A shortage of CO2 gas in the UK could cause Christmas to be ‘canceled,’ warns industry boss

sign on empty shelves inform customers of a lack of products at a Sainsburys supermarket on September 19, 2021 in London, England. Gaps in supermarket shelves have appeared more frequently as a shortage of lorry drivers disrupted supply chains. Now, rising energy prices have disrupted the production of C02, a gas critical to the production and transport of meat, bread, beer and more.
sign on empty shelves inform customers of a lack of products at a Sainsburys supermarket on September 19, 2021 in London, England. Gaps in supermarket shelves have appeared more frequently as a shortage of lorry drivers disrupted supply chains. Now, rising energy prices have disrupted the production of C02, a gas critical to the production and transport of meat, bread, beer and more.

  • An energy shortage has cut the supply of CO2 in the UK – an essential element in meat production.
  • Industry bosses are warning this may mean a winter shortage of poultry, causing Christmas to be ruined.
  • It is the latest of several shortages in the UK, including beer and medical equipment.
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Britain is facing a severe shortage of CO2, a vital component in meat production, industry leaders are warning.

The gas is used to slaughter farm animals by making them lose consciousness. It is also used to package meat products to extend shelf life.

The shortage faced in the UK – attributed to high gas prices – could potentially “cancel Christmas,” the head of a major poultry manufacturer said.

The shortage is caused by the closure of two fertilizer plants in the UK – which produce CO2 as a byproduct – crippled by an energy shortage and high gas prices hitting the UK, the Guardian reported.

The energy shortages compounded by labor issues, partly linked to Brexit and the lack of foreign workers, could spiral into the festive period, said the owner of Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters Food Group, a major turkey company

“There are less than 100 days left until Christmas and Bernard Matthews and my other poultry businesses are working harder than ever before to try and recruit people to maintain food supplies,” Ranjit Singh Boparan told Sky News.

“The supply of Bernard Matthews turkeys this Christmas was already compromised as I need to find 1,000 extra workers to process supplies. Now with no CO2 supply, Christmas will be canceled.

“Without CO2, the bottom line is there is less throughout and with our sector is already compromised with lack of labor, this potentially tips us over the edge,” said Boparan.

Ian Wright, the chief executive of the UK Food and Drink Federation, warned that without rapid government intervention on the price of gas, the impact would be felt in two weeks, the BBC reported.

“And of course, that’s concerning because we’re beginning to get into the pre-Christmas supply period when warehouses begin to pick up, build up their stocks, ready for the push to Christmas a few weeks later,” said Wright.

Britain’s looming shortage crisis threatens empty shelves in supermarkets, empty beer barrels in pubs, and even a shortage of blood test tubes.

A Defra spokesperson said to The Guardian: “We are aware of the issues faced by some businesses and are working closely with industry to provide support and advice. We have had extensive meetings with representatives from the meat production and processing sectors, and we are continuing those conversations over the weekend.

“The UK benefits from having access to highly diverse sources of gas supply to ensure households, businesses and heavy industry get the energy they need at a fair price.”

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Fauci said a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to young children in the fall

School children walk with masks and backpacks on.
In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla.

  • Vaccines could be available for use in children under 12 in the fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
  • The Pfizer vaccine will likely become available for young children before the Moderna vaccine, he added.
  • Under an ideal timeline, children could receive the shot by the end of October.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that a COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 12 would be available in the fall.

“It will certainly be this fall,” said Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, during an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week.”

“When you talk about the rollout for vaccines again, there will be a little bit of a different in time frame, maybe a couple of weeks between Pfizer and Moderna and others,” he told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.

“So, what we’re going to almost certainly see is that sometime in the next few weeks as we get into October, we’ll be able to see the vaccines for children get enough data to be presented for safety and immunogenicity, but when it gets to Moderna, it will probably be a few weeks beyond that, maybe the end of October, beginning to have November,” he added.

He said that the data would likely be available sometime in “mid to late fall” for US officials to make the decision on authorizing a vaccine in use for children aged 11 to five years old.

