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How the Dakotas are successfully rolling out COVID vaccines - and 2 major lessons for larger states

At a mass vaccination site set up in a California Six Flags, a nurse administers the COVID vaccine. Jae C. Hong/AP Photo North Dakota and South Dakota are two of the states doing the best job at distributing coronavirus vaccines. Despite an uneven nationwide rollout, they've excelled due to centralized storage and vaccination sites. Flexibility and collaboration between health systems has been key to getting approximately 80% of delivered vaccines into arms. Visit Business Insider's homepa...
Tags: Health, Florida, New York, Science, Minnesota, California, Cdc, US, West Virginia, Trends, Joe Biden, Walgreens, North Dakota, South Dakota, Healthcare, Sanford


How did Florida fail to respond to a coral disease epizootic and what's to follow?

By 2020, losses of corals have been observed throughout Florida and into the greater Caribbean basin in what turned out to be likely the most lethal recorded case of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. A Perspectives paper, published in the open-access peer-reviewed journal Rethinking Ecology, provides an overview of how Florida ended up in a situation, where the best that could be done is rescuing genetic material from coral species at risk of regional extinction.
Tags: Florida, Science, Caribbean, Rethinking Ecology, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease A Perspectives


The 5th largest school district in the US announced a plan to phase back into in-person learning after a rise in student suicides

Principal Nathan Hay checks the temperatures of students as they return to school on the first day of in-person classes in Orange County at Baldwin Park Elementary School on August 21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida, US. Face masks and temperature checks are required for all students as Florida's death toll from COVID-19 now exceeds 10,000, with some teachers refusing to return to their classrooms due to health concerns. Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Clark County schoo...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Cdc, Suicide, US, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, The New York Times, Nevada, Biden, Times, Orange County, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Orlando


Historic NASA Launch Platform Will Be Demolished

NASA’s Mobile Launcher Platform-2—a structure involved in the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions—is in the process of being torn down. Incredibly, the space agency is ridding itself of the massive platform to make room for parking spaces, as collectSpace reports.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Nasa, Spaceflight, Apollo, Launch Pad, Kennedy Space Center, MLP, Space Programs, Artemis program, Space Shuttle Program, Mobile Launcher Platform, Exploration Ground Systems, Mlp 3, Saturn Int 21


SpaceX delivers 60 more Starlink satellites in first launch of 2021, and sets new Falcon 9 rocket reusability record

SpaceX has launched its 17th batch of Starlink satellites during its first mission of 2021, using a Falcon 9 rocket that was flying for the eighth time, and that landed again, recording a record for its reusability program. This puts the total Starlink constellation size at almost 1,000, as the company has expanded its beta access program for the service to the UK and Canada, with a first deployment in the latter company serving a rural First Nations community in a remote part of the province of...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, UK, Science, Tech, First Nations, Canada, United Kingdom, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft


Florida Whistleblower Rebekah Jones Turns Herself In 'to Protect Her Family' From Local Police

Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist turned whistleblower who accused state authorities of manipulating covid-19 data, turned herself in to local police on Sunday night to, as she put it, “protect her family” from ongoing police harassment. Her announcement came just one day after Florida authorities issued an …Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Rebekah Jones


The Florida data scientist who accused the state of firing her for refusing to alter COVID-19 data was arrested after she said she'd turn herself in

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida at a news conference in December at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist fired last year by the state's health department, has been arrested in Florida after she turned herself in. Jones, who worked on the state's COVID-19 dashboard, was fired over what she alleges was a refusal to alter data related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. State officials say she was fired for insubordinat...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Science, Trends, Washington Dc, Jones, Tallahassee, Tampa Florida, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FDLE, Ron DeSantis, Tampa General Hospital, Connor Perrett, Coronavirus, COVID, Rebekah Jones


The Florida data scientist who claims she was fired by the health department for refusing to alter COVID-19 data said she'll turn herself into police after a warrant was issued for her arrest

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference in December 2020 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist, last year fired by the Department of Health, said Saturday she would turn herself in to authorities Sunday after they last week issued a warrant for her arrest.  Jones, who worked on the state's COVID-19 dashboard, was fired in May after she said she refused to alter data related to the COVID-19 pandemi...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Science, Trends, Washington Dc, Biden, Jones, Department Of Health, Tallahassee, Tampa Florida, Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FDLE, Florida Today, Ron DeSantis, Tampa General Hospital


