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Archaeologists unearthed 160 sarcophagi from an ancient Egyptian necropolis. Some of the tombs were inscribed with mummy curses.

A Egyptian man points at hieroglyphs in the mastaba tomb of Seshem Nefer Theti at the Giza Pyramid complex. Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Archaeologists have found 160 sarcophagi at Saqqara, an ancient Egyptian city of the dead, since September. The walls of some Saqqara tombs are inscribed with a curse. One warns that the gods will wring any impure trespasser's neck "like that of a goose." Researchers recently opened some of the newly discovered coffins — which had remained und...
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AstraZeneca will likely retest its COVID-19 vaccine, CEO says after admitting an error in the first trial that may have skewed results

A man walking past an AstraZeneca sign in Macclesfield, England. Phil Noble/Reuters The UK pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is likely to run a second global trial to assess its COVID-19 vaccine's efficacy, its CEO told Bloomberg News on Thursday. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford announced Monday that preliminary results indicated their two-dose vaccine could be up to 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. But the team later said an error in the trial left some participants with...
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AstraZeneca will likely re-test its COVID-19 vaccine, CEO says after admitting an error in the first trial that may have skewed results

A man walks past a sign at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, UK. Phil Noble/Reuters UK pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will likely run a second global trial to assess its COVID-19 vaccine's efficacy, the CEO told Bloomberg News on Thursday. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford announced Monday that preliminary results showed their two-dose vaccine could be up to 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. But the team later admitted that there was an error in the trial, leaving some...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, US, Trends, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Pascal Soriot, Bloomberg News, Soweto South Africa, Moderna, Siphiwe Sibeko, Sheila Bird


Donald Trump Jr. says he is 'all done with the Rona' and ends his COVID-19 isolation to celebrate Thanksgiving days after announcing his positive test

Donald Trump Jr. with his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle at Georgia Republican Party headquarters November 5, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. John Bazemore/AP Photo Donald Trump Jr. announced Wednesday night that he'd been cleared to end his COVID-19 isolation and celebrate Thanksgiving "the way it's meant to be." On Friday, Trump Jr. announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. It's not clear when Trump Jr. received his positive diagnosis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention re...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, Thanksgiving, Cdc, Trends, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Don, KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, Atlanta Georgia, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Jr, Rona, Georgia Republican Party


We now have the best evidence yet that coronavirus immunity lasts 6 to 8 months after infection, and perhaps even years

A medical staff member grabs the hand of a patient to reposition their bed in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center, October 31, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura/Getty Images Immunity to the coronavirus involves more than just antibodies. T cells and B cells protect us long-term, too.  A new study found that these other elements of immunity persist at least eight months in a majority of COVID-19 patients and could protect most people against coronavirus ...
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Bloated carcasses of the mink culled by Denmark to stop the spread of a COVID-19 strain are surfacing from their mass graves

A composite image of mink risen to the surface of their mass graves, and a caged Danish mink. DR / Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via Reuters Bloated mink carcasses have risen up and resurfaced from mass graves in Denmark, according to local media.  Denmark has begun a mass cull of its 17 million mink after a new strain of COVID-19, transmissible to humans, was discovered on some farms. A Danish police spokesman told broadcaster DR that gases in the decaying bodies cause the "whole th...
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Jupiter and Saturn are about to appear closer in the sky than they have for 800 years, aligning as a 'double planet'

A man with a telescope watches the night sky over the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in Los Angeles, California, on July 19, 2020. David McNew/Getty Jupiter and Saturn will align in the night sky on December 21. It'll be the closest they've appeared in 800 years. The two planets move into alignment, or conjunction, every 20 years. But this year, they will be so close that they'll look like a "double planet." The last time Saturn and Jupiter were both this close and visible was in ...
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We're likely to need coronavirus booster shots after the initial vaccine

A volunteer receives an experimental coronavirus shot from a medical worker at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko People may need to get booster shots after the initial coronavirus vaccine doses in order to stay protected, experts say. Other vaccines, like the tetanus shot, also require periodic boosters.  That adds further complication to the impending challenge of distributing coronavirus vaccines, which are likely to require two doses. Vi...
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Greta Thunberg spoke zero words to anyone outside her family for 3 years before becoming the face of the youth climate movement, a new film reveals

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 'Friday Strike For Climate' on March 6, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images Greta Thunberg, a teenage activist from Sweden, is the face of the youth climate movement. A new documentary reveals that Thunberg didn't speak to anyone outside her family for three years before her rise to the world stage. Since 2018, Thunberg has addressed the United Nations, US Congress, and UK Parliament, and met with countless po...
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We've now found microplastics on the very highest and lowest points on Earth. Mount Everest is littered with them.

Members of the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition celebrate after setting up a weather station 27,650 feet up Mount Everest. Mark Fisher/National Geographic Every part of the climbing route up Mount Everest is littered with microplastics, researchers found. They even found plastic fibers just below the summit — at 27,690 feet above sea level — according to a new study. The fibers likely came off climbing gear, clothing, and tents. Microplastics have also been...
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Archaeologists unearthed 160 sarcophagi in an Egyptian city of the dead. They opened one that was sealed for more than 2,500 years.

