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WATCH: Anti-vaxxer admits nothing will make him change his mind — even after losing his job and house

Speaking to MSNBC, a group of three people explained why they're not going to get the vaccine despite mandates from their employer to do so.

One man confessed that he and his wife will probably have to sell their home because they can't afford their mortgage after being fired for refusing to get the vaccine.

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US targeting Feb. 2022 to launch new lunar program Artemis

NASA said Friday it is now targeting February 2022 for the uncrewed lunar mission Artemis 1, the first step in America's plan to return humans to the Moon later this decade.

The space agency had initially wanted to launch the test flight by the end of this year, with astronauts on the ground by 2024 on Artemis 3, but the timeline has slipped back.

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'Big John', largest-ever triceratops, goes under hammer

He is expected to fetch up to 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) at the Drouot auction house.

Big John's skeleton is 60 percent complete, and was unearthed in South Dakota, United States in 2014 and put together by specialists in Italy.

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US authorizes 'mix and match' Covid vaccine boosters: regulator

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday authorized using a so-called "mix and match" strategy for people who require a booster shot of a Covid vaccine after their primary series.

"The FDA has determined that the known and potential benefits of the use of a single heterologous booster dose outweigh the known and potential risks of their use in eligible populations," the agency said in a statement

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Pig kidney works in human patient in 'potential miracle'

A US medical team has succeeded in temporarily attaching a pig's kidney to a person, a transplant breakthrough hailed as a "potential miracle" by the surgeon who led the procedure.

The surgery, carried out on September 25, involved a genetically modified donor animal and a brain dead patient on a ventilator whose family had given permission for the two-day experiment, for the sake of advancing science.

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A mysterious and powerful radio signal from space is repeating itself

Outer space is chirping, and no one quite knows why.

Known as fast radio bursts, or FRBs for short, these very brief yet incredibly powerful bursts of radio wave energy appear to be coming from all corners of the universe. And while astronomers can pick up such signals, they are, because of their brief duration, very difficult to study. Very few of them ever repeat; and since they only last a millisecond, telescopes can rarely focus on them in time to get a good look. Moreover, astronomers do not quite know exactly where they are coming from, or where the next one might land.

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Republican Senator suggests mandating senility tests for Trump and Supreme Court Justices

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told Axios chief Mike Allen that a senility test might be a good idea for all elected leaders, even if it was for Donald Trump or justices of the Supreme Court.

Speaking to Axios on HBO, Cassidy explained that as a doctor, he is well aware that "at some point, and statistically it's in the 80s, you begin a more rapid decline." He spoke in general terms but noted that "it's usually noticeable. So, anyone who is in a position of responsibility, who may potentially be on that slope, that is a concern, and I'm saying this as a doctor."

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People I'm close to having COVID. I tested negative, but have symptoms. Could the test be wrong?

Dear Pandemic Problems,

I'm freaking out about possibly coming down with COVID, despite being vaccinated and boosted. I work as a nanny to two young children. Over the weekend, one of the kids came down with standard cold symptoms; so I was not surprised when I got a mild runny nose on Monday, which alone would not be a reason for concern.

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We now know how badly our cities will be flooded due to climate change

When it comes to climate change, the point of no return has already passed.

This article first appeared at Salon.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene attacks 'fascist' NBA with scientifically illiterate comparison of COVID-19 and HIV

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is lashing out at the Brooklyn Nets for telling star point guard Kyrie Irving that he can't play or even practice with the team unless he gets vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a tweet posted Thursday afternoon, Greene accused the NBA of hypocrisy because they still let Magic Johnson play even after he'd contracted HIV.

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The most powerful space telescope ever built will look back in time to the Dark Ages of the universe

Some have called NASA's James Webb Space Telescope the "telescope that ate astronomy." It is the most powerful space telescope ever built and a complex piece of mechanical origami that has pushed the limits of human engineering. On Dec. 18, 2021, after years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, the telescope is scheduled to launch into orbit and usher in the next era of astronomy.

I'm an astronomer with a specialty in observational cosmology – I've been studying distant galaxies for 30 years. Some of the biggest unanswered questions about the universe relate to its early years just after the Big Bang. When did the first stars and galaxies form? Which came first, and why? I am incredibly excited that astronomers may soon uncover the story of how galaxies started because James Webb was built specifically to answer these very questions.

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Planet announces plans for new fleet of Earth observation satellites

Satellite data provider Planet announced Tuesday that it plans to launch a new fleet of orbiting eyes so powerful they can distinguish road markings on the ground.

Planet, which already operates 200 Earth observation satellites from space, wants to make the new function available in 2023.

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Nearly 90 percent of Washington state staffers have complied with COVID-19 vaccination mandate — despite protests

SEATTLE — With an Oct. 18 deadline looming, nearly 90% of Washington state government employees subject to Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate have complied with the order, according to data released Monday. Of about 62,000 employees, 89.53% had been verified as fully vaccinated as of Oct. 4, the new figures released by the state Office of Financial Management show. That’s up from 68% as of a couple weeks earlier. With a lag in the data and another week to report, the compliance figures are likely to grow before the deadline, despite protests and vows of defiance by a minority of di...

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