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A man who boosted his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with a shot from Moderna said his side effects were a 'little more severe' the third time round

From left: Study volunteer and virologist Joseph Hyser, Chanei Henry, senior research coordinator of molecular virology and microbiology, and Dr. Robert Atmar, the principal investigator on the study. Baylor College of Medicine Scientists in the US are starting a booster shot trial, giving fully vaccinated people another jab. Participants are given a booster shot of the Moderna vaccine - whether they previously got 2 shots of an mRNA vaccine (from Pfizer or Moderna) or 1 adenovirus (J&J) s...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Pfizer, Baylor, Johnson Johnson, Baylor College of Medicine, Moderna, Vaccine Research Center, Baylor College, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus, Robert Atmar


Take a look at some of the lakes in California that have been swallowed up by the 'megadrought'

Associated Press California has been hit by a "megadrought" that has dried up key reservoirs in the state. Entire lakes have shrunk exponentially, leaving yachts and docks beached on dry land. Nearly 95% of the state is experiencing "severe drought" and is susceptible to wild fires. See more stories on Insider's business page. California is facing its worst drought in over four years.Over 37 million people have already been impacted by the "megadrought" and nearly 95% of the state has...
Tags: Science, News, California, Trends, California Drought, Drought, Economy, Associated Press, Getty, UC Davis, Sierra, Gavin Newsom, Lake Oroville, California Department of Water Resources, San Gabriel, R


The Jeff Bezos-backed company General Fusion is building a nuclear fusion plant, which is due to switch on in 2025

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Nuclear fusion company General Fusion is building a demonstration facility in the UK. Jeff Bezos has been an investor in General Fusion for over a decade. The new facility will begin construction next year, and should be operational by 2025. See more stories on Insider's business page. General Fusion, a Canadian company backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, announced Thursday it's building a nuclear fusion facility in the UK.Genera...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Science, News, Trends, Walmart, Bbc, Oxford, Nuclear Fusion, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Nuclear Power Plant, MTF, Tech Insider, General Fusion, Culham


The Palestinian Authority rejected 90,000 vaccine doses from Israel because they were almost expired

A Palestinian health worker displays a vial of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, on February 24. Yousef Masoud/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The Palestinian Authority canceled a deal to swap coronavirus vaccine doses with Israel on Friday. The PA said the doses were supposed to expire in July or August, but expired this month instead. Several human-rights organizations have called on Israel to give Palestinians vaccines right away. See more st...
Tags: Science, News, Israel, Trends, PA, West Bank, United Arab Emirates, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Benjamin Netanyahu, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, Naftali Bennett, Reuters, Expired, Netanyahu


Biden says the Delta variant - set to become the US's dominant strain - is 'particularly dangerous for young people'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds up a face mask at The Queen theater on October 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Biden warned Friday that the Delta variant is "particularly dangerous for young people." Delta appears to be more transmissible than any other coronavirus strain. Young people who are unvaccinated and socially active may be more susceptible than others. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden warned...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Scotland, White House, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Delta, Vaccinations, Pfizer, Good Morning America, Vaccines, Biden


A second space rock hit Earth after the one that doomed the dinosaurs - a nail in the coffin of the mass extinction

An artist's depiction of the moment the Chicxulub asteroid struck in present-day Mexico 66 million years ago. Chase Stone One space rock hit Mexico 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction that doomed the dinosaurs. A study suggests another asteroid struck Ukraine 650,000 years later, possibly warming the climate. These back-to-back impacts may have delayed Earth's recovery from the mass extinction. See more stories on Insider's business page. About 66 million years ago,...
Tags: Science, News, Montana, Mexico, Trends, Research, Ukraine, Nasa, Earth, Dinosaurs, Asteroid, North America, Yucatan Peninsula, Fahrenheit, University of Glasgow, Pickersgill


Earth tipped over on its side 84 million years ago and then righted itself, new study finds

A photo of Earth taken by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). Reuters/NASA Earth tipped over on its side and back between 79 million and 86 million years ago, a study shows. The planet tilted by 12 degrees - which would've moved New York City to where Florida is right now. Earth's crust can shift like this depending on how weight is distributed across planet's surface. See more stories on Insider's business page. If you'd been able to stare at Earth f...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, New York City, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Epic, Italy, Earth Science, Pacific Ocean, Mantle, Mitchell, Dartmouth College, Tampa Florida, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Photos show historically low reservoirs across California as drought and a heat wave threaten power plants

