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Is the flu vaccine effective this year?

Flu vaccines are reducing doctor's visits for flu illness by 45 percent overall, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC notes this is consistent with estimates of flu vaccine effectiveness (VE) from previous flu seasons that ranged from 40 percent to 60 percent when flu vaccine viruses were similar to circulating flu viruses."The VE findings reported today provide important evidence that 2019-20 flu vaccines are working to prot...
Tags: Science, Cdc, United States, Victoria, University Of Virginia, Accuweather, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Peter Palese, Mesquite Texas, Philip Huang, Bryan Lewis, DirecTV Frontier, Biocomplexity Institute, Joel N Myers


Coronavirus: South Korean city faces 'unprecedented crisis' after surge in cases – latest news

Mayor of Daegu orders shutdown of all kindergartens and public libraries while two Japanese passengers from stricken Diamond Princess ship die Share your experiences 1.10pm GMT Our Health Editor Sarah Boseley reports that 27 prominent public health scientists from nine countries have signed a joint statement of support for Chinese colleagues who are being attacked on social media, and even threatened with violence as false rumours circulate about the origins of the coronavirus.“We work very ...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, China, World news, Britain, United States, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Daegu, Sarah Boseley, EcoHealth Alliance, Diamond Princess, Coronavirus outbreak, Peter Daszak, Norcros


One month stands out as a key indicator in AccuWeather's 2020 tornado forecast

A man talks on the phone next to a damaged postal truck at an apartment complex where a reported tornado passed through Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) An early start in a particular area of the United States for tornado-related weather could signal what's ahead for the 2020 tornado season in the U.S.AccuWeather forecasts a normal to slightly above-normal number of tornadoes in 2020 with a range of 1,350 to 1,450, according to AccuWeather meteorologist...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, Atlantic, United States, Noaa, Gulf of Mexico, Accuweather, South, Rockies, Midwest, Spartanburg, National Centers for Environmental Information, Paul Pastelok, Northern Plains, DirecTV Frontier, Pastelok


Rain, flood and repeat likely to be the weather mantra in the South this spring

The pattern that has been unleashing excessive rainfall and reoccurring flooding is predicted to continue across the flood-weary southern United States through the spring -- and following a soaker during the middle of this week, another rainstorm is expected to roll into the region early next week.The storm this week will trigger rain across much of the Interstate 10 and 20 corridors into Thursday, and enough cold air will be in place farther north for winter to pay a visit with snow predicted i...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, Virginia, United States, Tennessee, Louisiana, Gulf Coast, North Carolina, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Accuweather, South Carolina, South, Gulf, Mississippi River, Piedmont


The Tech Revolt Finally Comes for Oracle

Oracle isn’t a household name. Its product is software and cloud computing, and its customers are other companies—and so, it’s avoided much of the scrutiny heaped on public-facing firms like Facebook, while making its co-founder Larry Ellison the fifth-richest man in the United States. And amid worker backlash across…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Labor, United States, Larry Ellison, Donald Trump, Oracle, Techlash


Different tick, same repellents: Study shows how to avoid Asian longhorned tick

While the invasive Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) has now appeared in 12 states since its first detection in the United States in 2017, new research offers some good news about its potential as a public health threat. The same insect repellents and other personal protective measures recommended to prevent bites from native tick species also appear to be equally effective against the Asian longhorned tick.
Tags: Science, United States


Hospitals with internationally trained nurses have more stable, educated nursing workforces

Having more nurses trained outside of the United States working on a hospital unit does not hurt collaboration among healthcare professionals and may result in a more educated and stable nursing workforce, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing published in the journal Nursing Economic$.
Tags: Science, United States, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing


Max Q: Spacex gets ready for first human flight

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in science and in defense. Meanwhile, we saw significant progress in SpaceX’s commercial crew program, and plenty of activity among startups big and small. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives in Florida The spacec...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Satellite


The beginning of the end for the flu season?

