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Texas governor announces deployment of 2,500 healthcare workers to help the state as the Delta variant surges

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed Article X of the state budget, effectively defunding the entire legislature. Eric Gay/AP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will deploy 2,500 medical staff to help hospitals battling COVID-19 cases. The state has seen a surge of nearly 3,000 COVID-related hospitalizations in the past week. Abbott has tried to ban face-mask rules, but that hasn't gone over well in parts of the state. See more stories on Insider's business page. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Texas, Science, Trends, Cnn, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Response, Tribune, Ga, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Tribune, DSHS, Eric Gay, Coronavirus


COVID-19 vaccines were produced and distributed at breakneck speed, now millions of excess doses around the globe are about to expire.

Technicians sort doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Virginia Hospital Center on December 16, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images Millions of vaccine doses around the world are set to expire amid the ongoing pandemic. Vaccine efforts generate some waste, but the massive COVID-19 vaccine rollout could spell disaster. The vaccination effort was unprecedented, given the scale and severity of this pandemic. See more stories on Insider's business page. Millions of doses of ...
Tags: Post, Science, Africa, Israel, US, Alabama, Trends, Georgia, Iowa, Netherlands, World Health Organization, Pfizer, The Washington Post, Georgetown University, Arlington Virginia, Johnson & Johnson


NASA Refines Threat Posed by Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Bennu

Data gathered during the years NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spent zipping around asteroid Bennu has allowed scientists to update the risk posed by this potentially hazardous near-Earth object.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Bennu


Marvel's Chloe Bennet Leaves the Live-Action Powerpuff Girls Series

The jury’s still out on whether the world wants or needs a live-action version of Craig McCracken’s beloved Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls—especially one that casts the li’l superheroes as resentful twentysomethings. But when and if the CW pilot for Powerpuff makes it to the airwaves, it’ll be without one…Read more...
Tags: Science, Television, Films, Superheroes, Warner Bros, Bennet, Cw, Mark Pedowitz, Blossom, Craig McCracken, Diablo Cody, Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, The Powerpuff Girls, Donald Faison, Robyn Lively


A New Bipartisan Bill Aims to Crack Apple and Google's 'Ironclad Grip' on App Stores

In the latest chapter to the ongoing reckoning over Apple and Google’s tight-gripped app store practices, two senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that seeks to loosen the stranglehold these companies have over the major app ecosystems.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science


Researchers found that plastic pollutants in the ocean may be 'exciting' hermit crabs, which could lead to disrupted marine food webs

A hermit crab on the beach. Shawn Miller Plastic waste in the oceans is causing "hyperactivity" in hermit crabs, according to a new study. But the "exciting" response in the species may have detrimental effects on marine life and its ecosystem. Plastic congestion by marine animals can have an array of negative effects, including cancer. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amid the constant barrage of dire climate news and existential environmental dread, one new study from a...
Tags: England, Science, Trends, Marine Life, Plastic Waste, University of Hull, Shawn Miller, Climate Crisis, Hermit Crab, Yorkshire Coast, Erin Snodgrass, Greenshields


How Instagram and Facebook are intentionally designed to mimic addictive painkillers

"Painkiller apps" increase the likelihood of addiction. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Americans check their phones 262 times a day on average. Much of this time is spent on social media. Several ex-employees of Apple, Google, and Facebook apps are deliberately designed to be addictive. App developer Peter Mezyk says Facebook and Instagram users can become dependent on apps as one would painkillers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Earlier this year, Reviews.org surveyed 1,0...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Science, Instagram, Life, Stanford, Germany, International, Trends, Phone, Smartphones, Addiction, Nordic, Tui, Deutsch


Candyman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Has a Hell of a Few Years Coming Up

In the horror film Candyman, the killer appears when you say his name five times. In real life, though he’s not a villain, you will definitely be seeing the upcoming film’s star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, many more times than that. In a fascinating new profile in the Hollywood Reporter, the busy Abdul-Mateen details what…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Dwayne Johnson, Films, Michael Bay, Jake Gyllenhaal, Manhattan, Warner Bros, Ambulance, Aquaman, Furiosa, George Miller, Candyman, Lana, Wachowski, Yahya Abdul Mateen