A critical test of NASA's moon rocket ended abruptly due to an engine problem, possibly ending hopes of launching in 2021

An SLS engine burns propellant (left), then abruptly shuts down (right) during a hot fire test on January 16, 2021. NASA TV NASA encountered an engine problem during a critical test of the core stage of its moon rocket on Saturday. The rocket, called Space Launch System, was scheduled to launch in November 2021, kicking off the Artemis program and setting NASA up to send humans back to the moon for the first time since 1972. This engine issue could delay that launch, and push back the time...
Tags: Transportation, Florida, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Moon, Boeing, Rocket Launch, Artemis, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Kennedy Space Center, Stennis Space Center, Space Launch System, Bay St Louis Mississippi, SLS


Watch video of NASA test-firing the world's most powerful rocket stage

Crews at Stennis Space Center lift the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System into place at test stand B-2 on January 22, 2020. NASA NASA plans to test-fire the core stage of its Space Launch System on Saturday around 4 p.m. EST. The core stage will burn through more than 700,000 gallons of liquid propellant over eight minutes while strapped to a test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA TV plans to broadcast live coverage of the firing — the final test in the ag...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Florida, Science, News, Mississippi, Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Moon, Orion, Rockets, Associated Press, Boeing, Artemis, Northrop Grumman


Watch live video of NASA test-firing the world's most powerful rocket stage for 8 minutes

Crews at Stennis Space Center lift the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System into place at test stand B-2 on January 22, 2020. NASA NASA plans to test-fire the core stage of its Space Launch System on Saturday around 5 p.m. EST. The core stage will burn through more than 700,000 gallons of liquid propellant over eight minutes while strapped to a test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA TV plans to broadcast live coverage of the firing — the final test in the ag...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Florida, Science, News, Mississippi, Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Moon, Orion, Rockets, Associated Press, Boeing, Artemis, Northrop Grumman


Why America's vaccine rollout was a total disaster - and what it means for the next few months

Business Insider Jonathan Drake/Reuters; Samantha Lee/Insider The US developed coronavirus vaccines in record time last year. But the process of getting those shots into people's arms is going horrendously slow, just as more Americans are dying from the virus than ever before. The blame lies with a president who either forgot — or didn't care enough — to finish off the country's vaccination plan, setting the US on the back foot. There are promising signs that this vaccine drive ...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, New York, Texas, Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, Oregon, White House, New York City, Brown University, Israel, US, Alabama


The US screwed up its vaccine roll out in part because it was too choosy about who should get shots first

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Park County Health Departments storefront clinic on January 5, 2021 in Livingston, Montana. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The US has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccinations per capita rates in the world. Israel has the best. Israel chose to prioritize its elderly. The US, by contrast, rolled out its doses using a complicated priority tier system based, in part, on people's employment. In order to fix the ...
Tags: Health, Florida, Texas, Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, White House, Israel, US, San Francisco, West Virginia, Trends, Bloomberg, North Dakota, Astrazeneca


Florida is becoming a vaccine tourism destination as foreigners and out-of-staters head there to get a COVID-19 shot

Elderly Florida residents have dealt with long lines and wait times during the vaccine rollout. Octavio Jones/Getty Images Florida is offering COVID-19 vaccines to adults aged 65 and up, and it's not requiring proof of residency. Some part-time residents and well-connected people from out of state are flying south to get their shots. The governor discouraged vaccine tourism, but he said it's OK for out-of-staters who winter in Florida to get vaccinated. Visit Business Insider's homepage fo...
Tags: Florida, New York, Science, News, Washington Post, New York City, Trends, David, Canada, Tourism, New Jersey, Healthcare, Argentina, Miami, Vaccine, Firestone


New Jersey is prioritizing cigarette smokers for COVID-19 vaccines because of their risk of severe disease

