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A pack of usually-placid river otters started attacking people in Alaska, and nobody understands why
A pack of usually-placid river otters started attacking people in Alaska, and nobody understands why

Three attacks have been reported in east Anchorage. Local officials don't understand what could have triggered the unusual behavior.

The WHO is restarting its investigation into whether COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab, report says
The WHO is restarting its investigation into whether COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab, report says

The WHO is building a new team of 20 specialists in lab safety, biosecurity, and animal diseases, The Wall Street Journal reported.

A swarm of bees killed dozens of endangered African penguins by targeting their eyes
A swarm of bees killed dozens of endangered African penguins by targeting their eyes

More than 60 endangered African penguins were found dead at Boulders Beach, Cape Town, after a bee swarm attacked, targeting their eyes.

10 years after NASA launched its Juno mission to Jupiter, these are its most stunning images of the gas giant
10 years after NASA launched its Juno mission to Jupiter, these are its most stunning images of the gas giant

NASA's Juno spacecraft has zipped past Jupiter's poles, watched its Great Red Spot churn, and visited its largest moon.

Chairman disbands panel of scientists investigating COVID-19
Chairman disbands panel of scientists investigating COVID-19's origins, saying its links to a nonprofit that worked with a Chinese lab risks perception of bias

Jeffrey Sachs, the chairman of a task force probing COVID-19's origins, told WSJ he was concerned about the panel's links to EcoHealth Alliance.

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A virtual reality 'empathy machine' to stop domestic abusers from reoffending to begin trials, report says

The machine uses "total immersion" technology to try and help offenders see situations from their victims' perspective, French radio reported.

J&J recipients are feeling neglected as booster campaigns begin, but second shots are likely coming soon
J&J recipients are feeling neglected as booster campaigns begin, but second shots are likely coming soon

Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients feel left out of the conversation about booster shots. But second shots are likely.

Space Force awards $87.5M to Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, SpaceX and ULA for testing
Space Force awards $87.5M to Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, SpaceX and ULA for testing

The U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command today announced awards totaling $87.5 million to support prototype commercial projects relating to next...

How, where, and when to get your COVID-19 booster shot
How, where, and when to get your COVID-19 booster shot

The FDA and CDC recommended Pfizer booster shots for some groups, including elderly people, this week.

PG&E charged with manslaughter after equipment sparked deadly California wildfire in 2020
PG&E charged with manslaughter after equipment sparked deadly California wildfire in 2020

The nation's largest utility was charged on Friday with manslaughter and other crimes following a northern California blaze in 2020.

Heat pumps: What are the alternatives to gas boilers?
Heat pumps: What are the alternatives to gas boilers?

No new gas boilers should be sold from 2025 according to the the International Energy Agency.

Bill Gates takes a dig at Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk:
Bill Gates takes a dig at Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk: 'Space? We have a lot to do here on Earth'

Both Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have been vocal regarding their plans to use outer space to offset climate change issues on Earth.

The architect of Sweden
The architect of Sweden's no-lockdown COVID-19 response said the approach was basically correct

Sweden "didn't fare very badly at all," said Anders Tegnell, even though experts fiercely criticized the voluntary masking and isolation approach.

COP26: What is the Glasgow climate conference and why is it important?
COP26: What is the Glasgow climate conference and why is it important?

A crucial climate change summit is being held in Glasgow - who's going and what's at stake?

A daily pill to treat Covid could be just months away, scientists say
A daily pill to treat Covid could be just months away, scientists say

At least three promising antivirals that could prevent symptoms and limit transmission of Covid-19 are in clinical trials.

Humans in the Americas may have existed much earlier than once thought
Humans in the Americas may have existed much earlier than once thought

The ancient fossilized footprints show evidence of humans living in North America dating back to around 21,000 to 23,000 years ago.

Stop knocking down buildings, say engineers
Stop knocking down buildings, say engineers

Britain's top engineers are urging the government to stop buildings being demolished.

Vampire bats hunt and eat with trusted buddies, study shows
Vampire bats hunt and eat with trusted buddies, study shows

Female vampire bats meet up with roostmates while foraging, cooperate on their hunting trips, and even chat with each other, researchers say.