MyPillow CEO's Cyber Symposium Is Already a Deranged Circus

Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, has launched a three-day “cyber symposium” aimed at providing incontrovertible evidence that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump by an evil cabal of cyber fiends and politicos. Read more...
Tags: Science, Donald Trump, Mike Lindell, MyPillow


Abandoned by Trump, Giuliani Is Shilling Dirt Cheap Cameo Videos

Rudy Giuliani, waxwork dredged from Madame Tussaud’s overheated closet of disgraced celebrities, has joined Cameo. The venue is a decided step up from the right-wing misinformation outlets where he’s struggled to make sense of his own nonsensical conspiracy theories on the fly.Read more...
Tags: Science, United States, Boris Johnson, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trumpism, Trump, KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, Corey Lewandowski, Roger Stone, Madame Tussaud, Trump Johnson, Tussaud, Don Jr, Businesspeople


Netflix's Kid Cosmic Is Blasting Off for 2 More Seasons Beginning This Fall

At the end of Kid Cosmic’s first season, Kid and the rest of the Local Heroes made a shocking series of discoveries that drastically changed their perspective on the battle they’d been waging against a race of alien “invaders.” After coming to their senses and deciding to do what’s right, the Local Heroes found…Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Jack, Jo, Castle Rock, Craig McCracken, Television Series, Kid Cosmic, Creative Works, American Television Series, Entertainment Culture, Amanda C Miller


The unlikely prospect of a COVID variant that outsmarts vaccines 'keeps me up at night,' CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says in The EIC Interview

File: CDC Director Rochelle Walensky speaks during a news conference in December 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images CDC director Rochelle Walensky said the coronavirus is not done mutating. She told Insider's global editor in chief Nicholas Carlson the idea of a variant that evades immunity provided by vaccines keeps her up at night. Many experts told Insider it's unlikely the virus could completely outsmart our immune systems. See more stories on Insider's business page. Roch...
Tags: Science, Cdc, US, Trends, Delta, Astrazeneca, Starr, EIC, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Perlman, Paul Offit, Nicholas Carlson, Tyler Starr, Stanley Perlman, Offit, Coronavirus


'Hey Sonos,' Do We Really Need a New Voice Assistant?

Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, and Google has its Assistant. Even Samsung has Bixby, which for whatever reason it’s still very much committed to. It doesn’t seem that far off, then, that Sonos, the company behind a popular line of connected premium speakers and other home entertainment accessories, would create a…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Samsung, Alexa, Bixby, Siri Amazon


The Cryptocurrency Lobby Is a New Major Climate Enemy

The United States Senate on Tuesday approved the weak $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package after negotiating for weeks. It will now head to the House of Representatives for final approval. Tucked into the end of the bill are provisions on cryptocurrencies that became a major sticking point in the waning hours…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Articles, Cryptography, Bitcoin, House Of Representatives, Janet Yellen, Kiss, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Blockchain, Ron Wyden, Rob Portman, Gary Gensler


Scorching Heat in Sicily May Be Highest Recorded Temperature in Europe's History

An Italian weather station in Syracuse, Sicily recorded an air temperature of nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday. If certified by the World Meteorological Association, the temperature reading could be the highest in recorded European history.Read more...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Science, Environment, Temperature, Sicily, Fahrenheit, Celsius, Applied Sciences, Syracuse Sicily, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Physical Sciences, Scott Duncan, World Meteorological Association, Classical Mechanics, The World Meteorological Organization


Third Moderna Shot Boosts Transplant Recipients' Immune Response, Canadian Trial Finds

A randomized clinical trial in Canada has found that three doses of the Moderna vaccine are effective at boosting organ transplant recipients’ immune response to the coronavirus, suggesting they would be better protected from illness and infection. The finding could result in the expedited approval of third jabs for…Read more...
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The unlikely prospect of a COVID-19 variant that outsmarts vaccines 'keeps me up at night,' CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says in The EIC Interview