A woman wearing a protective face mask smokes a cigarette on June 7, 2020. Ely Pineiro/Getty Images New Jersey announced Thursday it would start vaccinating people age 65 and older and people with underlying health conditions against the coronavirus. One of those health conditions that now bumps New Jerseyans to the front of the line is smoking. Only people age 75 and older and essential workers were recommended to be next in line, but US officials recently urged states to expand eligibili...
Tags: Health, Florida, New York, Texas, Science, News, Smoking, Cdc, US, America, Trends, New Jersey, States, Reuters, Health And Human Services, Murphy


Rare lichen unique to Florida discovered in museum collections, may be extinct

Scientists have found a new species of fleshy verdigris lichen, thanks to DNA analysis of museum specimens. Misidentified by its original collectors, the lichen is only known from 32 specimens collected in North and Central Florida scrubland between 1885 and 1985. Now the hunt is on to find it in the wild -- if it still exists.
Tags: Florida, Science


New York retail pharmacies will begin administering coronavirus doses on Thursday, kicking off a wider vaccine rollout across states

Sonia Rojas, a pharmacy technician, works in the P & P Pharmacy on December 22, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Starting last week, US officials began allowing states to transfer coronavirus vaccine from hospitals to local retail pharmacies to speed up immunizations. At least one state, New York, will begin administering those transferred doses to elderly Americans on Thursday. The immunizations mark the beginning of a much wider vaccine rollout in pharmacies across the US....
Tags: Florida, New York, Science, News, Colorado, US, Trends, Walmart, Joe Biden, Walgreens, Ohio, States, Louisiana, Andrew Cuomo, Costco, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


State leaders say Operation Warp Speed overpromised and underdelivered, setting them up to fail in the vaccine rollout

Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on December 13, 2020. Morry Gash/Pool/AFP via Getty Images US state health departments have struggled to deliver coronavirus shots in pace with the timeline put forward by Operation Warp Speed. Vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020 was never realistic, state health officials said, given a lack of funding and limited vaccine supply. Joe Biden will likely attempt to procure add...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Congress, Cdc, Kentucky, US, Trends, Walmart, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, The Washington Post, Trump


Federal Authorities Are Looking for the Ghoul Who Carved 'TRUMP' Into a Manatee

Over the weekend, Florida officials received reports of a manatee that had President Donald Trump’s name carved in it. They’re now looking for information on who committed this wildlife crime that has left permanent scars on on this gentle sea cow.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Wildlife, Donald Trump, Manatees, Trump


Knowledge of cycad branching behavior improves conservation

Research on cycad trees in Colombia, Guam, and the Philippines has illuminated how knowledge of their branching behavior may benefit conservation decisions for the endangered plants. In a study published in the December issue of the journal Horticulturae, scientists from the University of Guam and the Montgomery Botanical Center in Florida show that the number of times a cycad tree produces a branch can be used to infer the sex of the tree.
Tags: Florida, Science, Philippines, University of Guam, Montgomery Botanical Center, Colombia Guam


UCF engineering and biology researchers collaborate to aid coral reef restoration

Florida's threatened coral reefs have a more than $4 billion annual economic impact on the state's economy, and University of Central Florida researchers are zeroing in on one factor that could be limiting their survival - coral skeleton strength.In a new study published in the journal Coral Reefs, UCF engineering researchers tested how well staghorn coral skeletons withstand the forces of nature and humans, such as impacts from hurricanes and divers.
Tags: Florida, Science, University of Central Florida, UCF, Coral Reefs UCF


'You don't want to end up like me': Florida man begs people to wear masks in a heartbreaking video from his hospital bed

Chuck Stacey asks people to wear a mask in a video from his Florida hospital bed, January 4, 2021. Courtesy of Chuck Stacey Florida resident Chuck Stacey recorded a video from his hospital bed on Monday, begging people to wear masks. Stacey said he did not wear a mask to work, in stores, or at restaurants because of his claustrophobia and because he didn't believe masks worked. His coronavirus symptoms started the day after Christmas, and now he's hospitalized and struggling to breathe. Vi...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Abc, Masks, Trends, Hospital, Stacey, Ron DeSantis, DeSantis, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Coronavirus, COVID, Daniel Uhlfelder, Uhlfelder, AARP Florida


