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FDA authorizes two more COVID-19 boosters with mix-and-match strategy

FDA authorizes two more COVID-19 boosters with mix-and-match strategy

As expected, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted authorizations for Johnson & Johnson and Moderna's COVID-19 booster shots. In addition, the FDA has also authorized the mix-and-match approach to booster shots, meaning someone who, for example, received the Moderna vaccination initially doesn't necessarily need to get the Moderna booster shot.

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USAF taps Exosonic to develop supersonic combat training drone

USAF taps Exosonic to develop supersonic combat training drone

The US Air Force has awarded Exosonic a contract to develop a supersonic combat drone concept. The demonstrator vehicle will be used to demonstrate the technologies behind the quiet supersonic concept and to train pilots. The project will, among other things, help the USAF train its fighter pilots for potential future encounters with "near-peer adversaries."

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Common makeup and plastic chemical may fuel premature deaths

Common makeup and plastic chemical may fuel premature deaths

A chemical found in many consumer cosmetic and plastic products may be responsible for around 100,000 premature deaths in the US every year, according to a new study from NYU Langone Health. Phthalates, which are a group of plasticizers, can be found in many soaps, shampoos, hair spray products, nail polish, food packaging, and even plastic toys.

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FDA panel recommends Moderna booster shot EUA for certain people

FDA panel recommends Moderna booster shot EUA for certain people

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has unanimously recommended granting emergency use authorization for a third Moderna shot, though only some people would be eligible for the booster shot. The recommendation follows Moderna's second-quarter financial details shared in August, which included information on the COVID-19 vaccine's efficacy six months after the second dose, as well as the booster for its booster shots to help protect against SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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BAE Systems uses laser-guided rockets to take out pesky drones

BAE Systems uses laser-guided rockets to take out pesky drones

With drones increasingly utilized as common warfare and surveillance technologies, a number of government contractors and agencies have funded projects that look into new ways to knock the aerial vehicles out of the sky. The latest among them is BAE Systems, which has tested a modified rocket featuring a laser guidance system to shoot down drones without the cost of existing missile options.

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FDA authorizes its first nicotine vape, but only with tobacco flavors

FDA authorizes its first nicotine vape, but only with tobacco flavors

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted its first market authorization for a small batch of electronic cigarette (vape) products, the agency has announced. The approval underscores the agency's intentions to target 'appealing' vape products amid growing public criticism over non-tobacco flavors and youth vaping trends.

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NASA astronaut Sally Ride will get her own limited edition US quarter

NASA astronaut Sally Ride will get her own limited edition US quarter

The United States Mint has announced the limited edition quarters to be released under the American Women Quarters Program, including the five notable figures who will be featured on each quarter. The coins will be released yearly through 2025 with US Mint orders for those who want to collect them. Among others, NASA astronaut Sally Ride will get her own coin.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

The US Space Force USSF-44 mission set to launch on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been delayed once again due to a 'payload readiness' issue, Space Force Command has confirmed. The USSF-44 mission was first scheduled to launch this past July, but was delayed to early October because the payload wasn't ready. The next launch date is less firm, but will happen next year.

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US COVID-19 deaths reach 700,000 amid spike in delta cases

US COVID-19 deaths reach 700,000 amid spike in delta cases

As of the latest figures on Friday, the United States has reached 700,000 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, a grim milestone amid anti-vax sentiments and continued misinformation. The deaths are largely now driven by the delta variant, which is highly contagious and particularly dangerous for people who remain unvaccinated.

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Coppertone sunscreen, Lotrimin antifungal sprays recalled over cancer risk

Coppertone sunscreen, Lotrimin antifungal sprays recalled over cancer risk

A pair of new recalls published by the FDA revolves around the chemical benzene, a carcinogen in humans that has been linked to certain blood disorders and cancers. The first recall comes from Coppertone, which has recalled some of its spray sunscreen products; the second recall comes from Bayer, which is recalling some Tinactin and Lotrimin AF antifungal sprays.

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Giant eagle Kodiak is on the loose in Pittsburgh after aviary escape

Giant eagle Kodiak is on the loose in Pittsburgh after aviary escape

A giant eagle measuring around four feet tall is on the loose in Pittsburgh after managing to escape from a local aviary. The eagle has been living the free life for around a week, though it continues to make the occasional appearance around the aviary, his home for many years. Humanely capturing the eagle has proven tricky.

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NOAA shares dramatic Hurricane Sam video recorded on ocean’s surface

NOAA shares dramatic Hurricane Sam video recorded on ocean’s surface

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has shared a dramatic high-quality video of Hurricane Sam as experienced while floating on the ocean's surface. The video was captured by a 'saildrone,' which is a type of floating drone that resembles a sailboat, only with a bright orange coating and a large solar panel.

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