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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


Next-generation battery may unlock the future for electric vehicles

To curb global warming, policymakers say, we need to switch from gas-powered cars to driving clean, non-polluting electric vehicles. Major automakers plan to make that happen, promising a full line of electric vehicles by 2030. But there’s just one little speed bump on the road to electrification: We don’t have the capacity to make enough batteries for all those plug-ins. Electric vehicle sales will jump four-fold in the U.S. in the next five years, climbing from 1.8% of all car sales in 2020 to...
Tags: Energy, Business, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Environment, Tesla, Sport, Automotive, Soccer, United States, Autos, Harry Potter, Biden, Department Of Energy, Cornell University


That’s so cool: Physicists chilled a 10-kilogram object to the edge of ‘absolute zero’

The LIGO gravitational wave observatory in the United States is so sensitive to vibrations it can detect the tiny ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. These waves are caused by colliding black holes and other stellar cataclysms in distant galaxies, and they cause movements in the observatory much smaller than a proton. Now we have used this sensitivity to effectively chill a 10-kilogram mass down to less than one billionth of a degree above absolute zero. Temperature is a measure of...
Tags: Startups, Science, United States, Ligo


Icebergs drifting from Canada to southern Florida

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) climate modeler Dr. Alan Condron and United States Geological Survey (USGS) research geologist Dr. Jenna Hill have found evidence that massive icebergs from roughly 31,000 years ago drifted more than 5,000km (> 3,000 miles) along the eastern United States coast from Northeast Canada all the way to southern Florida. These findings were published today in Nature Communications.
Tags: Florida, Science, Canada, United States, Alan Condron, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution WHOI, United States Geological Survey USGS, Jenna Hill, Northeast Canada


Parler Warned the FBI of Potential Violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 More Than 50 Times

In the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of angry Trump supporters, Parler — the online hub for bigots and far-right extremists — was quickly painted as an instigating force, one that zealots had used to mount their offensive. But during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Fbi, United States, Times, Donald Trump, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trumpism, Trump, Christopher Wray, Carolyn Maloney, House Oversight Committee, Eric Swalwell, Antifa, Parler, Alt Tech


Use of PFAS in cosmetics 'widespread,' new study finds

Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.
Tags: Science, Canada, United States


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


NSA Leaker Reality Winner Is Released From Prison

Reality Winner, the whistleblower jailed in 2017 for leaking classified NSA documents to the press, has been released from prison, her attorney confirmed to Gizmodo on Monday. Read more...
Tags: Science, Government, Nsa, United States, Winner, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, National Security Agency, Pardons, Trump, The Intercept, Criminal Law, Reality Winner, Alison Grinter, Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign, Law Crime


Nursing shortage affects rural Missourians more, MU study finds

While the United States faces a nationwide nursing shortage, a recent study at the University of Missouri found rural Missouri counties experience nursing shortages at a greater rate than the state's metropolitan counties.
Tags: Science, United States, Missouri, University of Missouri


Women leaving jail have high vaccine hesitancy; app drops resistance, boosts literacy

Researchers at the University of Kansas found high vaccine hesitancy among women leaving incarceration, a substantial and vulnerable population in the United States. However, a web-based health app proved effective at boosting the group's health literacy.
Tags: Science, United States, University of Kansas


7 Shocking Satellite Images Reveal the West's Megadrought

The megadrought hitting the western United States has yielded no shortage of horror stories to start the dry season. Record heat last week has seared in drought, turning the region from an already well-done steak into a charred crisp. Almond growers are ripping up orchards, and 17 million endangered salmon are being …Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, United States, Lake Mead, Shasta Lake, Colorado River, Spencer Cox, Lake Powell, Central Valley Project, Glen Canyon Dam, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Castaic Lake, California State Water Project, Geography Of The United States, States Of The United States, Disaster Accident


Scientists Create an Interactive Map of the 13 Emotions Evoked by Music: Joy, Sadness, Desire, Annoyance, and More