Low water levels at California's Lake Oroville, June 16, 2021. Water levels in reservoirs across California and the Colorado River are dipping to historic lows. A key California reservoir is so depleted, it may force a power-plant shutdown for the first time. Drought and an early heat wave are drying out the US West and Southwest, straining power grids. See more stories on Insider's business page. California's reservoirs are shriveling up as drought and an early heat wave aff...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, News, Climate Change, California, Mexico, US, Trends, Drought, Cnn, West, United States, Accuweather, Folsom Lake, Power Plants, Gavin Newsom


Fossils unearthed in China reveal a new species of giant prehistoric rhino - the largest land mammal to ever walk the Earth

An illustration of the Paraceratherium linxiaense giant rhinoceros in the Linxia Basin during the Oligocene. Paleontologists have unearthed fossils in China that reveal a new species of giant rhinoceros. A three-foot-long skull came from the largest known land mammal - a rhino the size of six elephants. The find indicates giant rhinos migrated south, then back north via Tibet, as the climate changed. See more stories on Insider's business page. A batch of newly discovered fossils com...
Tags: Asia, Science, Tibet, News, China, US, Trends, Earth, Migration, Fossils, Rhino, Gansu Province, Prehistoric, Paleontology, Bones, Deng


A 33-year-old nurse got long COVID despite being fully vaccinated. Doctors think we may see more of these rare cases.

A tired nurse leaves Mt. Sinai Morningside Hospital in New York City on April 23, 2020. B.A. Van Sise/NurPhoto/Getty Images Anna Kern, a 33-year-old nurse, got long COVID several months after being fully vaccinated. Doctors are starting to recognize that these cases are possible, even if they're extremely rare. Kern said she's struggling to return to work and dealing with extreme fatigue. See more stories on Insider's business page. Anna Kern got her second vaccine dose five mo...
Tags: UK, Science, News, New York City, Trends, Pfizer, Detroit, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Kern, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Bob Wachter, Moderna, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus, COVID


The Delta variant might pose the biggest threat yet to vaccinated people

Researchers sequence coronavirus samples at the microbiology laboratory of the University Hospital of Badajoz in Spain on April 15, 2021. Javier Pulpo/Europa Press/Getty Images The Delta variant appears to be more transmissible than any other coronavirus strain. Some experts worry the variant could result in more breakthrough cases in vaccinated people. Others are concerned that Delta could evolve even more dangerous mutations. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists h...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Scotland, India, US, Trends, Spain, Delta, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Public Health England, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, San Francisco California, University of California San Francisco


Mystery solved: Betelgeuse, the dimming star that drew international attention, isn't exploding - it was just dusty

These images, taken by the Very Large Telescope, show the surface of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse during its dimming from January 2019 (far left) to March 2020 (far right). ESO/M. Montargès et al. Betelgeuse, a distant red giant star, captured the world's attention last year because it was dimming. The star's dying light indicated that it might soon explode in a supernova. But a new study reveals that's not the case - it was just veiled in a cloud of dust. See more storie...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Stars, Explosions, Mystery, Dust, Supernova, Astrophysics, Betelgeuse, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Miguel Montargès, Eric Pantin, Betelgeuse Montargès


China is set to launch 3 taikonauts to its new space station on Wednesday night - the country's first human spaceflight in 5 years

Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo speak at a press conference at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province, China, June 16, 2021. China plans to launch three taikonauts to its new space-station module on Wednesday night. The Chinese astronauts are set to spend three months aboard the Earth-orbiting Tianhe module. It's the third of 11 planned launches to build China's space station, set for completion in 2022. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Transportation, Science, News, China, Russia, Trends, Css, Earth, Beijing, International Space Station, Cctv, Astronauts, Iss, Rocket Launch, Roscosmos, International Space Station ISS


Watch China launch 3 taikonauts to its new space station on Wednesday night - the country's first human spaceflight in 5 years

Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo speak at a press conference at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province, China, June 16, 2021. China plans to launch three taikonauts to its new space-station module on Wednesday night. The Chinese astronauts are set to spend three months aboard the Earth-orbiting Tianhe module. It's the third of 11 planned launches to build China's space station, set for completion in 2022. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Transportation, Science, News, China, Russia, Trends, Css, Earth, Beijing, International Space Station, Cctv, Astronauts, Iss, Rocket Launch, Roscosmos, International Space Station ISS


One year or 5? Doctors and drug companies increasingly disagree about when we'll need COVID-19 booster shots

Marianne Ayala/Insider Booster shots may not be medically necessary for another one to five years, disease experts wager. But pharmaceutical companies are prepping to distribute boosters to the US before the end of 2021. In either case, boosters probably won't require the same urgency as initial vaccines do. See more stories on Insider's business page. The next vaccine race is underway - this time for booster shots.Leading vaccine developers, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, Israel, US, Trends, UPS, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Philadelphia, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cornell University


