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A startup offering to take tourists to space in a ship lifted by an enormous balloon is selling tickets for $125,000 a ride

Spaceship Neptune. Space Perspective Space Perspective is building a balloon that will shuttle tourists to the "edge of space." Tickets for the luxury six-hour round trip journey start at $125,000. The Spaceship Neptune will bring tourists above 99% of Earth's atmosphere. See more stories on Insider's business page. Forget airplanes, cruises, and hotels. Space Perspective wants to take you on a $125,000 luxury trip to the "edge of space," according to the company. Spacesh...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, News, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Tourism, Neptune, Jane Poynter, Kennedy Space Center, Nikki Ekstein


The top Delta variant symptoms reported in the UK are a runny nose and headache - because most people affected are very young or partially vaccinated

Oxford Street in central London on June 7, 2021. Niklas Halle'n/AFP via Getty Images The Delta variant has taken over in the UK where the most common symptom reported is now a headache. Most people who are getting COVID-19 in the UK are quite young, and not fully vaccinated. Health experts are worried Delta could hit less vaccinated areas of the US very hard. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant first identified in India has taken over in the UK, where it&...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, Cdc, White House, India, US, Trends, Public Health, Delta, Who, World Health Organization, Oxford Street, Afp, Mike Ryan


The date of Jeff Bezos' trip to space isn't a coincidence - it's the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon

Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images; Heritage Space/Heritage Images via Getty Images Jeff Bezos will travel to space aboard a Blue Origin rocket on July 20, 2021. The date has good mojo in space history: It's the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Bezos is obsessed with Apollo 11 - he retrieved pieces of its engine from the ocean in 2013. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos' trip aboard a Blue Origin rocket next month will t...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Science, Trends, Earth, Getty Images, Space Flight, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Apollo 11, Mark, Bezos, Armstrong, South Texas, Stone, New Shepard


2 workers at a remote Antarctic research station describe life cut off from the world, from extreme cold to chips that never go stale

Josiah Horneman and Antoinette Traub at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Josiah Horneman/Antoinette Traub/Google Maps/Insider The Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station is now plunged in the dark polar winter. But for 39 staff "over-wintering" at the station, life is far from boring. From the music room to the climbing gym, 2 people living there told us what it's like. See more stories on Insider's business page. Home to the South Pole Telescope, the South Pole Atmosph...
Tags: Google, Science, Trends, Research, News UK, Antarctica, Noaa, Joe, South Pole, Antarctic, Traub, Amundsen Scott South Pole Station, Marianne Guenot, Horneman, Amundsen Scott South Pole, Josiah Horneman


Israel says it's facing a new COVID-19 outbreak fueled by the Delta variant, despite having the world's most-vaccinated population

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Yonatan Sindel/Pool via AP Israel is worried about the Delta coronavirus variant despite its widespread vaccinations. Its leader described a recent surge as a "new outbreak," and announced new prevention measures. Around 70% of new infections were the Delta variant, the director of Israel's health ministry said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Israel said it is battling a new outbreak of COVID-19, which struck despite its success...
Tags: UK, Science, Israel, US, Trends, News UK, Delta, Naftali Bennett, Reuters, Haaretz, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Naftali Bennett Yonatan Sindel Pool


India is tracking a new mutated coronavirus strain that health officials call 'Delta Plus' - but experts say there's no need to worry

A health worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for the coronavirus, as cases continue to spike, at a swab collection center in Guwahati, India on August 31, 2020. Biju Boro/AFP via Getty Images Indian officials say they're closely monitoring "Delta Plus," a version of the Delta coronavirus variant with an extra mutation. Dr Anurag Agarwal, director at one of India's sequencing labs, said it wasn't "worrisome yet." "Delta Plus," also called AY.1, accounts for just 0.0000...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Bbc, Healthcare, Delta, Who, Delhi, Anthony Fauci, Phe, Variant


Has the coronavirus reached 'peak fitness'? Experts wonder if the Delta variant is the worst we'll see.

