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A family of Christmas tree farmers has faced major losses and challenges since the 1970s. They say climate change is to blame.

Jesse, Jamie, and Simon SteadmanThe Nature Conservancy Droughts, wildfires, and flooding have led to unfavorable conditions for Christmas tree growing. A family of Christmas tree farmers told Insider about the impact of climate change on their farms. Buying real Christmas trees can be part of climate change solutions, an ecology expert told Insider. After serving in Vietnam in 1967, Jim Steadman started selling Christmas trees to make some cash for skiing.He found his passion in the tree-grow...
Tags: Family, Science, Climate Change, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Connecticut, Retail, Npr, Vietnam, Christmas Tree, Christmas Trees, Jamie, Jesse, Steadman, New Hartford Connecticut


Omicron cases appear less severe and less likely to result in hospitalization, new UK studies suggest

A passenger arriving from Italy administers a self-collected nasal swab at Los Angeles International Airport on December 3, 2021.Mario Tama/Getty Images The Omicron variant may result in milder illness than Delta, two new studies from the UK suggest. Omicron patients in the United Kingdom had a 15%-20% lower risk of hospitalization compared to Delta patients. Many Omicron patients are vaccinated or previously infected. More research is needed to tell whether the variant is milder than Delta. ...
Tags: UK, England, Science, London, News, Scotland, Trends, United Kingdom, Italy, News UK, Delta, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Naismith, Los Angeles International Airport, King s College


4 reasons your rapid COVID test may show a false result

A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Rapid tests are a quick and convenient way to learn about your COVID-19 status. The timing, temperature, and even what you eat before getting tested could affect your results. Some rapid tests may fail to detect Omicron, but at least two existing test kits still work. Rapid testing has become a popular tool in the coronavirus pandemic, especially during the recent Omicron wave...
Tags: UK, Science, New York City, Trends, Walgreens, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Coca Cola, University Of Southern California, Abbott, Don, Cochrane, MICHAEL MINA, Quidel, Chamber of Commerce Foundation


CDC official worried that people would 'get sick and perhaps die' after the Trump White House 'forced' the agency to relax its worship guidance, emails show

Alanna Gomes exits out the back of Bethel AME Church after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic set up in the sanctuary Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I.AP Photo/David Goldman A CDC official said the Trump White House "forced" the agency to weaken COVID guidance for worship houses.   A May 2020 email exchange obtained by Congress shows the tug-of-war between the CDC and White House. Dr. Jay Butler wrote in a May 24 email that he feared people would "get sick and die."  A top o...
Tags: Politics, Science, Congress, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, House, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Providence, Trump, Butler, Trump White House, Bethel AME Church, David Goldman


Fauci recommends that you don't invite unvaccinated relatives over for the holidays

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Dr. Fauci recommends that you skip seeing unvaccinated relatives for the holidays. "Maybe another time, when this is all over," he told MSNBC on Tuesday. Cases of the Omicron variant have been spiking nationwide just before the holidays. Dr. Fauci said on Tuesday that he recommends people avoid seeing unvaccinated relatives during the upcoming holidays as the Omicron ...
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Why are chimps so ripped?

Watching nature documentaries is enough to give you body dysmorphia. It's impossible to ignore how remarkably jacked the average chimp is in comparison to Joe six-pack—even if Joe has an actual six-pack. One could chalk up the differences in physique to the rigorous demands that apes have to endure in the wild, but even apes with slothful lifestyles look like Greek statues. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Science, News, Biology, Joe, Humans Vs Chimps


The scientific similarities between falling in love and doing cocaine

There are a host of similarities between being in love and doing drugs. "Yeah," some of you might say, "they both make your friends hate you and leave you broke." While those critiques might be accurate on a social and financial level, love is incredibly similar to cocaine on a chemical level. — Read the rest
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The FDA just authorized the first pill to treat COVID-19, replenishing the tool kit of treatments against Omicron

A worker at Pfizer's manufacturing facility in Freiburg, Germany, produces the COVID-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid.Pfizer The FDA authorized the first pill to treat COVID-19, a milestone in the fight against the pandemic. The approval comes as Omicron is spreading across the US and causing a surge in cases. The regulator issued emergency authorization for use of the pill in high-risk people 12 and older. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first pill to treat COVID-19. The ag...
Tags: Health, Science, News, White House, US, Trends, Washington Dc, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Antiviral, Mizuho, Patel, Pharmaceutical, Eli Lilly


WHO boss: western countries’ Covid booster drives likely to prolong pandemic

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says there will be enough vaccines for world’s adults – if they are not hoardedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world will have enough doses of Covid vaccines early next year to inoculate all of the global adult population – if western countries do not hoard those vaccines to use in blanket booster programmes, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday there would be suffic...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Inequality, World Health Organization WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus


Dietitians debunk 10 sugar myths

Dietitians Mary Matone and Meredith Rofheart debunk 10 sugar myths. They debunk the myths surrounding sugar and diet, honey, and high-fructose corn syrup. They also advise that less than 10% of our total daily calories should be coming from added sugars. Dietitians Mary Matone and Meredith Rofheart debunk 10 myths about sugar. They explain the importance of sugar in our diet, why sugar isn't addictive, and why honey and high-fructose corn syrup aren't better or worse than other added su...
Tags: Health, Video, Science, Diet, Life, Trends, Diabetes, Sugar, Honey, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Science Insider, Culina Health, Video Format Debunked, Margaret Guzman Michelle Yan Huang, Mary Matone, Meredith Rofheart