Cesar Gonzalez reacts to getting an influenza vaccine shot in Mesquite, Texas. This week's flu data showed the second-highest level of activity this season. (AP File Photo/LM Otero) The latest flu data can be viewed with optimism, since it appears the flu season is starting to wind down. The data also offers a cold dose of reality: 24 United States states showed either record-high flu activity or numbers that were higher than ever for this time of year."While flu remains quite active thro...
Tags: Science, California, Cdc, West, Atlantic, United States, Idaho, University Of Virginia, Accuweather, Delaware, New England, South, Lewis, Northeast, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Peter Palese


Rounds of rain to drench southern US, exacerbate flooding this week

For residents across the southern United States dealing with an abnormally wet weather pattern and flooding, Mother Nature will only bring more of the same this week as a parade of storms keeps the wet weather pattern in place.AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said that, while more storms are expected this week, rainfall is not likely to be as intense as that of recent storms. "Rainfall totals for all of this week should average 1-2 inches," Sosnowski said. "The past 10 days hav...
Tags: Texas, Science, US, Alabama, Georgia, United States, Arkansas, Louisiana, Gulf Coast, Accuweather, South Carolina, Mother Nature, Mississippi River, Northeast, Carolinas, Jackson Mississippi


Arctic blast to send a chill through midwestern, eastern US

Cold air will dive down from Canada and greet much of the central and eastern United States by the end of the week.Following a swath of snow pushing through the northern tier early in the week, colder air will move in behind the storm and even farther south into parts of the south.While the temperatures expected during the middle of the week will not be as brutal as the last cold spell with temperatures some 5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit higher, it will still be a drastic change.A warmup will prece...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, Atlanta, Chicago, Canada, United States, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Midwest, Tennessee Valley, Charlotte North Carolina, Syracuse New York


Another blast of cold air to infiltrate US this week

Cold air will dive down from Canada and greet much of the central and eastern United States by the end of the week.Following a swath of snow pushing through the northern tier early in the week, colder air will move in behind and move even farther south into parts of the south.While the temperatures expected during the middle of the week will not be as brutal as the last cold spell, it will still be a drastic change."Before the storm that moves through the eastern half of the country, places from...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, Atlanta, Chicago, Canada, United States, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Midwest, Northeast, Tennessee Valley, Charlotte North Carolina


Fresh blanket of snow forecast for snow-weary northern tier of the US

Another wave of snow will target the northern tier of the United States, bringing nuisance snow for the start of the week.The same storm will first take aim at the Rockies, whitening the ground from Salt Lake City to Denver into Monday and producing upwards of a foot of snow in the highest elevations of central Colorado. Then the storm will shift north, aiming for the northern Plains."As many storms have done so far this winter, the snow will spread from northern Minnesota through northern New E...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, US, Canada, United States, Maine, Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Salt Lake City, Great Lakes, Montreal, Quebec, Denver


Winter storm to dish out another helping of snow to northern US

Another wave of snow will target the northern tier of the United States, bringing mainly nuisance snow for the start of the week.The same storm will first take aim at the Rockies, whitening the ground from Salt Lake City to Denver into Monday and producing upwards of a foot of snow in the highest elevations of central Colorado. The storm will then shift north and aim for the northern Plains. "As many storms have done so far this winter, the snow will spread from the Upper Midwest through nort...
Tags: Science, Minneapolis, US, Canada, United States, Maine, Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Salt Lake City, Great Lakes, Montreal, Quebec, Denver, Accuweather


Experts weigh in on how coronavirus may, or may not, run rampant in US in coming months

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has infected more than 60,000, killed over 1,300 and terrified millions. In the United States, residents wait with bated breath as new cases of infected Americans arise. Also worth noting is that more than 7,000 patients diagnosed with the virus have recovered, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.On Thursday, the 15th U.S. case of coronavirus was confirmed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) after a patient returned from China to Tex...
Tags: Hong Kong, Texas, Science, Australia, California, Cdc, China, US, Cnn, United States, New Zealand, State Department, Illinois, Accuweather, Wuhan, Shenzhen