As Insider previously reported, both Pfizer and Moderna began enrolling children in their vaccine trials in March Moderna previously said it expected to have data about its vaccine’s efficacy in young children in late fall or early winter, while Pfizer planned to have the data ready by the end of September.

It will likely take the US Food and Drug Administration several weeks to review the data before making a final decision on providing the emergency use authorization to use the vaccines.

In a best-case scenario, children aged five to 11 could be eligible to receive the vaccine by the end of October, said former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who serves on Pfizer’s board, Insider’s Aria Bendix reported last week In the same best-case scenario, the vaccine could be authorized for use in children 6 months old to 5 years old by late November.

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Africa is poised to be a significant player in the new space age – especially when it comes to governance. Here’s why.

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The thin blue line of Earth’s atmosphere appears on the horizon beyond the Red Sea and the Nile.

  • Professor Timiebi Aganaba believes Africa has an important role to play in a new space age.
  • Governance is a particular area of interest for countries across the continent, she told Insider.
  • But there are obstacles these countries must navigate to become competitive hubs for exploration.
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There are many unanswered questions about the realities of the new space age. These include whether civilian spaceflights by SpaceX’s Inspiration4 team or Blue Origin are occasional success stories or a blueprint for humanity’s future relationship with space.

But two questions that have been asked less are: how will regions outside of North America, China, and Russia continue to contribute? And how can we ensure great inclusion across the space industry?

Timiebi Aganaba, a professor in space law and ethics at Arizona State University, has answers. She spoke to Insider about key factors that make the developing countries, specifically those across Africa, which have been mentioned far less frequently in mainstream discussions about space.

“Africa is in a unique opportunity to have a greater choice with respect to what actors to collaborate within its space development objective,” she said.

The continent’s space industry has already seen substantial growth, according to Aganaba.

“Eleven countries have launched satellites and 19 African countries established or began the process of creating a space programme, to take advantage of space applications,” she said, citing data from the African Space Industry annual report published by Space in Africa, an analytics and consulting company.

A significant amount of these satellites were launched within the last four years, indicating a surge in interest in space on the continent, she added.

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Timiebi Aganaba.

By 2024, Space in Africa, said that an estimated 20 countries are expected to launch 110 satellites, including Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

But priority areas for collaboration with the US include proposals to build assembly integration and testing labs in Africa to fabricate new components and sub-systems, and partner with local universities and NGOs to develop startups.

Rwanda and Nigeria are open to providing land, among other incentives to develop space research institutes in collaboration with US entities, according to the annual report.

Aganaba sees Africa as a very significant potential player when it comes to contributing to solving space governance challenges.

Since countries across the continent already have extensive governance experience gained from dealing with the impact of earth mining, environmental degradation, and the history of colonialism, “everyone would be very interested to hear an African perspective as to how we should be organizing ourselves,” she said.

There are obstacles that the continent must overcome to realise its ambitions, however. “Lack of political support, awareness and talent, as well as dependency on external support, insufficient coordination and regulatory restrictions have been identified as challenges with an African space agency,” said Aganaba.

More than 90 institutions, including universities and colleges, in 28 countries engaged in satellite applications lack advanced computers, software, and financial resources for overseas training. They also suffer from obsolete curricula and facilities, she said.

These obstacles have been discussed extensively by scholar Stefano Ferretti, who analyzes how the international community can access the economic and societal benefits that space assets can offer.

Aganaba added that to tackle such issues, processes like technology development and transfer, entrepreneurship, and international cooperation are key to equip the continent with tools to build space capacity.

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Making fun of anti-vaxxers who died of COVID-19 is a dark indication that we’ve all surrendered to the disease

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An anti-vaxx placard.

  • Anti-vaccine figures are dying of COVID and their deaths are being made light of.
  • This is a distraction and represents an acceptance of COVID’s death toll.
  • We don’t have to be nice to anti-vaxxers, but we should counter them to control infections.
  • Abdullah Shihipar is a contributing opinion writer for Insider.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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It has become a familiar narrative during this pandemic: a vocal anti mask and vaccine advocate ends up dying in the hospital with COVID-19. Most recently, it was 30-year-old Calleb Wallace of Texas who died after a month-long bout with the disease. Wallace, who organized anti-mask protests and founded the San Angelo Freedom Defenders, died after being placed on a ventilator. He left behind a pregnant wife and two children.

