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The U.S. Needs a Supergrid

Right now, Texas is in the balmy mid-50s. Yet just a week ago, it was colder than Alaska, and we all know what happened next. Much of the state’s energy capacity got knocked offline, leaving millions of people without power, heat, and water for days.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Texas, Science, Environment, Articles, Renewable Energy, Alaska, National Grid, Microgrid, Electric Power, Electrical Grid, Emissions Reduction, US Needs, Electric Power Transmission, Electric Power Transmission Systems, High Voltage Direct Current


Alaska thunderstorms may triple with climate change

Warming temperatures will potentially alter the climate in Alaska so profoundly later this century that the number of thunderstorms will triple, increasing the risks of widespread flash flooding, landslides, and lightning-induced wildfires, new research finds.
Tags: Science, Alaska


Kids represent a small fraction of overall COVID-19 deaths in the US but 75% of them are children of color

A temperature check is taken as students return to St. Joseph Catholic School in La Puente, California on November 16, 2020. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images There have been fewer than 250 children who have died from the coronavirus.  More than three-quarters of the deaths were in children of color.  Overall, kids make up about 13% of the coronavirus cases in the US.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Children make up a small percentage of the overall COVID-19 d...
Tags: Post, Science, Washington Post, Cdc, US, Trends, Alaska, Npr, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, University Of Michigan, Frederic J Brown, La Puente California, Preeti Malani, Coronavirus, Sarah Al Arshani, Kimora Kimmie Lynum


FACT CHECK: Fox News aired bizarre and wildly misleading claims about Texas' blackouts that pin blame on renewables and climate policies

Fox News host Tucker Carlson Screenshot/Fox News Some Fox hosts and guests misleadingly blamed Texas' power grid collapse on renewable energy and climate policies.  Fox's Tucker Carlson falsely claimed that millions of Texans lost power because wind turbines froze. Gov. Abbott and former Gov. Perry misleadingly argued the Green New Deal would cause future energy crises.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. While millions of Texans suffered from power outages amid extrem...
Tags: Energy, Politics, Texas, Science, News, Republicans, Climate Change, US, Trends, Renewable Energy, Joe Biden, Fox, Gop, Alaska, Paris, Rick Perry


What pregnant people need to know about COVID-19 vaccine safety, and when they can get the shot

Dr. Marina Del Rios, from University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, receives Chicago's first COVID-19 vaccination from Dr. Nikhila Juvvadi on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, at Loretto Hospital, a 122-bed medical facility in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP Pregnant people who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine have to decide whether the benefits of the shot outweigh the unknown risks.  About 20,000 pregnant women have been vaccina...
Tags: New York, Science, Mississippi, Cdc, White House, Pregnancy, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Chicago, Austin, Alaska, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Vaccine, Women's Health


Found in Alaska, These Blue Beads Could Be the Oldest Evidence of European Goods in North America

European-crafted glass beads found at three different indigenous sites in northern Alaska date back to the pre-colonial period of North America, in what is an intriguing archaeological discovery.
Tags: Crafts, Science, Visual Arts, Alaska, North America, Jewellery, Bering Strait, Bead, Handicrafts, Beadwork, Entertainment Culture, Trade Beads, Prehistoric Beads In The Philippines, Glass Beadmaking, European Goods


American cities are significantly undercounting their greenhouse gas emissions because of flawed data, study says

New York City, NY. Westend61/Getty Images A new study found US cities are under-reporting their greenhouse gas emissions. Cities emit three-quarters of all greenhouse gases produced by fossil fuels. Researchers say a standardized method of measuring emissions is needed to address climate change. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. US cities are significantly undercounting their greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study published this week in Nature Communicatio...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, News, Climate Change, California, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cities, Alaska, Paris, Keystone, Biden, Greenhouse Gas, Nature Communications, CLEVELAND Ohio


DNA-based technique allows researchers to determine age of living beluga whales in Alaska

