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+ - Executive order will require antimicrobial stewardship

Submitted by tomhath
tomhath (637240) writes "An Executive Order signed recently will require most health care providers in the US to have antimicrobial stewardship programs.

The Federal Government will work domestically and internationally to detect, prevent, and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections by implementing measures that reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and help ensure the continued availability of effective therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections.

In addition, the order will restrict the use of antibiotics in livestock.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in HHS, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), shall continue taking steps to eliminate the use of medically important classes of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-producing animals.


+ - Calling Mr Orwell, rejigged executive order makes collecting data not collecting->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "' is often the case that one can be led astray by relying on the generic or commonly understood definition of a particular word.' Specifically words offering constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. TechDirt looks at the redefinition of the term collection as redefined by Executive Order 12333 to allow basically every information dragnet, provided no-one looks at it. "Collection" is now defined as "collection plus action." According to this document, ot still isn't collected, even if its been gathered, packaged and sent to a "supervisory authority." No collection happens until examination. It's Schroedinger's data, neither collected nor uncollected until the "box" has been opened. This leads to the question of aging off collected data/communications: if certain (non) collections haven't been examined at the end of the 5-year storage limit, are they allowed to be retained simply because they haven't officially been collected yet? Does the timer start when the "box" is opened or when the "box" is filled?"
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+ - A Space Elevator Could Now Be Possible With New Diamond Nanothread Invention->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists from Penn State University have discovered how to produce and string nanodiamonds together to form ultra-thin diamond nanothreads that could bring the long-held dream of space elevators to life, following almost a century of failed attempts by the international scientific community.

The researchers have succeeded in creating diamond nanothreads with extraordinary properties of strength and stiffness that are far stronger than today's nanotubes and polymers, using a specialised, large-volume, high-pressure device to compress benzene up to 200,000 atmospheres.

The high pressures caused the benzene to spontaneously polymerise into long, thin strands made up of hexagonal rings of carbon atoms in chains, rather than the usual three-dimensional lattice structure of a diamond."

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Comment: Because curbweight (Score 1) 3

by LeadSongDog (#47973887) Attached to: Does Marketing stand in the way Fuel Efficient Car Features?
Compare to and you'll see your new vehicle is almost 200 kg more massive (about 20%). Every time you accelerate that mass, you get nailed with a bill from Dr. Newton. In order to maintain the same acceleration as before, they had to increase torque 20% and displacement 12%. They claim the same fuel economy as 1999, but you're probably right that it has gotten worse, even with the slight reduction in fuel capacity.
If you want real economy, you need to shed some of that new mass. That means less soundproofing, fewer airbags, smaller battery and alternator, etc. Good luck getting that to market. Carmakers have been "upsizing" model-loyal customers since there's been repeat customers. Bigger means more features means more revenue. Of course, you could always get a Vespa...

Comment: Re:satellites? (Score 4, Interesting) 48

by LeadSongDog (#47967421) Attached to: SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access
LEO sats go past quickly, so you need bigger power budgets in lieu of beam steering. You also give up bandwidth to manage doppler. Best to use a mix: LEO channels for small packets with low latency, GEO channels for bandwidth. Smart routing and channel bonding does the rest.

+ - Long-Lasting, Water-Based Nuclear Battery Developed->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers working at the University of Missouri (MU) claim to have produced a prototype of a nuclear-powered, water-based battery that is said to be both longer-lasting and more efficient than current battery technologies and may eventually be used as a dependable power supply in vehicles, spacecraft, and other applications where longevity, reliability, and efficiency are paramount."
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Comment: Re:DNA? (Score 1) 222

by LeadSongDog (#47918475) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

What if instead of sterilization we pass laws saying that if you knowingly and willingly pass defective genes on to your kid, you'll get prosecuted just as though you'd harmed them through abuse. For example, if a couple knew they were both carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene, they had a kid anyway, the kid had CF, and died at age 20, they would go to jail for murder.

captcha = "condom"

That would certainly discourage people from getting tested...

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