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Vikings beat Columbus across the Atlantic by 470 years. Astrophysics and tree rings helped scientists nail down the timeline.

L'Anse aux Meadows was a North American landing point for the Vikings and is now part of Canada's National Park system. The indentations in the earth show evidence of rows of Viking houses. Gail Shotlander/Getty Images The Vikings inhabited Newfoundland 470 years before Columbus landed in North America, research found. Scientists previously dated a Viking settlement in Canada to the 11th century. But tree-ring dating and astrophysics revealed that Vikings were there in 1021. Histor...
Tags: Science, News, Environment, Americas, Trends, Canada, Atlantic, Netherlands, Newfoundland, The New York Times, Greenland, North America, Columbus, Vikings, National Park, Atlantic Ocean


Natural habitats of 30 cities around the world at risk due to ‘coastal hardening’, study suggests

Researchers estimate 1m sq km of seascape globally has been modified by coastal structures which bring in invasive species and damage habitatDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingArtificial structures have replaced more than half of the coastline of 30 cities around the world, according to new research suggesting coastal infrastructure will have a significant ecological impact if not well managed.“Coastal hardening” – replacing natural coastal habitats with seawalls, brea...
Tags: Science, Environment, Research, World news, Australia news, US news, Canada, Oceans, New Zealand, Adelaide, North America, Guardian Australia, UK Australia


The amount of coastal water that can harbor harmful Vibrio bacteria has spiked 56%. One species is flesh-eating.

Dead menhaden fish float in the Navesink River in New Jersey on April 2, 2021. The state's Department of Environmental Protection said a species of Vibrio bacteria is likely responsible. Wayne Parry/AP Rising sea temperatures are leading the habitat for Vibrio bacteria - which lives in warm, brackish water - to expand. The portion of coastlines in which Vibrio bacteria can thrive has risen 56% since the 1980s. It's one of many ways climate change is worsening human health. The amo...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Cdc, Scotland, Environment, US, Trends, Public Health, Canada, New Jersey, United Nations, Associated Press, Infectious Disease, Pacific Northwest, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Solar storm confirms Vikings settled in North America exactly 1,000 years ago

Analysis of wood from timber-framed buildings in Newfoundland shows Norse-built settlement 471 years before ColumbusLong before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, eight timber-framed buildings covered in sod stood on a terrace above a peat bog and stream at the northern tip of Canada’s island of Newfoundland, evidence that the Vikings had reached the New World first.But precisely when the Vikings journeyed to establish the L’Anse aux Meadows settlement had remained unclear – until now. Continue read...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Canada, Atlantic, Newfoundland, Archaeology, North America, Columbus, Vikings, L'Anse aux Meadows


The human life span is theoretically limitless, a study suggests - adding fuel to a longstanding debate about our mortality

Odette Ambulher celebrates her 111th birthday in a retirement home in the French village of Laigne-en-Belin in October 2012. BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty The oldest person who ever lived reached age 122, but research indicates humans could live longer. After people hit 108, they have a 50% chance of living until their next birthday every year, one study says. Theoretically, that suggests there is no limit to the human life span, but biologists disagree. See more stories on Inside...
Tags: Health, Death, England, Science, News, France, Aging, US, Trends, Canada, Joan, Buffalo New York, Centenarians, Yangon Myanmar, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jeanne Calment


7 studies ivermectin fans cite to say the drug works against COVID-19, and why they're flawed

Ivermectin tablets are commonly prescribed for deworming in countries including India and Brazil. Photo by Soumyabrata Roy/NurPhoto via Getty Images Ivermectin is good at killing parasites, but it's still not clear it can do much for COVID-19. Some of the most popular studies people use to tout its benefits against the coronavirus are deeply flawed. Better answers are on the way. Ivermectin has revolutionized our ability to kill parasites, and it is widely available around the wo...
Tags: Science, News, Australia, India, US, America, Trends, Features, Colombia, Public Health, Canada, Egypt, Brazil, Argentina, World Health Organization, Science Communication


A criminology professor was charged with wildfire arson in California. The crime is far more common than you think.

