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FDA authorizes boosters of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for older adults and others at high risk from COVID-19

A nurse prepares to inject staff with the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images The FDA authorized boosters of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for older adults and people at higher risk. Booster shots are likely to be available in locations like pharmacies and clinics at no cost. The US is still struggling to convince many people to get their first doses of coronavirus vaccines. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US coronavi...
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The leader of a Hawaii anti-vax group caught COVID-19 and almost died. He now supports vaccines and wants his group's protests to stop.

A poster in an airport in Honolulu, Hawaii. AP Photo/Caleb Jones The founder of a Hawaii group opposing COVID-19 rules and vaccine mandates has asked people to stop. Chris Wikoff, who was recently hospitalized with COVID-19, previously dismissed it as "a little flu." He told local media he is considering getting vaccinated now. See more stories on Insider's business page. The cofounder of a Hawaiian group protesting vaccine mandates and COVID-19 rules is now calling people to end the c...
Tags: Science, White House, Trends, Hawaii, News UK, Vaccine, Josh Green, HONOLULU Hawaii, Hawaii News Now, KFYR, Caleb Jones, Anti-vaxx, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Marianne Guenot


A US Army officer who has taken all other military-mandated vaccines says he is resigning instead of getting the COVID vaccine

US Army nurse administers COVID-19 vaccine at Fort Meade in Maryland. US Army photo An Army officer has decided to resign rather than take the COVID vaccine mandated by the military. Lt. Col. Paul Douglas Hague said on Fox News that he has had all other vaccines, but he won't get the one for COVID. The CDC and other medical experts have argued that the COVID vaccines are safe and effective. See more stories on Insider's business page. A US Army officer who has received all other va...
Tags: Science, Cdc, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Afghanistan, Army, Fox News, Pentagon, Fda, Biden, US Army, Sean Hannity, Hague, Johnson Johnson, Fort Meade


Photo shows one house miraculously unaffected by volcano eruption in the Canary Islands that scorched everything around it

Lava flows surrounded a house following the eruption of a volcano in the Cumbre Vieja national park at El Paso, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain September 23, 2021. Ramon de la Rocha/Pool via REUTERS A house improbably escaped a blast from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on a Spanish island. The eruption, which started on Sunday, has devastated the Canary Island of La Palma. The couple who own the house only learned from the picture that it survived. See more stories on Insider's busi...
Tags: Science, Germany, Trends, Spain, New York Times, News UK, Sky, Volcano, Eruption, Canary Islands, El Paso, Canaries, Deutsche Welle, La Palma, BBC News World, Elizabeth Garcia


Humans won't be able to control a superintelligent AI, according to a study

Machines already perform certain tasks without humans understanding how they learned it. Reuters A Max-Planck Institute study suggests humans couldn't prevent an AI from making its own choices. The researchers used Alan Turing's "halting problem" to test their theory. Programming a superintelligent AI with "containment algorithms" or rules would be futile. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It may not be theoretically possible to predict the actions of artifici...
Tags: Apple, UK, Science, Design, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Robots, Alan Turing, Ai, Nordic, Google Amazon, Isaac Asimov, Baker McKenzie, Asimov


Workers with a higher risk of getting COVID-19, like healthcare workers and teachers, are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images The FDA authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for some groups on Wednesday. People 18 to 64 who have a higher risk of getting COVID-19 at work are among the eligible groups. That could include healthcare workers, teachers, and grocery store employees, among others. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use ...
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CDC advisors green-light Pfizer boosters for older Americans and people with underlying conditions - but reject extra shots for healthcare workers, in a major break with the FDA

A shot of the Pfizer vaccine at a FEMA vaccination center in Philadelphia. Mark Makela/Getty Images An advisory committee to the CDC voted 15 to 0 to recommend Pfizer booster shots for people over 65 and long term care facility (nursing home) residents on Thursday. They also voted to recommend booster shots for all adults with underlying medical conditions. The advisors voted 9-6 against recommending booster doses for adults who are "in an occupational or institutional setting" that puts t...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Trends, Public Health, Fema, Healthcare, Nashville, Philadelphia, Fda, Pfizer, Ohio State University, Johnson Johnson, Vanderbilt University, Talbot, US Food and Drug Administration