2 real-estate moguls are accused of arranging swift COVID-19 vaccinations for their country-club friends at a Florida nursing home, as millions of others wait in line

A syringe of a COVID-19 vaccine for healthcare workers in California seen on December 16, 2020. Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool Two New York real estate moguls are accused of arranging hasty COVID-19 vaccinations for their contacts at a Florida country club, Page Six reported. The paper's sources accused brothers Bill and David S. Mack of making a list of contacts who could get the vaccine at a Florida nursing home. A spokesperson for the Macks told Page Six they had been...
Tags: Florida, New York, Science, News, California, Los Angeles, Trends, David, Tennessee, News UK, Bill, Times, Palm Beach, David Mack, Voice of America, Ron DeSantis


Reopening Florida schools followed by uptick in COVID-19 infections, Ben-Gurion U. study

"Our analysis has implications for countries trying to determine whether to keep physical schools open as they battle rising infection rates," Miron says. "Vaccines will not be given to children initially, so managing infection rates through temporary remote learning is of paramount importance."
Tags: Florida, Science, Ben Gurion, Miron


The more contagious UK variant of COVID-19 has been found in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seen attending a press conference on September 29, 2020. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty A man living in upstate New York has tested positive for a new variant of the coronavirus that is believed to be more contagious. The new variant was first detected in the UK last month and was found in Southern California last week. The variant has also been found in Colorado and Florida. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The new, likely mo...
Tags: Florida, UK, New York, Science, Colorado, US, Trends, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Southern California, NBC New York, Coronavirus, Andrea Michelson, Lev Radin Pacific Press LightRocket, Saratoga Country


A Florida lawmaker is calling for Mar-a-Lago to be fined and shut down after video showed a ballroom packed with maskless partiers on New Year's Eve

Felix Mizioznikov/Shutterstock Florida state Rep. Omari Hardy on Saturday called for President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, to face fines and closure. His calls came following footage from a Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve showed a packed ballroom of maskless partygoers bringing in the new year in violation of a county order requiring masks. "We cannot allow businesses and business owners to openly flout our mask order," Hardy wrote, adding: "This kind of open nonco...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Politics, Science, News, White House, New York City, Trends, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Palm Beach County, Palm Beach, Hardy, Mike Love, Palm Beach Florida


'It's going to get much uglier': The US is not prepared for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations

Seniors and first responders wait in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Lakes Regional Library on December 30, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images The US coronavirus vaccine rollout is off to a slow start as states struggle with logistical challenges. Public-health experts worry the next round of vaccinations, for the elderly and essential workers, will be even more chaotic.  Several state health departments told Business Insider they are still sorting out the lo...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Science, News, Mississippi, Congress, Colorado, Cdc, Virginia, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Walgreens, Healthcare, Miami


Only 2.8 million Americans have received COVID-19 vaccines, far short of the Trump administration's goal to reach 20 million by year's end

President Donald Trump speaks during an "Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit" on the White House complex, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Washington. Evan Vucci/Associated Press The US is nowhere close to meeting the Trump administration's goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020. In the absence of clear federal guidance, the vaccine rollout has devolved into a patchwork response that varies by state, experts say. Many health departments are struggling to vaccinate people as coro...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Mississippi, Congress, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Cnn, Healthcare, Michigan, Npr, Pfizer


The Trump administration will fall far short of its goal to start vaccinating 20 million Americans by year's end, as logistical challenges stack up for states

Technicians sort doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Virginia Hospital Center on December 16, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images The US is nowhere close to meeting the Trump administration's goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020. In the absence of clear federal guidance, the vaccine rollout has devolved into a patchwork response that varies by state, experts say. Many health departments are struggling to vaccinate people as coronavirus cases soar in mos...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Mississippi, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Healthcare, Michigan, Npr, Pfizer, Usa Today, Donald Trump


Judge Tosses Apple Lawsuit Against iPhone Emulator in Big Victory for Security Research

Security researchers looking to get under the hood of technology in order to improve it received a pleasant victory on Tuesday when a federal judge in Florida decided to throw out Apple’s copyright violation claims against the maker of virtual iPhone software. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Florida, Lawsuit, Science, Copyright, Dmca, Security Research, Emulator, Corellium



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