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Officials seeking answers to Puerto Rico telescope collapse

Officials seeking answers to Puerto Rico telescope collapse

Technology
The National Science Foundation says it could cost up to $ 50 million just to clean up the debris at a renowned radio telescope that collapsed last year in Puerto RicoBy DÁNICA COTO Associated PressMarch 5, 2021, 9:30 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The National Science Foundation said Friday that it could cost up to $ 50 million just to clean up the debris at a renowned radio telescope that collapsed last year in Puerto Rico, adding that investigations into what caused its cables to fail are still ongoing.The update is part of a report that the federal agency, which owns the telescope, had to submit to Congress as the investigation continues into the Arecibo telescope. It was until recently the world’s largest radio telescope and w...
Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico damaged by broken cable

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico damaged by broken cable

Science
Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Arecibo Observatory, the world's most powerful radio space telescope, incurred significant damage when a cable that stabilizes its radio antenna snapped. Observatory engineers worked Tuesday to secure the partially wrecked facility, which was damaged the day before, said managers of the Puerto Rican landmark, who are based at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Advertisement No injuries were reported, in large part because the damage occurred about 2:45 a.m. when no one was present. "We've informed the science community that we're not doing any astronomy observation for at least two weeks," said Ray Lugo, director of the university's space institute. "Our first priority is to put the dome, antennae and suspended platform in the most secure place in case we ...
Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

World
Puerto Rico will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether the island should become a U.S. stateBy DÁNICA COTO Associated PressMay 16, 2020, 9:30 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced on Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes amid growing disillusion with the island’s U.S. territorial status. For the first time in the island’s history, the referendum will ask a single, simple question: Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a U.S. state? It’s an answer that requires approval from U.S. Congress and a question that outraged the island’s small group of independence supporters and m...
Seven states, Puerto Rico experiencing high flu activity, CDC says

Seven states, Puerto Rico experiencing high flu activity, CDC says

Health
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- More states reported high flu activity this week as the season heads into high gear, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its weekly FluView report, released Friday, CDC officials noted that eight jurisdictions across the country reported high influenza activity during the week ending Nov. 16: Puerto Rico and seven states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas. Previously only Puerto Rico and Louisiana had reported high flu activity. In addition, 2.5 percent of all healthcare visits across the country were due to flu-related concerns, up from 2.3 percent the previous week. The CDC reported that the percentage of positive blood tests for influenza A and B virus nationwide increased to 7.3 percent from 5.7 ...
43 states, Puerto Rico sue drugmakers in generic price fixing

43 states, Puerto Rico sue drugmakers in generic price fixing

Health
May 11 (UPI) -- Attorneys general in 43 states and Puerto Rico have filed a joint lawsuit accusing drugmakers of fixing prices for generic drugs used to treat arthritis, diabetes and other serious ailments. The suit, filed a Connecticut federal court Friday, alleges that pharmaceutical companies conspired to inflate and artificially control prices for more than 100 generic drugs. The suit also names 15 current and former executives in charge of marketing, pricing and sales at drug companies that include Teva Pharmaceutical, Mylan NV and a unit of Pfizer Inc. "We have hard evidence that shows the generic drug industry perpetuated a multibillion-dollar fraud on the American people," William Tong, Connecticut's attorney general, said in a statement. "We have email, text messages, telephone r...