Other times, it is anti-vaccine social media posts that catch the ire of the headlines. Stephen Harmon, a man from Los Angeles, repeatedly mocked the vaccine, tweeting “Got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one,” in June, only to die of the virus in July.

This trend, becoming ever more frequent as the delta variant spreads rapidly across the country, has inspired a series of jokes and memes on social media. I myself have partaken in a few “how it’s started, how it’s going” jokes. But ultimately, no matter how vile the target of the memes are and no matter how tempting it is to participate in the schadenfreude, it is an unhelpful distraction that represents a dark reality: we’re okay with how many people are dying from COVID-19.

Making light of the dark

Before I go any further, let me say that this is not an argument for empathy for those who are fiercely anti-vaccine or an attempt to try to understand their perspective. Nor is this an argument to persuade anti-vaccine advocates. Some of them have unfortunately gone down a destructive rabbit hole that even their loved ones find it difficult to help them out of quickly. Being nicer won’t necessarily change that, but neither does making fun of them after they have died.

Eighteen months ago, when the virus first hit the shores of the United States, we were all terrified. People made runs on grocery stores as hospitals filled up with the dead, people spent time at home to “stop the spread” and flatten the curve. Every death was seen as a tragedy, a death we could prevent with collective action. After a few months, right wing governors and talking heads began promoting the idea that protecting oneself from a pandemic was an individual responsibility. If people wanted to go mask-less,, attend gatherings, or skip the vaccine – that’s on them, they thought, ignoring the fact that the virus spreads from person to person. Of course, one person’s behavior during a pandemic affects the health of others.

A year later, with the vaccines plentiful, some on the left have adopted the right’s framing. It’s now accepted that COVID deaths, predominantly amongst the unvaccinated, are a matter of individual fate. You could have chosen to get that vaccine, but you didn’t, and that’s not my problem, they are implying.

This framing effectively prevents us from taking broader action to control the spread of the virus through mask mandates, restrictions, and testings. The abandonment of a collective framing around COVID-19 puts children who are not vaccinated and the immunocompromised at risk. It’s also easy to forget that despite it all, there are still unvaccinated people who need to be reached; there are still people who need help getting a shot, still people who are deathly terrified of side effects, and still those who can’t take time off to get a shot.

The lines between the anti-vaccine crowd and the unvaccinated in general have become blurred, and we have seen that in headlines that highlight unvaccinated people who have died from the virus. Average folks who were too busy and didn’t get around to it, were scared of side effects, or wanted to wait and see its effects.

If we want to battle anti-vaccine sentiment, rather than adopting the individualist framing that Republicans proposed to begin with, we should counter them while they are alive. We should show up to outnumber them and state that we are in favor of mask mandates at school board and city council meetings. We should pressure and boycott advertisers that advertise on programs that promote misinformation,. We should push for accountability measures for Facebook, which has long tolerated anti-vaccine misinformation on its platforms.

And of course, we should push for measures that will stop the spread of the virus, including but not limited to: mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine sick leave, reducing prison populations and arrests (including immigration-related arrests), stopping evictions and getting real worker protections from OSHA. Instead, tangible actions have been abandoned for ridicule.

I have spoken to people who have lost family members to anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. These people are increasingly isolated and are shells of themselves, often being hostile and aggressive to their own kin. Families feel like they have been torn apart forever.

We must remember that there are family members who are feeling two waves of pain when they’re loved ones die: the physical loss, and the knowledge that their death could have been easily prevented.

It’s not easy to hear, but making fun of these deaths effectively means we have stopped resisting mass death and have accepted its reality. It’s tempting to think that there is some cosmic justice when an anti-vaxxer dies, but it’s just the reality of how a virus spreads. Yes, anti-vaxxers are dying, but so are scores of other people.I don’t write this just to lecture others, but rather to hold myself accountable. Using humor like this is an easy distraction and a façade from the shame we should feel that this is where our country is at during such a late stage in the pandemic.