Archaeologists examine a mummy inside a newly discovered coffin on November 14, 2020 in Saqqara, Egypt. Kyodo News via Getty Archaeologists have found 160 sarcophagi in an ancient city of the dead beneath Saqqara, Egypt since September. The wooden coffins were perfectly sealed. They'd remained undisturbed for 2,500 years. Researchers recently opened one sarcophagus to X-ray the mummy inside. Egyptologists also discovered a trove of mummified lion cubs, crocodiles, and cobras in Saqqara las...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Cnn, Features, Egypt, Archaeology, Getty, Memphis, Luxor, Mummies, Cairo, Reuters, Giza, Imhotep, Western Desert


9 public-health experts share their own Thanksgiving plans: Most are staying home, but some will gather outdoors with masks

Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, will be skipping an extended family Thanksgiving this year. Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images, filadendron/Getty Images As Thanksgiving approaches, Americans must decide whether to gather with their loved ones amid the dramatic surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Many public-health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are tweaking holiday traditions and hunkering down at home with just their immediate families. Here's how nine public-health experts are c...
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Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines likely work for all existing coronavirus strains. Don't worry about mutations for now, scientists say.

Mustafa Gerek participates in a coronavirus vaccine trial at Ankara City Hospital in Ankara, Turkey, October 13, 2020. Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The coronavirus vaccine candidates from Pfizer and Moderna both prevented COVID-19 in clinical trials. Research suggests the coronavirus is genetically stable, which means it mutates very slowly. So the leading vaccines should work well long-term against all strains of the virus. By contrast, viruses like the flu accumulate geneti...
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Scientists captured video of a rare squid with tentacles as long as a human

A bigfin squid spotted 2 miles underwater in Australia's Great Bight. Courtesy of Deborah Osterhage/CSIRO Bigfin squid have tentacles 11 times longer than their bodies. The creatures are camera shy: They've only been spotted a dozen times since the 1980s. Scientists recently captured new, underwater footage of five bigfin squid off the coast of southern Australia — the first time they've been spotted in Australian waters.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The squid w...
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Moderna's coronavirus vaccine requires 2 shots given a month apart, which makes it tougher to get everyone fully inoculated

A nurse prepares a coronavirus vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, July 2020. Hans Pennink/AP Moderna announced Monday that its coronavirus vaccine candidate was found to be 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 in clinical trials. The vaccine requires two shots administered four weeks apart, which could make distribution more complicated. People may need additional booster shots later, experts say. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Two co...
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An interactive tool will let you calculate the chance that someone at your Thanksgiving dinner may have COVID-19

Family members wearing masks gather for a meal. 2K Studio/Getty Researchers created an interactive tool that calculates your chances of encountering a person with COVID-19 based on your location and how many people are at a gathering. The tool shows a county-by-county breakdown of your coronavirus risk in real-time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, Americans are contemplating how much risk they're willing to take on in order to...
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Any hope of keeping Earth habitable now requires sucking carbon back out of the atmosphere, a new study found

The Nathaniel B. Palmer, research ship next to the Thwaites Glacier in western Antarctica. Adam Jenkins, National Science Foundation/Via International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration Even if the world were to stop emitting greenhouse gases right now, the Earth would keep warming for centuries, a new study shows. The researchers suggest sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and storing it underground — a solution known as carbon capture and storage. That's considered a type of geoengi...
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Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine requires 2 shots given 3 weeks apart, which could make distribution more complicated

A volunteer receives an experimental vaccine for the coronavirus as part of a Pfizer clinical trial at the University of Maryland. University of Maryland Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine candidate is more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19, the company announced Monday.  The vaccine involves two shots administered three weeks apart. People may later need additional booster shots too, experts say. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine candidate ...
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Denmark, overwhelmed by millions of mink it plans to kill to prevent a new strain of coronavirus, is turning to incinerators and chemical-drenched mass graves

Mink at a farm in Wisconsin, US, on February 12, 2013. Carrie Antlfinger/AP Danish mink will be buried in mass graves on military land as the country's incinerators and rendering plants struggle to keep up, the country's environmental and health authorities announced.  The country's entire population of mink — 17 million animals — is being culled after a strain of the coronavirus was found in them that can pass to humans. Experts have told Business Insider that the mutated strain may not b...
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A new AI program can listen to you cough and discern whether you have the coronavirus. Researchers hope to turn it into an app.

Josep Suria/Shutterstock A recent study found that an artificial-intelligence model could tell the difference between a regular cough and a COVID-19 cough — even forced coughs from asymptomatic carriers. The AI identified 98.5% of the coughs from people with coronavirus infections, asymptomatic or otherwise. The researchers hope to incorporate the model into an app, as well as smart speakers and cell phones, as a real-time screening tool.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storie...
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Millions of minks have been killed since June because they can pass the coronavirus to people. But fears of a mutated strain are overblown.

