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California Hydropower Plant May Have to Shut Down as Record Heat Wave Drains Key Reservoir

The record heat wave searing the West Coast has drained one of California’s largest reservoirs so much that its hydroelectric power plant may be forced to shut down for the first time this summer, officials told CNN this week. This would be the first time the plant has shut off since it opened more than five decades…Read more...
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Boba Fett Solo Series Has Wrapped Filming and Debuts in December 2021

Temuera Morrison (Aquaman) is cast in the role of Boba Fett and had a recurring role on Disney+ show The Mandalorian. Since then, the first season of Mandalorian spin-off, The Book of Boba Fett has wrapped production.Read more...
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Watchmen Almost Cast a Different Actress as Laurie Blake aka Silk Spectre

Jean Smart is an acting pioneer with a career spanning over 40 years. She’s an experienced dramatic and comedy actress but seldom explored the sci-fi and superhero genres.Read more...
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A man who boosted his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with a shot from Moderna said his side effects were a 'little more severe' the third time round

From left: Study volunteer and virologist Joseph Hyser, Chanei Henry, senior research coordinator of molecular virology and microbiology, and Dr. Robert Atmar, the principal investigator on the study. Baylor College of Medicine Scientists in the US are starting a booster shot trial, giving fully vaccinated people another jab. Participants are given a booster shot of the Moderna vaccine - whether they previously got 2 shots of an mRNA vaccine (from Pfizer or Moderna) or 1 adenovirus (J&J) s...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Pfizer, Baylor, Johnson Johnson, Baylor College of Medicine, Moderna, Vaccine Research Center, Baylor College, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus, Robert Atmar


James Cameron Explores His Cinematic Creative Process With Masterclass

Legendary director James Cameron has hopped on board the Masterclass train and is finally teaching his principles and techniques for directorial success.Read more...
Tags: Science, Film, Avatar, James Cameron, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Masterclass, Werner Herzog, Jim, David Rogier, Terminator Dark Fate, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, 20th Century Fox Films, Film Director


How a cancer diagnosis inspired a fresh outlook for one young musician

At the age of just 22, the very last thing you want to hear is that you have stage 4 cancer, but for some people the only response is to tackle it head on – which is just what Ellie Edna Rose-Davies didI barely noticed it at first. A bump on the right side of my neck, small but definite. I was 22 and had no health issues (I’d never even broken a bone), so I didn’t think much of the lump. But my boyfriend was concerned, so I made an appointment to go to the GP.For the next few months, I would see...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Music, Science, Cancer, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Goat Girl, Ellie Edna Rose Davies


Robin Wall Kimmerer: ‘Mosses are a model of how we might live’

The moss scientist and bestselling author reveals the secrets of these primitive plants – and what they might teach us about surviving the climate crisisRobin Wall Kimmerer can recall almost to the day when she first fell under the unlikely spell of moss. “It’s kind of embarrassing,” she says. “I’ve always been engaged with plants, because I grew up in the countryside. That was my world. But mosses I’d set aside in my mind as not worthy of attention. I was studying to be a forest ecologist. That...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, US, Plants, Syracuse, Oklahoma, State University of New York, Robert Macfarlane, Richard Powers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kimmerer, Centre for Native Peoples, Teaching of Plants


Covid jabs for billions of humans will earn their makers billions of dollars

We look at the drug firms – led by Pfizer and Moderna – that are set to profit most in an unprecedented global vaccination driveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDrugmakers led by US firms Pfizer and Moderna stand to make tens of billions of dollars from their Covid-19 vaccines this year and next, given G7 governments’ pledge to vaccinate the entire world by the end of 2022, but sales are likely to drop sharply thereafter, according to analysts.Acclaimed for allowing a ...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, US, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Moderna, Coronavirus, Karen Andersen, Morningstar Continue


Disney+ Original Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire Series Will Debut in 2022

Creators from the African continent will put their artistic vision on display in the new ten-part film series Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire.Read more...
Tags: Science, Television, Disney, Companies, Animation, Disney Channel, Spider Man, The Walt Disney Company, Terence Neale, Peter Ramsey, Tshepo, Entertainment Culture, Anthony Silverston, Malcolm Wope, Terence Maluleke, Isaac Mogajane


Take a look at some of the lakes in California that have been swallowed up by the 'megadrought'

Associated Press California has been hit by a "megadrought" that has dried up key reservoirs in the state. Entire lakes have shrunk exponentially, leaving yachts and docks beached on dry land. Nearly 95% of the state is experiencing "severe drought" and is susceptible to wild fires. See more stories on Insider's business page. California is facing its worst drought in over four years.Over 37 million people have already been impacted by the "megadrought" and nearly 95% of the state has...
Tags: Science, News, California, Trends, California Drought, Drought, Economy, Associated Press, Getty, UC Davis, Sierra, Gavin Newsom, Lake Oroville, California Department of Water Resources, San Gabriel, R