There will be more anti-vaccine people who die of this illness in the months to come, and I’m going to try to resist the urge to make light of it. The real joke is on us all.

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Invasive lanternflies devour vineyards, swarm the plants around homes, and invade new areas: ‘They’re little Draculas’

Spotted Lanternfly
Visits from spotted lanternflies have prompted a different kind of quarantine in some states.

  • Lanternflies are devouring vineyards and alarming winemakers as they spread through the country.
  • They’re a nuisance for homeowners since they eat certain plants, crawl on people, and defecate everywhere.
  • States have even quarantined certain lanternfly-infested counties to stop the invasive species’ spread.
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The first thing Amy Korman notices about the trees blanketed with thousands of lanternflies is the sour, putrid stink. The bugs also squirt out honeydew – a sugary, translucent excrement that falls into her hair and which she can hear hitting the leaves like rain.

An infestation like this isn’t rare anymore, Korman, an entomologist at Pennsylvania State University, said.

“Lanternflies are getting worse in geographic distribution,” she said. “Every year there are more.”

In Pennsylvania, a state at the heart of the lanternfly outbreak and the fifth largest wine-producing region in the country, the bugs’ voracious appetite for grapevines has wreaked havoc on vineyards, and winemakers in the region have had to dig deep into their pockets to kill the bugs occupying acres of their fields.

“They’re a big threat,” Richard Wooley, the owner of Weathered Vineyards & Winery, said. “They’re little Draculas. I call them that because they come in and suck the life right out of the vine.”

The bugs slurp sap out of grapevines with their straw-like mouth, a diet that prevents the fruit from fully ripening and steals the source of energy the plants need to survive the winter. The bugs can grow up to an inch long and a half-inch wide and are usually marked by patches of red and black.

On top of the 50,000 lanternflies he estimates are currently feeding in his field, others are flying and hopping around his house, his car, and his outdoor tasting room, where he occasionally hears screams when an insect lands on an unsuspecting guest.

“They’re a pain in the ass,” he said.

His vineyard is close to ground zero of the lanternfly outbreak in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where lanternflies were first discovered in the US, likely after a mass of the insects’ eggs hitchhiked in on a shipment of stones from Asia, George Hamilton, chair of the entomology department at Rutgers University, told Insider.

As with other invasive species, the lanternfly’s natural enemy didn’t follow the insect across the ocean, allowing the bugs to multiply unchecked by other insects. Now, they’ve exploded to at least 11 states, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest.

In Larry Shrawder’s lush vineyard at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the millions of bugs fluttering around his fields cost $50,000 a year to treat with pesticides, which eats up about 10-15% of his yearly revenue.

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Larry Shrawder, who owns Stony Run Valley Vineyards, has dealt with lanternflies for the past five years.

At one point, the lanternflies destroyed a sixth of his vineyard, with the plants’ doom marked by a thick cover of the bugs around the vines followed by yellowing leaves before finally succumbing to the winter.

While the insects can be devastating for winemakers, they’re also a nuisance in residential areas.

Korman has recieved panicked calls about lanternflies carpeting the sides of buildings and swarming birthday parties. They feed on over 70 plant species, including some commonly found in gardens, like maple trees, cucumbers, and basil. They also defecate on everything from patios to kid’s toys.

The bugs’ brazen destructiveness has also spawned a wave of hatred in affected states, with officials in some states even actively encouraging people to kill the bugs.

Though the insects can fly and jump, they mostly travel to new areas by hitching rides on cars and trucks. The insects lay eggs on flat surfaces, such as the sides of cars, and since the gray or white egg masses usually aren’t longer than a couple inches, people often unwittingly transport the insects to new areas.

Though governments in states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey have issued quarantines for lanternfly-infested counties and have ordered travelers to check their vehicles for egg masses before traveling into non-quarantined areas, Hamilton said the problem will get worse before it gets better.

Hamilton anticipates that the bugs’ explosion will peter out once a predator in the US realizes that the lanternflies are a source of food.

With the lanternflies’ spread seemingly inevitable, Shrawder is taking calls with winemakers from as far away as Colorado, all worried about the next place lanternflies will invade and looking for a way to deal with them.