A firefighter battles a fire along the Ronald Reagan Freeway, also known as state Highway 118, in Simi Valley, California in 2018. AP/Ringo H.W. Chiu Gary Maynard, a criminology professor, was recently charged with willfully setting fire to US-owned land. In California, 9% of wildfires are caused by arson, officials say. Arson is becoming a more dangerous crime as rising temperatures lead to larger, more devastating fires. The strange case of a former criminology professor charged with set...
Tags: New York, Science, News, California, Washington, Environment, US, Sacramento, Arson, Trends, West, Canada, United States, Wildfires, New York Times, CAL FIRE


Meteorite crashes through roof of Canada woman’s home and on to bed

‘I’ve never been so scared in my life,’ says Ruth Hamilton after meteorite shower above a western Canadian regionA woman in Canada awoke in shock earlier this week when a rock crashed through the ceiling of her home and landed on her bed, narrowly missing her but spraying grit and other debris on her face, as her dog barked frantically.Police were called and the culprit was initially suspected to be a construction site nearby where work must have sent the fist-sized projectile onto the woman’s p...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Canada, Meteors, Ruth Hamilton


A drugmaker backed by the company that owns Marlboro cigarettes plans to launch the world's first plant-based COVID-19 vaccine

A nurse is inoculated with the Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus vaccine in Toronto, Canada, December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio A Japanese drugmaker plans to submit data for a plant-based COVID-19 vaccine to Canadian regulators. The vaccine is made using a relative of the tobacco plant. Medicago, which is making the vaccine, is part-owned by tobacco giant Philip Morris International. The world's first plant-based COVID-19 vaccine could reach Canada's drug regulator by the end of th...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, Science, News, Trends, Canada, Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Vaccine, Quebec, Financial Times, Marlboro, Transparency Market Research, Toronto Canada


The US is reopening its land borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated people next month

A sign saying that the US border is closed at the US-Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario. LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty Images The US will reopen its land borders for nonessential travel to fully vaccinated people in November. The exact date of the change is unclear. The rules will be announced later Wednesday, per the AP. The routes had been closed for nonessential travel for 19 months due to the pandemic. The US is reopening its land borders for nonessential travel with Canada and Mexico to...
Tags: Politics, Science, Mexico, US, Trends, Canada, United States, News UK, Associated Press, Afp, US Canada, Alejandro Mayorkas, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Getty Images The US, Coronavirus Vaccines


The US says it's reopening its land borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated people next month

A sign saying the US border is closed at the US-Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario. LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty Images The US plans to open its land borders for nonessential travel to fully vaccinated people next month. The exact date for the change is unclear. The rules will be announced later Wednesday, per the AP. The routes have been closed for nonessential travel for 19 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The US next month plans to reopen its land borders for nonessential travel ...
Tags: Politics, Science, Mexico, US, Trends, Canada, United States, News UK, Associated Press, Afp, US Canada, Alejandro Mayorkas, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Getty Images The US, Coronavirus Vaccines


Some people hear sounds when viewing the northern lights. An expert explains why that's possible.

The northern lights (aurora borealis) in Iceland. Ingólfur Bjargmundsson/Getty Images Some people, including Arctic explorers, have reported hearing sounds when viewing the northern lights. An expert explains what could cause those rustling noises: One theory suggests they come from electrically charged particles crackling in Earth's atmosphere. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's a question that has puzzled observers for centuries: Do the fantastic green and crim...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Earth, Bbc, Canada, Alaska, Norway, Northern Lights, Iceland, Aurora Borealis, Shetland Islands, Reuters, Denali National Park, Lapland Finland, Longyearbyen


Amazon prominently touts work by anti-vaxxers and COVID conspiracy theorists, even after other platforms cut them off

A sample of four books on the first page of a search for "COVID" on Amazon.com's bookstore. Amazon/Insider Anti-vaxx and COVID-19 conspiracist books loom large in Amazon search rankings. As social media companies increasingly shun anti-vaxxer material, Amazon has done little. Experts and campaigners told Insider this is having a real-world impact on people's health. See more stories on Insider's business page. Books pushing COVID-19 and anti-vaxxer misinformation are displayed...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Publishing, Science, Technology, Media, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Canada, New York Times, News UK, Ahmed, Adam Smith, Democratic, Joseph Mercola


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


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 ...
Tags: Japan, England, Science, News, Russia, Americas, Trends, Canada, Atlantic, Chile, Alaska, Anthropology, Arctic, Archaeology, Siberia, South America


