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Citizen App Set Off Hunt for Person Falsely Accused of Starting California Brush Fire

California’s wildfire season is already underway (well, it may never have actually stopped), and state investigators are looking into what ignited a 1,325-acre brush fire that’s currently burning through Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades and Topanga Canyon neighborhoods. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nbc, California, Nbc News, Los Angeles, Software, Security Software, Citizen, Ring, Gavin Newsom, Alissa Walker, Pacific Palisades, Crime Mapping, Disaster Accident, Law Enforcement In The United States, Location Based Software


Los Angeles County could reach herd immunity by end of July, health officials say

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a woman at a clinic in Los Angeles on March 25, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images Los Angeles County could reach herd immunity by mid to late July, public health officials said. At the current rate of vaccination, roughly 80% of adult and adolescent county residents could have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Though there isn't a specific percentage of the county population needed to reach herd immunity, officials have esti...
Tags: Science, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, LA County, Fauci, Barbara Ferrer, Mario Tama Getty, Herd Immunity, Coronavirus


Flying at up to Mach 16 could become reality with UCF's developing propulsion system

University of Central Florida researchers are building on their technology that could pave the way for hypersonic flight, such as travel from New York to Los Angeles in under 30 minutes. In their latest research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers discovered a way to stabilize the detonation needed for hypersonic propulsion by creating a special hypersonic reaction chamber for jet engines.
Tags: New York, Science, Los Angeles, Mach, National Academy of Sciences, University of Central Florida, UCF


Somewhere on Earth, it could rain rocket parts this weekend as a runaway Chinese spacecraft breaks up in the atmosphere

The Long March 5B Y2 rocket, carrying the core module of China's space station Tianhe, takes off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province, China April 29, 2021. The core stage of a Chinese rocket is expected to plummet back to Earth this weekend uncontrolled. Experts expect about 5 to 9 metric tons of rocket parts to rain down somewhere on Earth. The rocket stage is circling much of the inhabited world, but it will most likely land in the ocean. See more stories on Inside...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Spacex, New York, Science, News, China, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Earth, Cnn, Beijing, Rocket, South America


Herd immunity in the US could be around the corner - but maintaining it is likely to be a perpetual battle

Kristine Ko, right, waits in line for her vaccine in Los Angeles on April 8, 2021. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images The US could reach herd immunity in a matter of weeks or months, but the metric is a moving target. Vaccines bring the US closer to that goal. More contagious variants make it harder to reach. Maintaining herd immunity could require annual booster shots. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists want you to know that the threshold for herd immunity isn...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Cnn, United States, New York Times, University Of Chicago, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Food and Drug Administration, Anaheim California


American's new climate 'normal' is hotter, wetter, and more extreme

In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel New climate data released Tuesday shows temperatures across most of the US are trending up. The yearly 'normal' temperature for the country reached a record-high of 53.3 degrees over the last 30 years. Climate scientist Mike Palecki said the higher normals were one sign of ongoing climate change. See more stories on In...
Tags: Weather, Science, News, Climate Change, US, Los Angeles, Trends, North Dakota, Noaa, National, Associated Press, Michael Mann, Phoenix, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Fahrenheit, Western US


America's new climate 'normal' is hotter, wetter, and more extreme

In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel New climate data released Tuesday shows temperatures across most of the US are trending up. The yearly 'normal' temperature for the country reached a record-high of 53.3 degrees over the last 30 years. Climate scientist Mike Palecki said the higher normals were one sign of ongoing climate change. See more stories on In...
Tags: Weather, Science, News, Climate Change, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, North Dakota, Noaa, National, Associated Press, Michael Mann, Phoenix, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Fahrenheit


Los Angeles County reported zero COVID-19 deaths for the second day in a row

A Covid-19 warning sign in Los Angeles, California. Aydin Palabiyikoglu/Getty Images Los Angeles county reported no new COVID-19 deaths for the second day in a row on Monday. The last time the county reported no new deaths twice in a row was in March 2020. COVID-19 cases and deaths in LA county have slowly been decreasing as vaccine efforts ramp up. See more stories on Insider's business page. Los Angeles County reported no new COVID-19 deaths for the second day in a row, county health...
Tags: Science, California, Los Angeles, Trends, New York Times, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Los Angeles County, LA County, Barbara Ferrer, Coronavirus, Lauren Frias, COVID-19, COVID