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NASA's InSight lander has finally detected 3 big Mars quakes, including one that lasted nearly 90 minutes

On InSight's 1,000th day on Mars, the robot's seismometer detected the big Mars quake that NASA scientists had been waiting for.

Karman Systems acquires Systima to target hypersonic and space technology
Karman Systems acquires Systima to target hypersonic and space technology

Mukilteo, Wash.-based Systima Technologies has been acquired by Karman Missile & Space Systems as part of Karman's push into the markets for space and...

Newly discovered fossil footprints show humans were in North America thousands of years earlier than we thought
Newly discovered fossil footprints show humans were in North America thousands of years earlier than we thought

Researchers once thought humans couldn't have migrated down from Siberia into North America during the last ice age. New findings suggest otherwise.

Earliest definitive evidence of people in Americas
Earliest definitive evidence of people in Americas

Scientists have found evidence that humans reached the Americas earlier than previously thought.

Stone Age footprints are earliest evidence of humans in North America
Stone Age footprints are earliest evidence of humans in North America

Fossil footprints show humans in North America more than 21,000 years ago, the earliest firm evidence for humans in the Americas and show people must have...

Democratic socialist India Walton, a surprise Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor, hasn
Democratic socialist India Walton, a surprise Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor, hasn't studied socialism since grade school, she tells us in the EIC interview

India Walton, a nurse who beat out the incumbent Byron Brown for the Democratic nomination for Buffalo mayor, shares her vision for the future.

Dinosaurs:
Dinosaurs: 'Bizarre' fossil is Africa's first ankylosaur

Scientists describe a familiar armoured dinosaur but there's something very strange about it.

Advertising regulator to clampdown on greenwashing ads
Advertising regulator to clampdown on greenwashing ads

The Advertising Standards Authority will launch inquiries into false environmental claims made in ads.

Polluters pick up tab for restoration of threatened cedar
Polluters pick up tab for restoration of threatened cedar

New Jersey plans to restore vast tracts of a coastal tree species threatened by climate change, and will pay for it with money from polluters of groundwater....

The leader of a Hawaii anti-vax group caught COVID-19 and almost died. He now supports vaccines and wants his group
The leader of a Hawaii anti-vax group caught COVID-19 and almost died. He now supports vaccines and wants his group's protests to stop.

Chris Wikoff, who helped found the Aloha Freedom Coalition, is now urging people to stop protesting vaccinations and to take the disease seriously.

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NASA's top official says Blue Origin lawsuit could delay human return to moon

NASA wants to land astronauts on the moon in 2024, but its rocket and spacesuits are delayed. Now its head is pointing a finger at Blue Origin.

The edible insects coming to a supermarket near you
The edible insects coming to a supermarket near you

A number of firms are now farming locusts and mealworms for human consumption.

Climate change may trigger migrations across the world. It
Climate change may trigger migrations across the world. It's already started in Guatemala.

LA VEGA, Guatemala - Darwin Mendez has tried and failed to reach the United States three times.

Hubble discovers 6 massive, dead galaxies from early universe
Hubble discovers 6 massive, dead galaxies from early universe

The reason why these galaxies died during the universe's most prolific period of star birth is still a mystery.

Court filings shed light on Blue Origin vs. SpaceX lunar lander fight, with dark spots
Court filings shed light on Blue Origin vs. SpaceX lunar lander fight, with dark spots

Redacted versions of documents relating to Blue Origin's federal lawsuit against the federal government and SpaceX lay out further details about the dispute ...

Cracks found on the International Space Station are a
Cracks found on the International Space Station are a 'fairly serious issue,' a former NASA astronaut says

NASA says mysterious cracks on Russia's Zarya module are not currently a threat to astronauts. But there may be more, and they may spread.

Air pollution: Even worse than we thought - WHO
Air pollution: Even worse than we thought - WHO

The WHO is slashing recommended maximum limits of key pollutants as evidence of danger mounts.