899 people who got their COVID-19 vaccine at Times Square were given expired doses and need to get another shot

Times Square. Noam Galai/Getty Images 899 people who got vaccinated at Times Square from June 5 to 10 got an expired dose, officials said. They are being told to book another shot of the Pfizer vaaccine. The company who administered the doses said there is no danger from the expired shot. See more stories on Insider's business page. Eight hundred and ninety-nine people who were vaccinated at Times Square earlier this month were given expired doses and and will need another shot, the Ne...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, News UK, Associated Press, Times Square, Noam Galai Getty, New York City Health Department, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, ATC Vaccination Services


New York lifts 'virtually all' COVID-19 restrictions effective immediately, Gov. Cuomo announces

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images State-mandated COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in New York, with few exceptions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the change, "effective immediately," on Tuesday. 70% of New Yorkers have got at least one COVID-19 vaccine, which was Cuomo's requirement for reopening. See more stories on Insider's business page. Coming out to a standing ovation in Manhattan's One World Trade Center, New York Gov. A...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, News, Cdc, New York City, Trends, Retail, Manhattan, Breaking News, Andrew Cuomo, Long Island, Albany, Cuomo, Mario Cuomo, Tim Scott


The US coronavirus death toll has passed 600,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data

A nurse tending to a patient at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California. Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images The US death toll from COVID-19 has passed 600,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Pre-pandemic life has largely returned in the US because of the vaccine rollout. But some vaccine hesitancy and procrastination is posing a threat to reaching herd immunity. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US reached a grim ...
Tags: Science, News, Israel, Nbc News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Pfizer, Gallup, Johnson Johnson, Johns Hopkins University, St Jude Medical Center, Coronavirus, COVID, Speed desk


China insists there is 'no abnormality' in the radiation levels at a nuclear power plant after reports of a leak

The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant. Bobby Yip/Reuters The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant's part-owner warned of a leak earlier this week, per CNN. That part-owner then said there was a "performance issue" but the plant was still operating safely. China on Tuesday said radiation levels around the plant were normal. See more stories on Insider's business page. China denied that there were heightened radiation levels around its Taishan Nuclear Power Plant after a report said its part-owner ...
Tags: Science, News, China, US, Trends, News UK, Nuclear Plant, Framatome, Zhao Lijian, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, Taishan Nuclear Power Plant Bobby Yip Reuters, Agence France Presse CNN


Novavax says its coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective in a large trial, moving the shot a step closer to widespread use

lechatnoir/Getty Images Novavax said its coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. The shot succeeded in a study that enrolled almost 30,000 volunteers in the US and Mexico. The Maryland biotech plans to ask US regulators for permission to give the shot more widely. See more stories on Insider's business page. The biotech company Novavax said on Monday that its coronavirus vaccine succeeded in a final-stage clinical trial, demonstrating 90% efficacy at preventing...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Maryland, Mexico, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Biotech, Johnson Johnson, Pharmaceutical, Novavax, Gaithersburg Maryland


Pandemic restrictions will largely vanish this week. Politics? Or science?

At the stroke of midnight on June 15, the spell will break. Masks can fall. Churches and gyms and movie theaters can fill up. We’ll finally be able to tell a smile from a scowl, and sales of lip balm — and, perhaps, breath mints — will surely rise. As California stands on the precipice of normalcy after more than a year of pandemic drama and trauma, some worry. Are we really ready? Is the state that valiantly vowed to follow the science really following the science? Juliana Ibaraki, a junior ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, California, Stanford, India, Sport, European Union, Public Health, Soccer, Metallica, States, UC Berkeley, Ny, New York State


Jeff Bezos is trusting Blue Origin's new rocket with his life. It's flown 15 times, but he'll have no pilot and possibly no spacesuit.

Jeff Bezos (left) is set to launch aboard the New Shepard rocket (right) on July 20. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images; Blue Origin Jeff Bezos is risking his life to prove that Blue Origin can safely fly humans to the edge of space. About 1% of US human spaceflights have resulted in a fatal accident. But the New Shepard rocket seems relatively safe, given its flight record and how short the trip is. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, and two unnam...
Tags: Transportation, Texas, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Cnn, Getty Images, Space Tourism, Spaceships, Jeff Bezos, Rocket Launch, Federal Aviation Administration, Blue Origin


Winning bid for a seat on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin spacecraft goes for $28 million