Los Angeles County reported zero COVID-19 deaths for the 2nd day in a row

A COVID-19 warning sign in Los Angeles. Aydin Palabiyikoglu/Getty Images Los Angeles County reported no new COVID-19 deaths Monday for the second day in a row. It's the county's first time going two days without reporting a coronavirus death since March 2020. COVID-19 cases and deaths in the county have slowly been decreasing as vaccine efforts ramp up. See more stories on Insider's business page. Los Angeles County reported no new COVID-19 deaths for the second day in a row, c...
Tags: Science, California, Los Angeles, Trends, New York Times, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Los Angeles County, Barbara Ferrer, BioNtech, Coronavirus, Lauren Frias, COVID-19, COVID


A huge rocket from China's space-station launch could fall back to Earth totally uncontrolled

A Long March-5B Y2 rocket carrying the core module of China's space station, Tianhe, stands at the launching area of the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on April 23, 2021. Visual China Group/Getty Images A Chinese rocket stage could fall to Earth totally uncontrolled in the next few days. The rocket, a Long March 5b, just launched the first piece of a new space station China is building. Uncontrolled deorbits like this can rain heavy chunks of rocket on populated areas. See more storie...
Tags: Science, News, Washington, China, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Beijing, Chile, European Space Agency, Rockets, Seattle, Rocket Launch, Jones


Moderna plans to produce up to 3 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses next year, citing a 'significant need' for shots and boosters into 2023

A nurse administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine in Los Angeles, California. Between 20 and 40% of frontline workers in Los Angeles have refused a shot. Mario Tama/Getty Images Moderna will make up to 3 billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in 2022, the biotech said Thursday. The CEO said "there will continue to be significant need" for shots and boosters in 2022 and 2023. The company is testing lower doses as booster shots, which could expand future supply. See more stories on Insider&#...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Spain, Healthcare, Switzerland, Pfizer, Polaroid, Johnson Johnson, Los Angeles California, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cambridge Massachusetts


Can we travel faster than the speed of light? New mathematical models say… ‘maybe’

The closest star to Earth is Proxima Centauri. It is about 4.25 light-years away, or about 25 trillion miles (40 trillion km). The fastest ever spacecraft, the now- in-space Parker Solar Probe will reach a top speed of 450,000 mph. It would take just 20 seconds to go from Los Angeles to New York City at that speed, but it would take the solar probe about 6,633 years to reach Earth’s nearest neighboring solar system. If humanity ever wants to travel easily between stars, people will need to go fa...
Tags: Startups, Science, New York City, Los Angeles, Earth, Parker Solar Probe, Next Featured


Continuing to use Johnson & Johnson's vaccine could save 1,400 lives in the next 6 months, the CDC says

Nurse Elizabeth Johnson administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Mendez in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images The US has ended its pause of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine rollout. Despite reports of rare blood clots linked to the shot, using it could save 1,400 lives in six months, the CDC found. That number assumes the shot will be given at half the rate at which it was used before the pause. See more stories on Insider's business page. US re...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Pennsylvania, Pfizer, Shot, Johnson, Times, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson & Johnson, J J, Janssen, Elizabeth Johnson


Scientists believe they found as many as 25,000 barrels of DDT dumped off the Southern California coast

In this 2011 image provided by the University of California Santa Barbara, a barrel sits on the seafloor near the coast of Catalina Island, California. David Valentine/UC Santa Barbara / RV Jason via AP Scientists say they found as many as 25,000 barrels possibly containing DDT dumped off the Southern California coast. DDT was a popular synthetic insecticide in the 1940s, and was also used to fight malaria and typhus. The US canceled the use of DDT in 1972, citing harmful effects on the en...
Tags: Science, News, Environment, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Marine, Pollution, San Diego, Associated Press, University Of California, Los Angeles Times, Aga, University Of California San Diego, Southern California, Catalina Island


West Virginia to give a $100 savings bond to people 16-35 who get vaccinated for COVID-19