After learning from experience and new research from nearby universities, Pennsylvania vineyard owners know how to control the lanternflies better than they did a few years ago, Shrawder said.

“I think it’s something we’re all going to learn to live with,” he said. “But there’s always anxiety from something new feeding on your livelihood.

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COVID-19 vaccines impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist

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A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control.

  • 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Research is needed to understand why this is happening, according to a paper in the British Medical Journal.
  • Periods can be heavier or delayed because of an immune response and poses no danger to one’s body, say experts.
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Since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, thousands of women in the UK have been saying that their periods have been disrupted, say experts.

More than 30,000 women said their menstrual cycle being somewhat altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, reported Sky News.

The UK’s Yellow Card scheme, where people can voluntarily report their side effects to any medication – including vaccinations – has shown that many women have seen a disruption in their periods.

Dr. Victoria Male, a reproductive immunologist from Imperial College London, wrote in the British Medical Journal that while these changes are safe and short-lived, has stated that an investigation as to why this happens is crucial.

In the US, the National Institute of Health is investing $1.67 million into understanding how the COVID-19 vaccines impact periods.

Dr. Male states that periods can be heavier or delayed because of an immune response, and poses no danger to one’s body.

“Robust research into this possible adverse reaction remains critical to the overall success of the vaccination program. One important lesson is that the effects of medical interventions on menstruation should not be an afterthought in future research,” wrote Dr. Male.

Writing in The Telegraph, Caroline Criado-Perez, author of Invisible Women, said: “As with most clinical studies, the Covid-19 vaccine trials did not investigate menstrual cycle effects – in fact, in many trials women are wholesale excluded because of potential menstrual cycle effects.”

There is no reason to be significantly concerned about menstrual changes and long-term impacts, writes Dr. Male, as the vast majority of those reporting the post-vaccine alterations state that normality ensues quickly.

Meanwhile, the data available shows that the COVID-19 vaccine has no adverse effects on fertility and pregnancy.

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Elon Musk promises to donate $50 million to the Inspiration4 fundraiser for a children’s hospital, helping it smash its $200 million goal

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

  • Elon Musk pledged to donate millions for a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
  • The goal of the Inspiration4 spaceflight by Musk’s company, SpaceX, was to raise $200 million.
  • “Count me in for $50M,” Musk said in a tweet on Saturday.
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Elon Musk vowed to donate $50 million to SpaceX’s Inspiration4 fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Count me in for $50M,” Musk said in a tweet on Saturday upon the crew’s re-entry back to Earth.

The main goal of the Inspiration4 mission was to raise $200 million for St. Jude, where one of the crew members works as a physician assistant.

The fundraiser had raised $160 million before Musk pledged to contribute to the campaign.

The historic Insipiration4 launched Wednesday evening from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

It had four people on board: Jared Isaacman, a billionaire businessman; Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant and childhood cancer survivor; Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran; and Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist and science communication specialist.

Isaacman, commander of the spaceflight, donated $100 million to St. Jude. The mission had raised another $60.2 million before Musk’s pledge surpassed the goal, raising the total to more than $210 million, CNBC reported.

Following his donation, the crew expressed their gratitude toward Musk on Twitter.

“This brings tears to my eyes. Thank you @elonmusk for this generous donation toward our $200 million dollar fundraising goal for @StJude!!!” said Arceneaux.

As Insider’s Kate Duffy reported, the crew will auction off items they took on their three-day trip around the Earth to further raise money for the hospital. These include a ukulele, artwork, and NFTs.

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SpaceX’s first space tourists have returned to Earth, splashing down inside the Crew Dragon spaceship

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The Inspiration4 crew splashed down after a three-day spaceflight.

SpaceX and its four passengers have emerged victorious at the conclusion of the world’s first all-tourist flight to orbit.

The company’s Crew Dragon spaceship splashed down off the coast of Florida on Saturday at 7:06 p.m. ET, carrying four amateur spacefarers: billionaire businessman Jared Isaacman, geoscientist and science communicator Dr. Sian Proctor, physician-assistant Hayley Arceneaux, and engineer Chris Sembroski. None of them are professional astronauts.

