Florida issued a $3.5 million fine against a county that enforced COVID-19 vaccine passports

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images In April, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned government agencies from imposing vaccine passports. On Tuesday, the state fined Leon County over $3.5 million for violating that policy. Leon County fired 14 employees who did not show proof of vaccination by the October 1 deadline. A Florida county was fined over $3.5 million by the state's health department for violating Gov. Ron DeSantis's executive ord...
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The best wildlife photos of the year show a curious grizzly, dueling reindeer, and fish swimming through a cloud of sperm

Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year The London Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest awards images that showcase the diversity and fragility of life. This year, the contest drew a record of more than 50,000 entries from photographers in 95 countries. The winning photos show reindeer fighting over mates, seals giving birth, and a mountain gorilla enjoying the rain. The camouflage grouper is declining due to overfishing, but each July, beneath...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's vaccine mandate ban won't make airlines or other large businesses drop their plans, legal experts say

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Reuters/Lucas Jackson Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday banning vaccine mandates in the state. Legal experts told Insider the order is unlikely to have an impact on large businesses that will have to comply with a proposed federal vaccine mandate. Law professor Dale Carpenter called Abbott's order "more of a political statement than a legal statement." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order banning vaccine mandates in the state is un...
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‘The real problem is the repetition of mistakes’: Scientists react to Covid inquiry

Senior scientists say failure to prevent second wave was inexcusable given what was known about the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure to prevent tens of thousands of deaths during Britain’s brutal second wave of Covid infections was a more serious error than the timing of the first lockdown, senior scientists have told the Guardian, after a damning report by MPs on the handling of the pandemic.The scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) warned ...
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Government must be transparent about science advice it receives

Analysis: inquiry into UK’s response to Covid crisis shows Sage guidance should be put in public domain as soon as possibleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe parliamentary inquiry into the UK’s response to the Covid crisis raises the serious issue of transparency around scientific advice – and why this remains crucial even as the country moves beyond an emergency situation.The 151-page “Coronavirus: lessons learned to date report”, led by two former Conservative mini...
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NASA Develops ‘Internet’ For The Moon And Beyond

NASA developed LunaNet, an ‘internet’ network for the Moon and the Artemis missions. Artemis is NASA’s program to establish a long-term human presence on the Moon. The international moon program is the tip-of-the-sword of the US in the new space race, however, Artemis II has been delayed due to a legal lawsuit over a lunar landing module awarded to SpaceX by NASA and questioned by Blue Origin.Artemis I is set to launch in November, sending a crew-less Orion spacecraft to our natural satellite. ...
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Classical physics make time travel impossible. But what about ‘timeless’ travel?

A pair of scientists from the UK recently published a pre-print research paper discussing the theory of a universe with no beginning. Imagine it: our universe has always existed. The Big Bang either never happened or it was simply another event in the infinite history of… itself. On the surface it sounds counter-intuitive. According to the researchers, a quantum physics paradigm called a “causal set” structure makes it possible for the universe to exist beyond its perceived origin. Per the duo’s...
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How avocado pits are turned into biodegradable silverware

Last year, Americans consumed over 6 billion avocados, leaving behind tons of inedible pits that turn into food waste. The Mexican company Biofase converts around 130 tons of avocado seeds a month into forks, knives, spoons, and straws. The company claims its bioplastic food products have a lower carbon footprint than any other comparable material - even paper. EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published in January 2021. Read the original article on Business Insider [Autho...
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Calls for inquiry as negative Covid PCR tests after positive lateral flow reported

Scientists urge urgent investigation to ensure that people are not being given false negative resultsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists are calling for an urgent investigation after dozens of reports of people testing negative using gold-standard Covid PCR tests, despite testing positive on rapid lateral flow tests, and in many cases experiencing Covid-like symptoms.The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said it had been made aware of people in some areas of th...
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A deteriorating oil tanker in the Red Sea could cause 'environmental catastrophe,' new study says

In this Sept. 29, 2018 file photo, a cargo ship is docked at the port, in Hodeida, Yemen. AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File There's potential for an oil spill in the Red Sea that could cause an "environmental catastrophe," a new study warns. A "dead" oil tanker with 1.1 million barrels on board is stationed off Yemen's coast. A new study warns that a leak from the deteriorating oil tanker could be a disaster. A deteriorating oil tanker with 1.1 million barrels on board could cause an oi...
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Astronaut's photo shows a rare 'sprite' in Earth's atmosphere caused by lightning shooting up toward space

A sprite captured from the ISS. ESA/NASA-T. Pesquet Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut on the ISS, photographed a flash of red light in the upper atmosphere. The phenomenon, called a sprite, can be seen above a thunderstorm. The picture is a "very rare occurrence," Pesquet said. An astronaut onboard the International Space Station has captured a rare image of a red "sprite" above Europe while recording a timelapse from space.The picture, which was taken on September 9, is a "very rare occurren...
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Vaccines cut the risk of severe COVID-19 by at least 90% in a huge real-world study of 23 million people

A pharmacist administers the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a patient in a pharmacy in Roubaix as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign in France, March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Vaccines cut the risk of developing severe COVID-19 by at least 90%, a study of 23 million people finds. COVID-19 vaccine protection lasted for at least five months in people aged 50 to 75, it found. It adds to a growing body of real-world evidence that vaccines hold up against ...
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Watch live as Jeff Bezos' rocket company launches TV star William Shatner to the edge of space on Wednesday

William Shatner (left) purchased a seat on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket (right). Blue Origin "Star Trek" actor William Shatner is about to fly to the edge of space on a Blue Origin rocket. The company, founded by Jeff Bezos, is scheduled to launch Shatner and three other passengers on Wednesday. Watch Blue Origin's livestream of the 11-minute spaceflight below. Three decades after starring as the cosmos-exploring commander Captain James T. Kirk in "Star Trek," actor William Sha...
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