TO LAND ON the Moon, as China’s Chang’e -4 spacecraft did on January 3rd, is not quite the pinnacle of achievement it once was. Both the Indian government and a well-backed Israeli team of enthusiasts will attempt landings there this year; in 2020 various American companies intend to light out for the lunar provinces, too. But all these non-Chinese efforts will land on the Moon’s Earth-facing near side, and thus within the solicitous sight of Earthbound controllers—just as all previous lunar landings, whether American, Soviet or, since 2013, Chinese, have been. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. Chang’e-4’s landing site in Von Kármán crater, though, is on the far side of the Moon, where the spacecraft can no more easily be reached by radio than it can be seen through a telescope. Landing there and getting data back afterwards is possible only with the help of a cunningly … [Read more...] about Can China become a scientific superpower?
Stem cell storage company
Competition Council fined MedLife with RON 755,926 following the finalization of the investigation regarding the possible violation of the provisions of art. 5 of the Competition Law no. 21/1996 by companies operating on the market for maternity hospitals and companies operating on the market for sampling, processing and storage of stem cells, and art. 6 of the Competition Law no. 21/1996 by companies operating on the market for maternity hospitals. During the investigation, the Competition Council found that the agreements concluded between the aforementioned companies represent violations of the Competition Law, namely anticompetitive agreements which have had the effect of significantly restricting competition on the market for sampling, processing and storage of stem cells. Each of the companies under investigation has expressly, clearly, unequivocally and completely acknowledged the deed, as evidenced by the Competition … [Read more...] about Competition Council fined MedLife with RON 755,926 for violation of Competition Law
Romania’s Competition Council has fines five medical centers, namely Medicover Hospitals, Med Life, Arcadia Hospital, Genesys Medical Clinic and Rur Medical and two stem cells banks, namely Stem Sure Solutions and CBC Laboratories for antitrust agreements in the private healthcare services market. According to the council, each maternity hospital had a contractual relationship of exclusivity with a stem cell bank to which the female patients were directed. If the patients opted for the agreed bank, sampling, processing and storage of stem cells were free of charge. If they opted for another bank, they had to pay a fixed rate of the maternity and the agreed bank. Under these conditions, the council argues, patients’ access to another alternative source of stem service delivery based on their quality and price was limited, and the final cost paid by patients was much higher if they did not choose the stem cell bank approved by the hospital. The council fined Medicover … [Read more...] about Romania’s Competition Council fines five medical centres, two cell stem banks