Researchers can now determine the age and sex of living beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet thanks to a new DNA-based technique that uses information from small samples of skin tissue.
Tags: Science, Alaska, Cook Inlet


Elusive 19th century Alaskan fort located using radar tech

Researchers from Cornell University and the National Park Service have pinpointed and confirmed the location of the remnants of a wooden fort in Alaska - the Tlingit people's last physical bulwark against Russian colonization forces in 1804 - by using geophysical imaging techniques and ground-penetrating radar.
Tags: Science, Alaska, Cornell University, National Park Service


Some Truly Disruptive Suggestions for Elon Musk's $100 Million Carbon Sequestration Prize

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced in a tweet on Thursday night he will be give a $100 million prize for the “best” carbon capture technology. Very exciting!Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Carbon, Tesla, Chemistry, Alaska, Ketchikan, Tongass National Forest, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Capture And Storage, Businesspeople, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Alaska Boroughs, Emissions Reduction


US states where it's easiest, and most difficult, to get a coronavirus shot

The Javits Center in New York City began COVID-19 vaccinations on January 13, 2021. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Procuring a coronavirus shot may be easy or difficult, depending on where you live. A handful of states have managed speedy vaccine rollouts by attempting to deliver as many doses as possible or anticipating distribution challenges. Other states have struggled with technical glitches or lack of demand among healthcare workers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Science, News, Justice, Cdc, New York City, Nbc News, US, Alabama, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Trends, Georgia, Walmart, Features, Walgreens, United States


Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be safe for most Americans, but 5 groups may want to wait for more data before getting shots

Margaret Keenan was the first person to be given the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine outside clinical trials. Getty The FDA authorized Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in people ages 18 and older on Friday. Pfizer's COVID-19 shot got US clearance for people ages 16 and older a week ago. The FDA said it's up to pregnant people and their doctors to decide whether to get Pfizer's vaccine. The agency warns that anyone with severe allergies to a vaccine's ingredients shouldn't be immu...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Alaska, Healthcare, Sydney, Food And Drug Administration, Columbia University, Fda, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Bell, University Of Southern California


At least 4 people have had allergic reactions after Pfizer's vaccine, among hundreds of thousands who've been vaccinated. Here's what we know.

MARK LENNIHAN/POOL/AFP/Getty Hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers across the US and UK are beginning to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. So far, there have been at least 4 reports of non life-threatening allergic reactions, shortly after people got their first shots. 2 allergic reactions happened in the UK last week, and 2 more were recorded at an Alaska hospital this week. It's still not clear what's causing the reactions. The FDA says people should only refrain from vaccination if ...
Tags: UK, Science, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, Public Health, Alaska, Healthcare, National Health Service, Bill De Blasio, Fda, Pfizer, Allergies, Juneau, US Food and Drug Administration


US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, second shot in arsenal

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday, boosting efforts to beat back an outbreak so dire that the nation is regularly recording more than 3,000 deaths a day. Much-needed doses are set to arrive Monday after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. The move marks the world’s first authorization for Moderna’s shot...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, Science, News, California, Washington, Germany, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Sport, European Union, Ap, Lego, Britain


These are 20 of the 18,000 people who died of COVID-19 in the US this week

Funeral director Michael Neel looks at the casket of George Trefren, a 90-year-old Korean War veteran who died of COVID-19 in April. The US recorded roughly 18,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week alone. Wednesday marked the deadliest day in the pandemic so far, with nearly 3,500 deaths reported. Below are the names and brief stories of 20 people recently killed by the virus — including the newly elected Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a pioneering surgeon, and the f...
Tags: Science, News, Supreme Court, Cdc, Washington, Israel, US, Trends, Features, Rome, North Dakota, Alaska, Washington Dc, House, New York Times, Dolly Parton


FDA expert panel endorses Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for regulators to green-light the shot