A nurse administers a COVID-19 test at a testing site in Suffolk County, New York, on December 18, 2020. John Paraskevas/Newsday via Getty Images World Health Organization officials called Delta the "fittest" variant to date on Monday. Delta is more transmissible, and potentially deadlier, than any other coronavirus variant so far. Scientists now wonder if the virus has reached "peak fitness," though it's likely too soon to tell. See more stories on Insider's business page. No coro...
Tags: Science, News, Scotland, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Read, Delta, Who, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Transmission, Public Health England, UK Delta, Los Angeles California


China increased its threshold for herd immunity from 70% vaccinated to 85% as the efficacy of its shots comes into question

A health worker prepares a Sinovac vaccine dose in Manila, the Philippines Ted Aljibe/Getty Images 80 to 85% of people will need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity in China, a top Chinese expert said. China previously said herd immunity would be reached at 70%. It comes as real-world data is raising questions about the efficacy of Chinese vaccines. See more stories on Insider's business page. China will likely have to fully vaccinate 80 to 85% of its population to reach herd immu...
Tags: Science, China, Trends, New York Times, News UK, Who, Vaccine, South China Morning Post, Shao, MANILA The Philippines, Sinovac, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19, COVID, Marianne Guenot, Shao Yiming


Drought maps show the western US at its driest in 20 years - a ticking time bomb for even more fires and power failures

Low water levels at California's Lake Oroville, June 16, 2021. The western US is withering under its worst drought in at least 20 years - possibly in 1,200 years. An early heat wave strained California power grids and brought record temperatures across the West. Extreme heat and dryness could cause devastating wildfires, rolling blackouts, and water shortages. See more stories on Insider's business page. The western US was already withering in severe drought when a heat wave stru...
Tags: Utah, Science, News, Climate Change, California, Washington, Mexico, Oregon, US, Trends, Drought, Cnn, West, United States, Wildfires, Arizona


Delta variant rates doubled in the US in 2 weeks, Fauci said: from 9.9% to 20.6%. It could derail the US COVID-19 recovery.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on June 22, 2021 The White House The Delta variant is the "greatest threat" to US COVID-19 efforts, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday. He said its prevalence in the US doubled within 2 weeks, a worrying sign. The variant is more transmissible and dangerous than other types of the coronavirus. See more stories on Insider's business page. The proportion of Delta variant coronavirus cases in the US doubled in two weeks, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday.Speaking a...
Tags: UK, Science, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, News UK, Delta, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Johnson, Anthony Fauci, Variant, Fauci


US will likely miss Biden's July 4 COVID-19 goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated, White House says

Dado Ruvic/Reuters The country will likely miss Biden's goal of having 70% of adults partially vaccinated by July 4. The White House made the announcement on Tuesday. Press secretary Jen Psaki said the goal will likely be achieved a couple weeks after July 4. See more stories on Insider's business page. The United States will probably miss President Joe Biden's goal of getting at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose into the arms of 70% of adults by July 4, the White House said Tue...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Vaccine, Vaccines, Biden, Reuters, Dado Ruvic, Jeff Zients, Jen Psaki


THE 600-WORD INTERVIEW: The guy who saved Healthcare.gov, and just helped Biden get 150 million Americans vaccinated, explains why we shouldn't just pay people to take the vaccine

Andy Slavitt, the head of President Biden's vaccine rollout and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Shari L. Gross/Star Tribune/Getty Images Andy Slavitt saved Healthcare.gov, ran Medicare and Medicaid, and headed up Biden's vaccine rollout. He says vaccine-hesitant people don't want to hear from the government. He says we can prevent pandemics if we're less selfish and don't politicize the science. See more stories on Insider's b...
Tags: Politics, Science, Trends, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Medicare, Fda, Vaccines, Biden, Donald Trump, Medicaid, Trump, Centers for Medicare, Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Andy Slavitt


The WHO warned that the Delta coronavirus variant is the 'fittest' strain yet and will 'pick off' the most vulnerable people

