Scientists Observe Interaction Between Bacteria and DNA, Gain Insight into Antibiotic Resistance


Researchers are using a new method to observe for the first time how bacteria “hooks” onto DNA to rapidly evolve new traits like antibiotic resistance.

Indiana University (IU) researchers recorded the first images of bacterial appendages called pili–which is about 10,000 times thinner than human hair- as they stretched out to catch DNA that is then incorporated into the bacteria’s own genome through a process called DNA uptake or horizontal gene transfer.

Source: Scientists Observe Interaction Between Bacteria and DNA, Gain Insight into Antibiotic Resistance

Boeing faces new threat from Airbus made-in-USA CSeries commercial aviation passenger jet | Intelligent Aerospace


Airbus will start construction next year on a plant in Mobile, Ala., to make the Bombardier-designed commercial aviation passenger jet for the U.S. market.

The first planes should roll off the production lines in 2020.

Source: Boeing faces new threat from Airbus made-in-USA CSeries commercial aviation passenger jet – Intelligent Aerospace

SatADSL, Cobbett Hill Earth Station to Deliver Maritime Data Services | Via Satellite


SatADSL and Cobbett Hill Earth Station have partnered to deliver value-added services across the European maritime sector.

Under the agreement, SatADSL is providing its Cloud-based Service Delivery Platform (C-SDP), a complete Operations Support System/Business Support System (OSS/BSS), carrier-grade, fully redundant platform that allows operators to outsource satellite services.

Source: SatADSL, Cobbett Hill Earth Station to Deliver Maritime Data Services – Via Satellite –

AT&T and Time Warner: Reaction to US Mega Merger | Via Satellite

Given that AT&T owns DirecTV, one of the largest satellite pay-TV operators, the deal has significant ramifications for the satellite sector given that AT&T now has huge presence across the U.S. media landscape. The deal also contains some eye-watering figures.

“Time Warner will be a positive for AT&T’s income statement, at least initially. But it will be a negative for the balance sheet. The new AT&T will carry an astounding $249 billion of debt (inclusive of operating leases and post-retirement obligations).

If pro forma AT&T were a country, it would place 32nd on the list of highest total debt burdens, between Indonesia (at $335 billion) and the United Aarab Emirates ($220 billion),” Craig Moffett, founding partner at MoffettNathanson Research, wrote in a research note.

Source: AT&T and Time Warner: Reaction to US Mega Merger – Via Satellite –

The Self-Assembling Battery | Design News


In an ordinary battery, the anode and cathode are more or less parallel to each other on either side of a non-conducting separator that also contains the electrolyte. If the components could be integrated into 3D architectures on the nanoscale, it has been suggested that batteries could be built with improved power capability. But traditional fabrication techniques haven’t allowed such architectures to be explored.

The idea from the Cornell group is to intertwine the components into a self-assembling, three-dimensional gyroid structure. The structure includes thousands of nanoscale micro-pores that are filled with the components needed to allow energy storage and delivery. The self-assembly refers to the ability of the gyroid structure to organize and grow based upon the arrangement of its nanoscale components.

Source: The Self-Assembling Battery | Design News

The U.S. is running out of bombs — and it may soon struggle to make more | Military & Aerospace Electronics


Some suppliers have dropped out entirely, leaving no option for replacing vital materials. Other key suppliers are foreign-owned, with no indigenous capability to produce vital parts and materials, setting up the risk that a conflict with China could rely on Chinese-made parts.

Source: The U.S. is running out of bombs — and it may soon struggle to make more – Military & Aerospace Electronics

Congress asks the Navy to consider extending the life of its oldest aircraft carrier | Military & Aerospace Electronics


The bill doesn’t specify the scope of the work or how many extra years the Nimitz would remain in service. Depending on the level of complexity, a life-extension could fall to Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Source: Congress asks the Navy to consider extending the life of its oldest aircraft carrier – Military & Aerospace Electronics

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 6/18/18


WEEK OF JUNE 18TH

MONDAY, JUNE 18TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 3192 – CHIP Mental Health Parity Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Kennedy / Energy and Commerce Committee)

2) H.R. 4005 – Medicaid Reentry Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko / Energy and Commerce Committee)

3) H.R. 5590 – Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce Committee)

4) H.R. 5687 – SOUND Disposal and Packaging Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Energy and Commerce Committee)

5) H.R. 5605 – Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Raul Ruiz / Energy and Commerce Committee)

6) H.R. 5796 – REACH OUT Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Energy and Commerce Committee)

7) H.R. 5801 – Medicaid PARTNERSHIP Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith / Energy and Commerce Committee)

8) H.R. 5811 – To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to post approval study requirements for certain controlled substances, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney / Energy and Commerce Committee)

9) H.R. 6042 – To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie / Energy and Commerce Committee)

10) H.R. 5773 – PASS Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Energy and Commerce Committee)

11) H.R. 5676 – SENIOR Communities Protection Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur / Energy and Commerce Committee)

12) H.R. 5723 – Expanding Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Payment Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Claudia Tenney / Ways and Means Committee)

13) H.R. 5774 – COACH Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Ways and Means Committee)

14) H.R. 5775 – PROPER Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)

15) H.R. 6110 – Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management, Treatment, and Recovery Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski / Ways and Means Committee)

16) H.R. 4991 – Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Donovan / Homeland Security Committee)

17) H.R. 5762 – Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. James Langevin / Homeland Security Committee)

18) H.R. 4627 – Shielding Public Spaces from Vehicular Terrorism Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Donovan / Homeland Security Committee)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House is scheduled to meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 5797 – IMD CARE Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mimi Walters / Energy and Commerce Committee)

H.R. 6082 – Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Energy and Commerce Committee)

H.R. 6 – SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Energy and Commerce Committee)

Possible Consideration of Legislation Related to Border Security and Immigration

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Committee activity for the week of June 18 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 6/18/18