Covid: Immune therapy from llamas shows promise
Covid: Immune therapy from llamas shows promise

An immune therapy derived from llama blood shows 'exciting potential' in early coronavirus trials.

NYC couple describe getting a $257,000 medical bill after their premature baby died in hospital, sparking a grim insurance battle
NYC couple describe getting a $257,000 medical bill after their premature baby died in hospital, sparking a grim insurance battle

Brittany Giroux Lane and Clayton Lane's insurance company said it accidentally paid for baby Alexandra's care, and wants the money from them.

Virginia
Virginia's hospitals are filling up with COVID patients. Its rural, unvaccinated population may be the cause.

Virginia is split along rural-urban lines, leaving much of its populace unprotected despite the top-line stats, Prof Bryan Lewis told Insider.

Tesla drivers looked at the road less when using Autopilot in an MIT study - but they weren
Tesla drivers looked at the road less when using Autopilot in an MIT study - but they weren't necessarily distracted, researchers say

Researchers tracked where 290 Tesla drivers looked while using Autopilot, and compared the data against the same people driving without Autopilot.

Ghost forests creep up U.S. East Coast
Ghost forests creep up U.S. East Coast

Ghost forests are creeping up along much of the Eastern Seaboard, turning the once-healthy coastal woodlands into saltwater-laden bogs.

Burke Museum
Burke Museum's paleontology team makes four huge dinosaur finds in Montana

Theropods and Triceratops and hadrosaurs, oh my! Seattle's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is making significant additions to its dinosaur...

How Humans Lost Their Tails
How Humans Lost Their Tails

For half a billion years or so, our ancestors sprouted tails. As fish, they used their tails to swim through the Cambrian seas. Much later, when they evolved...

4 leading public-health experts describe what it would take for them to fully return to normal life
4 leading public-health experts describe what it would take for them to fully return to normal life

Some experts are holding out for specific COVID-19 case rates or vaccination thresholds. But others aren't relying on metrics at all.

Xplore wins $2M contract from Pentagon initiative to speed up satellite development
Xplore wins $2M contract from Pentagon initiative to speed up satellite development

Redmond, Wash.-based Xplore says it has received a $2 million contract from National Security Innovation Capital, a hardware development accelerator within...

COVID-19 has now killed more Americans than the influenza pandemic of 1918-19
COVID-19 has now killed more Americans than the influenza pandemic of 1918-19

Due to the population difference, the 1918-19 flu infected 25% of Americans and killed 0.65%. COVID-19 has infected 12% of Americans and killed 0.2%.

RBC Signals strikes deal to hook up ground stations with Spaceflight Inc.
RBC Signals strikes deal to hook up ground stations with Spaceflight Inc.'s orbital tugs

Two Seattle-area space companies have forged an alliance to facilitate space-to-ground communications for orbital transfer vehicles. Under the terms of a...

The Latest: CDC study says COVID-19 can spread in vaccinated
The Latest: CDC study says COVID-19 can spread in vaccinated

A new study of Texas prison inmates provides more evidence that coronavirus can spread even in groups where most people are vaccinated. A COVID-19 outbreak ...

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J&J's vaccine gives 100% protection from severe COVID-19 after a 2nd dose, study says - comparable to the Pfizer or Moderna shots

Two shots provided 100% protection against severe Covid-19 and 94% protection against moderate to severe COVID-19, the company said

A COVID-19 booster shot that could protect against multiple variants at once is being tested in humans for the first time
A COVID-19 booster shot that could protect against multiple variants at once is being tested in humans for the first time

Gritstone's booster shot uses vaccine tech that self-replicates once in the muscle, meaning potentially lower doses and therefore fewer side effects.

Nasa selects landing site for Moon rover mission
Nasa selects landing site for Moon rover mission

The space agency will send a rover to look for water-ice near a crater at the Moon's South Pole.


