Experts say it's too convenient for politicians to blame COVID-19 outbreaks on variants — we have the tools fight them, we just need to use them
The current variants may help the coronavirus spread better, but the virus hasn't changed enough to render our disease-fighting playbook ineffective.
More than 60% of American adults have already received at least one shot and a little less than 40% are fully vaccinated.
Residents of Ohio, New York, Maryland, Kentucky, and Oregon will get a shot at cash prizes for getting the COVID-19 shot.
New photo shows the oldest-ever spiral galaxy, which was formed at least 1 billion years earlier than previously thought
The findings can provide clues on how spiral galaxies like the Milky Way have formed, a leading researcher told Insider.
The new CDC mask guidelines are confusing and could actually make the spread of COVID-19 worse, a group of leading physicians said
The CDC's science was sound, but the guidelines lacked context and could cause people to ignore mask mandates, the experts said.
For decades, red wine has been the "healthy" alcohol, set on a pedestal against its contemporaries. But, is red wine actually good for you?
The state follows Ohio and New York in offering cash to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade granted Americans the right to abortion in 1973, but the reality of that right today varies dramatically by state.
The "Vax & Scratch" lottery, launched to encourage more people to gat vaccinated against COVID-19, will also have smaller prizes.
Wisdom teeth can cause infections and rack up dental costs. For our ancestors, however, wisdom teeth were much more useful than they are today.
A lunar eclipse will coincide with a 'super blood moon' next week. Here's how to spot the rare event.
The best viewing spots in the US are in Alaska and Hawaii, but most western states should have a decent view of the eclipse.
Novavax could have the 'best' COVID-19 shot, but new delays are raising questions about the $10 billion biotech's path to profits
The biotech has enjoyed a stunning turnaround after three decades of toiling in the drug industry. But will its COVID-19 shot come soon enough?
NASA has led 7 asteroid-impact simulations. Only once did experts figure out how to stop the space rock from hitting Earth.
Since 2013, NASA has been leading exercises in which experts confront a fictitious Earth-bound asteroid. The outcomes are grim.
The WHO's Europe director says fully vaccinated people should still wear a mask, breaking with CDC guidance
Hans Kluge said people should also "rethink or avoid" international travel, in a departure from the EU position.
Some staff didn't shower or change at the Baltimore factory that contaminated up to 15 million J&J vaccine doses, according to an FDA report
One associate at the Emergent BioSolutions plant documented just one shower in 19 days of work, the FDA's report said.
An iceberg about 70 times the size of Manhattan broke off from Antarctica, creating the world's largest iceberg
The iceberg is over 1,600 square miles, the European Space Agency said on Wednesday. Scientists said climate change was not to blame.
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Experts explain why the mRNA tech that revolutionized COVID-19 vaccines could be the answer to incurable diseases, heart attacks, and even snake bites: 'The possibilities are endless'
The potential of mRNA goes beyond COVID-19 vaccines: it could theoretically repair any protein in the body, treating malaria, heart attacks, and more.
China landed its Zhurong rover on Mars Saturday. After taking photos, the rover will start scanning the planet's volcanic-rock fields for water ice.
European countries will soon accept vaccinated US travelers. Here are the documents you'll need and how to know when it's safe.
Greece and Iceland, among the few countries currently open to US tourists, accept the CDC's vaccination cards as official documentation.
Cats famously land on their feet, but they use a different technique to survive high falls. Here's how they can fall 32 stories with limited injuries.
Before COVID-19 was even a part of our vocabulary, the CDC had long been monitoring a different, increasingly urgent threat.
100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine need to be checked for contamination and may need to be thrown out
The millions of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses haven't been distributed to the public and are from a plagued Emergent BioSolutions facility.
One chart shows the most common vaccine side effects for young people from 12 to 25, based on which dose they got
Adolescents in Pfizer's clinical trials seemed to develop side effects more frequently than adults did.
A mix-and-match vaccine study suggests one shot of AstraZeneca followed by one shot of Pfizer is effective
Antibody levels were 40 times higher for people who got Pfizer's vaccine two weeks after AstraZeneca's, compared with people who only had one shot.
2 factors not included in the CDC guidelines can help you decide when it's really safe to go maskless
If cases in your local community start rising or relatively few people have been vaccinated in your area, consider keeping your mask on.
Fauci says people are 'misinterpreting' the new CDC mask guidance and it didn't mean everyone could take off their masks
Fauci told Axios: "I think people are misinterpreting, thinking that this is a removal of a mask mandate for everyone. It's not."