Protecting space stations from deadly space debris

NASA estimates that more than 500,000 pieces of space trash larger than a marble are currently in orbit. Estimates exceed 128 million pieces when factoring in smaller pieces from collisions. At 17,500 MPH, even a paint chip can cause serious damage.To prevent this untrackable space debris from taking out satellites and putting astronauts in danger, scientists have been working on ways to retrieve large objects before they collide and create more problems.The team at Clearspace, in collaborat...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Sustainability, Nasa, Innovation, European Space Agency, ClearSpace


The Jeff Bezos-backed company General Fusion is building a nuclear fusion plant, which is due to switch on in 2025

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Nuclear fusion company General Fusion is building a demonstration facility in the UK. Jeff Bezos has been an investor in General Fusion for over a decade. The new facility will begin construction next year, and should be operational by 2025. See more stories on Insider's business page. General Fusion, a Canadian company backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, announced Thursday it's building a nuclear fusion facility in the UK.Genera...
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The Palestinian Authority rejected 90,000 vaccine doses from Israel because they were almost expired

A Palestinian health worker displays a vial of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, on February 24. Yousef Masoud/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The Palestinian Authority canceled a deal to swap coronavirus vaccine doses with Israel on Friday. The PA said the doses were supposed to expire in July or August, but expired this month instead. Several human-rights organizations have called on Israel to give Palestinians vaccines right away. See more st...
Tags: Science, News, Israel, Trends, PA, West Bank, United Arab Emirates, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Benjamin Netanyahu, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, Naftali Bennett, Reuters, Expired, Netanyahu


Common antibiotic found useful in accelerating recovery in tuberculosis patients

Researchers from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine's Infectious Diseases Translational Research Programme have discovered that the use of a common antibiotic, doxycycline, in combination with TB drug treatment, reduces the size of lung cavities and accelerates markers of lung recovery. This was done in a trial with 30 pulmonary tberculosis patients.
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Novel interactions between proteins that help in recovering from brain injury

A Korean research team reported a novel mechanism to describe the brain injury recovery process. The researchers reported that when the animal model experiment was conducted, the time taken to recover from a brain injury could be controlled by regulating the proteins.
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Blackologists and the Promise of Inclusive Sustainability

Historically, shared resources have often been managed with an aim toward averting "tragedies of the commons," which are thought to result from selfish overuse. Writing in BioScience (https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/biosci/biab052), Drs. Senay Yitbarek, Karen Bailey, Nyeema Harris, and colleagues critique this model, arguing that, all too often, such conservation has failed to acknowledge the complex socioecological interactions that undergird the health of resourc...
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The US is scrambling to send promised vaccines abroad after the production plant that ruined millions of J&J vaccines may have tainted AstraZeneca shots

A person receives the AstraZeneca vaccine in Bologna, Italy on March 19, 2021. Michele Lapini/Getty Images Emergent BioSolutions in Baltimore ruined at least 15 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines earlier this year. 100 million AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the facility are under safety review. The US is scrambling to send vaccines from other manufacturers abroad, The New York Times reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US is working to replace ...
Tags: Science, US, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, Biden, Baltimore, Johnson Johnson, Bologna Italy, Moderna, Coronavirus, Sarah Al Arshani


Biden says the Delta variant - set to become the US's dominant strain - is 'particularly dangerous for young people'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds up a face mask at The Queen theater on October 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Biden warned Friday that the Delta variant is "particularly dangerous for young people." Delta appears to be more transmissible than any other coronavirus strain. Young people who are unvaccinated and socially active may be more susceptible than others. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden warned...
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Robot-assisted surgery: Putting the reality in virtual reality

Cardiac surgeons may be able to better plan operations and improve their surgical field view with the help of a robot. Controlled through a virtual reality parallel system as a digital twin, the robot can accurately image a patient through ultrasound without the hand cramping or radiation exposure that hinder human operators.
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Twitter Rallies Behind HBO Max Intern Blamed for Test Email Accidentally Sent to Subscribers

HBO Max has confirmed that one of its interns was behind the strange email mistakenly sent out to subscribers on Thursday evening, prompting an outpouring of support on Twitter as users came out to share their own horror stories of workplace screw-ups in solidarity.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Spotify, Hbo, Science, Email, Microsoft, Bill Clinton, Computing, Webmail, Monica Lewinsky, Television In The United States, Outlookcom, Home Box Office Inc, HBO Max, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Entertainment Culture


A second space rock hit Earth after the one that doomed the dinosaurs - a nail in the coffin of the mass extinction

An artist's depiction of the moment the Chicxulub asteroid struck in present-day Mexico 66 million years ago. Chase Stone One space rock hit Mexico 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction that doomed the dinosaurs. A study suggests another asteroid struck Ukraine 650,000 years later, possibly warming the climate. These back-to-back impacts may have delayed Earth's recovery from the mass extinction. See more stories on Insider's business page. About 66 million years ago,...
Tags: Science, News, Montana, Mexico, Trends, Research, Ukraine, Nasa, Earth, Dinosaurs, Asteroid, North America, Yucatan Peninsula, Fahrenheit, University of Glasgow, Pickersgill