A nurse puts on her PPE before tending to a COVID-19 patient in Essen, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images The Delta coronavirus variant is on track to become the dominant strain in many nations. WHO officials said Monday that the Delta variant is "faster" and "fitter." "It will pick off the more vulnerable more efficiently than previous variants," Dr. Mike Ryan said. See more stories on Insider's business page. World Health Organization officials warned Monday that the Delta coronavi...
Tags: UK, Science, India, US, Trends, Research, News UK, Delta, Who, World Health Organization, Financial Times, Cnbc, Mike Ryan, Ryan, Altaf Qadri, Coronavirus


Kids are more likely to be vectors for fast-spreading new coronavirus strains like the Delta variant, former FDA chief says

A girl wearing gloves and a face mask before going to the park in Turkey. Not related to this story. Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Officials are warning about the spread of the Delta variant, which is currently dominant in the UK. Scott Gottlieb said such contagious variants mean "kids are becoming more likely to be vectors." He predicted that children and schools could "become more of a focal point of spread." See more stories on Insider's business page. The former head ...
Tags: UK, Science, New York City, US, Trends, Turkey, Joe Biden, News UK, Delta, Bill De Blasio, Fda, Cnbc, US Food and Drug Administration, Squawk Box, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Gottlieb


A TikTok trend of swinging your arm around like a windmill to stop soreness after vaccine is nonsense, experts say

People waving their arm after getting a COVID-19 shot. biscuitlover420/cait_mcd/greenkiasoulsupporter/TikTok "Windmilling" an arm is unlikely to prevent soreness after a COVID-19 vaccine, experts said. The dance trend for has spread across TikTok among just-vaccinated young people. See more stories on Insider's business page. A TikTok "hack" involving swinging an arm around to prevent soreness from COVID-19 shots is probably useless, experts say.The dance trend has swept across the ap...
Tags: Science, Trends, News UK, University of Bristol, Tech Insider, London School of Hygiene, Tiktok, Julia Naftulin, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine, Mia Jankowicz, Beate Kampmann, Vaccine Centre, Adam Finn, Vinny West


WHO warns that the Delta coronavirus variant is the 'fittest' strain yet and will 'pick off' the most vulnerable people

A nurse putting on protective gear before tending to a COVID-19 patient in Essen, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images The Delta coronavirus variant is on track to become the dominant strain in many nations. WHO officials on Monday said the variant was "faster" and "fitter" than previously identified ones. "It will pick off the more vulnerable more efficiently than previous variants," Dr. Mike Ryan said. See more stories on Insider's business page. World Health Organization officials s...
Tags: UK, Science, India, US, Trends, Research, News UK, Delta, Who, World Health Organization, Financial Times, Cnbc, Mike Ryan, Ryan, Altaf Qadri, Coronavirus


China says the Wuhan virus lab deserves a Nobel Prize. Meanwhile the US is trying to figure out whether it leaked the coronavirus.

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images China is fighting the theory that the coronavirus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The foreign ministry said last week that scientists there should be awarded the Nobel Prize. The lab leak theory was once widely dismissed, but it has recently gained new traction. See more stories on Insider's business page. China is calling for the Wuhan Institute of Virology to win a Nobel P...
Tags: Politics, Science, China, US, Trends, Joe Biden, News UK, Wall Street Journal, Wuhan, Journal, Zhao, Global Times, Getty Images China, Hector Retamal, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Coronavirus


More than 3,500 women have reported period changes after their COVID-19 vaccine - but people should still get their shot, leading experts say

A person receives the AstraZeneca vaccine in Bologna, Italy on March 19, 2021. Michele Lapini/Getty Images People have reported heavier periods, delayed periods, or unexpected vaginal bleeding after a COVID-19 vaccine. But leading experts said these changes were mild and shouldn't deter people from getting a shot. The reports do not necessarily mean that COVID-19 vaccines change the menstrual cycle. See more stories on Insider's business page. Some women have reported changes to th...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, News, Trends, Healthcare, HPV, Astrazeneca, Vaccine, Sunday Times, Male, Ward, Imperial College, Brien, OB GYN


NASA has now tried and failed to fix the Hubble Space Telescope 3 times. It's been offline for a week.

