A rendering of the Pure Water plant (Image courtesy of the city of San Diego) Morning Report: San Diego’s big recycled water project is getting more expensive Voice of San Diego A new water recycling system is on its way to becoming the most expensive public works project San Diego has ever undertaken. Pure Water, as it’s called, could provide a third of the city’s drinking water within 20 years — while also reducing the amount of treated sewage the city dumps into the ocean. But that project, estimated in 2015 to cost some $3 billion, could now have a price tag of no less than $4.8 billion and potentially as much as $9 billion, Ry Rivard reports, based on previously undisclosed internal estimates from the Public Utilities Department. The first phase of the project, which is expected to produce about 30 million gallons of drinkable water each day, is underway now and could be done by 2024. Estimates for the second phase of the project, though, now range … [Read more...] about Daily Business Report-Feb. 13, 2019, San Diego Metro Magazine
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Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps? Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Geneticists have begun using old bones to make sweeping claims about the distant past. But their revisions to the human story are making some scholars of prehistory uneasy. A skull found at a prehistoric burial site near Teouma Bay, on the island nation of Vanuatu. Credit Credit David Maurice Smith for The New York Times Supported by ByGideon Lewis-Kraus Jan. 17, 2019 PART I 1. The Ghosts of Teouma A faint aura of destiny seems to hover over Teouma Bay. It’s not so much the landscape, with its ravishing if boilerplate tropical splendor — banana and mango trees, coconut and pandanus palms, bougainvillea, the apprehensive trill of the gray-eared honeyeater — as it is the shape of the harbor itself, which betrays, in the midst of such organic profusion, an aspect of the … [Read more...] about Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | An Ocean Engineer and a Nuclear Physicist Walk Into Congress … Supported by ByMaggie Astor Jan. 13, 2019 MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — From a couch on the back deck of a dockside restaurant, the Beatles playing in the background and a breeze blowing off the water, Joe Cunningham gestured to Shem Creek. “This could be the reality here, of oil rigs and oil spills off the beach,” Mr. Cunningham said. “An oil spill could just decimate the area, and all of a sudden instead of people coming to Charleston, South Carolina, they high-tail it down to Florida or somewhere else.” Offshore drilling might not captivate voters in most parts of the country, but it did here. For months, Mr. Cunningham called for the restoration of a federal ban as his Republican opponent, Katie Arrington, … [Read more...] about An Ocean Engineer and a Nuclear Physicist Walk Into Congress …
In May 2001 a middle-aged woman named Sharon visited her oncologist for what she thought could be her final appointment. Two months earlier, Sharon had been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, and her condition was already well beyond dire. Her liver was riddled with metastases, a massive tumor was slowly collapsing her left lung, and fluid was pooling in the pleural cavity of her chest. Doctors didn’t expect her to live more than a few weeks. At the time, metastatic melanoma was a death sentence. When melanoma is localized—known as stage 0 or stage 1—it is threatening but easily cured with surgery. But when the disease spreads and finds a home in other organs, it transforms into a brutal killer, resistant to radiation, chemotherapy, and, until recently, everything else doctors had devised. When Sharon was diagnosed, just two drugs had ever received FDA approval to treat her stage-4 disease: a chemotherapeutic agent that had never shown a survival benefit and an … [Read more...] about The Iconoclast
By Annie Vainshtein Published 3:12 pm PDT, Monday, September 10, 2018 SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JULY 10: President and CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation Dr. Jerry Lemler, poses in the Patient Care Bay at the company's office July 10, 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alcor Life Extension Foundation, where Ted Williams' body was sent after his death Williams died July 5, 2002 for his body to be Cryonicgenically frozen, is denying claims that the company decapitated baseball great Ted Williams' body, mishandled it and has lost samples of his DNA August 13, 2003. The reports came from allegations from a disgruntled employee, Larry Johnson, who until this week had been the company's chief operating officer. less SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JULY 10: President and CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation Dr. Jerry Lemler, poses in the Patient Care Bay at the company's office July 10, 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alcor Life Extension ... more … [Read more...] about Calif. scientist’s son suing cryonics nonprofit for incorrectly freezing father’s body