Fauci says the COVID-19 vaccines available in the US are likely to work against the variant first found in India
Several studies published in the last few days support this, Dr. Anthony Fauci told a White House press briefing on Tuesday.
India has reported the highest COVID-19 daily death toll in the world, breaking a past record held by the US
India's health ministry said 4,529 deaths were recorded on Tuesday. The US previously held the record, with 4,475 deaths recorded on January 12.
A cyclone in India's western states has complicated efforts to slow down the COVID-19 spread as cases surpass 25 million
India also suffered its deadliest day from the pandemic on Tuesday with 4,329 deaths recorded over the past 24 hours.
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White House advisor Andy Slavitt revealed his son is battling long COVID, as he warned young people to take the virus seriously
At a White House briefing on Tuesday, Andy Slavitt said his son has tachycardia (or, fast heart rate) and shortness of breath from long COVID.
Goldfish are supposed to live at least 15 years. But unless their tank is specially prepared, toxins from their poop accumulates and can kill them.
The jury is out on the effectiveness of microdosing psychedelics, experts say, but definitely don't do it at work
The firing of a CEO who took LSD at work has renewed the conversation about the benefits and risks of using tiny amounts of illegal drugs.
Despite how hard we try, we haven't discovered any alien life in space. But these three scientific theories might give us an idea about why we seem to come up empty-handed in our search.
A promising new vaccine candidate could protect us from multiple coronaviruses — including some that haven't jumped to humans yet
The "pancoronavirus" vaccine technology has been tested in monkeys so far. It could mean coronavirus shots won't have to be given seasonally.
Feel like fixing the climate crisis is your personal responsibility? ExxonMobil has been telling you that for 20 years, a study found.
Many people see the climate crisis as a consumer problem. Two Harvard researchers think ExxonMobil helped to make that framing popular.
Nearly every US state is dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated people following new CDC guidelines. Here are the current rules in different states.
The CDC said vaccinated people don't need masks indoors. States can set their own rules, but nearly all of them are following the CDC guidelines.
Local ities said the al-Rimal clinic had to stop carrying out testing after it was damaged in Israeli strikes.
A sun-skimming spacecraft captured video of a massive plasma eruption on the solar surface for the first time
The sun's outbursts can send plasma and electrically charged particles careening toward Earth. This solar probe is designed to study them.
The US will send 13% of its vaccine supply overseas in the next 6 weeks, after the WHO said the world faces 'vaccine apartheid'
The Biden administration will give away 20 million leftover doses of Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna — plus 60 million AstraZeneca shots.
The "Death Zone" is a region near the top of world's tallest mountains that earns the name because humans aren't meant to survive there.
Dermatologists debunk myths like greasy food causes acne, pimples are only on your face, drinking water clears your skin, and aspirin stops breakouts.
The US is studying how COVID-19 vaccines work in people with suppressed immune systems — after research suggested they develop fewer antibodies from the shots
People with immune disorders were excluded from COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. It's unclear if vaccines are effective for people in this group.
The new mask requirements echo a recent advisory from the CDC stating vaccinated people don't need to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings.
COVAX has received zero shipments — making it 140 million doses short — since March because of India's outbreak
COVAX, the WHO-led project to vaccinate the world's poorest nations, aims to vaccinate 2 billion people by the end of 2021.
Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline say their COVID-19 vaccine triggers a strong immune response, bolstering the late-comer program's potential as a booster shot
The two vaccine-making giants plan to launch a 35,000-person study in the next few weeks, aiming to secure approval before year's end.
A Space Force Commander was fired after comments made on conservative podcasts about diversity and Marxism
When asked for an example, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier mentioned The New York Times' 1619 project, which examines the legacy of slavery in the US.
I lost 35 pounds during the pandemic after a health scare that had nothing to do with COVID. Here's how I did it while also building Insider's new DC bureau.
The story of how my health took such a dramatic turn for the better amid the coronavirus lockdown dovetails with another healthy change in my life.
CDC director says agency won't change guidance on schools before end of the academic year because 'most kids' won't be vaccinated
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the agency will first update rules for summer camps now that children aged 12-15 can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Chernobyl's nuclear fuel is smoldering again and there's a 'possibility' of another accident, scientists say
Researchers at the site of the catastrophic 1986 nuclear explosion in Ukraine have detected a spike of neutrons in an underground room at the power plant.