US army to 3D print concrete buildings and bridges in disaster areas

The US Army Corps of Engineers has developed technology that can 3D print buildings in disaster areas, and there are plans for the world’s first 3D-printed vehicle bridge

Covid-19 news: Antibodies remain in breast milk months after infection

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Children with more books at home have less mental decline when older

Older people who had large home libraries as children perform better in memory tests, possibly because early cognitive enrichment helps to buffer the brain

Simple make-up tips can help you avoid face recognition software

AI software identifies which areas of your face you should subtly change with makeup to fool facial recognition technology – and it works 98.8 per cent of the time

Covid-19 news: UK male life expectancy sees first drop in 40 years

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How our ape ancestors suddenly lost their tails 25 million years ago

Why don't humans have tails? A comparison of the genomes of apes and monkeys has revealed the mutation that caused the ancestors of apes to lose these appendages, a change that did not happen gradually but all at once

USB-C chargers: Will EU law cut down on e-waste or just anger Apple?

The European Union wants smartphones and other portable devices to all use USB-C chargers, but Apple says such a law would stifle innovation for its iPhones

Tomato is first CRISPR-edited food to go on sale in the world

A tomato with a higher levels of a nutrient linked to reduced stress can now be bought in Japan - it is the first CRISPR-edited food in the world to be launched commercially

Covid-19 news: US approves booster vaccines for over-65s

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Hyenas make faces at each other when they want to play-fight

Hyenas play-fight with other members of their clan, and they have a clear way to let each other know the fight isn’t serious: they open their mouths and bob their heads

Alok Sharma: COP26 is for ordinary people, not just climate warriors

Alok Sharma, president of the Glasgow COP26 climate summit due to start in November, says "ordinary people" now understand the need to tackle global warming, not just environmentalists

The UK energy crisis shows why it is time to look beyond fossil fuels

The gas crisis fatally undermines the argument that fossil fuels provide a stable, economically viable solution to satisfying our future energy needs

Birds flocked to North American cities during covid-19 lockdowns

Dozens of bird species became more abundant in 93 urban centres across the US and Canada when covid-19 restrictions cut noise and pollution from traffic

Changing how drugs are approved in England mustn't endanger safety

Plans to change how medicines are assessed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence mustn't weaken safety precautions, says Clare Wilson

Ecological grief is devastating but it may help us stop climate change

The climate emergency is taking a huge toll on our mental health, particularly for young people and those on the front line. But it could motivate us to find solutions to the crisis, writes Graham Lawton

4D-printed robot self-assembles into a tube and rolls up hills

A 3D-printed material rolls itself up into a tube, becoming a ‘4D-printed’ robot that travels up hills when exposed to heat

Tiny sensors inspired by gliding seeds could monitor the environment

Millimetre-sized wireless sensors modelled after spinning or gliding seeds could be used to measure environmental factors such as pH

Story of epic human voyages across Polynesia revealed by genetics

By studying DNA from people living in Polynesia, geneticists have worked out the order in which the islands – some thousands of kilometres apart– were populated

Why covid-19 hospitalisations may soar in England despite vaccination

Modelling suggests covid-19 hospitalisations in England could soon be as high as 7000 a day, but that is only one of several different possible scenarios

Covid-19 news: Record cases in school children in England

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WHO calls for lower limits on air pollution to save millions of lives

The World Health Organization has released guidelines for strict limits on air pollution from cars, power stations and other sources. If countries adopt them, millions of deaths could be avoided

Melbourne rocked by Victoria's biggest earthquake on record

A record magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck in a remote part of Victoria, Australia, on 22 September, damaging buildings in Melbourne but not causing any fatalities

Quantum supremacy has been achieved by a more complex quantum computer

A quantum computer made by researchers in China has outperformed classical computers, achieving what is known as quantum supremacy with a more complex quantum processor than ever before

SpaceX’s Inspiration4 marks a shift towards privacy for space tourists

The Inspiration4 mission was the first orbital space flight to carry only private passengers and was mostly not broadcast publicly, a surprising change from the space agency transparency

La Palma volcano eruption: Warning signs may have been there for years

Over the past decade, minuscule land movements and strange chemical signals may have been clues that the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island was going to erupt

We can now bioengineer catnip instead of extracting it from plants

Catnip contains a chemical that makes a highly effective insect repellent, but extracting it from plants is expensive. Now it can be produced using genetically engineered yeast