NASA's top official says Blue Origin lawsuit could delay human return to moon

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson at the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 23, 2021. NASA/Bill Ingalls Blue Origin sued NASA after the agency picked SpaceX to land astronauts on the moon. NASA's administrator said this "legal wrangling" has thrown its moon-landing timeline into question. But experts already thought NASA was unlikely to meet its goal of putting boots on the moon in 2024. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA is trying to send astron...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Lawsuit, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Orion, Associated Press, Jeff Bezos, Astronauts, Artemis, Nelson, Blue Origin, Moon Landing, Colorado Springs Colorado


Newly discovered fossil footprints show humans were in North America thousands of years earlier than we thought

Some of the fossil footprints discovered in White Sands National Park. Courtesy of Sally Reynolds et al. Anthropologists found 60 fossilized human footprints in New Mexico that date back 23,000 years. The finding reveals humans occupied North America thousands of years earlier than we thought - and thrived on the continent during the last ice age. See more stories on Insider's business page. A new discovery offers definitive evidence that humans were in North America far earlier than ...
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CDC advisors voted in favor of Pfizer boosters for older Americans - but against extra shots for healthcare workers, in a major break with the FDA

A shot of the Pfizer vaccine at a FEMA vaccination center in Philadelphia. Mark Makela/Getty Images An advisory committee to the CDC voted 15 to 0 to recommend Pfizer booster shots for people over 65 and long term care facility (nursing home) residents on Thursday. They also voted to recommend booster shots for all adults with underlying medical conditions. The advisors voted 9-6 against recommending booster doses for adults who are "in an occupational or institutional setting" that puts t...
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2 experts describe how our COVID-19 antibodies adapt over time, creating an 'arms race' between our immune systems and virus variants

US Army nurse administers COVID-19 vaccine at Fort Meade in Maryland. US Army photo A virologist and immunologist say our immune systems can adapt to COVID-19 and fight emerging variants. They describe how antibodies evolve over time to recognize more variants and bind tighter to the virus. Boosters, or three-dose vaccines, could amplify these more potent antibodies, one professor said. See more stories on Insider's business page. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is mutating and ch...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Trends, Healthcare, US Army, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Booster, Rockefeller University, Fort Meade, Immunity, Wherry, John Wherry, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


Scientists have created rechargeable, glow-in-the-dark plants using nanoparticles that absorb and emit light

Green nanoparticles that absorb then emit light, as viewed under a microscope inside a plant leaf. Strano et al., Science Advances, 2021 MIT researchers embedded plant leaves with rechargeable nanoparticles that absorb and emit light. After a 10-second charge with an LED light, the nanoparticles glow in the dark for several minutes. "This is a big step toward plant-based lighting," one of the researchers said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists are working on a rec...
Tags: Science, News, Biology, Trends, Mit, Thailand, Plants, Ecology, Science Advances, David Nield, Sheila Kennedy, Strano, Michael Strano, ScienceAlert, Science Contributor, Pavlo Gordiichuk


CDC advisory panel voted against giving workers with a higher risk of getting COVID-19 a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot, after FDA authorized it

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images The FDA authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for some groups on Wednesday. But on Thursday, an independent group of medical advisors to the Centers for Disease Control split with the FDA. The panel voted 9-6 against recommending booster doses for adults who are at greater risk of COVID exposure in their work. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots of th...
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The verdict is in: Pregnant women pass COVID-fighting antibodies to their unborn children

Obstetrician and gynecologist Yelena Rogatinskaya receives the Sputnik V vaccine in St Petersburg, Russia, on September 13, 2021. Peter Kovalev/TASS/Getty Images Pregnant women pass coronavirus antibodies to their unborn children, a spate of research suggests. A new study found high antibody levels in newborns whose mothers had received the Pfizer or Moderna shots. Studies have also shown that mothers can transfer antibodies to infants through breast milk. See more stories on Insider's...
Tags: Science, News, Israel, US, Trends, Pfizer, Antibodies, Newborns, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, New York University, Nyu, St Petersburg Russia, Sardinia Italy, Immunity, Moderna, Peter Kovalev


