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Individuals who are fully vaccinated now might not be considered so in the future without a COVID-19 booster shot, CDC says

Booster shots are being offered to some adults in the US who got Pfizer's vaccine, called Comirnaty. Jens Schlueter/Getty Images As booster shots rollout, the definition of fully vaccinated might change, the CDC says. Currently, being fully vaccinated in the US means an individual has both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the J&J vaccine. About 6% of the total US population has so far received a booster dose, according to CDC data. The definition of fully vaccinate...
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Austrian chancellor says the unvaccinated could be forced to lockdown in their homes if COVID-19 cases worsen

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg in October 2021. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images Austria's chancellor on Friday warned of possible restrictions for people not vaccinated against COVID-19. Restrictions for unvaccinated people would begin if ICU capacity reaches 25%, he said, according to the Associated Press. If more than 600 people require treatment in the ICU, health authorities will require the unvaccinated to remain in their homes. People in Austria who are not vaccinated ag...
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A 193-million-year old nesting ground with more than 100 dinosaur eggs offers evidence they lived in herds

An artist's reconstruction of a Mussaurus patagonicus nest. Jorge Gonzalez Paleontologists found 100 eggs and 80 skeletons from a dinosaur called Mussaurus at a nesting ground in Patagonia. The fossils were grouped into clusters of adults and juveniles, suggesting Mussaurus lived in herds. The nesting ground is 193 million years old, making it the earliest evidence of dinosaur herds. A 193-million-year-old nesting ground containing more than 100 dinosaurs eggs is upending paleontologis...
Tags: Science, News, France, Eggs, Trends, Argentina, Patagonia, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Paleontology, Patagonian, Roger Smith, Diego Pol, Pol, Patagonia Argentina, Jorge Gonzalez

Pregnant women pass fewer coronavirus antibodies to unborn boys than girls - a clue as to why men are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19

A pregnant woman wears a mask during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles Krupa/AP Photo Pregnant women carrying baby boys have fewer coronavirus antibodies than those carrying girls, a study found. Pregnant women also transferred fewer antibodies to male fetuses than females, the findings showed. The research offers a hint about how the male immune system responds to COVID-19. It's one of the pandemic's most persistent mysteries: Why are men and boys more vulnerable to ...
Tags: Science, News, Boston, US, Trends, Pfizer, Antibodies, Pregnant Mother, Massachusetts General Hospital, Immunity, Charles Krupa, Surrey England, Moderna, Fetus, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus

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...
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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 91% effective in 5- to 11-year-olds, new study results find

The Food and Drug Administration is considering authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images A study found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in kids. The study, a Pfizer trial, found 91% efficacy for the jab among more than 2,200 kids ages 5 to 11. The FDA is reviewing Pfizer's application to offer its two-dose vaccine to kids in that age group. The Pfizer-BioNTech ...
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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 91% effective in 5- to 11-year-olds, new study results show

The FDA is now considering authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer's vaccine was 91% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in 5- to 11-year-old kids. The new results come from Pfizer's trial, which enrolled more than 2,200 children in this age range. The FDA is reviewing Pfizer's application to offer its two-dose vaccine to younger children. The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vac...
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Age of Viking settlement revealed using trees and astrophysics

The Vikings reached North America long before Columbus' enslavement and brutalization of the Americas' Indigenous population, the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, was discovered six decades ago. Though many of the settlement's structures have been recreated, as accurately as dig site evidence and historical research could allow, the settlement's date has been difficult to place exactly. — Read the rest
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A half-mile plastic-trapping device in the Pacific caught 64,000 pounds of trash - including a fridge, mannequin, and toilet seats

Workers with The Ocean Cleanup empty plastic onto the deck of one of the organization's vessels. The Ocean Cleanup The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit organization, launched a device into the Pacific Ocean to remove plastic. The device brought back 64,000 pounds of trash in two-and-a-half months. The organization found a mannequin, refrigerator, and toilet seats among the debris. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, around 1,200 miles from shore, sits a giant vortex of trash known as the Gre...
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CDC advisors vote unanimously to give boosters to everyone with a J&J shot and some with Moderna. Here's how to know if you should get one.