Moderna; Samantha Lee/Business Insider An influential Food and Drug Administration expert panel voted Thursday in favor of authorizing Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. The FDA isn't required to follow the group's advice but often does so. The agency could OK Moderna's shot on Friday, according to media reports. Twenty of the 21 committee members voted yes, and one panelist abstained.  If the vaccine gets the FDA's regulatory go-ahead, the government plans to ship 5.9 million doses of Modern...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Stanford, US, Trends, Data, Features, Alaska, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Fda, University of Pennsylvania, Pfizer


FDA expert panel endorses Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for regulators to greenlight the shot

Moderna; Samantha Lee/Business Insider An influential FDA expert panel voted Thursday in favor of authorizing Moderna's coronavirus vaccine.  The US Food and Drug Administration isn't required to follow the group's advice, but often does so. The agency could OK Moderna's shot on Friday, according to media reports. Twenty of the 21 committee members voted yes, and one panelist abstained.  If the vaccine gets the FDA's regulatory go-ahead, the government plans to ship 5.9 million doses of M...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Stanford, US, Trends, Data, Features, Alaska, New York Times, Healthcare, Fda, University of Pennsylvania, Pfizer, Biotech


Launch startup Astra’s rocket reaches space

Rocket launch startup Astra has joined an elite group of companies that can say their vehicle has actually made it to orbital space — earlier than expected. The company’s Rocket 3.2 test rocket (yes, it’s a rocket called “Rocket”) passed the Karman line, the separation point 100 km (62 miles) up that most consider the barrier between Earth’s atmosphere and space, during a launch today from Kodiak, Alaska. This is the second in this series of orbital flight tests by Astra; it flew its Rocket 3...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Alaska, Rocket, Elite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, East Bay, Max, Kodiak, Outer Space


Delayed Arctic ice advance tracked back to atmospheric conditions near Alaska months prior

Experts in Japan recently discovered that atmospheric conditions near Alaska can affect sea ice conditions in the Arctic Ocean months later. The team used various data, including ship-based data from 2018, to uncover how a single atmospheric event over the northern Pacific Ocean caused significantly delayed sea ice formation in the Pacific Arctic region.
Tags: Japan, Science, Alaska, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Pacific Arctic


13 discoveries in the last year have fundamentally altered our understanding of human history

Mikkel Winther Pedersen and other team members sample different archaeological layers in Chiquihuite Cave, Mexico. Mads Thomsen As anthropologists discovered new fossils and artifacts in 2020, our understanding of human history has changed. Thirteen discoveries in particular offered new and sometimes perplexing insights into where we came from and who our ancestors were. This year, researchers found the earliest known example of mating between different human populations, as well as eviden...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Europe, UK, England, Science, London, Tibet, News, Wales, Australia, California, Mexico, Americas, Trends, Features


Will the U.S. ever have a national COVID-19 testing strategy?

NEW YORK — As the coronavirus epidemic worsens, U.S. health experts hope Joe Biden’s administration will put in place something Donald Trump’s has not — a comprehensive national testing strategy. Such a strategy, they say, could systematically check more people for infections and spot surges before they take off. The health experts say it would be an improvement from the current practice, which has professional athletes and students at elite universities getting routine tests while many other Am...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, Science, News, Minnesota, Nbc, Mississippi, Colorado, Cdc, Sport, Joe Biden, Harvard, Soccer, Harvard University, Alaska


Alaska May Be Hiding a Huge Volcanic System

As if we needed more upsetting right news right now, geologists have reason to suspect that a cluster of Alaskan islands is actually part of an interconnected volcanic system of the same kind seen at Yellowstone National Park. Read more...
Tags: Science, Alaska, Geology, Volcanoes, Calderas, Yellowstone National Park Read


Cluster of Alaskan islands could be single, interconnected giant volcano

small group of volcanic islands in Alaska's Aleutian chain might be part of a single, undiscovered giant volcano, say scientists presenting the findings Monday, 7 December at AGU's Fall Meeting 2020. If the researchers' suspicions are correct, the newfound volcanic caldera would belong to the same category of volcanoes as the Yellowstone Caldera and other volcanoes that have had super-eruptions with severe global consequences.
Tags: Science, Alaska, AGU, Yellowstone Caldera