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a woman at a clinic in Los Angeles on March 25, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images WV Gov. Jim Justice is offering $100 savings bonds for those 16-35 willing to get a COVID vaccine. The state is struggling with getting young people signed up to get vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said that his state would gift $100 savings bonds for young people between the ages of 16 and 35 wh...
Tags: Politics, Science, Justice, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Trends, Speed, Vaccination, Jim Justice, Mario Tama Getty, Coronavirus, COVID, Azmi Haroun


A Texas hospital is the first in the country to require COVID-19 vaccinations for its staff

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a woman at a clinic in Los Angeles on March 25, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images A hospital system in Texas is now the first in the nation to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for staff. CBS News reported that Houston Methodist set a June 7 deadline for all employees to get vaccinated. So far, 89% of all 26,000 employees have complied and received a vaccine. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Houston Methodist system - m...
Tags: Health, Texas, Science, News, Cbs News, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Vaccine, Houston Methodist, Mario Tama Getty, Coronavirus, Yelena Dzhanova, COVID-19, Marc Boom, Grace Dean


How bots like 'TurboVax' boosted states in the rush to vaccinate America

Vaccine bots on Twitter share news of available vaccination appointments. Screenshots/Twitter Twitter accounts sharing vaccination appointments have popped up across the US. The accounts are bots run by software engineers who helped Americans find appointments. Bots like TurboVax in New York City have courted thousands of followers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kenneth Hsu's parents-in-law were desperate to find a vaccine appointment. In February, both over the age ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Florida, Texas, Science, News, Mississippi, California, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Georgia, New Jersey


5 experts who will vote on the fate of J&J's vaccine believe we should end the pause - and possibly add a warning for women

Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images On Friday, a federal advisory committee will vote on what to do with Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is on pause across the US after six reports of rare blood clots in young to middle-aged women who'd recently been vaccinated. Insider spoke with 5 of the 15 committee members. They said they're eager to end this pause. See more stories on Insider's business page. America's top public health experts are itching f...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Getty Images, Public Health, Pennsylvania, Maine, Fda, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Drexel University, University of Kansas


3D printed models provide clearer understanding of ground motion

It seems like a smooth slab of stainless steel, but look a little closer, and you'll see a simplified cross-section of the Los Angeles sedimentary basin. Caltech researcher Sunyoung Park and her colleagues are printing 3D models like the metal Los Angeles proxy to provide a novel platform for seismic experiments.
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Caltech, Sunyoung Park


COVID Confessional—On Maintaining Just the Right Amount of Skepticism

Among the many challenges of the past thirteen months has been the everyday-epistemological challenge of staying grounded and vigilant in an environment of ever-polarizing opinion. Recent conversations with two valued friends reveal the danger of the post-COVID world bifurcating absolutely into sheep and denialists. I hasten to insist that these are not the only two options.I am someone who will not even take a pain killer except in the most extreme of circumstances. I am willing to accept scie...
Tags: Politics, Science, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Current Events, Jazz, Philosophy, Mumford, Kahneman, Taleb, Stefan Kac, Epistemology, Heuristics, COVID, Taleb (Nassim Nicholas, Certainty And Uncertainty


This Pop Culture Artist Turned His Frames Into Extensions of His Imagination

Subjectivity is one of the best things about art, but there are a few undeniable objective facts about it too. One is that no matter how good or bad a piece of art is, the right frame will only make it better. That’s a truth the artist who goes by JoKa is bringing to his new solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robin Williams, Los Angeles, Play, Culture, Toy, Framing, Barry Levinson, Joan Cusack, Tombstone, Joka, Entertainment Culture


Urbanista's New Solar-Powered Wireless Headphones Will Run Forever as Long as You Stay Outside in the Sun

The limitations of battery technology continue to be the bane of every gadget’s existence, but, like the solar calculators of yesteryear, Urbanista’s new noise-canceling Los Angeles headphones feature a solar panel that helps recharge the battery any time you’re exposed to even dim lighting indoors.Read more...
Tags: Google, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, Los Angeles, Headphones, Headset, Photovoltaics, Solar Panel, Audio Engineering, Loudspeakers, Energy Harvesting, Transducers, Exeger, Urbanista


Johnson & Johnson is having a very bad month - but fears of blood clots and other negative reactions are likely overblown