A woman gets her Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine at a Safeway in San Rafael, California on October 1, 2021. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Advisors to the CDC voted Thursday to recommend booster shots for everyone who's had Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. The committee also recommended Moderna boosters for adults 65 and up, and said other vulnerable adults may want to get a boost too, depending on their circumstances. The CDC director will make the final call, allowing boosts to hit arm...
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Female African elephants evolved toward being tuskless over just a few decades as poachers sought ivory

A tusked African elephant in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Getty During the civil war in Mozambique, armies hunted African elephants to near extinction to collect ivory tusks. A study shows that the proportion of tuskless animals born during and after the war rose dramatically. The research suggests elephants quickly evolved to increase their chances of survival. Shane Campbell-Staton, an evolutionary biologist at Princeton University, spent most of his career researching lizard...
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China brought the first moon rocks back to Earth in 45 years. They hint at mysterious volcanic eruptions.

Lunar samples from the Chang'e-5 mission at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, October 15, 2021. Jin Liwang/Xinhua/Getty Images China's Chang'e-5 mission brought rocks from the moon to Earth for the first time in 45 years. The rock samples are the remnants of ancient lava flows and date back 2 billion years. That's nearly 1 billion years later than scientists thought the moon could have had volcanic eruptions. Volcanoes on...
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Researchers have found why some people are fans of ultra-rich individuals like Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, but not billionaires in general

A mobile billboard calling for higher taxes on the ultra-wealthy with an image of billionaire Jeff Bezos, near the US Capitol on May 17. Drew Angerer/Getty Images People tend to have negative views of massive wealth inequality and billionaires as a class. But a focus on individual billionaires leads people to change their minds, researchers found. The findings help explain why the world's richest people have fans who rush to defend them. America's top-five richest men now have twic...
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There's an ideal window to get your flu shot for the best protection: late October or the first week of November

A man walks past an ad for free flu shots outside a CVS drugstore in New York on August 19, 2020. Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images The CDC recommends getting a flu shot in September or October. But getting vaccinated in late October or the first week of November could maximize your protection. That's because flu shots get less effective each month, and flu cases usually peak from December to March. Pharmacies start advertising flu shots as soon as they become available in August. The Ce...
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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

An amateur diver found a 3-foot sword off the Israeli coast - and filmed his discovery. It dates back to the Crusades.

A sword that likely belonged to a Crusader lays on the beach in Caesarea, Israel on October 16, 2021. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters A scuba diver found a 900-year-old sword and ancient anchors off Israel's Carmel coast last week. The iron sword is 3 feet long and weighs 11 pounds. It likely belonged to a knight from the Crusades. The diver was wearing a GoPro camera, and Israeli authorities released video of his discovery. Shlomi Katzin didn't expect anything out-of-the-ordinary during his...
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The FDA just authorized booster shots of Moderna's and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines and is letting users mix and match shots

An employee of Japan's Suntory Holdings receives the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for Covid-19. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images The FDA authorized booster shots of the Moderna and J&J vaccines on Wednesday. The agency also authorized people to get different vaccine brand as a booster shot. J&J recipients can get a booster after two months. Moderna recipients should wait six months. The Food and Drug Administration authorized on Wednesday booster shots for Moderna's and Johnson &...
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The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week, but a Hunter's Moon will make shooting stars harder to spot

A stargazer waits to watch a meteor shower in Ontario, Canada, August 12, 2015. The Orionids meteor shower peaks late Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning. Up to 20 shooting stars per hour will streak across the sky, but a full moon will make it hard to see them. The Orionids happen annually when Earth travels through debris left by Halley's Comet. NASA calls the annual Orionids meteor shower one of the most beautiful of the year, due to the many speedy meteors that move a...
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Pfizer's vaccine cuts the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization in teens by 93% in a CDC analysis

A boy receives the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Tegucigalpa, on September 25, 2021, during a vaccination programme for teens aged 12 to 15 ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer's vaccine strongly protects teens against severe COVID-19 after two doses, CDC data suggests. 97% of US teens hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated in the cases the CDC studied. Vaccines were "imperative" to reduce severe COVID-19 among young peopl...
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The CDC says it's identified a new Delta-related coronavirus variant in the US, and officials are monitoring it closely

Courtesy of Helix A new coronavirus variant, called AY.4.2, is being closely monitored by scientists around the world. AY.4.2 is a descendant of the Delta variant. It has been found "on occasion" in the US, the CDC said. It's not clear yet whether AY.4.2 is actually more transmissible than Delta, or if it has just had some good luck in the UK. A new coronavirus descendant related to Delta, called AY.4.2, is being closely monitored by scientists in the US, UK, and Israel.AY.4.2 is st...
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Boeing was supposed to start flying astronauts for NASA 2 years ago. Now its glitching spaceship may not do so until 2023.