Most of our playlists today are filled with music about emotions: usually love, of course, but also excitement, defiance, anger, devastation, and a host of others besides. We listen to these songs in order to appreciate the musicianship that went into them, but also to indulge in their emotions for ourselves. As for what exactly evokes these feelings within us, lyrics only do part of the job, and perhaps a small part at that. In search of a more rigorous conception of which sonic qualities trig...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Science, College, China, Neuroscience, United States, Ed Sheeran, Berkeley, Seoul, UC Berkeley, Al Green, Vivaldi, Hitchcock, Anwar, Greater Good Science Center


Incidence of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children among people with SARS-CoV-2 infection in US

The incidence of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) among people with SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States was estimated in this study.
Tags: Science, US, United States


Russia Threatens to Leave ISS Because U.S. Sanctions Are Actually Working

Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, said Russia will pack its bags and leave the International Space Station by 2025 unless the United States lifts sanctions that are currently impeding the country’s space sector. Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Putin, Government, Russia, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Biden, International Relations, Alexei Navalny, Roscosmos, TASS, Dmitry Rogozin, Gennady Padalka, Jonathan McDowell


NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Nails Its Seventh Flight on Mars

The seventh flight of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars saw the vehicle fly nearly 350 feet to a landing spot that hadn’t been closely surveyed beforehand.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, United States, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Mars rovers, Exploration Of Mars, Mars Exploration Program, In Spaceflight


Fauci warns that the Delta coronavirus variant, first found in India, could take over in the US if people don't get their shots

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gives a thumbs up after receiving his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Fauci said Tuesday that the highly infectious Delta variant, first found in India, could take over in the US. In the UK the Delta variant is dominant. "We cannot let that happen in the United States," he said. Fau...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, White House, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Healthcare, Delta, National Institutes of Health, Pfizer, Vaccine, Anthony Fauci


SNAPSHOT USA: First-ever nationwide mammal survey published

How are the squirrels doing this year? The bears? The armadillos? How would you know? A new paper published June 8, 2021 sets up the framework for answering these questions across the United States by releasing the data from the first national mammal survey made up of 1,509 motion-activated camera traps from 110 sites located across all 50 states.
Tags: Usa, Science, United States


Poll finds risky drinking patterns in older adults during pandemic

As many older adults get back to normal life across the United States thanks to high rates of vaccination and lower COVID-19 activity, a new poll suggests many should watch their alcohol intake.
Tags: Science, United States


Lake Mead’s Water Supply Has Dropped to the Lowest Level Since the Hoover Dam Was Built

A severe drought gripping parts of the western United States has caused Lake Mead’s water supply to dip to historically low levels this week, threatening a vital source of drinking water in a region that has been plagued by near continual drought conditions for decades.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Drought, United States, Nevada, Reservoirs, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Lake Mead, Colorado River, Hoover Dam, Tom Buschatzke, Geography Of The United States, Regions Of The United States, States Of The United States, Disaster Accident, Patricia Aaron


Lauren Boebert Spends Drought Hearing Rambling About ‘Green New Deal Extremists’

Rep. Lauren Boebert, the gun-toting, Trump-loving, riot-goading, Congresswoman from Colorado, has a new conspiratorial obsession. And she’s fixated on it rather than working to address the multiple environmental crises facing her state. Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Obama, Colorado, Environment, Articles, Joe Biden, United States, Environmentalism, Biden, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, Trump, Breitbart, Koch Industries, Lisa Murkowski


TikTok Quietly Tweaks Privacy Policy to Collect Your Biometric Data

TikTok quietly updated its privacy policy earlier this week in a way that allows the company to automatically collect extensive data on users in the United States—including data about their faces and their voice. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Articles, Software, United States, Computing, Biometrics, Privacy Policy, Terms Of Service, Internet Privacy, Youth Culture, Video Software, Music Software, Tiktok, Technology Internet, Donald Trumptiktok Controversy


