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SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar 15 kilometers high on Tuesday, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight could fail

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider SpaceX is planning to fly a Starship rocket prototype to its highest altitude yet this week, according to government notices. The spacecraft should fly 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) into the air as soon as Tuesday. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of about 150 meters (492 feet). SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said there's lot that co...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, News, Trends, Prototypes, Spaceships, Rockets, Mars, Faa, Rocket Launch, Federal Aviation Administration, Musk


A Kansas radiology technician slept in an RV outside his hospital for over a week after coworkers got sick with COVID-19 and no one else was available to take X-rays

Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images A Kansas radiology technician slept in an RV parked in his hospital's parking lot after his coworkers caught COVID-19, the Associated Press reported. He was the only one able to run X-rays, and without the service, the ER was at risk of closing.  Hospitals all across the country are facing challenges as COVID-19 cases surge.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A radiology technician at a Kansas hospital had to sleep in an RV in...
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Ap, Pennsylvania, Healthcare, Kansas, Associated Press, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Charlie Baker, Tom Wolf, Johns Hopkins University, Lisa Davis, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health


Trump's TikTok Ban Blocked For the Second Time

A second federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on President Donald Trump’s TikTok ban on Monday, effectively block the US Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on the Chinese-owned short video app.Read more...
Tags: Science, US, Chinese, Ban, Executive Order, Donald Trump, Injunction, Trump, US Commerce Department, Tiktok


Photos show how countries around the world are preparing to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as the pandemic rages with ferocity

Woman holds vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" over dry ice in this illustration taken, December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration The world is preparing to move past the global COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 1.5 million people as vaccines begin to roll out to the public. The UK is expected to distribute Pfizer's vaccine for the novel coronavirus this week after British authorities approved it for emergency use on December 2. Photos show how different countri...
Tags: UK, England, Science, London, News, Indonesia, China, Germany, Berlin, US, Trends, European Union, Ap, Features, United States, United Kingdom


Uber Kicks Its Self-Driving Car Unit Out the Side Door

Uber is bailing on its self-driving car unit, the Uber Advanced Technologies Group, and will sell it off to driverless trucking-focused startup Aurora in a deal that could create a combined firm valued at $10 billion, the companies announced on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Apps, Science, Technology, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Driverless Cars, Automobiles, Self Driving Cars, Aurora, Uber Advanced Technologies Group


In a first, SpaceX has 2 Dragon spaceships docked to the International Space Station at once - one image shows both

In this image from NASA TV, a SpaceX Dragon capsule docks to the International Space Station (center), near the Crew Dragon capsule that flew astronauts several weeks prior (left), December 7, 2020. NASA via AP SpaceX's Dragon capsule docked to the International Space Station on Monday, carrying a load of cargo. The spacecraft docked next to the SpaceX Crew Dragon ship that ferried four astronauts into orbit last month. For the next 13 months, SpaceX will have at least one spaceship in orb...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Trends, Ap, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Boeing, Atlantic Ocean, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Crew Dragon


This tiny drone uses an actual moth antenna to sniff out target chemicals

Sometimes it’s just not worth it to try to top Mother Nature. Such seems to have been the judgment by engineers at the University of Washington, who, deploring the absence of chemical sensors as fine as a moth’s antennas, opted to repurpose moth biology rather than invent new human technology. Behold the “Smellicopter.” Mounted on a tiny drone platform with collision avoidance and other logic built in, the device is a prototype of what could be a very promising fusion of artificial and natura...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Drones, Robotics, Aerospace, University of Washington, Biomimetic, Melanie Anderson, Biomimesis


Wonder Woman 1984 Director Patty Jenkins on the Tough Decision to Release on Streaming

Patty Jenkins finished Wonder Woman 1984 before the world changed. The writer-director had completed work on the highly anticipated superhero sequel in early March, before covid-19 forced most of the world into a lockdown. Then everything went quiet.Read more...
Tags: Science, Streaming, Wonder Woman, Dc, Warner Bros, DC Entertainment, Kristen Wiig, Gal Gadot, Pedro Pascal, Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max


10 Fantasy Tropes That Are Quite Magical (and 5 That Deserve the Chopping Block)

There’s a reason fantasy has existed for thousands of years. It could be the story of a princess kissing a frog, a fairy hiding in the trees, or a magical lotus lantern. These are stories that have filled our hearts and homes for generations. Many of them tend to use the same storytelling tropes, but that’s because…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Fantasy, Once Upon A Time, Tropes, Game Of Thrones, Magic, Witches, Lord Of The Rings, Jrr Tolkien, Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, George Rr Martin, Elves, Labyrinth, Chosen Ones