“That was a heck of a ride for us, and we’re just getting started,” Isaacman said on the livestream after the splashdown.

The unlikely quartet came together after Isaacman chartered the flight from SpaceX and gave away three seats through a raffle and fund-raising partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He called the mission Inspiration4.

The motley crew spent three days orbiting Earth aboard the Dragon capsule. They flew as high as 367 miles (590 kilometers) – farther from the planet than anyone has traveled since the Space Shuttle era. They took cognitive tests and scanned their organs with an ultrasound for scientific research. Sembroski played ukelele. Proctor made art. They all admired the views

On Saturday evening, the Crew Dragon fired its thrusters to push itself into a high-speed plummet to Earth. Tiles on the spaceship’s underbelly protected its passengers as friction superheated the atmosphere around it to a 3,500-degree-Fahrenheit plasma.

A few miles above Earth’s surface, parachutes ballooned from the capsule, likely giving the passengers a significant jolt as the spaceship slowed its fall.

The Crew Dragon dropped into the Atlantic Ocean and bobbed there like a toasted marshmallow, caked in soot from the fiery descent. It’s not the first time this particular capsule, named Resilience, has weathered such a fall: It’s the same ship that flew SpaceX’s first full astronaut crew to the International Space Station for NASA last year, then brought them home in May.

Recovery crews in boats swarmed the scene to pull the spaceship out of the water and help the travelers climb out.

SpaceX has opened the doors to private space tourism

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The Inspiration4 crew inside a model Crew Dragon spaceship. Left to right: Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman, and Hayley Arceneaux.

The Inspiration4 crew’s safe return is a major step in a new era of space tourism.

NASA didn’t run this mission; SpaceX did, to Isaacman’s specifications. He chose the length of the flight, the altitude, the crew, and their activities in orbit. He even contributed his own idea – a climb up Mount Rainier – to their nearly six-month training regimen.

SpaceX already has another tourist flight lined up for January. For that mission, called AX-1, the company Axiom Space chartered a Crew Dragon to take customers to the space station for eight days.

The AX-1 crew includes real-estate investor Larry Connor, Canadian investor Mark Pathy, and former Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe. Axiom Space’s vice president, former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, will command the mission.

Ax1 crew members: Commander Michael López-Alegría, mission pilot Larry Connor, mission specialist Mark Pathy, mission specialist Eytan Stibbe
The Ax-1 crew members, left to right: Michael López-Alegría, Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, and Eytan Stibbe.

For now, SpaceX is the only entity that can launch people to orbit from the US. In October, it’s set to launch another astronaut crew for NASA – the third of six Crew Dragon flights the agency has purchased.

SpaceX developed this spaceship through NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, a competition that awarded funding to facilitate the development of commercial spacecraft.

The program also funded Boeing to develop a human-rated spaceship, but that vehicle has been bogged down in technical issues and delays. It still needs to complete an uncrewed test flight to the ISS before it can fly people.

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The Inspiration4 mission launches from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, September 15, 2021.

In the meantime, SpaceX ended the US’s nine-year hiatus in domestic human spaceflight in May 2020, when Crew Dragon flew two NASA astronauts to the ISS. NASA has also tapped SpaceX to land its next astronauts on the moon.

Elon Musk, who founded SpaceX in 2002, aims to someday send the company’s vehicles all the way to Mars and build a settlement there.

Isaacman shares that vision.

“I’m a true believer,” Isaacman said in a February press conference. “I drank the Kool-Aid in terms of the grand ambition for humankind being a multi-planetary species. And I think that we all want to live in a Star Wars, Star Trek world where people are jumping in their spacecraft, and I know that that’s going to come. But there has to be that first step, which is what Inspiration4 represents.”

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A doctor from Oregon who said mask-wearing can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning got his medical license revoked

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A Nepalese health worker in protective gear, ready to collect swab samples to test them for the coronavirus in Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

  • The Oregon Medical Board has revoked the license of a doctor who refused to wear a mask.
  • Steven Arthur LaTulippe ran a family clinic and falsely told his patients mask-wearing could carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • He told the board he would continue to refuse to follow COVID-19 guidelines like mask-wearing.
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An Oregon doctor who falsely claimed that wearing masks can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning has had his license revoked.