Set your alarm: Moon, Mars and Earth to align before dawn on Tuesday

An eclipse-like event will cause Mars to vanish from the sky over North America early Tuesday morning in a rare event known to astronomers as a lunar occultation.Similar to an eclipse when the Earth, moon and sun fall in line, during an occultation, the Earth, moon and a planet align. As a result, the Red Planet will be hidden from sight as it appears to pass directly behind the moon during Tuesday's event. The planet Venus is visible on top of the moon as viewed from Quezon City, north o...
Tags: Europe, Texas, Science, Earth, United States, Moon, Mars, North America, East Coast, Accuweather, Venus, Rockies, Southwest, Midwest, Manila Philippines, Red Planet


ICYMI: Blizzard, cold and flooding rains roil parts of U.S., and heavy rains nearly ends Australia's bushfire catastrophe

It was a frigid week for several spots across the United States as blizzards hindered travel on slick and slushy roadways for many drivers. Meanwhile, the flooding in the Deep South led to a rather unfortunate side effect in Alabama, and some much-needed good news has risen from the ashes of the devastating Australia bushfires. Here's a look back at the week in weather.Brutal blizzard, frigid cold blasts through northern US A truck drove off the side of the road in limited visibility Wedn...
Tags: Europe, National Weather Service, England, Science, Minnesota, Mississippi, Wales, Colorado, Australia, Washington Post, France, Germany, Iraq, Russia, US, Alabama


Algorithms 'consistently' more accurate than people in predicting recidivism, study says

In a study with potentially far-reaching implications for criminal justice in the United States, a team of California researchers has found that algorithms are significantly more accurate than humans in predicting which defendants will later be arrested for a new crime. The researchers -- from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley -- found that risk assessment tools approached 90% accuracy in predicting which defendants might be arrested again, compared to about 60% for ...
Tags: Science, California, United States, University Of California Berkeley, Stanford University


CDC is hopeful weather will suppress coronavirus, others unsure of weather's role

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday confirmed the 15th case of novel coronavirus in the United States after a Chinese evacuee was flown to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The 14th U.S. case of COVID-19, the official name for the strain of novel coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands mostly in China, was confirmed on Wednesday night.The death toll for the virus reached more than 1,300 total fatalities as of Thursday morning, the vast majority of which have occurred i...
Tags: Science, Cdc, China, Beijing, United States, New Hampshire, Npr, Donald Trump, Accuweather, San Antonio, Reuters, Beijing China, LAHORE Pakistan, MANCHESTER N H AP, Nicholls, Evan Vucci


Avoid the rose price hike: 5 alternative flowers to gift for Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, consumers in the United States are expected to spend an average of more than $195 - a 21% increase from last year - to shower their loved ones with gifts, including chocolate and flowers.In 2020, total spending is anticipated to reach $27.4 billion, which is a 32 percent increase from 2019, according to the National Retail Federation."Roses are still our number-one flower," said Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising for 1-800-Flowers.com. "We expect to sell ...
Tags: Science, Beijing, United States, Valentine, Andes, National Retail Federation, Department of Agriculture, Lorraine, Palomares, Andy Wong, Fantastic Services, Alfred Palomares, Gardenia Gardenias, Gena Lorainne, Lorainne, Lily of the Incas


Gusty thunderstorms roll through southeastern US a week after severe weather outbreak

With a severe weather outbreak barely in the rear-view mirror, another round of heavy and gusty thunderstorms is rattling the southeastern United States on Thursday.Storms that broke out one week ago, on Thursday, Feb. 6, produced nearly 200 incidents of severe weather, including more than a dozen tornadoes in the Southeast, according to the Storm Prediction Center. The severe weather was part of a multiple-day outbreak that left a trail of destruction over the South.The new round of storms is f...
Tags: Science, Virginia, US, Georgia, United States, Great Lakes, Accuweather, South Carolina, Southeast, Northeast, Tennessee Valley, Carolinas, Florida Panhandle, Florida Peninsula, DirecTV Frontier


As groundwater depletes, arid American West is moving east

Loss of groundwater may accelerate drying trends in the eastern United States, according to research that applied supercomputing to create an in-depth model of how groundwater will respond to warming.
Tags: Science, United States, American West


Sharp blast of Arctic air to deliver lowest temperatures of season so far in eastern US