Jeff Bezos inside a New Shepard Crew Capsule mockup. The first tourist on Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft will pay $28 million for the trip to the edge of space. The company began taking bids last month for a seat on the spacecraft in its first crewed trip set for July 20. The winner of the auction will fly on the spacecraft with Jeff Bezos and his brother for 11 minutes. See more stories on Insider's business page. The winning bid for a seat on Blue Origin's first-ev...
Tags: Amazon, Science, News, Trends, Space Tourism, Rocket, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Bezos, Victoria Cavaliere, New Shepard, Jeff Bezos Blue Origin, Tech Insider, Mark Bezos, Space Tourists


Suicide attempts among teen girls spiked by about 51% during the pandemic, the CDC says

Shutterstock/Antonio Guillem Suspected suicide attempts by teen girls increased about 51% between February and March 2021 compared to the same period last year. To gather the data, the CDC tracked emergency room visits across the country for suspected suicide attempts. Suicide attempts by teen boys aged 12 to 17 also went up but marginally. See more stories on Insider's business page. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says teen girl suicide attempts increased dr...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, Suicide, Trends, Mental Health, Washington Dc, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Pandemic, Teen Girls, Yelena Dzhanova, weekend BI US, Shutterstock Antonio Guillem


Even if the coronavirus did leak from a Wuhan lab, that wouldn't necessarily mean it was engineered

A laboratory physician at the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prepares to test a coronavirus specimen in Chongqing, China, on May 3, 2020 Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images It's unlikely, but not impossible, that the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab. US officials and public-health experts have called for further investigation of the possibility. But even if a leak did happen, that wouldn't necessarily mean the virus was engineered in a lab. See more storie...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, China, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Genetics, Harvard, Beijing, Who, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, State Department


2 stunning panoramas show life on Mars through the eyes and ears of NASA's Perseverance rover

NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars. AP NASA's Perseverance rover has been snapping photos of Mars for several months. A new 360-degree video captures Mars' rocky terrain, plus the sound of its windy atmosphere. Another panorama gives a close-up look at the rover's tracks in the Martian soil. See more stories on Insider's business page. In its first 100 days on Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover took more than 75,000 images - including selfies, photos of mysterious rock...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Helicopter, Ingenuity, Jezero, Aria Bendix, Jezero Crater, Perseverance Mars Rover, First Perseverance


NASA is finally advancing a space telescope that could track down dangerous asteroids before they strike Earth

An artist's concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission. NASA/JPL-Caltech A NASA space telescope could help track down 90% of asteroids big enough to crush New York. NASA is finally advancing the telescope, called NEO Surveyor, after years of passing it over. By passing a key review, the telescope has escaped what one expert called "NASA mission limbo hell." See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA is finally moving forward with a space telescope that could spot asteroi...
Tags: Space, New York, Science, News, Congress, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Asteroids, Telescope, Trump, Near-earth Objects, Chelyabinsk, NASA JPL Caltech, Chelyabinsk Russia


A third member of a prestigious FDA panel has resigned over the approval of a controversial new Alzheimer's drug

Atthapon Raksthaput/Shutterstock A third member of an FDA expert panel has resigned over the agency's accelerated approval of a new Alzheimer's drug. The committee voted against approving the treatment. The FDA isn't required to follow the panel's recommendation but usually does. Aduhelm failed one of its late-stage clinical trials and didn't produce conclusive results in another trial. See more stories on Insider's business page. A third member of a Food and Drug...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Alzheimer's, Fda, Mayo Clinic, Cnbc, Harvard Medical School, Biogen, Washington University in St Louis, Aaron Kesselheim, Knopman, Kesselheim


Europe is sending a probe to Venus, teaming up with NASA to rocket 3 missions to the planet in the next 15 years

An illustration of the EnVision spacecraft with Earth (left) and Venus (right). NASA / JAXA / ISAS / DARTS / Damia Bouic / VR2Planets The European Space Agency is sending an orbiter to Venus, joining forces with NASA. Alongside NASA's two new Venus probes, the mission spells a renaissance for our closest neighbor. The three new spacecraft could help scientists understand how Venus' climate went to hell. See more stories on Insider's business page. After decades of gazing longin...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Esa, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Planets, Mars, Spaceflight, Venus, Solar System, Spacecraft, Veritas


Scientists have solved the mystery behind India's devastating flood that killed 200 people in February

The destroyed Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric plant after a devastating flood on February 7, 2021. Irfan Rashid/Department of Geoinformatics, University of Kashmir A massive slab of ice and rock broke off a glacier in the mountains of northern India in February. New research suggests the slab fell a mile down, resulting in a rare flood that killed 200 people. A warming climate is linked to more glacier-related landslides, so experts expect to see more of such floods. See more stories on In...
Tags: Asia, Science, News, Climate Change, India, Environment, Trends, Earth, Avalanche, Alaska, Switzerland, Glaciers, Hydropower, Frey, University of Zurich, University of Calgary



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