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in December. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the coronavirus was not done mutating. She told Insider's global EIC the idea of a variant that evades vaccine immunity kept her up. Many experts told Insider it was unlikely the virus could completely outsmart our immune systems. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fears the unlikel...
Tags: Science, Cdc, US, Trends, Delta, Astrazeneca, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Starr, EIC, Perlman, Paul Offit, Dhruv Khullar, Nicholas Carlson, Tyler Starr, Stanley Perlman, Offit


Tucker Carlson Will Vilify NSA's Watchdog No Matter What It Finds

The National Security Agency’s internal watchdog confirmed Tuesday an investigation into the conspiratorial claims of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who in June alleged a “whistleblower” had come forth to disclose a plot by the Biden administration to sabotage his career—purportedly by leaking materials obtained via an…Read more...
Tags: Science, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Government, Fox News, National Security, Biden, National Security Agency, Mass Surveillance, Trump, Tom Clancy, Tucker Carlson, Viktor Orban, Viktor, The National Security Agency, Shane Harris


Russian Inventions You Know-2

T his time I would like to continue the list of the valued inventions of Russians. Previously , I told you about famous engineers and physicists. In fact, Russians have made tremendous contributions to inventions. If you open the history of the space ( космическая ) , aviation ( авиационная ) , or military ( военная ) industry ( индустрия ) , you will find many Russian names. Image by Alexander Lesnitsky from Pixabay AK-47 (Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle) – Автомат Ка...
Tags: Science, Russia, Linguistics, Kalashnikov, Russian Language, Soviet Union, Daniel, Russian Orthodox Church, Vocabulary, Dmitri Mendeleev, Lebedev, Moscow State University, Mendeleev, Russian life, famous Russians, Gerd Altmann


Runners wearing Nike 'super shoes' dominated in the Olympics, taking more than 60% of podium spots

US sprinter and Nike athlete Athing Mu leads the pack during the women's 800m final at the Tokyo Olympics, August 3, 2021. Michael Kappeler/dpa/Getty Nike has led the way in creating "super spikes" - track shoes that help athletes run faster. Many brands have their own super spikes, but Nike runners took most podium spots at the Olympics. Athletes wearing Nike's Vaporfly shoes also dominated in the Olympic marathon. See more stories on Insider's business page. With the Olympics...
Tags: Science, News, Time, US, Sports, Trends, Nike, Adidas, Chicago, Running, Kenya, Tokyo, Puma, Rio, University Of Michigan, Burns


The Perseids meteor shower peaks on Wednesday and Thursday. NASA calls it the best of the year.

A meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower on August 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. NASA/Bill Ingalls The Perseids, which NASA says is the best meteor shower of the year, happens every summer. The shower started in late July, but meteor activity will peak on Wednesday and Thursday. The Perseids are known for epic "fireball" meteors. Here are the best ways to see them. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA calls the annual Perseids meteo...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Perseid Meteor Shower, Facebook Twitter, Northern Hemisphere, Marshall Space Flight Center, Perseus, Perseids, Ethan Miller Getty, Bryce Canyon National Park Utah, Aylin Woodward


The Grudge Creator Takashi Shimizu's New Horror Movie Treads Familiar but Unsettling Turf

Filmmaker Takashi Shimizu is best known for creating the Ju-On: The Grudge franchise in Japan; he also directed the first two American films in the Grudge series. Other films of his that made it stateside include Resurrection, which like The Grudge focuses on a specific location where something awful has happened—a…Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Films, Horror Films, Kanata, Akina, The Grudge, Takashi Shimizu, Howling Village, Howling, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, Daisuke Hosaka, Ju On, Ayaka Miyoshi, Ryota Bando


The Biden administration says it sent ventilators to Florida as COVID-19 surges, but DeSantis claims he's unaware of making any requests