'I just can't': Dr. Deborah Birx privately blasted the Trump White House's COVID strategy while publicly giving it 'cover,' emails show

Dr. Deborah Birx takes notes during a meeting with former president Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House on May 13, 2020.AP Photo/Evan Vucci Dr. Deborah Birx raised alarms about Trump's COVID strategy while publicly covering for it. New emails obtained by Congress show Birx objecting to the "herd immunity" approach.  "I just can't," Birx wrote in an August 25, 2020 email to other top US officials.  Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, warn...
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World’s oldest family tree revealed in 5,700-year-old Cotswolds tomb

DNA analysis of bodies in Hazleton North long cairn finds five generations of an extended familyAn analysis of DNA from a 5,700-year-old tomb has revealed the world’s oldest family tree, shedding “extraordinary” light on the importance of family and descent among people who were some of Britain’s first farmers.A research team has examined the bones and teeth of 35 people in one of Britain’s best preserved neolithic tombs, near the village of Hazleton in the Cotswolds. The results, said Dr Chris ...
Tags: Science, UK News, Genetics, Britain, Archaeology, Newcastle University, Chris Fowler, Hazleton, Hazleton North


South Africa's drop in daily new COVID-19 cases suggest its Omicron peak may have passed, experts say

A Doctors Without Borders nurse performs a COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images South Africa's COVID-19 cases have been steadily declining in the past week. Some experts said this suggests the peak of the country's Omicron wave may have been reached. However, many say it's still too early to say so definitively.  COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been steadily declining in recent days, prompting some experts to say the country's peak o...
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Data appears to support claims that Omicron is less severe in South Africa

Scientists warn, however, that lower severity of cases is not fully understood and may not occur elsewhereCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Africa has reported new data on Covid cases driven by the Omicron variant that appears to give added impetus to claims the country is seeing a lower severity of disease.“In South Africa, this is the epidemiology: Omicron is behaving in a way that is less severe,” said Prof Cheryl Cohen of the country’s National Institute for C...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, National Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD, Coronavirus, Cheryl Cohen


South African data suggests Omicron outbreak has caused less severe disease

Scientists warn, however, that lower severity of cases is not fully understood and may not occur elsewhereCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Africa has reported data on Covid cases driven by the Omicron variant that appears to give added impetus to claims the country is experiencing a lower severity of disease.“In South Africa, this is the epidemiology: Omicron is behaving in a way that is less severe,” said Prof Cheryl Cohen of the country’s National Institute for...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Africa, Society, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, National Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD, Coronavirus, Cheryl Cohen


Omicron could at least double the risk of catching COVID-19 on a flight, airline industry medical expert says

Man gets tested for COVID-19 at airport.Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images Omicron could at least double the risk of catching COVID-19 on a flight, an expert told Bloomberg. The IATA's medical advisor said Omicron could present two to three times the infection risk of Delta. Wear masks and get vaccinated or boosted, Dr. Powell said Omicron could double the risk of catching COVID-19 during a flight according to an airline industry medical expert, who warned that the ai...
Tags: Health, Transportation, UK, Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Flight, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Cnbc


US life expectancy declined even more than previously thought in 2020

A Maryland Cremation Services transporter gently inspects the remains of a coronavirus victim to triple check identification and look for personal belongings in the morgue at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on May 11, 2020.Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The CDC released new data on US life expectancy on Wednesday. The data showed life expectancy in 2020 was 77 years, down from 78.8 in 2019. The CDC previously estimated that life expectancy for...
Tags: Death, Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, United States, Life Expectancy, Silver Spring Maryland, NCHS, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Speed desk, Maryland Cremation Services, Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center


The US Army is testing a universal vaccine it hopes will target all coronavirus variants

A vial of spike ferritin nanoparticle (SpFN), WRAIR’s COVID-19 vaccine.U.S. Army photo by Mike Walters/ RELEASED The US Army is testing a vaccine it hopes will target all COVID-19 coronavirus variants.  The vaccine, named SpFN, also showed promise against SARS, another dangerous coronavirus disease.  The results of early human trials should be released this month, the Army said.  The US Army is wrapping up early clinical trials on a vaccine it hopes will target all existing coronavirus varian...
Tags: Science, Trends, News UK, Delta, Army, Defence, Vaccine, US Army, Sars, U S Army, Science Translational Medicine, WRAIR, Mike Walters, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


Innovation and the Scientific Method

GUEST POST from Jesse Nieminen Most large organizations are led and managed very systematically, and they pride themselves on that. Managers and leaders within those organizations are usually smart, educated, and want to make data-driven, evidence-based decisions. However, when it … Continue reading →
Tags: Science, Leadership, Management, Innovation, Scientific Method, Jesse Nieminen


Covid: how has the pandemic changed in the UK in 2021?

The year has been marked by the success of the vaccination drive – yet thousands have still diedThis time last year, Covid-19 cases were soaring in the UK, hospitalisations were steadily increasing, and the government had tightened restrictions to try to get a handle on a concerning new variant.Twelve months on, there is a sense of deja vu. A weary public is worried about its festive plans being cancelled, an outcome that would be all the more painful in light of the Christmas party scandal that...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Downing Street, Coronavirus



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