January 17, 2021

The flu vaccine is not 100% effective but you should still get it every year

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Nancy Averett From Business Insider How effective the flu vaccine is will vary from year to year. It can range anywhere from 20% to 60% effective. Each year, flu vaccines are designed to protect against three to four different viral strains of influenza. But sometimes the viral strains that end up in the flu vaccine […]

Human climate influence means we’re skipping an ice age

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By Andrew Tarantola From engadget NO GLACIERS FOR YOU! COME BACK, 100,000 YEARS! According to a new study published in Nature, human-generated climate change — specifically the massive additions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere — is causing the Earth to effectively delay the start of the next ice age by […]

Extreme arctic temperatures become the new norm

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By Paul McGowan From The Carbon Wars A group of scientists studying a broad range of Arctic systems — from sea ice to permafrost to the Greenland ice sheet — gathered in D.C. Wednesday to lay out just how extreme a year 2016 has been so far for the northern cap of the planet. “We’ve […]

The polar vortex looks terrifying from space

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By Dina Spector     from Business Insider The whirlpool of cold air, known as a “polar vortex,” bringing frigid temperatures to half of the United States was captured on Monday, Jan. 6, by one of NOAA’s satellites. In the image, the vortex is pushing southward over western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota, according to NASA. The vortex […]