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responds to a question from the media at a press conference at the Eau Gallie High School aviation hangar in Melbourne, Florida, on March 22, 2021. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The Biden administration says it sent hundreds of ventilators to Florida in recent days, according to CNN. The report says that the shipment includes 200 ventilators and 100 high-flow nasal cannula kits. But Gov. Ron DeSantis claims he's unaware of the ship...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Science, News, Abc, Washington, White House, Trends, Cnn, Healthcare, Biden, Department of Health and Human Services, Ron DeSantis, Paul Hennessy, Department of Emergency Management, Jen Psaki


Los Angeles City Council votes unanimously in favor of indoor vaccine mandate, city attorney to draft ordinance

People both masked and unmasked walks along Colorado blvd after a mandate to wear a mask indoors has gone into affect in Pasadena on Friday, July 23, 2021. Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images Following a city council vote, Los Angeles is one step closer to an indoor vaccine mandate. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 on Wednesday in favor of implementing an indoor vaccine mandate for public spaces in the...
Tags: Science, Colorado, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Pasadena, Council, Los Angeles City Council, Nury Martinez, Keith Birmingham, Getty Images Following, Coronavirus, Azmi Haroun, MediaNews Group Pasadena Star News, Speed desk


Labor Unions Want the FTC To Block Amazon’s Acquisition of MGM

In a , four major unions on Wednesday called upon Holly Vedova, the acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, to block Amazon’s plans to acquire Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Science, Marketplace, Computing, Retailers, MGM, Federal Trade Commission, Service Employees International Union, Mayer, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, E Commerce, SVOD, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Bureau of Competition, Communications Workers of America


Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting Dragons of Autumn Twilight

It’s been a long-held belief that Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance novels are superior to all other Dungeons & Dragons novels. Although I’ve frequently admitted being a bigger fan of the Forgotten Realms books growing up, upon re-reading Dragons of Autumn Twilight for the first time in 30+ years, I…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Novels, Dragonlance, Dungeons Dragons, Huma, Tanis, Time Travelers, Tracy Hickman, Raistlin, Margaret Weis, Dragons Of Autumn Twilight, Sturm Brightblade, Kitiara, Dragons Of Winter Night, Caramonraistlin


This Color-Changing Robo-Chameleon Is Cool Because Now Robots Can Hide From Us

Creatures like chameleons and cuttlefish can effortlessly change the colors and patterns of their skin to match their surroundings, but recreating that clever camouflaging trick on a robot required some impressive engineering from a team of South Korean researchers who have now given robots the power to hide from us.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Articles, Robot, Artificial Skin, Chameleon, Camouflage, Cuttlefish, Branches Of Biology, Technology Internet, Mother Nature S, Biological Pigment, Chromatophore, Liquid Crystal, Military Camouflage


Bonobos Appear to Say 'Hello' and 'Goodbye' to Each Other

You don’t walk up to a coworker without some sort of greeting, and you don’t end conversations simply by turning heel. There are rules to the game of social behavior, and now a research team studying chimpanzees and bonobos say those great apes have social habits that look a lot like what we humans call “hello” and…Read more...
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If You Want to Customize Your Mechanical Keyboard, Razer's New Kits Are a Solid Way to Start

Customizing mechanical keyboards is all the rage lately. Spend a minute on Instagram Reels or TikTok, and you’ll see desk setups with peripherals in practically every color of the rainbow. It’s a beautiful thing, especially after decades of having mostly black-and-tan computer accessories to choose from. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Companies, Razer, Wireless keyboard, Razer Inc, Computer Keyboards, Keycap, Computer Peripherals, Arrow Keys, Keyboard Technology, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Synapse Software


The Texas Power Grid Is Hanging on by Its Fingernails

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) predicted this week that the system will see peak highs in energy use this week, topping out at a possible 74,034 megawatts on Wednesday. It’s not super likely that consumers will see problems—but given the state of the grid and the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Reuters, Electric Reliability Council of Texas ERCOT



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