The Hubble Space Telescope hovers at the boundary of Earth and space in this picture, taken after Hubble's second servicing mission in 1997. NASA The computer that controls the Hubble Space Telescope's science instruments suddenly halted on June 13. NASA has tried and failed to fix Hubble's computer issue three times. NASA engineers haven't pinpointed the cause of the problem yet, but Hubble has a backup computer. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA is wor...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Computer, Software, Hubble, Astronauts, Orbit, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Pluto, Telescopes, Tech Insider, Teplitz


The UK's battle with the Delta variant may serve as a crystal ball for the US: Cases and hospitalizations could soar again

A server carries a tray of drinks from a pub in Edinburgh, Scotland, on April 26, 2021. Andrew Milligan - PA Images / Getty The UK's daily coronavirus case total has risen again due in large part to the Delta variant. In a matter of weeks, Delta will likely become the US's dominant strain, too. Experts worry the US could soon see a similar uptick in cases and hospitalizations. See more stories on Insider's business page. Summer was supposed to bring a return to normal in the UK...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, Mississippi, Scotland, US, Alabama, Trends, Joe Biden, United Kingdom, Delta, Pfizer, Downing Street, Alpha, Public Health England


Fauci opened up about the hate mail he receives, with people calling him Hitler and sending death threats to his wife and daughters

Pool / Pool/ Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the harassment he faces on a recent New York Times podcast. The infectious disease expert has been called a fascist and received death threats targeting his family. Fauci chalked up the most extreme comments to politicized misinformation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dr. Anthony Fauci has received an overwhelming amount of public attention in the past year and a half, and it would be an understatement to say it...
Tags: Florida, Science, Sway, Trends, New York Times, Hitler, Conspiracy Theories, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Roger Stone, Fauci, Swisher, Ron DeSantis, Kara Swisher, New York Times Opinion, Coronavirus


Living in Antarctica means no streaming thanks to slow internet that's only up 5 hours a day, according to a man documenting life on a remote research station

The National Science Foundation's Athmospheric Research Observatory building is part of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. Patrick Cullis/NOAA/AP Those living in the South Pole Amundsen-Scott station can't stream TV shows and movies. The only connection is via satellite, and most bandwidth is used for science. But that doesn't keep them from having movie nights every week. See more stories on Insider's business page. It is now winter in Antarctica, which m...
Tags: UK, Science, US, Trends, Netflix, News UK, Antarctica, Noaa, South Pole, National Science Foundation, Geordie Shore, Amundsen Scott South Pole Station, Marianne Guenot, Horneman, Athmospheric Research Observatory, South Pole Amundsen Scott


The WHO's top scientist says we don't yet know if COVID-19 booster shots are a good idea

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan (left), the WHO's chief scientist. Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times/Getty Images The WHO's top scientist said it's too early to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. Soumya Swaminathan said we don't yet have enough data. Vaccine manufacturers are developing extra doses that could boost the immune response in fully-vaccinated people. See more stories on Insider's business page. The World Health Organization's top scientist says it's too e...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Cdc, India, Trends, Bloomberg, Healthcare, Delta, Who, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, National Institutes of Health, Pfizer, Vaccine


The Delta variant boomed from 10% of all US coronavirus cases to 31% in just 11 days. It's more dangerous than other variants and could imperil the recovery.

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose in Los Angeles. Mario Tama/Getty Images The Financial Times estimates the Delta variant made up a third of US COVID-19 cases as of last week. That would mean the variant's share of infections tripled in just 11 days. The CDC warned last week that the Delta variant could soon become dominant in the US. See more stories on Insider's business page. As of June 16, the Delta coronavirus variant made up 31% of all coronavirus cases ...
Tags: UK, Science, Cdc, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, News UK, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Financial Times, Scott Gottlieb, Mario Tama Getty


The Delta variant appears to have tripled to 31% of all US coronavirus cases in just 11 days. It's more dangerous than other variants and could imperil the country's recovery.

