Judge blocks Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee

President Joe Biden speaks at Dakota County Technical College, in Rosemount, Minn., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster President Joe Biden issued a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal contractors. US District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove granted a request to halt Biden's mandate on Tuesday. Tatenhove said Biden exceeded his authority when he issued the mandate. The Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal contractors received another blow...
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Dr. Oz is running for US Senate in Pennsylvania. Here are 8 times he's made false or baseless medical claims.

Dr. Mehmet Oz attends a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, July 2, 2019.Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Dr. Mehmet Oz, one of the US' best-known celebrity doctors, is running for US Senate in Pennsylvania.  But his health recommendations are not always supported by scientific evidence. Here are eight times Oz made false, baseless, or misleading scientific claims. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Among Dr. Mehmet Oz's achievements are ten Emmy award...
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The World Health Organization is advising people over 60 not to travel amid spread of Omicron variant

Passengers gather near Delta airline's counter as they check-in their luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., May 23, 2021.Reuters/Carlos Barria The World Health Organization advised people over 60 and those with comorbidities to postpone travel. While they advised people to take caution, the agency said blanket travel bans won't address Omicron spread. They designated Omicron a "variant of concern" and said it could possibly be more tra...
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The US probably has 2,000 Omicron cases already, according to 'dirty math' from a COVID expert who often advises the White House

The Public Health Company cofounder and CEO Dr. Charity Dean.The Public Health Company The CDC says Omicron is not in the US yet. But Dr. Charity Dean, a former top health official in California, who warned about the spread of COVID-19 in the US early on in the pandemic and long before federal experts did, says there's no way that's true. "Our case ascertainment rate is zero," Dean said, but she has "no doubt that there are in fact cases here." Dr. Charity Dean has a solid track recor...
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High-speed space junk risk prompts NASA to abruptly delay spacewalk on the International Space Station

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on June 20, 2021.NASA NASA delayed an astronaut spacewalk Tuesday, citing potential debris near the International Space Station. Russia blew up a satellite this month, adding a cloud of dangerous, high-speed shrapnel to space. It's unclear if debris from the Russian test threatened NASA's spacewalk, but space junk is worsening. NASA postponed a spacewalk on Tuesday due to a thre...
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Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it's just very good at sequencing and spotting them

A laboratory worker in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 5, 2021.Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Scientists in South Africa were the first to raise alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean the variant came from southern Africa, it's more of an indication of the region's robust surveillance system. "We just rang the bell, which allowed everybody else to realize that actually this was maybe going on unnoticed," one South Afric...
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Dr. Anthony Fauci says we should do 8 things to deal with the Omicron variant

Dr. Anthony FauciAlex Wong/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci listed eight steps that ordinary people should take to address the new Omicron variant.In a Tuesday briefing with the White House's COVID-19 response team, Fauci — the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  —  said existing measures we've taken against COVID-19 should work against the newly detected variant. Fauci recommended the following steps to protect against the Omicron variant:Get vaccinate...
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The couple accused of escaping their isolation hotel in the Netherlands complains forced quarantine is 'worse than a prison'

People wait in front for quarantine and COVID-19 test appointments inside Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands in November 2021.REUTERS/Eva Plevier/File Photo The couple who escaped a COVID-19 lockdown in the Netherlands say their new forced quarantine is "worse than a prison."  Andrés Sanz and Carolina Pimenta were required to quarantine after Pimenta tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to South Africa.  The couple managed to escape and made it all the way to a plane bound for Spain bef...
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Elon Musk reportedly warned that SpaceX faces the 'risk of bankruptcy' from lack of Starship engine progress

Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images Elon Musk told SpaceX employees that lack of progress on Raptor engines creates a "risk of bankruptcy." The SpaceX CEO expressed his concern in a company-wide memo that was sent on Black Friday, CNBC reported. Musk said lagging engine production is holding up Starship and Starlink progress. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the company's Raptor program is in "crisis" and poses a major threat to the entire space venture.Musk said he is upset with the lack of p...
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How dangerous is the Omicron variant?

The Omicron variant of Covid has prompted governments around the world to reintroduce border restrictions, with Australia shutting the border to southern Africa and delaying the reopening date for international students and visa holders. The federal government has called for calm, describing the variant as ‘manageable’, but what do we actually know about it?Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to medical editor Melissa Davey about what scientists have discovered so far about Omicron and our evolving approa...
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Omicron Covid variant ‘present in Europe at least 10 days ago’

Two cases of the new Covid variant found in the Netherlands predate last week’s alert from South AfricaThe Omicron variant of Covid-19 was present in Europe at least 10 days ago, even before South African health experts alerted the world to their concerns around the transmissibility of the newly identified variant.The Dutch health authority said it had found the Omicron variant in two local cases going back 11 days, showing it was already in western Europe’s heartland before the reports came out...
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The Omicron variant was in Europe earlier than previously thought, and it's not clear if the person had been to southern Africa, officials say

An empty shopping street during a coronavirus curfew in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.AP Photo/Peter Dejong Dutch officials said the Omicron variant was found in samples taken from people on Nov. 19 and 23. Previously, Europe's first-known Omicron case was someone who tested positive on Nov. 22. Officials said it was "not clear yet" if the people from these samples were in southern Africa. The Omicron variant was detected in Europe days earlier than was previously realized, according to new ...
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Nasa postpones spacewalk citing ‘debris notification’ for ISS

Not immediately clear if postponement is related to Russian anti-satellite missile test weeks agoNasa has indefinitely postponed a spacewalk planned for Tuesday by two astronauts outside the International Space Station, citing a “debris notification” for the orbiting research laboratory.Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla had been due to venture outside the space station to replace a failed antenna, facing what Nasa officials had said was a slightly elevated risk posed by debris left over from...
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Covid-19: how worried should we be about Omicron? | podcast

Last week, a new variant of Covid-19 was detected by scientists in South Africa. Since then, additional cases have been reported beyond southern Africa, including Belgium, Canada, Israel, Australia and the UK. And with the WHO warning that the Omicron variant poses a very high global risk, scientists around the world are scrambling to uncover clues about its transmissibility and how effective the current coronavirus vaccines will be against it.To find out what we do know about Omicron and what i...
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World’s vast networks of underground fungi to be mapped for first time

Project aims to help protect some of trillions of miles of the ‘circulatory system of the planet’Vast networks of underground fungi – the “circulatory system of the planet” – are to be mapped for the first time, in an attempt to protect them from damage and improve their ability to absorb and store carbon dioxide.Fungi use carbon to build networks in the soil, which connect to plant roots and act as nutrient “highways”, exchanging carbon from plant roots for nutrients. For instance, some fungi a...
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