Nurse Elizabeth Johnson administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Mendez in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images US regulators on Tuesday recommended an immediate pause of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine rollout. Six women have developed rare blood clots following J&J's shot, but experts aren't worried yet. J&J has also encountered manufacturing snafus and reports of fainting at vaccination sites. See more stories on Insider's business pag...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Maryland, Colorado, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Georgia, Eu, European Union, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Brazil, Astrazeneca


Johnson & Johnson had a very bad week - but fears of negative reactions and blood clots are likely overblown

Nurse Elizabeth Johnson administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Mendez in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images Three US vaccination sites temporarily stopped administering Johnson & Johnson's shot this week. The sites reported clusters of adverse reactions, but it's not known whether the shot was the direct cause. European regulators are also investigating rare blood clots tied to the vaccine, but experts aren't worried. See more stories...
Tags: Science, News, Maryland, Colorado, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Georgia, Eu, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Fda, Johnson


A 'double mutant' coronavirus variant found in India was spotted in California - but there's no evidence it's 'doubly scary'

A man wears a mask in Los Angeles on June 18, 2020. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images A new coronavirus variant has been detected in India and northern California. It has a combination of mutations that may help it spread more quickly or evade vaccines. But there's no evidence yet that the variant is "doubly scary" or "doubly transmissible," an expert said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Another worrisome coronavirus variant has made its global de...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, California, Stanford, India, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, South Africa, Brazil, Mutations, San Francisco Bay Area, Pinsky, LA Times


Younger people seem to be contracting more transmissible variants, causing another COVID-19 surge in Michigan

Chaplain Kevin Deegan places his hand on the head of a COVID-19 patient while praying for him at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles on January 9, 2021. Jae C. Hong/AP Photo Michigan is experiencing another surge in coronavirus cases. The surge seems to be attributed to younger people getting infected with variants. CDC director Rochelle Walensky previously warned that the US could experience another surge. See more stories on Insider's business page. As the country ...
Tags: Science, Cdc, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Cnn, United Kingdom, Michigan, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Detroit News, Beaumont Health, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Coronavirus, COVID, Sarah Al Arshani


After a massive iceberg broke away from Antarctica, it revealed a long-hidden world of creatures on the seafloor

The research vessel Polarstern in the gap between iceberg A74 (right) and Brunt Ice Shelf (left). Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI)/Ralph Timmermann Last month, an iceberg the size of Los Angeles, called A74, broke off of Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf and floated away. Researchers aboard the Polarstern vessel happened to be nearby, so they investigated the area of the seafloor that had been covered by the iceberg, half a mile down. They found marine creatures that had been hidden for decade...
Tags: Science, News, Wales, Germany, Environment, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Marine Life, Ocean, Antarctica, Manhattan, South America, Iceberg, Delaware, Antarctic


An overlooked strand of the Southern San Andreas Fault may pose a major earthquake risk

Addressing uncertainties about where large earthquakes are most likely to occur along the southern San Andreas fault, which splits into multiple strands east of Los Angeles, a new study identifies a strand that has largely flown under the radar of public concern as the region's greatest earthquake threat.
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, San Andreas, Southern San Andreas Fault


With drop in LA's vehicular aerosol pollution, vegetation emerges as major source

Organic aerosol pollutants have decreased in the Los Angeles area due to strict vehicle emissions controls, but aerosol levels still rise in hot weather to unhealthful levels. While some attribute these aerosols to household cleaning products, UC Berkeley chemist Ronald Cohen has identified a more probable cause: chemicals emitted by vegetation. Given the number of trees in LA, like the isoprene-emitting Mexican fan palm, it's likely that 25% of organic aerosols are from plants.
Tags: Science, La, Los Angeles, UC Berkeley, Ronald Cohen


How to know if you're allergic to the COVID-19 vaccines by Moderna, Pfizer, or J&J

Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Most people with severe allergies will not react to a COVID-19 vaccination. None of the shots from Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J contain preservatives. They have no eggs or latex in them. But they do include some other fatty substances, which, in rare cases, people can react to. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than 44 million people across the US have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 - that's about 13% of the co...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Public Health, Fda, Pfizer, Allergies, Jain, Johnson Johnson, Peg, Beijing China, J J, Wyman



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