PG&E charged with manslaughter after equipment sparked deadly California wildfire in 2020

A house burns on Platina Road during the Zogg Fire near Ono, California, in 2020. AP Photo/Ethan Swope, File Pacific Gas and Electric was charged on Friday with manslaughter and other crimes. It follows a 2020 Northern California blaze started by alleged neglected equipment, AP reported. Four people were killed and hundreds of homes were destroyed. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Pacific Gas and Electric was charged on Friday with manslaughter and other crimes following a N...
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4 people who got COVID-19 booster shots share what it felt like to get an extra vaccine dose

A healthcare worker receives a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine in Bangkok on August 9, 2021. Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images The US has authorized third doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to adults over 65, and others at high risk of developing severe disease. Already, more than two million Americans know what it feels like to get a booster shot. The side effects, they say, are much like after a second shot, with some arm pain and fatigue. See more stories ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Israel, US, Trends, Public Health, Fda, Pfizer, Bangkok, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Lynch, US Food and Drug Administration, J J, Walz, Alec Lynch


Several people reportedly wound up in the ICU after a 'Get COVID' party in Canada

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 07: Nurses Karen Hayes (L) and Nurse Nick Brideau administer care to a patient in the acute care COVID unit at Harborview Medical Center on May 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The patient was transferred out of the ICU COVID unit because she no longer needs to be on a ventilator. Today there are 25 patients at Harborview Medical Center, 10 of whom are on this floor. Currently in the UW Medicine System, 66 patients testing positive for COVID-19 are receiving care, around half ...
Tags: Death, Science, News, Trends, Canada, Seattle, Edmonton, Seattle Washington, Harborview Medical Center, Edson, L, Karen Hayes, Edson Alberta, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, COVID-19


A new study found startling amounts of microplastics in babies' poop - far more than in adults

A baby wears amber teething beads. Petardj/Getty Images Babies may have more microplastics in their guts than adults do, a small study suggests. The researchers found 10 times more microplastics in infant feces than in adult feces. The microplastics could come from baby bottles or plastic toys that infants chew. See more stories on Insider's business page. Microplastics are everywhere. Even what should be untouched wildernesses - the icy plains of Antarctica, the crushing depths of the...
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Bill Gates takes a dig at Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk: 'Space? We have a lot to do here on Earth'

Susan Walsh/AP; Joshua Roberts/Reuters; Axel Schmidt/Getty Images During an interview with James Corden, Bill Gates poked fun at the billionaire space race. Gates comments come a few months after Bezos and Richard Branson took private jets into outer space. The interview was days after Gates was asked on camera about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. See more stories on Insider's business page. Bill Gates dissed Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk's preoccupation with outer space during...
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A family member of a COVID-19 patient reportedly threatened a doctor after she wouldn't treat him with ivermectin

A doctor checks the vital signs of a patient at the Intensive Care Unit of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California, on January 3, 2021. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images A COVID-19 patient's family threatened a doctor for not using ivermectin, BuzzFeed News reported. The patient's family member said they have "ways to get people to do something" in their gun safe. The threats are a part of a larger pattern of violence against medical staff during the pan...
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Biden to announce millions of federal contractors must prove they're vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to stop the spread of the Delta variant and boost COVID-19 vaccinations, in the State Dining Room of the White House complex on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The White House plans to announce a federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Reuters reported. The news is expected Friday that federal contractors must be vaccinated by December 8. It comes after a September 9 executi...
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Leaders at Moderna and AstraZeneca, are offering new, rosy predictions about the pandemic's end

An employee at the Vermont Creamery receives a COVID-19 vaccine from the National Guard at a pop-up stand in Websterville, Vermont, on June 29, 2021. Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images Vaccine makers have recently said they think the pandemic will finally end in 2022. A lead scientist behind AstraZeneca's vaccine predicted that the coronavirus will likely become similar to the common cold. See more stories on Insider's business page. Top brass at Moderna and AstraZeneca have recently o...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Cnbc, Erin Schumaker, Sarah Gilbert, Boston Children s Hospital, Gilbert, National Guard, Tampa Florida


