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SCIENCE
March 15, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The launch of the space shuttle Discovery will be delayed from May until at least July to allow engineers time to replace sensors in the craft's hydrogen fuel tank, NASA said Tuesday. A malfunction in the sensors, which monitor hydrogen levels in the tank, could cause the shuttle's rocket engines to shut down prematurely, potentially endangering the mission.
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BUSINESS
November 19, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest utility, received state regulatory approval Friday to spend $706 million to replace steam generators at its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The plan was approved by a unanimous vote of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, where Pacific Gas & Electric and its parent, PG&E Corp., are also based.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Concerns that the city's nonstandard fire hydrants could cripple firefighting efforts after a major earthquake have prompted fire officials to reconsider plans to distribute hydrant "adapters" to visiting fire crews. San Francisco is the only city in the state exempt from a law requiring that all hoses and hydrants have 2 1/2 -inch openings. Most of the city's hydrants have a 3-inch opening.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced plans to speed up construction of a $30-million pipeline to replace a line that is vulnerable to flooding in the event of a major levee failure in Northern California. The line would serve the PG&E Corp. unit's largest natural-gas storage facility, near Stockton. The company hopes to have the project completed by winter 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2005 | Hector Becerra and David Pierson, Times Staff Writers
Three crew members were killed and 20 others injured after sewage gushed from a pipe being repaired inside a crowded Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles, releasing deadly levels of hydrogen sulfide gas. Crew members aboard the Monarch of the Seas were trying to fix the pipe in a roughly 10- by 12-foot portion of a propeller shaft tunnel on the starboard side of the ship about 9 a.m. when the accident occurred, officials said.
SCIENCE
August 7, 2005 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
With hugs, handshakes and the traditional tolling of a farewell bell, the shuttle Discovery's astronauts said goodbye Saturday to their comrades on the International Space Station and fired thrusters to send their fragile spacecraft back to Earth. Discovery Commander Eileen Collins thanked the station crew, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and American astronaut John Phillips, for "memories that will last forever."
SCIENCE
August 4, 2005 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The crew of the space shuttle Discovery resolved one problem Wednesday with protruding "gap fillers" during a first-ever spacewalk under the craft, only to face yet another potential danger in a "poofed-out" insulation blanket under a cockpit window.
SCIENCE
August 1, 2005 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Concern over two protruding pieces of heatresistant fabric on the underside of Discovery prompted NASA on Sunday to consider a first-ever in-flight shuttle repair that would require a spacewalk. Paul Hill, flight director for the 114th shuttle mission, said an engineering team of aeroheating specialists expected to have a recommendation today on whether an astronaut would be sent out with a hacksaw to trim off the pieces of fabric, known as "gap fillers."
BUSINESS
June 17, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Pacific Gas & Electric, a California utility owned by PG&E Corp., proposed spending $1.46 billion to replace 9.3 million electric and natural-gas meters with devices that may help the utility repair power failures more efficiently. The new meters could be read remotely and would provide an early signal of service disruptions and their location, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas said. The utility needs approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to proceed with the plan.
SCIENCE
May 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Space shuttle Discovery completed a nearly 10-hour trek back to the hangar Thursday to have a new and safer fuel tank installed, along with a heater to prevent a dangerous buildup of ice on its surface. The spacecraft is being readied for liftoff in mid-July on the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster over two years ago.
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