Amazon on AWS Ground… Read More
If you're an aspiring skywatcher looking for a good reason to stay up past your bedtime and gaze into the cosmos, I have good news: Friday, April 19th will feature a full moon. However, if you're eagerly anticipating tonight's full moon because it carries the nickname "Pink Moon," I have a devastating truth to reveal: It won't be pink.Tonight's full moon -- or "Full Pink Moon" or "Pink Full Moon" or whatever you see it called around the web and beyond -- carries its nicknamed not based on its actual color, but rather because it's the first full moon of April, when lovely pink flowers known as ground phlox first begin to bloom. Yeah, it's kind of a bummer.The Pink Moon follows the trend of naming moons based on agricultural schedules set by early farmers that used cues from the Moon for a variety of things, according to the Farmers' Almanac. It's said that lunar cycles helped Native American farmers track the changes in season, though there's some dispute over which tribes actually used which naming conventions, and how widespread the practice was.Nevertheless, these old labels have seeped into our popular culture and are now used widely. Hence, we know all about the Harvest Moon, Wolf Moon, Pink Moon, Beaver Moon, and the like.Regardless of how much stock you put into the naming schemes, tonight's full moon will probably be worth your time to check out. We're just a few days past perigee, the point where the Moon is closest to Earth, so it'll appear large and bright in the night sky, as long as the weather cooperates. Just don't expect it to be pink.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA — and the spirit — of a tree that has symbolized hope in the 24 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history shook the city to its core.
The meditations read out by speakers during the 14 "stations of the cross" which commemorate the last hours of Jesus' life were written by Sister Eugenia Bonetti, an 80-year-old Italian nun who has won multiple awards for her work with trafficked women and children. Francis has made defense of migrants a key feature of his pontificate and has clashed over the immigration with politicians such as U.S. President Donald Trump and Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini who leads the anti-immigrant League party and has closed Italy's ports to rescue ships operated by charities. Bonetti's were among the most graphic and emotional ever read at the service.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Friday called on supporters to take to the streets on May 1 for what he called "the largest march in the history" of the South American country to keep the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to leave power. Guaido, the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who in January invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency on the basis that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate, reiterated his call for the country's armed forces to take his side in the three-month power struggle. "They will need to listen to the people saying: enough," Guaido told a crowd gathered at a plaza in eastern Caracas, setting the date for the march for May 1, International Workers' Day.
Seven-year-old Trinity underwent dozens of tests before being diagnosed with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC), an ultra-rare disease believed to affect only one in every 50,000-100,000 children worldwide.
"And we have lift off the guitarist G 11 mission." Huh? The closed captions on Facebook might need a bit of tweaking after a NASA video displayed some peculiar subtitles.The video in question is the Wednesday launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket, carrying a Cygnus cargo freighter destined for the International Space Station, done in conjunction with NASA. As Ars Technica pointed out, the captions leave a lot to be desired. Watch the original video below with the captions turned on. In case you missed it, here are a few of the more choice errors made in the captions. In this case, the caption should have read, "and we have lift off of the Antares NG-11 mission." Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Space, Nasa, and Science
"And we have lift off the guitarist G 11 mission." Huh? The closed captions on Facebook might need a bit of tweaking after a NASA video displayed some peculiar subtitles. The video in question is the Wednesday launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket, carrying a Cygnus cargo freighter destined for the International Space Station, done in conjunction with NASA. As Ars Technica pointed out, the captions leave a lot to be desired. Watch the original video below with the captions turned on. In case you missed it, here are a few of the more choice errors made in the captions. In this case, the caption should have read, "and we have lift off of the Antares NG-11 mission." Close but still not quite right; the correct caption would be "core pressurization looks good." While this one may make some sense if you're watching with just captions, it's still not the correct caption, which should have read, "TVC is nominal." Yeah, these are kind of silly. But it's also kind of a big deal that Facebook can't get these captions correct. After all, Facebook previously made a big to-do about using these live video captions for hearing impaired users. It can't always be perfect, but it should be a bit better than this. We reached out to Facebook to see what causes these kinds of errors and what might be done to fix them. In the meantime, just use a bit of caution when watching these Facebook videos and if a caption seems too silly to be accurate, it probably is. Hope that guitarist G 11 makes it back from space. WATCH: Meet Katie Bouman, one of the scientists who helped capture the first black hole image
BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus.
A health worker fighting an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo was killed Friday in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The attack is the latest in a string of assaults on teams grappling with a near nine-month-old Ebola outbreak that has claimed almost 850 lives. "The @WHO family lost a dear colleague in the hospital attack in Butembo, #DRC, today," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet.