Europe’s record summer ‘impossible’ without global heating

Cop26 countries must take action to stop record heat becoming an annual event, say expertsWhat is Cop26 and why does it matter? The complete guideThe heatwaves and wildfires that caused devastation in Europe this summer would not have happened without global heating, new analysis shows.The summer of 2021 was the hottest on record in the continent, with average temperatures about 1C above normal. The elevated heat caused wildfires and premature deaths. Continue reading...
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Parents are mixing human milk into their kids' cereals in hopes of giving them COVID-19 antibodies, report says

Cavan Images/Getty Images Some parents are breastfeeding their toddlers in hopes of protecting them from COVID-19. Parents who breastfeed for two years or more have been found to have higher antibody levels in their milk. However, it has yet to be seen if any immunity could be provided via nursing. Some California parents have decided to continue nursing longer than officially recommended in hopes of passing COVID-19 antibodies onto their kids via breast milk, the Los Angeles Times report...
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CDC green-lights Pfizer's lower-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 5-11

Bridgette Melo, 5, holds the hand of her father, Jim Melo, during her inoculation of one of two reduced 10 microgram doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a trial at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on September 28. Shawn Rocco/Duke University/Handout via REUTERS An expert panel to the CDC voted unanimously Tuesday to offer a low-dose version of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11 in the US. The vaccine is the same product that adults and teens receive, ...
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The adorable head tilt some dogs do is a sign they're concentrating and recalling information, a study found

A young German Shepherd tilts his head for the camera. Diego Cervo/Getty Head tilting is common among some dogs, but scientists had not previously studied the reason for that behavior. New research suggests border collies tilt their heads when concentrating on a task or recalling information. Sometimes, when we talk to our canine companions, they tilt their heads adorably to one side.Although a dog's quizzical head cock might suggest incredulity or confusion, the gesture could actually...
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The Hubble Space Telescope has been offline for more than a week, and NASA isn't sure why

Astronauts have visited the Hubble Space Telescope for repairs and maintenance on five occasions. NASA NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has gone offline for the second time this year. Hubble's science instruments were registering errors after losing critical synchronization messages. NASA says it's "too early" to say what is causing the problem or how long it may take to fix it. NASA's iconic Hubble Space Telescope is experiencing another mysterious glitch. Already, it's b...
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CDC advisors green-light Pfizer's lower-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 5-11

COVID-19 vaccines cards at the Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bern Township, Pennsylvania on January 29, 2021. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images An expert panel to the CDC voted Tuesday to offer a low-dose version of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11 in the US. The vaccine is the same product that adults and teens receive, but a smaller size. Doctors and nurses at the meeting stressed kids shouldn't die from vaccine-preventable diseases...
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Geert Jan van Oldenborgh obituary

Dutch physicist who helped to identify the links between human-induced climate change and extreme weather disastersGeert Jan van Oldenborgh, who has died aged 59 of multiple myeloma, was co-founder and member of a team of scientists who identified — at speed and while politically a hot topic — the links between human-induced climate change and forest fires, heatwaves, drought, flood and other specific meteorological catastrophes.This is trickier than it sounds. Extreme events have always happene...
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Scientists may have found the first extragalactic planet – can we talk to it?

Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believe they’ve discovered the first extragalactic planet ever observed by humans. Up front: I’ve got “extragalactic planetary, planetary extragalactic” to the tune of the Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” stuck in my head. And, now, you probably do too. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way: An extragalactic planet is one that’s not only outside of our own solar system, such as the thousands we’ve found floating around the Milky Way,...
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SpaceX's next astronaut flight for NASA is delayed after a 'minor medical issue.' It won't launch before Saturday.

The Crew-3 astronauts, left to right: ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron. SpaceX plans to launch its fourth NASA astronaut crew to the International Space Station no earlier than Saturday. The Crew-3 mission has been delayed twice due to bad weather and a minor medical issue. When it launches, watch live below as the Crew Dragon spaceship flies to the ISS. SpaceX plans to send a rocket streaking above the Florida skies as earl...
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Powerful speech by prime minister of Barbados, under threat from rising sea levels, was a breakout moment at COP26

Barbados's Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 at SECC on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Photo by Yves Herman - WPA Pool/Getty Images A powerful speech by the prime minister of Barbados was a breakout moment at COP26. Mia Mottley said a 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature would be a "death sentence." She called for more funding to small island nations on the frontlines of climate c...
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NASA grew and harvested chili peppers in space, a scientific breakthrough. An astronaut used them for tacos.

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur smiles while a taco floats beside her. Twitter/Megan McArthur/Insider Astronauts grew chili peppers on the International Space Station for the first time. One NASA astronaut then used them to make tacos for the crew. NASA says growing food in space has big advantages for endeavors like trying to visit Mars. Astronauts on the International Space Station grew chili peppers for the first time, which a NASA astronaut used for tacos to feed the crew.The seeds were ...
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2 agreements from the COP26 conference pledge major cuts to deforestation and methane emissions, as leaders scramble to address the climate crisis

Deforestation near a forest in Brazil in July 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli World leaders made 2 significant pledges on Tuesday at the COP26 summit. More than 100 countries committed to stopping and reversing deforestation by 2030. The US led a group of 90 governments pledging to reduce methane emissions by 2030. A host of world leaders agreed to stop deforestation and reduce methane emissions by 2030 in two major agreements announced at the COP26 climate summit.The deforestation pledged ...
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Babies are increasingly dying of syphilis in the US - but it's 100% preventable

A newborn baby rests at the Ana Betancourt de Mora Hospital in Camaguey, Cuba, on June 19, 2015. Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters The number of US babies born with syphilis quadrupled from 2015 to 2019. Babies with syphilis may have deformed bones, damaged brains, and struggle to hear, see, or breathe. Routine testing and penicillin shots for pregnant women could prevent these cases. This story was originally published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom, in collabora...
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Isaac Asimov Predicts the Future on The David Letterman Show (1980)

In 1980, Newsweek published a cantankerous and sadly on-the-nose diagnosis of the United States’ “cult of ignorance” — written by one Isaac Asimov, “professor of biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine” and “author of 212 books, most of them on various scientific subjects for the general public.” Given this intimidating biography, and the fact that Asimov believed that “hardly anyone can read” in the U.S., we might expect the science fiction legend wanted nothing to do with ...
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Greta Thunberg says world leaders are only pretending to care about the climate crisis

Greta Thunberg in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 1, 2021, during the COP26 climate summit. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne Greta Thunberg said COP26 is 'people in power pretending to take our future seriously.' The climate activist was speaking near the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Thunberg has repeatedly said that global action on the climate crisis is badly inadequate. Greta Thunberg accused world leaders at the COP26 summit in Scotland of only "pretending" to care about the...
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Israel's energy minister said she couldn't attend the start of COP26 because her wheelchair couldn't get in

Karine Elharrar in Jerusalem in April 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen Israel's energy minister was stuck outside the first day of COP26 as her wheelchair could not get in. Her office said she waited outside for two hours before going back to her hotel in another city. She tweeted that the situation was "sad" and said "hopefully the lessons learned will be learned." Israel's energy minister said she couldn't attend the first day of the COP26 climate conference because she could not ent...
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A stunning video from China shows a fall mountainside split perfectly between green and red trees

A picture of the Xiezi mountain in Jinan City, Shandong Province, China, October 22, 2020 Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images A mountain in Eastern China offers a spectacular view as the fall rolls in. As the season turns, the Xiezi mountain in Jinan, China, becomes split along its ridge. On one side of the mountain, smoke trees turn a brilliant red, while pine trees on the other stay green. A stunning video shows a mountain in Eastern China that is split by the fall along its ridgel...
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China locks down Shanghai Disneyland and tests 34,000 visitors after single Covid case

The popular theme park became the site of a suspected Delta outbreak, with authorities mass testing tens of thousands in the pursuit of Covid zeroSee all our coronavirus coverageAs fireworks lit up the sky over Shanghai Disney Resort on Sunday, chatter began to spread through the crowds. Qian, a young Chinese woman who’d decided to spend her Halloween at the theme park, saw a Weibo alert from Disney saying the park had closed and rides had stopped. No more guests could enter Disneyland – those a...
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