Watching the Arctic thaw in fast-forward

The frozen permafrost in the Arctic is thawing on an alarming scale. By analysing an annual record of satellite images, researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute have now confirmed these findings: thermokarst lakes in Alaska are draining one by one because warmer and wetter conditions cause deeper thaw, effectively weakening frozen ground as a barrier around lakes. In the season 2017/2018, lake drainage was observed on a scale that scientists didn't expect until the end of the century.
Tags: Science, Alaska, Arctic, Alfred Wegener Institute


Trump Administration Rejects Alaska's Controversial Pebble Mine Project

The Trump administration rejected plans for a controversial open-pit mining project in Alaska on Wednesday that, if approved, could have threatened a thriving ecosystem for wild sockeye salmon. Read more...
Tags: Science, Alaska, Trump


Astra targets December for next orbital launch attempt

Astra is set to launch it’s next orbital rocket, with a window that opens on December 7 and lasts for 12 days following until December 18, with an 11 AM to 2:30 PM PT block each day during which the launch could occur, depending on weather and conditions on the ground. This is the startup’s Rocket 3.2, a slightly revised and improved version of the Rocket 3.1 launch vehicle it flew in September. Alameda-based Astra is a startup focused on building a small, relatively cheap-to-build launch veh...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Flight, Alaska, Darpa, Rocket, Aerospace, East Bay, Kodiak, Outer Space, Airbus Ventures, Astra, Canaan Partners


Video shows GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown arguing after the Republican refused to wear a mask while speaking in the Senate

Sen Sherrod Brown, left, and Sen. Dan Sullivan, right, argue about face masks on the Senate floor. C-SPAN/YouTube Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio called out Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska for not wearing a face mask on the Senate floor on Monday.  Sullivan responded that he didn't need "instruction" from Brown on when to wear a mask. Watch footage of the exchange below. Brown and Sullivan's argument mirrors the debate many liberals and conservatives have had about mask wearin...
Tags: Utah, Politics, Science, Senate, White House, Trends, Gop, Alaska, News UK, Npr, Republican Party, Federal Reserve, North Carolina, Mike Lee, Pew Research Center, Brown


Piecing together the Alaska coastline's fractured volcanic activity

Among seismologists, the geology of Alaska's earthquake- and volcano-rich coast from the Aleutian Islands to the southeast is fascinating, but not well understood. Now, with more sophisticated tools than before, a University of Massachusetts Amherst team reports unexpected new details about the area's tectonic plates and their relationships to volcanoes.
Tags: Science, Alaska, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Aleutian Islands


Several states announced tightened travel and gathering restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving as US coronavirus cases surge

A traveler walks past screeners testing a system of thermal imaging cameras which check body temperatures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid the COVID-19 pandemic on June 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images Several states are tightening restrictions in an attempt to curtail the spread of the coronavirus as millions of Americans are expected to travel and gather for Thanksgiving.  These measures come as the number of positive coronavirus cases surge acr...
Tags: Health, New York, Science, News, California, Washington, Oregon, US, Trends, Features, Alaska, New Mexico, West Coast, Andrew Cuomo, Anthony Fauci, Vermont


Black people are twice as likely to get COVID-19 as white people, according to the largest analysis of its kind

Medical workers take in patients at a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on April 06 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Black people are twice as likely to contract COVID-19 as white people, according to the largest analysis of its kind including more than 18 million people in the US and UK.  Asian people are about 1.5 times as likely to get the illness, and may be more likely to be admitted to the ICU and die, the study also found.  The results undersco...
Tags: UK, Science, New York City, Race, US, Trends, Alaska, Nottingham, Leicester, Anthony Fauci, Black, Maimonides Medical Center, NIHR, Disparities, Racial Disparity, NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre



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