Covid-19 news: Recorded US death toll reaches that of 1918-19 flu

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Quantum computer helps to design a better quantum computer

Quantum computers can simulate quantum circuits, which helps to speed up the design of new quantum processors

Maps of planetary nurseries will help the complex hunt for alien life

Five planetary nurseries have been chemically mapped in the most detail ever, showing hints of unexpected variety and high concentrations of the chemicals required for life

Blame fossil fuels, not renewables, for the UK's winter energy crisis

Rising gas prices mean the UK is facing a difficult winter and some people are keen to point the blame at the shift to renewables - but relying on fossil fuels will always lead to cyclical crises

Covid-19 News: Booster invitations will be sent to over 50s in England

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Stroke rehab should be offered for months longer than it currently is

People who have had a stroke are generally given physiotherapy for around a month, but those who received extra treatment saw improved physical ability, against the received wisdom that only early intervention helps

Mushballs inside Uranus and Neptune may solve an atmospheric mystery

Uranus and Neptune appear to have less ammonia than expected, but it might have been hidden by slushy balls of ammonia and water that hail down deep into the planets’ atmospheres

Woman who first gained sense of smell at age 24 finds it disturbing

A woman born without the brain regions needed to smell has puzzled doctors by gaining the ability to detect some smells in her twenties – an experience that has caused her anxiety

The BepiColombo spacecraft is about to make its first Mercury flyby

The BepiColombo mission to Mercury will pass within about 200 kilometres of the surface of Mercury in October, where it will measure the planet’s magnetic field and exosphere

Smart reporting tool could combat fake news on encrypted chat apps

Messaging apps that use end-to-end encryption, such as WhatsApp, make it hard to tackle disinformation, but a smart reporting tool could offer a solution while preserving privacy

Covid-19 news: How common is long covid in people who get infected?

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City-wide quantum data network in China is the largest ever built

A quantum network linking 40 computers in Hefei, China is the largest demonstration to date of how a future quantum internet might work

Watch cuttlefish migrate together in a defensive line with a lookout

Cuttlefish are usually solitary creatures, but videos show them forming defensive groups to migrate together, suggesting they are more social than we thought

UN says global carbon emissions set to rise 16 per cent by 2030

A UN analysis of countries' latest plans to cut carbon emissions shows they will actually rise 16 per cent on 2010 levels by 2030, leaving only a small window to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Leaf-inspired material makes different liquids flow in opposite ways

Inspired by a type of spiky evergreen leaf, researchers have come up with a material that forces different fluids to flow in opposite directions – even uphill

Ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets could be decoded by an AI

The 4500-year-old written tablets that shine a light on life in ancient Mesopotamia are often damaged, but a predictive AI trained on 104 languages can help fill in the gaps

Having HPV while pregnant linked to increased risk of premature birth

A study of 900 pregnant women has found that those infected with human papillomavirus were almost four times more likely to give birth prematurely

Covid-19 news: Call to investigate impact of vaccines on menstruation

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Are UK energy supplies in trouble after fire at French power link?

A fire at a facility that connects the electricity grids of the UK and mainland Europe has led to talk of a potential winter energy crisis, but supplies should stabilise in the coming months

UK night skies will be among worst hit by satellite megaconstellations

From anywhere on Earth there may soon by hundreds of satellites visible in the night sky at any time of year because of satellite constellation projects such as SpaceX’s Starlink

Covid-19 has laid bare social inequities – now is the time to fix them

The pandemic has shone a light on the gap in life chances between and within generations, but as we build back, the chance is ripe to address this

Scientists are often cautious or wrong – and that’s OK

We like to think that science can give us definitive answers to our questions, but uncertainty is a crucial part of the scientific process, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

New climate plans fall far short of limiting global warming to 1.5°C

The gap between the emissions reductions needed for 1.5°C and countries' pledges has closed by up to 15 per cent - but Climate Action Tracker finds cuts are still far short of what is needed

Covid-19 news: England could see 2000 to 7000 hospitalisations a day

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