Fantasy Football League 'Total Loser' Sentenced to 24-Hour Stint in Waffle House as Punishment

Let it be known that one should never assume that they are incapable of losing their fantasy football league. It’s an even worse idea to create a penalty meant to make others suffer because you never know if that person could be you. Journalist Lee Sanderlin learned this the hard way after spending 15 hours in “waffle…Read more...
Tags: Science, Food And Drink, Football League, Thursday, Cuisine, Belgian Cuisine, Breads, Waffle House, Waffle, Waffles, Breakfasts, Rolaids, Eye of the Tiger, Fantasy Football League, Dutch Cuisine, Lee Sanderlin


Earth tipped over on its side 84 million years ago and then righted itself, new study finds

A photo of Earth taken by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). Reuters/NASA Earth tipped over on its side and back between 79 million and 86 million years ago, a study shows. The planet tilted by 12 degrees - which would've moved New York City to where Florida is right now. Earth's crust can shift like this depending on how weight is distributed across planet's surface. See more stories on Insider's business page. If you'd been able to stare at Earth f...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, New York City, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Epic, Italy, Earth Science, Pacific Ocean, Mantle, Mitchell, Dartmouth College, Tampa Florida, Chinese Academy of Sciences


YouTube Will Roll Out Picture-in-Picture Support to iOS Users Starting with Premium Subscribers

At long last, the YouTube app on iOS is getting picture-in-picture support, allowing users to continue watching videos in a small pop-up window while scrolling on their iPhones and iPads.Read more...
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Star Wars Goes New School and Old School, and More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all things good and plastic. This week, another Into the Spider-Verse Spidey swings into action, Hasbro now deems ‘90s kids old enough to be retro-targeted with Star Wars packaging, and... how do you feel about building a Lego shoe? Check it out!Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Adidas, Lego, Sue, Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Action Figures, Gamestop, Spider Man, Hunter, Chris Pine, Reed, Ben, Luke, Johnny


10 Pure and Beautiful On-Screen Platonic Male Friendships to Watch with the Boys

Though The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has come and gone, the show is back in the news again following yet another perplexing interview. This time actor Anthony Mackie, who shared some thoughts about fans who were disappointed to learn that Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes don’t see it for one another, romantically.Read more...
Tags: Science, Jasper, Godzilla, Loki, Kevin, Neil, Cruella de Vil, Allison, Zilla, Zack Snyder, Edwin, Sam Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Frenchie, Alfred Kinsey, Horace


Kiwi wars: the golden fruit fuelling a feud between New Zealand and China

One firm’s attempt to regain control of illegal cultivation shows Auckland’s lack of leverage over its largest trade partnerIt is the story of a global superpower, a smuggling operation, pestilence and a small hairy fruit.Ubiquitous on supermarket shelves and in lunchboxes, the humble kiwi is New Zealand’s most valuable horticultural export. Recent battles for control of the fruit, however, have shone a light on tensions in New Zealand’s relationship with China. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Business, Science, China, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Farming, Fruit, Food & drink industry, Agriculture, New Zealand, Auckland, Kiwi


Godzilla vs. Megalon Might Be a Mess, But It Kind of Knows It

In just a few more weeks, Godzilla Singular Point is finally hitting Netflix, and that means we’re getting a brand new version of one of our favorite super robot pals, Jet Jaguar. To celebrate, we’re looking back at his origin story in Godzilla vs. Megalon, and finding a movie that is, for better or worse, the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Netflix, Jaguar, Toho, Godzilla, Kaiju, Antonio, Zilla, Goro, Gigan, Ibuki, Megalon, Jet Jaguar, Godzilla Singular Point, Creative Works


Spotify Buys Podz to Make It Easier to Find Podcasts You Actually Like

Finding a new podcast you actually like is easier said than done. It’s a task that requires time, effort, and a good chunk of your attention. Spotify wants to make this tedious process easier and is betting that podcast discovery technology developed by a startup will help its users find and get hooked on new shows. Read more...
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Photos show historically low reservoirs across California as drought and a heat wave threaten power plants

Low water levels at California's Lake Oroville, June 16, 2021. Water levels in reservoirs across California and the Colorado River are dipping to historic lows. A key California reservoir is so depleted, it may force a power-plant shutdown for the first time. Drought and an early heat wave are drying out the US West and Southwest, straining power grids. See more stories on Insider's business page. California's reservoirs are shriveling up as drought and an early heat wave aff...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, News, Climate Change, California, Mexico, US, Trends, Drought, Cnn, West, United States, Accuweather, Folsom Lake, Power Plants, Gavin Newsom



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