Minks look out of a cage at a fur farm near the town of Kalinkovichi in Belarus, 2011. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters Denmark is culling its entire population of minks, up to 17 million across more than 1,000 fur farms, after finding a mutated coronavirus strain circulating among the animals.  A dozen people have been infected with the strain. More than 280,000 Danes in the region where the strain was found went into lockdown Friday. Although Danish officials warned that the observed mutation co...
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The US has officially exited the Paris climate agreement, more than 3 years after Trump announced his plan to do so

President Trump announces his intent to withdraw the US from Paris climate agreement at the White House, June 1, 2017. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The US formally withdrew from the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday — the first nation ever to exit the accord. President Trump announced his intention to withdraw on June 1, 2017; the formal process began November 4, 2019. The Paris agreement, established in 2015, is a voluntary accord between nearly 200 countries to keep global warming below 2 d...
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Countries controlling the coronavirus have 3 strategies in common: masking, robust testing and tracing, and a consistent federal plan

A coronavirus testing station in Seoul, South Korea. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images The US and many countries in Europe are reporting record numbers of new coronavirus cases. But countries like Australia, Taiwan, and China successfully controlled their outbreaks. Public-health experts pinpointed several common strategies among the successful responses: universal masking, robust testing and contact tracing, and a consistent federal plan that's clearly communicated. Visit Business Insider...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, Japan, UK, Science, News, Sweden, Vladimir Putin, Australia, France, White House, China, Russia, Singapore, US


Octopuses can taste with their arms — here's how their tentacles distinguish food from toxic prey

A common octopus moves across the seabed in Marseille, France, on August 2, 2017. Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Octopuses use their eight tentacles to envelop and shovel prey into their mouths. Special receptors on their tentacles help octopuses taste objects just by touching them, a new study found. This touch-taste sense helps an octopus detect hidden prey and retreat from objects that taste toxic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Octopuses are famous for being intelligent es...
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Getting a flu shot could reduce your risk of getting COVID-19, preliminary research suggests

An advertisement offering free flu shots in New York City on August 21, 2020. John Nacion/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images Health experts are encouraging people to get flu shots to avoid the possibility of getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. According to a preliminary study, flu shots may also reduce your risk of catching COVID-19. Researchers found that healthcare workers who got a flu shot in the 2019-2020 season were 39% less likely to have gotten the coronavirus by June....
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Russia enacted a national mask mandate. Trump still won't do so, though it could save an estimated 63,000 lives.

Police officers in face masks patrol the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in May 2020. Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images As coronavirus cases surge worldwide, Russia has introduced a national mask mandate. A Russian agency announced Tuesday that citizens must wear masks in public places, including parking garages, elevators, and public transportation.  Research has shown that masks prevent coronavirus transmission. The US has yet to issue a nationwide mask mandate, though public-health ...
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Russia enacted a national mask mandate. Trump still won't do so, though it could save an estimated 130,000 lives.

Police officers in face masks patrol the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in May 2020. Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images As coronavirus cases surge worldwide, Russia has introduced a national mask mandate. A Russian agency announced Tuesday that citizens must wear masks in public places, including parking garages, elevators, and public transportation.  Research has shown that masks prevent coronavirus transmission. The US has yet to issue a nationwide mask mandate, though public-health ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, Masks, US, Trends, Cnn, Pennsylvania, United States, South Dakota


Humans aren't the only species who get choosier about their friends as they age. Chimps do it too, new research suggests.

A group of male chimpanzees grooms together in Uganda's Kibale National Forest. Kakama, on the left, is the dominant male in the group. Ronan Donovan Humans tend to cultivate fewer, more meaningful friendships as we grow older. A prevailing psychological theory suggests this is because we recognize our impending mortality and seek to prioritize emotionally fulfilling connections in the time we have left. A new study found that male chimpanzees similarly winnow their friendships as they...
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A 26-year-old coronavirus patient who was almost taken off life support just walked out of the hospital a survivor

Medical workers treat COVID-19 in Madrid. Reuters A 26-year-old North Carolina coronavirus survivor returned home Tuesday after her heart repeatedly stopped beating for 30 minutes. She had suffered complications including strokes, which have struck other young coronavirus patients for reasons doctors don't fully understand.  Doctors also don't know why some critically ill young patients who were previously healthy die while others bounce back.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more s...
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Diabolical ironclad beetles can get squished under 39,000 times their weight and survive. Scientists figured out how.

A diabolical ironclad beetle, or Phloeodes diabolicus. David Kisailus/University of California, Irvine The diabolical ironclad beetle can withstand forces up to 39,000 times its body weight. They can do that, researchers discovered, thanks to hardened casings on each wing that interlock and support the beetle's exoskeleton. By mimicking the interlocking nature of these protective layers, scientists could build better planes and armored vehicles.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more ...
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