California Set to Launch Apple and Google-Powered Contact Tracing App

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that the Golden State would become the 18th to launch an official Covid-19 contact tracing app powered by technology pioneered by Apple and Google. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, California, App, Gavin Newsom, Golden State, Contact Tracing App


UK trial to mix and match Covid vaccines to try to improve potency

Pilot planned for January will give subjects a shot of both Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech versionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA trial is likely to go ahead in January to find out whether mixing and matching Covid vaccines gives better protection than two doses of the same one, the head of the British government’s taskforce has said.The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid jab is an mRNA vaccine. Essentially, mRNA is a molecule used by living cells to turn the gene seque...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


France unlikely to lift lockdown as planned – as it happened

This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 11.25pm GMT We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: UK to start vaccinations on Tuesday; WHO criticises mandatory vaccines 11.19pm GMT Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged Londoners to help ensure the city is not placed into tougher Covid-19 restrictions as data shows rising case rates across three-quarters of the capital’s bo...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, London, France, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Who, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus


New satellite images show the Arecibo Observatory before and after its violent collapse in Puerto Rico

The Arecibo Observatory as seen by Maxar's WorldView-2 satellite on December 6, 2020. Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory violently collapsed on December 1. Engineers had been planning to dismantle the radio telescope since a support cable snapped in November.  But before that could happen, the telescope's 900-ton suspended platform crashed into the bowl-shaped disk below, destroying the facility. Maxar imaging satellites in low-Earth orbit photog...
Tags: Transportation, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Congress, China, US, Trends, Satellites, Satellite Images, American Museum of Natural History, Biden, Collapse, Puerto Rico, National Science Foundation


Amazon's Zoox Driverless Car, or Possibly an iMac G3 on Wheels, Spotted in San Francisco

Zoox, the Amazon-owned autonomous taxi company, is scheduled to reveal its first self-driving cars on Dec. 14. Spoilers: They look dorky as hell.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Science, Technology, San Francisco, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Cars, Driverless Cars, Ridesharing, Waymo, Zoox, Robo Taxis, Zoox the Amazon


Dr. Fauci's 80th birthday is on Christmas Eve, and he's celebrating it with a Zoom party

Dr. Anthony Fauci will turn 80 on December 24, 2020. Tijmen Kielen/Flickr/Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci turns 80 on Christmas Eve, and he plans to celebrate with a family Zoom party.  It will be the first year the nation's top infectious disease expert doesn't spend the holidays with his three daughters, who live in various cities across the country, in person.  He an other experts encourage all Americans to make changes to holiday traditions to help contain the spread of ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, Holidays, Christmas, US, Trends, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Donnell, Milken Institute, Fauci, NORAH O DONNELL, Holidays 2020, Coronavirus, Anna Medaris Miller


Here's how the top 3 coronavirus vaccines compare when it comes to efficacy, cost, and more

Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images In November, AstraZeneca and Oxford University released preliminary results from late-stage trials that showed that their vaccine candidate was about 70% effective in protecting against COVID-19. The vaccine joins two others — one made by Pfizer and BioNTech, another by Moderna — as frontrunners in the race for a vaccine to address the coronavirus pandemic.  There are key differences between the three vaccines, in terms of cost, distribution, regulatory...
Tags: UK, Science, News, US, Trends, Ap, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University, Andrea Taylor, WBUR, Steve Parsons, Moderna, Shayanne Gal


A free app from Brown University researchers reveals your risk of getting COVID-19 based on your activity and zip code

A man wears a face mask while exercising. Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images Public guidance about how to lower your risk of exposure to COVID-19 isn't always clear. So physicians and researchers at Brown created an app to help Americans determine the risks of various activities.  The app relies on six metrics, including ZIP code and the type of activity (like church service, mall trip, or gym workout). Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As doctors, Megan Ranney and L...
Tags: Science, News, Brown University, US, Trends, Risk, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Brown, Centers for Disease Control, Goldberg, Georgia State University, University of Colorado Boulder, Ranney, PATRICK HERTZOG


Cyberpunk 2077 Reviews Are Out, and I'm Glad I Got This MS Paint Sweater Instead

Reviews of one of the most anticipated games of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077, are out, and the general consensus seems to be the game looks beautiful and has a ton of interesting content, but is marred by bugs and a lackluster story. Reviewers haven’t had a lengthy amount of time to dive into what the game really has to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 95, Windows Xp, Ugly Sweater, CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077, Ms Paint


Pornhub Might Lose Visa and Mastercard After New York Times Exposé

Last week, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof detailed the easily-searchable horrors uploaded in plain view onto Pornhub, arguing that the site goes unpunished for profiting from child sex abuse material (CSAM), sexual assault, and nonconsensual pornography (sometimes called “revenge porn.”) Now, Visa and…Read more...
Tags: Science, New York Times, Pornhub, CSAM, Nicholas Kristof, MindGeek, Mastercard After New York Times


