Posted on behalf of Hannah Hoag The Canadian government is making a move to stop using nuclear reactors to produce medical isotopes. Natural Resources Canada announced yesterday that it would distribute CAN$31 million (US$31.1 million) to four teams that will use existing cyclotrons and linear accelerators to develop Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) by April 2012. An extra CAN$4 million will go on costs the government incurs in setting up and administering the overall programme. The federal government gave up on the National Research Universal reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, and its planned successor, two Multipurpose Applied Physics Lattice Experiment (MAPLE) reactors, after … Read more
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has chosen Ellen Feigal, a biotechnology executive and drug development expert, as its second-in-command. CIRM president Alan Trounson said the agency is to looking to Feigal to help it make good on its promise to translate basic science into treatments. “The primary aim is really to draw on her expertise in translational and clinical medicine, because that’s a pretty important part of our portfolio now,” Trounson said. Generating a tangible product is becoming ever more crucial for CIRM as the clock runs down on the ten-year lifespan of the agency, which was voted into … Read more
The European Commission has partially shut down its carbon-trading market – the world’s largest – after carbon allowances worth up to €30 million were stolen from insecure accounts.
The thefts mean more negative press for the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS), a key pillar of efforts to force industries to cut their carbon dioxide emissions.
No money – no problem: Atlantis back in 2009. Photo:NASA/Jack Pfaller NASA has added one more Space Shuttle flight to the schedule of launches before its veteran fleet is retired, despite not actually having any money at the moment to pay for the mission. Yesterday the agency announced it would try to send the Atlantis shuttle up to the International Space Station on 28 June this year. As a NASA statement notes, it has been ‘maintaining the capability’ for the mission since December and a 2010 act does authorize it to conduct this final shuttle mission. But Congress never signed … Read more