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FDA allowing troubled Covid vaccine factory that made J&J doses to restart

It will take time for the factory to ramp up and reach the production level of before the mid-April shutdown, according to Emergent spokesman.
Employees work in a lab at Emergent Biosolutions, which is manufacturing vaccines for AstraZeneca and Johnson Johnson, on Feb, 8, 2021 in Baltimore, Md.
Employees work in a lab at Emergent Biosolutions, which is manufacturing vaccines for AstraZeneca and Johnson Johnson, on Feb, 8, 2021 in Baltimore, Md.
3d ago

Nobel Prize winners say China tried to 'bully' them into censoring Dalai Lama, Taiwanese scientist

They say China demanded a Nobel summit disinvite two prize winners China calls “secessionists,” the Dalai Lama and Taiwanese scientist Yuan Lee.
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First sign of animal life on Earth may be a sponge fossil

Researchers found thin sections of rock containing three-dimensional structures that resemble modern sponge skeletons, hinting at how — and when — life first emerged.
Image: Earliest fossil record
Image: Earliest fossil record

Change in CDC mask guidance met with relief from experts

“The whole country is on fire,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health at the University of Washington. “Covid-19 is rising in every state.”
Image: Indoor masks
Image: Indoor masks

Yet another lake in the Western U.S. drops to record low water levels

Water levels in the southern part of Utah's Great Salt Lake dropped to the their lowest ever recorded.
Image: A sailboat is removed from the Great Salt Lake Marina  in Utah due to low lake levels.
Image: A sailboat is removed from the Great Salt Lake Marina  in Utah due to low lake levels.

Warming rivers in U.S. West killing fish, imperiling industry

The West has been grappling with a historic drought and heat waves worsened by climate change, stressing waterways and reservoirs that sustain millions of people and wildlife.
A dead chinook salmon floats in a fish trap on the lower Klamath River on June 8, 2021, in Weitchpec, Calif.
A dead chinook salmon floats in a fish trap on the lower Klamath River on June 8, 2021, in Weitchpec, Calif.
6d ago

Jeff Bezos offers to cover $2 billion in NASA costs for lunar lander contract

NASA in April awarded Elon Musk’s SpaceX with a sole $2.89 billion contract to build the next crewed lunar lander under its Human Landing Systems program.
Jeff Bezos gives the “thumbs up” after returning from space on July 20, 2021.
Jeff Bezos gives the “thumbs up” after returning from space on July 20, 2021.
6d ago

Video catches fiery meteor shooting across the night sky over Texas

NASA suggested that the slow speed of Sunday night’s meteor means it was likely that a small piece of an asteroid produced the fireball.
Multiple videos show a fireball, which appears to be a meteor, streaking through the night sky in towns across Texas.
Multiple videos show a fireball, which appears to be a meteor, streaking through the night sky in towns across Texas.
8d ago

The FAA just updated its definition of 'astronaut.' These two billionaires don't qualify.

The space tourism industry is poised to take off, but the FAA recently tightened its rules on who qualifies for commercial astronaut wings.
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Image: FILES-US-SPACE-TOURISM-BLUEORIGIN-BEZOS

Bird brain: Why a cockatoo trick in Australia has scientists enthralled

Scientists have documented examples of social learning in birds, and the spread of a trick to open trash bins hints at a distinct advantage for those that easily transmit knowledge.
Image: SCIENCE-AUSTRALIA-ANIMAL-COCKATOOS
Image: SCIENCE-AUSTRALIA-ANIMAL-COCKATOOS
10d ago

Should you be worried about Covid if you're vaccinated? Experts explain breakthrough cases

As coronavirus cases once again rise in the U.S., experts say breakthrough cases will also go up, but that doesn't mean the vaccines aren't working.
A health worker administers a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination at a mobile vaccination clinic in Los Angeles on July 16, 2021.
A health worker administers a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination at a mobile vaccination clinic in Los Angeles on July 16, 2021.

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