An asteroid demolished a Middle Eastern city and everyone in it 3,600 years ago - possibly inspiring the biblical story of Sodom

An artist's depiction of a space rock hitting an ancient Middle Eastern city that's now called Tall el-Hammam in present-day Jordan 3,500 years ago. Allen West and Jennifer Rice The biblical story of Sodom says God destroyed the city and its inhabitants due to their wickedness. A study suggests the tale may have been inspired by an asteroid strike that destroyed an ancient city. A space rock about 165 feet wide wrecked the Middle Eastern city of Tall el-Hammam 3,600 years ago. See...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, News, US, Trends, Syria, Earth, Bible, Canada, Jordan, Asteroids, Hiroshima, Near-earth Objects, Fahrenheit, Allen, Dead Sea


States are begging Americans to kill spotted lanternflies as scientists struggle to keep the pests from spreading

A spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Matt Rourke/AP Spotted lanternflies, which resemble polka-dotted moths, are spreading across the eastern US. Experts are telling people to kill the insects, as lanternflies are a destructive invasive species. Americans have spotted the pests, which first arrived from Asia in 2014, in seven states so far. See more stories on Insider's business page. Don't be fooled by its colorful palette. The spotted lanternfly may merit...
Tags: Pests, Asia, New York, Science, News, Maryland, Animals, Trees, US, Urban, Trends, Indiana, Canada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kansas


Scientists discovered a 26-foot-long dinosaur with shark-like teeth that ruled the food chain before the T. rex

An artist's rendition of the Ulughbegsaurus uzbekistanensis next to a smaller predator. Julius T. Csotonyi Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur that lived around 90 million years ago. It was about 26 feet long and weighed more than a ton. It would have been the largest carnivorous predator in that ecosystem at the time, scientists said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists have found a previously unknown, 26-foot-long dinosaur that ruled the food ...
Tags: Japan, Science, Cbs News, Trends, Canada, News UK, Uzbekistan, Dinosaur, Central Asia, Royal Society Open Science, University of Calgary, Julius, Tsukuba University, Kohei Tanaka, University of Tsukuba, Kyzylkum Desert


Pfizer picked a COVID-19 vaccine dose far lower than Moderna's to minimize side effects, its top scientist says

Actor Ian McKellen receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in London on Dec. 16. Jeff Moore/Handout via Reuters Pfizer's top scientist said the company chose a relatively low vaccine dose to minimize side effects. Pfizer's vaccine has 30 micrograms of mRNA, the active ingredient. Moderna's has 100 micrograms. Both vaccines produce similar side effects, according to the CDC. See more stories on Insider's business page. Pfizer's top scientist has defended the dose o...
Tags: Health, Science, London, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Canada, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University, University Of Virginia, Ian Mckellen, Financial Times


Peloton's Recalled Tread Is Finally Going On Sale Next Week

At long last, Peloton’s smaller and cheaper treadmill has an official launch date. The treadmill was supposed to arrive in late May, but the company decided to postpone the Tread’s launch following a voluntary recall. Starting Aug. 30, customers in the U.S., Canada, and the UK can fork over $2,495 for the newest…Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Companies, Canada, Displays, Tires, Treadmill, Products, John Foley, Peloton, Exercise Equipment, Tire Tread, Goods Economics, Technology Internet


“Stop the Shot”: Resistance through Science, Religion, and Law

On August 4, an interesting event took place: “Stop the Shot”. This was a video press conference organized by the Truth for Health Foundation in the US, which was live streamed online and has since been uploaded to various alternative video hosting platforms—on the main one advertised, it has already received three quarters of a […]
Tags: Science, Religion, US, Fertility, Racism, Canada, Grenada, Anthropology, Jamaica, Resistance, Vaccines, Antibodies, Haiti, Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad And Tobago


Mega-clouds of traveling smoke are harming people's health thousands of miles away from wildfires

A resident watches from his porch as the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado's history, burns outside Estes Park, Colorado, October 16, 2020. Wildfire smoke is traveling thousands of miles, polluting air on distant coasts and even in the North Pole. The smoke can damage lungs and exacerbate disease even a continent away from a fire. World-traveling clouds of wildfire smoke may be annual events now. See more stories on Insider's business page. For the second year i...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Greece, Climate Change, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Boston, Russia, New York City, Africa, Trends, Ap, Nasa