Mixed farming methods could reduce US emissions and increase productivity

Small-scale mixed-use agriculture that avoids synthetic fertilizers in favor of manure could eliminate agricultural greenhouse gas emissions if established across the United States' 100 million hectares of lush high quality cropland, according to a study by Gidon Eshel, publishing 3rd June 2021 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology. The minor catch: beef consumption would need to decrease, but by only 20%.
Tags: Science, US, United States, PLOS Biology, Gidon Eshel


You're more likely to fight misinformation if you think others are being duped

People in both the United States and China who think others are being duped by online misinformation about COVID-19 are also more likely to support corporate and political efforts to address that misinformation, according to a new study. They are also more likely to take action themselves.
Tags: Science, China, United States


Solar energy and pollinator conservation: A path for real impact?

Amid the steady growth of solar energy production in the United States, pollinator conservation at solar installations has become an appealing secondary pursuit, but the long-term success of such efforts remains to be seen. In a new article published today in the journal Environmental Entomology, a group of entomologists say pairing solar energy with pollinator habitat offers great promise, but scientific evaluation and meaningful standards will be key to making it a true win-win combination.
Tags: Science, United States, Environmental Entomology


A map of each state's most and least vaccinated counties shows stark divides in the US vaccine rollout

People wait in an observation area after getting a COVID-19 vaccination at an old TJ Maxx store in Lynchburg, Virginia, on March 13. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images Across US counties, vaccination rates range from 0.1% to nearly 100%. The contrasts between each state's most and least vaccinated county reveal stark disparities. Unvaccinated communities remain vulnerable to coronavirus outbreaks. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wherever you step foot in Martin...
Tags: New York, Science, News, California, Cdc, Kentucky, US, Los Angeles, Trends, United States, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Tj Maxx, Lee, Jefferson County


Conservatives more susceptible to believing falsehoods

Conservatives are less able to distinguish political truths from falsehoods than liberals, mainly because of a glut of right-leaning misinformation, a new national study conducted over six months shows.Researchers found that liberals and conservatives in the United States both tended to believe claims that promoted their political views, but that this more often led conservatives to accept falsehoods while rejecting truths.
Tags: Science, United States


Here's how much money 25 types of scientists make

Soil scientists make a median of $66,120 a year. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images There are dozens of career specializations in science, but some are more lucrative than others. Physicists and natural-sciences managers were among the highest-paid professions. Here are 25 select science jobs ranked from lowest to highest median annual pay as of May 2020. See more stories on Insider's business page. 25. Conservation scientists had a median annual salary of $64,020. Don Emmer...
Tags: Science, US, Careers, Trends, Earth, Features, United States, Salaries, Cuba, Miami Florida, John S, Department of Labor, Savannah River, Charlie Riedel, Occupations, Smith Collection Gado Getty


X-Men's Brood Are What Brood X Nightmares Are Made Of

People’s longstanding fear of swarming insects like cicadas is enshrined in our pop culture. For years we’ve reimagined bugs as everything from larger-than-life creatures poised to take over the planet to hyper-intelligent mimics hellbent on supplanting humanity. Now, with millions of the United States’ Brood X…Read more...
Tags: Science, United States, Marvel Comics, Insects, Egg, Jean Grey, Swarming, BROO, Jonathan Hickman, Kree, Rahne Sinclair, Cicadas, Brood, X Men, Fictional Characters, Mahmud Asrar


Browning could make lakes less productive, affecting food webs and fish

As more dissolved organic matter enters lakes across the northeast United States, darkening the lakes in a phenomena called 'browning,' new research shows that these waters may be growing less productive and able to sustain less life.
Tags: Science, United States, Browning


NASA’s Helicopter Totally Flipped Out During Its Sixth Flight on Mars

Ingenuity experienced an “in-flight anomaly” during its sixth flight on the Red Planet, causing it to fly erratically. The helicopter managed to land safely, but the incident served as an unexpected stress test of the system.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, United States, Vehicles, Aircraft, Mars, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Grip, Red Planet, Ingenuity, Mars rovers, Mimi Aung, Havard Grip, Nasa People



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