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is stacked atop an Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on July 17, 2021. Boeing Boeing may not fly astronauts for NASA until 2023 - more than three years behind schedule. Boeing's Starliner spaceship is grounded for the rest of the year due to hardware issues. Starliner must fly to the International Space Station without a crew before it can launch humans. Boeing may not fly astronauts for NASA unt...
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CNN's John King reveals he has multiple sclerosis and says he's grateful for his colleagues who got vaccinated

John King on CNN's "Inside Politics." CNN CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King revealed on Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis.King made the announcement on his program, "Inside Politics," and said he was immunocompromised."So I am grateful you are all vaccinated. I am grateful my employer says all of these amazing people who work on the floor, who came in here in the last 18 months when we are doing this, are vaccinated now that we have vaccines," he added."I don...
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A meteor that incinerated the residents of an ancient city inspired the biblical story of Sodom, research suggests

An artist's depiction of a meteor in the sky above Tall el-Hammam, an ancient Middle Eastern city in present-day Jordan. Allen West and Jennifer Rice In the biblical story of Sodom, God destroys the city and its inhabitants due to their wickedness. A study suggests the tale was inspired by a meteor that wrecked the ancient city of Tall el-Hammam. A 165-foot meteor exploded in the sky there 3,600 years ago, incinerating people and homes. About 3,600 years ago, residents of the city of T...
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A shortage of glass bottles means wine is sitting in barrels for longer, leading it to taste 'like a sawmill'

Wine sometimes sits in barrels or tanks for longer than necessary because of a shortage of bottles. Morsa Images/Getty Images A shipping crisis and global shortages of products key to bottling wine has winemakers scrambling. Without bottles, wine often sits in barrels for longer, which can make it taste "like a sawmill." The shortage is so severe that one winery resorted to buying bottles with another vineyard's name on it. The supply-chain issues snaring container ships in traffic ja...
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Scientists are closely tracking a new variant spreading in the UK that could be 10% more infectious than Delta

Year 11 pupils get tested prior to returning to school next week at The Wey Valley Academy on September 03, 2021 in Weymouth, England. Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images Scientists are closely tracking a new coronavirus variant called AY.4.2, a subtype of Delta. Early data suggested it could be 10% more infectious than Delta, one expert said. Cases are low outside the UK. Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb called for "urgent" research on the variant. Scientists worldwide are closely tracking a...
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Before-and-after images of landmarks around the world show the devastating sea-level rise that's coming

Projected future sea levels at Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Climate Central A new study describes what would happen to global landmarks under various degrees of sea-level rise. In the best-case scenario, sea levels would rise nearly 10 feet in the next 200 to 2,000 years. But if global temperatures rise by 3 degrees Celsius, floods could overtake landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. Several times each year, the tide in Venice, Italy, rises more than 2 feet above the average sea leve...
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Right-wing media are using Colin Powell's death to push their anti-vaccine agenda

Colin Powell. CBS News Right-wing media personalities are using Colin Powell's death to question COVID-19 vaccine efficacy. Powell died Monday from COVID-19 complications. He was vaccinated but was being treated for cancer. Health officials are pushing back at the unfounded claims made by Fox News and Newsmax. Right-wing media personalities are using the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell to sow doubt over the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.Several conservative media person...
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The EPA wants to regulate hazardous 'forever chemicals,' which are found in items like pizza boxes, nonstick pans, and cleaning products

Erin McDowell/Insider Forever chemicals can't break down and linger in the soil, water, and air. Many household items contain forever chemicals, including nonstick cookware and cleaning products. EPA Administrator Michael Regan outlined the government's plan to combat PFAS through 2024. The Biden administration and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a widespread federal effort Monday to protect Americans from perfluoroalkyls and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, a group of man...
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The FDA plans to allow people to 'mix-and-match' their COVID-19 booster shots, a new report says

The federal government has provided COVID-19 relief in numerous forms, from free vaccines to economic programs. Reuters The FDA is expected to allow a "mix-and-match" approach for COVID-19 booster shots, The New York Times reported. The authorization will allow Americans to get a different brand booster than what they initially received. It will not recommend one brand over another but may mention it is preferable to receive the same brand, The Times reported. The Food and Drug Administrat...
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Colin Powell, who died on Monday from COVID-19, had a blood-cell cancer that likely weakened his immune system

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, died on Monday from COVID-19 complications. Powell was vaccinated but was being treated for cancer, so he was likely immunocompromised. Immunocompromised people should take precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, the CDC says. Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, died on Monday from COVID-19 complications, according to a statement from the Powe...
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