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose in Los Angeles. Mario Tama/Getty Images The Financial Times estimates the Delta variant made up a third of US COVID-19 cases as of last week. That would mean the variant's share of infections tripled in just 11 days. The CDC warned last week that the Delta variant could soon become dominant in the US. See more stories on Insider's business page. As of June 16, the Delta coronavirus variant made up 31% of all coronavirus cases ...
Tags: UK, Science, Cdc, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, News UK, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Financial Times, Scott Gottlieb, Mario Tama Getty


Tens of thousands of COVID-19 survivors in India are developing deadly 'black fungus' infections that can lead to blindness

A doctor in India checks on a patient after they went through surgery to remove black fungus. Pankaj Nangia/Anadolu Agency via Getty As of June, there were more than 31,000 cases of "black fungus" infections in India. That was a 150% increase over the prior three weeks. Those infections have been on the rise among COVID-19 survivors in the country. See more stories on Insider's business page. A puzzling epidemic of black fungus in India is spiraling out of control, with tens of thou...
Tags: Science, India, Narendra Modi, Trends, News UK, Getty, Times, NDTV, Black Fungus, International Diabetes Foundation, Coronavirus, Ashley Collman, Pankaj Nangia Anadolu Agency


A member of Uganda's Olympic team tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan after being vaccinated and testing negative before travel

Hiro Komae/AP Images An Olympian tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan, The Washington Post reported. The member of Uganda's team had received AstraZeneca's vaccine and tested negative before traveling. It's the first case amongst Olympians arriving in Japan. See more stories on Insider's business page. A member of Uganda's Olympic team tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan after getting AstraZeneca's vaccine and testing negative at home, The Washin...
Tags: Japan, Science, Washington Post, India, International, Trends, Bloomberg, Uganda, Olympics, Astrazeneca, Osaka Japan, Kyodo News, Coronavirus, Sarah Al Arshani, Hiro Komae


The US sent 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan - more than triple it initially pledged - as it deals with an unexpected outbreak

In this photo released by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, Taiwan's Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, third from left, and Brent Christensen, the top U.S. official in Taiwan, fourth from left, hold up thank you cards as they welcome a China Airlines cargo plane carrying COVID-19 vaccines from Memphis. Taiwan Centers for Disease Control via AP The US on Sunday sent Taiwan 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, the AP reported. Previously, the US said it would send 750,000 vaccine dos...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, China, US, International, Trends, Ap, Taiwan, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Associated Press, Memphis, Reuters, Duckworth, Johns Hopkins University


Three Chinese astronauts have stepped foot on China's new space station for the first time, kicking off a three-month mission

Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo speak at a press conference at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center near Jiuquan, Gansu province. Three Chinese astronauts have entered China's space station (CSS) for the first time, CGTN reported. The trio set foot on the CSS less than three hours after the Shenzhou-12 rocket docked. China launched the taikonauts into space on Thursday for a three-month mission. See more stories on Insider's business page. Three taikonauts...
Tags: Asia, Space, Science, News, China, International, Trends, Css, Space Exploration, Astronauts, Iss, Space Stations, International Space Station ISS, Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Shenzhou, Tech Insider


A $1 million lottery incentive in North Carolina has increased COVID-19 vaccinations by only 1%

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. AP/Chuck Burton Ohio vaccination rates went up by just 1% after the announcement of a $1 million lottery incentive. "We're hoping over the next few days and few weeks that we will see some significant improvement in our numbers," Gov. Roy Cooper said on Friday. Other states that announced lottery incentives have seen a significant boost in vaccination rates. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since announcing a $1 million lottery incentive ...
Tags: Health, Science, California, US, Trends, Ohio, Vaccine, North Carolina, Gavin Newsom, Cooper, Johns Hopkins University, Roy Cooper, Coronavirus, Yelena Dzhanova, COVID-19, COVID



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