Members of the White House coronavirus task force are split on whether California's stay-at-home orders are backed up by science

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wears a protective mask during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 19, 2020. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images White House coronavirus task force officials publicly disagreed on Monday over California's new stay-at-home orders. Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that the state didn't have "any choice...
Tags: Politics, Science, London, News, Nbc, California, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Cnn, San Diego, Fox News, Anthony Fauci, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom


The 10 Best Deals of December 7, 2020

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This Magnificent Undersea Tunnel In Denmark Will Cut An Hourlong Trip To 16 Minutes

An undersea tunnel and roundabout between towns in the Faroe Islands, set to open later this month, will reduce a 64-minute trip to just 16 minutes — and will look utterly beautiful while doing it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Infrastructure, Denmark, Faroe Islands


White House coronavirus task force members are split over California's latest stay-at-home orders, with Fauci and Giroir disagreeing over what the science says

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wears a protective mask during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 19, 2020. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images White House coronavirus task force officials publicly disagreed on Monday over California's new stay-at-home orders. Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that the state didn't have "any choice...
Tags: Politics, Science, London, News, Nbc, California, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Cnn, San Diego, Fox News, Anthony Fauci, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom


Divers Accidentally Stumble Upon Nazi Enigma Machine in Baltic Sea

Divers searching for discarded fishing nets in the Baltic Sea have discovered a rare Enigma encryption machine used by the Nazis in World War II. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nazis, History, World War Ii, Baltic Sea, Nazi Germany, Cryptology, Das Ist Keine Schreibmaschine, Not A Typewriter, Enigma Machines, Nazi Enigma Machine


The Hubble telescope has revealed a 'very dramatic and very weird' fading nebula in deep space

Images taken of the Stingray Nebula between 1996 and 2016 show it fading. NASA, ESA, Balick (University of Washington), Guerrero (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía), and G. Ramos-Larios (Universidad de Guadalajara) A team of astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to capture images of a nebula dimming quickly over just 20 years. One researcher called the rapid fading "very, very dramatic, and very weird." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Astronomers often study...
Tags: Space, Science, Trends, Spain, Nasa, Earth, Hubble, Stingray, Hubble Space Telescope, Andalusia, University of Washington, Guerrero, Nebula, Susie Neilson, Stingray Nebula, G Ramos Larios Universidad de Guadalajara


Apple Music Arrives on Nest Audio Smart Speakers

Hey Google, play Apple Music.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Apple Music, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Nest Audio


The HomePod Mini Is a Perfect Smart Home Overlord

The HomePod Mini is $50 more than the Echo Dot, $75 more than the Nest Mini, and the exact same price as the larger Nest Audio. Its voice assistant, Siri, is not nearly as smart as its rivals. Its audio quality is only so remarkable. It is shaped like a Magic 8 Ball, which is certainly a choice. And I love the HomePod…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Siri, Thread, Consumer Tech, Smart Speakers, Apple HomePod, HomePod Mini, Apple HomePod mini, Apple Homepod Mini Review


Japan has completed its 3-billion-mile mission to collect dust from an asteroid. Photos show the prize falling into Australia like a fireball.

A JAXA worker retrieves the capsule dropped by Hayabusa-2 in Woomera, Australia, December 6, 2020. JAXA via AP Japan's Hayabusa-2 mission bombed an asteroid in order to scoop up rock and dust from below its surface. The spacecraft dropped the asteroid material into the Australian outback on Saturday. That made Japan the first nation to collect samples from a space rock. NASA just collected samples from another asteroid, but it won't bring them back to Earth until 2023.  Photos show how Jap...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, Australia, Trends, Ap, Nasa, Earth, Fireball, Space Exploration, Asteroid, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, Planetary Science Division, JAXA, Woomera Australia, Hayabusa


Beware the Cyberpunk 2077 'Free Download' Cyberscam

I really shouldn’t have to warn anyone about this kind of scam, but it’s time for Cyberpunk 2077 to hit the streets and hackers are ready to take advantage of the excitement. So, if you receive a free download code for the year’s most anticipated video game, no matter how cool it looks, don’t install it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Malware, Cybersecurity, Kaspersky, Free Download, The Cyber, Cyberpunk 2077


Trump Administration Refuses to Update Soot Rule, Condemning Thousands to Death

The Trump administration had a slam dunk way to improve air quality and save lives. Instead, the Environmental Protection Agency flat-out rejected the opportunity to tighten regulations on soot from fossil fuel power plants, tailpipes, incinerators, and industrial other sources on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Air Pollution, Pollution, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Climate Justice, Trump Administration Refuses



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