Unvaccinated Americans abroad will need a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of flying home from November, rather than the current 3 days, the White House said

A health care worker tests a traveller at a COVID-19 testing station at LAX airport. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Unvaccinated Americans abroad will need a negative COVID-19 test within a day of their return flight from November. They will also need to buy a "viral test" to take when back in the US, the White House said. Currently, returning Americans need a test within 72 hours of flying, regardless of vaccination status. See more stories on Insider's busine...
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NASA's InSight lander has finally detected 3 big Mars quakes, including one that lasted nearly 90 minutes

An illustration of the InSight lander on Mars. ​​NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's InSight lander has finally detected Mars quakes with magnitudes above 4. One quake lasted nearly 90 minutes and was five times more energetic than the previous record-holder. Big quakes help NASA scientists peer into Mars' core to learn how habitable planets evolve. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA's Insight lander was sitting silently in the empty dust plains of Mars on Saturday, as i...
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CDC director endorsed Pfizer booster shots for older Americans, people with underlying conditions, and those with higher risk on the job, partially breaking from advisory panel

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky REUTERS The CDC endorsed booster shots for Americans 65 and older and at-risk groups late Thursday. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky partially broke with the advisory panel, endorsing shots for those at higher risk due to their job. That could include healthcare workers, teachers, and grocery store employees, among others. See more stories on Insider's business page. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed booster shots of Pfizer's COVID-19 ...
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A Montana hospital has so many unvaccinated COVID-19 patients to treat that it's 'running out of hallways'

A nurse tends to a COVID-19 patient during a tour of SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital's intensive care unit in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on August 24, 2021. REUTERS/Nick Oxford A Montana ICU is full of COVID-19 patients, most of them unvaccinated, Kaiser Health News reported. The ER manager told KHN it's gotten so bad that they're "running out of hallways" to treat patients. Billings Clinic said it might soon implement "crisis standards of care" as cases in Montana surge. See mor...
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Human footprints thought to be oldest in North America discovered

Ancient tracks found in New Mexico are believed to be between 21,000 to 23,000 years old, study saysNew scientific research conducted by archaeologists have uncovered what they believe are the oldest known human footprints in North America.Research done at the White Sands National Park in New Mexico discovered the ancient footprints, with researchers estimating that the tracks were between 21,000 to 23,000 years old, reported Science. Continue reading...
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Sponges, blood cells and sound-art: the exhibition hoping to cure my cancer

The UK’s first ever cancer research exhibition pairs up patients with researchers to show the creative paths taken on the cutting edge of human discoveryShortly before the pandemic hit, I found myself dressed in a red lab coat, trying to find a cure for blood cancer. Although that might be overstating things a little. It’s Professor Dominique Bonnet who is at the cutting edge of cancer research, whereas I was just tagging along for a day at the Francis Crick Institute, hoping to get a feel for w...
Tags: Art, UK, Science, Medical Research, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Cancer Research, Francis Crick Institute, Bonnet, Dominique Bonnet


Scientists use AI to create drug regime for rare form of brain cancer in children

Hopes that breakthrough marks new era where artificial intelligence can develop treatments for all types of cancerScientists have successfully used artificial intelligence to create a new drug regime for children with a deadly form of brain cancer that has not seen survival rates improve for more than half a century.The breakthrough, revealed in the journal Cancer Discovery, is set to usher in an “exciting” new era where AI can be harnessed to invent and develop new treatments for all types of c...
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The architect of Sweden's no-lockdown COVID-19 response said the approach was basically correct

Anders Tegnell Getty Sweden's chief epidemiologist said Sweden's no-lockdown strategy led to low excess mortality. He acknowledged that vaccines were the only way out of the pandemic. Experts have been critical of Sweden's response to the pandemic. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sweden's chief epidemiologist stood by the country's approach to the pandemic, even after facing fierce criticism from experts and the King of Sweden. Anders Tegnell said S...
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