BepiColombo spacecraft sends its first images of Mercury during flyby

European-Japanese probe swoops in to almost 200km above Sun’s nearest planet, photographing its pock-marked featuresThe European-Japanese BepiColombo spacecraft has sent back its first images of Mercury, as it swung by the solar system’s innermost planet while on a mission to deliver two probes into orbit in 2025.The mission made the first of six flybys of Mercury at 11.34pm GMT on Friday, using the planet’s gravity to slow the spacecraft down. Continue reading...
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Robots: stealing our jobs or solving labour shortages?

From fast food to farming, Covid-19 has accelerated the rise of the worker robots. This in turn will put more jobs at risk and makes the need to reframe society ever more urgentAs the coronavirus pandemic enveloped the world last year, businesses increasingly turned to automation in order to address rapidly changing conditions. Floor-cleaning and microbe-zapping disinfecting robots were introduced in hospitals, supermarkets and other environments. Some enterprises found that, given the new empha...
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People are flocking to Colorado for the great outdoors, but air pollution is leading to more days when residents are stuck inside

Marianne Ayala/Insider With mild winters, plenty of open space, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, it's easy to see why Colorado is one of the fastest-growing states in the US."We were tired of having to spend nine winter months indoors without the sun," Ashley O'Connor, who moved to Colorado from Chicago in 2015, told Insider. "We like to joke that we traded skyscrapers for mountains."O'Connor and her husband are hardly alone. According to census data, Colorado ...
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A 105-year-old woman who survived the 1918 flu that killed 50 million people worldwide has died of COVID-19

Dorene Giacopini holds up a photo of her mother Primetta Giacopini while posing for a photo at her home in Richmond, Calif. on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. AP Photo/Josh Edelson Primetta Giacopini died from COVID-19 on September 19, having survived the 1918 flu. The 1918 flu killed 50 million people - about one-fifth of the world's population at the time. Giacopini was hospitalized in September and died at 105, her daughter, Dorene, told the AP. See more stories on Insider's business pa...
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Cake was my first love – it sees me through life’s highs and lows

There should be no guilt with cake, only romance – in the making, the display, the history… and, of course, the eatingThe Great British Bake Off is back! Sales of baking utensils skyrocket when the amateur baking show is on. It appears we’re all cake mad. But I’ve always been mad as a box of doughnuts for cake, long before the GBBO started. In fact, it’s one of my loves – not one of my vices.Cake and I are friends; we go back a long way. At school, we’d bake in home economics class and sell our ...
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Rare photos show some of the birds, fish, and mollusks added to the extinction list this week

Moe Flannery, senior collections manager for ornithology and mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences, holds an ivory-billed woodpecker in San Francisco on September 24, 2021. Haven Daley/AP The US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed declaring 23 species extinct this week. The species include birds, fish, mussels, and 11 species from Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Because the animals have been endangered for so long, there are very few photos of them. See more stories on Insider'...
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The jet stream has started an unprecedented shift north, which could wreak havoc on weather in the US and Europe

The German village of Insul in Rhineland was largely destroyed after rainfall caused devastating flooding in July. Boris Roessler/Picture Alliance/Getty Images The polar jet stream is a band of wind that separates cold Arctic air from warmer air to the south. A new study suggests that as the Earth warms, this band is moving north and out of position. That could cause more droughts and heat waves in southern Europe and the eastern US. See more stories on Insider's business page. The pol...
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One chart shows the most common COVID-19 booster side effects from Pfizer, Moderna, J&J's vaccines

A Thai healthcare worker receives a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine in Bangkok on August 9, 2021. Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Side effects from COVID-19 booster shots generally resemble those after a second dose. Fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches are common after both. But two shots of J&J's vaccine yields fewer side effects than three shots of Pfizer or Moderna. See more stories on Insider's business page. Second and third doses of COVID-19 vacci...
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