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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine backed by independent FDA committee

Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images An independent committee of vaccine experts has unanimously recommended that the Food and Drug Administration authorize the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older, taking it one step closer to use in the United States. The FDA is expected to authorize the …

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Texans with disabilities left vulnerable after deep freeze

Volunteers with the Living Hope Wheelchair Association distributed water and supplies to people after Texas’ deep freeze. | Image: Living Hope Wheelchair Association Disaster response plans often fail to include people with disabilities, and the deadly deep freeze that swept across Texas and much of the mainland US last week was no exception. “A lot …

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Watch 2020’s hurricane season unfold in a mesmerizing four-minute timelapse

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio This week, NASA released a grim four-minute timelapse of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, a mesmerizing display of last year’s record-breaking string of tropical commotion. 2020’s season “smashed records with an unprecedented 30 named storms, marking the fifth year in a row with above-average hurricane activity,” NASA said …

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Reminders to stay cautious aren’t the biggest reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Esther Cohen is 91, vaccinated against COVID-19, and wants to play mahjong with her friends — who are also vaccinated. She asked Anthony Fauci if they could get back to their games after he spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting this month. …

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Sun probe surprises NASA with incredible photo of Venus

A photo of the nightside of Venus taken by the Wide-field Imager on Parker Solar Probe. | NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Laboratory/Guillermo Stenborg and Brendan Gallagher The Parker Solar Probe, NASA’s closest eye on the Sun, was whizzing by Venus last summer for a gravity assist when it snapped a striking new image of the …

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin delays New Glenn debut to late 2022

An illustration showing Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket standing on its launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. | Blue Origin Blue Origin is delaying the debut launch of its massive, centerpiece rocket New Glenn to late 2022, the company announced Thursday, citing a key Pentagon contract it lost out on to rival firms SpaceX and United …

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How one of Google’s massive undersea cables detects earthquakes

An operator works during the mooring of an undersea fiber optic cable at Arrietara beach near the Spanish Basque village of Sopelana on June 13, 2017. | Photo by Ander Gillenea / AFP via Getty Images The web of undersea cables that transmit data around the world could one day be used to track earthquakes …

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Oxford lab studying the coronavirus was victim of a cyberattack

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Oxford University disclosed on Thursday that one of its research labs dedicated in part to studying COVID-19 suffered a cyberattack, following an investigation from Forbes indicating external access to a number of the lab’s systems. The lab is part of Oxford’s Division of Structural Biology, known as “Strubi.” …

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Go read this story about a plane crash survivor who researches memory and trauma

DARPA Wired has done an amazing piece on Margaret McKinnon, a researcher who survived a traumatic plane crash, then went on to become a leader in the field of memory and trauma. The article starts off with a harrowing recounting of the accident, but then goes on to explain her research around it, as she …

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