A burst of painful cold will follow a storm that will unleash rain along the Eastern Seaboard and more snow to the northern tier as a weather pattern seemingly stuck on repeat this winter plays out yet again.Even though Arctic air of the magnitude forecast for the eastern United States is quite common during the middle of February, the upcoming frigid conditions to end this week could be a shock for millions to say the least amid a mild season. It has been a warm winter for much of the region...
Tags: Science, New York City, US, Pennsylvania, United States, Arctic, Michigan, Greenland, East Coast, Accuweather, New England, South, Atlantic Ocean, Big Apple, Eastern Seaboard, Upstate New York


Half of US deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissions

More than half of all air-quality-related early deaths in the United States are a result of emissions originating outside of the state in which those deaths occur, MIT researchers report in the journal Nature.
Tags: Science, US, Mit, United States


Increasing number of grocery stores in some areas could reduce food waste up to 9%

Food waste is a big problem in the United States. According to the US Department of Agriculture, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. New research in the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management finds that increasing the number of grocery stores in certain areas can drastically decrease waste.
Tags: Science, United States, US Department of Agriculture, Manufacturing Service Operations Management


Blizzard blasts northern US with wind-whipped snow, AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures plummet to minus 60 F

Residents awoke to blizzard warnings on Wednesday morning across parts of the northern United States due to a fierce winter storm that produced "near impossible' travel conditions with near-zero visibility and strong, biting winds.'Do not travel' advisories were issued by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) across eastern portions of the state. Interstate 29 was one of the major highways that were shut down due to the blizzard conditions. The highway was closed from...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, United States, South Dakota, Fargo, Nws, Accuweather, U S Highway, Minnesota State Patrol, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Grand Forks North Dakota, State Highway, Jesse Grabow, Crookston Minnesota, DirecTV Frontier


Blizzard blasts northern US with blinding snow, AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures below minus 60 F

Residents awoke to blizzard warnings on Wednesday morning across parts of the northern United States due to a fierce winter storm that produced "near impossible" travel conditions with near-zero visibility and strong, biting winds."Do not travel" advisories were issued by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) across eastern portions of the state. Interstate 29 was one of the major highways that were shut down due to the blizzard conditions. The highway was closed from the South D...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, United States, North Dakota, South Dakota, Noaa, Fargo, Nws, Accuweather, U S Highway, Minnesota State Patrol, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Grand Forks North Dakota, State Highway, Jesse Grabow


Trump’s new budget pours billions into AI and quantum R&D

The US Office of Science and Technology today released more information about President Donald Trump‘s FY 2021 budget and, as it stands, it looks like the White House and Pentagon are finally getting serious about AI and quantum computing technology. The new budget contains billions of dollars earmarked for AI research and development (R&D) spread out over various government agencies. This includes a record $1 billion set aside for non-military AI research. The National Science Foundation has a ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, White House, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, National Science Foundation, Neural, US Office of Science and Technology


'Hard to believe' flu season peaks again. What's next?

Visits to health care providers for influenzalike illnesses (ILI) increased for a third straight week to 6.7 percent compared to 6 percent the previous week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).That's not surprising for researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia who work in a research partnership with AccuWeather.They predicted what is now a second peak of ILI activity for the 2019-20 season a month ago when ILI activity was at its ...
Tags: Science, Cdc, United States, Idaho, Victoria, University Of Virginia, Accuweather, Pacific Northwest, Lewis, Jade, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Plains, Peter Palese, Bryan Lewis, Amanda Phillips, DirecTV Frontier


Severe thunderstorms hit waterlogged South before drier pattern takes over

One more round of heavy rain will drench parts of the saturated South and aggravate flooding before a sweep of drier and colder air provides a break from wet weather later this week.Enough rain is forecast to fall through Wednesday night to lead to flash and urban flooding and cause an additional rise on some of the rivers. Flood advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for parts of the southern United States. This graphic shows current flash flood watches (olive green), flood watches (...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, United States, Athens, Noaa, Louisiana, North Carolina, Accuweather, South Carolina, South, Midwest, Dec



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