As of September 2, Steven Arthur LaTulippe is no longer allowed to practice, according to records from the Oregon Medical Board. LaTulippe also received a $10,000 fine.

An investigation conducted by the Oregon Medical Board found that LaTulippe engaged in “8 instances of unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, 22 instances of negligence in the practice of medicine, and 5 instances of gross negligence in the practice of medicine.”

LaTulippe’s family practice, South View Medical Arts, did not ask patients whether they had been in close contact with someone who exhibited COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for the disease, records say. LaTulippe had also asked his receptionist to screen individuals for COVID-19 by looking at the patient’s facial expression rather than asking common screening questions.

He “had trained his receptionist ‘to look at [the patient] and just take a look at them and see if they look sick,’ and, if the patient was ‘smiling and happy,’ the receptionist was instructed to ask how the patient was feeling,” medical records say. “If the patient indicated that they ‘felt fine’ and they were ‘not ill,’ the receptionist would direct the patient to sit in the waiting area” before heading to an examination room.

Neither LaTulippe nor his wife, who ran the clinic with him, wore a mask between March 2020 and December 2020 while treating patients, the investigation says. LaTulippe also told patients they didn’t have to wear a mask in the clinic unless they were “actively ill, coughing, [or] congested,” the investigation says.

Masks have been show to dramatically reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Additionally, LaTulippe told elderly and pediatric patients that mask-wearing was “very dangerous” for them because they can exacerbate asthma or “cause or contribute to multiple serious health conditions” like strokes, collapsed lungs, and pneumonia. He also claimed that mask-wearing would lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

LaTulippe believes he’s been “a strong asset to the public in educating them on the real facts about this pandemic,” according to the investigation.

The board originally suspended his license in December 2020. When investigators asked whether he planned to follow COVID-19 protocols like mask-wearing, LaTulippe said no.

“In a choice between losing his medical license versus wearing a mask in his clinic and requiring his patients and staff to wear a mask in his clinic, he will, ‘choose to sacrifice my medical license with no hesitation,'” the investigative report reads.

His decision to flout COVID-19 guidelines like mask-wearing was irresponsible and “actively promoted transmission of the COVID-19 virus within the extended community,” investigators wrote.

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A meteorologist was fired from his TV station after 33 years at the job because he refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine

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  • Karl Bohnak, a meteorologist who spent 33 years at NBC affiliate WLUC, has been fired.
  • He said the television station fired him because he refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • “I have authority over my body,” Bohnak wrote in a Facebook post announcing his termination.
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A meteorologist who spent more than 30 years working at a Michigan TV station has been fired after he refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier this week, Karl Bohnak in a Facebook post said NBC affiliate WLUC terminated his employment after his 33-year tenure there.

“I am leaving TV6 because the station’s corporate owner, Gray Television, has mandated vaccination against COVID-19 for anyone entering a property owned by the company,” Bohnak, a vaccine skeptic, wrote. “Since I chose not to take one of the shots, I was fired.”

“Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me,” he continued. “I have authority over my body.”

Gray Television, a publicly traded broadcasting company based in Atlanta, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Earlier this month, the Biden administration said all employers with over 100 employees must require workers get the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing. Some businesses and Republicans have lashed out at the rule as an overstep, while executives and CEOs, including the Business Roundtable, have welcomed the move.

Health officials have for months urged that the public get vaccinated against the coronavirus. So far, more than 55% of the total US population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

There is, however, a group of skeptics who believe the vaccines are either unsafe or unnecessary. Research shows that the vaccine offers significant protection against the coronavirus. Unvaccinated people, for example, are 11 times likelier to die from COVID-19 compared to vaccinated people. Unvaccinated people are also 29 times likelier to be hospitalized with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Additionally, COVID-19 outbreaks have been hitting unvaccinated populations especially hard. And the Delta variant has been spreading quickly in states with the lowest vaccination rates.

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