Smoke Blots Out the Sun as Canada’s Wildfires Worsen

The Canadian province of British Columbia is on fire. Hundreds of fires are burning out of control across the region, and smoke from the blazes is turning the skies black in the middle of the day. Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Articles, Nature, Canada, Pollution, Wildfire, British Columbia, Emergency Management, Natural Resources Canada, Hazards, Fire Prevention, FireStorm, Disaster Accident, Ecological Succession, Vicki Komisar


It is 'almost certain' that a future coronavirus variant could escape protection from current vaccines, UK government panel warns

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a woman in Los Angeles. Mario Tama/Getty Images Current vaccines protect against severe COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. But a UK scientific panel warned that future variants were "almost certain" to escape this protection. One expert said new vaccines to protect such stronger variants could be developed quickly. See more stories on Insider's business page. A future new coronavirus variant capable of beating the pr...
Tags: UK, Science, Israel, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Canada, News UK, Delta, The Guardian, Vaccines, Sage, Variant, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Saskatchewan, Medley


Afghanistan's All-Girls Robotics Team Desperate to Escape Country as Taliban Takes Control: Report

Afghanistan’s all-girls robotics team, which made headlines in recent years for their inventions, is desperately trying to escape the country after the Taliban took control of the capital city of Kabul over the weekend, according to a report from Canada’s CBC News.Read more...
Tags: Science, Afghanistan, Canada, Military, Taliban, Kabul, Ashraf Ghani, Ai, US Marines, Justin Trudeau, Kimberley Motley, Presidency Of Donald Trump, War In Afghanistan, CBC News Read, War Conflict, Presidency Of Joe Biden


How one woman overcame her vaccine hesitancy: 'You call them anti-vaxxers - I believe a lot of them are just afraid'

A person receives the AstraZeneca vaccine. Reuters/Johanna Geron Marie-Hélène Desmarais was scared of coronavirus vaccines, even though she knew the facts. With encouragement from friends and family, she got her first Pfizer dose on Saturday. Desmarais said people shouldn't let fear get in the way of protecting themselves from COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. Last week, Marie-Hélène Desmarais sat down in a chair at her local vaccine clinic in Montreal. But...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Science, News, US, Trends, Canada, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Montreal, Desmarais, Kaiser Family Foundation, Anti-vaxxers, Vaccine Hesitancy, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus


Third Moderna Shot Boosts Transplant Recipients' Immune Response, Canadian Trial Finds

A randomized clinical trial in Canada has found that three doses of the Moderna vaccine are effective at boosting organ transplant recipients’ immune response to the coronavirus, suggesting they would be better protected from illness and infection. The finding could result in the expedited approval of third jabs for…Read more...
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A Carnivorous Plant Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight in North America

In the boglands of the northwestern United States and Canada, an unassuming plant has been trapping and eating insects, totally unbeknownst to science. Today, researchers report that Triantha occidentalis is now the 12th known independent evolution of carnivory—the consumption of animal flesh—in the plant kingdom. Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Canada, United States, Plants, Carnivorous Plants, North America, Venus Flytrap, Lin, Human Interest, Organisms, Protocarnivorous Plant, Tom Givnish, Qianshi Lin, Carnivorous Plants Of North America, Triantha


Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 5 August, 2021

Tuesday saw the world total of reported Covid cases pass through 200 million.  Here in the US we’re just over 36 million cases, and rising now at a new rate of 100k or greater every day. I created a new chart, comparing the seven day average new case count in the US for each day this year with the same day last year.  This helps us to answer a key question – are we winning or losing the battle with Covid?  Are we better off? As you can see, for all of June and most of July, the answer was triu...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Florida, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, Mexico, France, Germany, Israel, US, Georgia


Smoke From Siberian Wildfires Has Reached the North Pole

Siberia is a famously cold place. But since May, it’s been extremely hot and extremely on fire. Those wildfires are so extreme that they’ve sent smoke streaming to the North Pole, and the plume is expected to reach Canada later this week.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Articles, Nature, Canada, Air Pollution, Pollution, Siberia, Wildfire, North Pole, Natural Environment, Fire Prevention, Climate Forcing, Disaster Accident, Holdover Fire, Ecological Succession



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