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The Moderna Vaccine's Protection Wanes by 36% After 12 Months, According to a New Study

Studies from COVID-19 vaccine makers and public health officials have been suggesting for a while that protection provided by the vaccines wanes over time. In a new study published on Sept.


Joe Biden Is Keeping Mark Milley. But His Actions Show the Country Is Still Grappling with the Trump Era

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley took extraordinary steps to try to prevent Donald Trump from using military action to remain in office, according to revelations from a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Those actions from months ago are now causing a headache for President Joe Biden: Milley currently sits in the same top position in Biden’s chain of command, and Biden is facing calls to fire him.


FX’s Epic Y: The Last Man Adaptation Gets Off to a Shaky But Intriguing Start

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. So goes the old feminist slogan, coined by Irina Dunn and popularized by Gloria Steinem. But, as FX’s adaptation of the cult-hit Y: The Last Man comics so vividly illustrates, that doesn’t mean life on Earth would continue as normal if every mammal with a Y chromosome suddenly dropped dead. On the contrary: within seconds, planes would crash, pileups would block roads, most nations would be leaderless.


I Tried Lab-Grown Fish Maw. Here’s Why It Could Help Save Our Oceans

I'm an avid surfer and a certified scuba diver, and spending so much time in the water means that I'm keenly aware of the impact that human activity is having on the ocean ecosystem. It sometimes feels like it's more common to see plastic bags in the water than sea life. So, I was excited this week to try lab-grown fish—a new product that could help address at least one major problem facing the world's oceans: over-fishing.


American Rust Sounds a Lot Like Mare of Easttown. Sadly, It Isn’t

American Rust opens with a montage of small-town denizens taking their morning drugs. In the first shot of the Showtime crime drama, protagonist Del Harris—a psychologically fragile police chief played by Jeff Daniels—crushes two prescription pills with a mortar and pestle, weighs the resulting powder on a digital scale, flicks just the right amount of it into his coffee, then hesitates before finally swallowing a third pill.


Inspiration4 Makes Space History With First-Ever All-Civilian Orbital Launch

In the end, the camping trip up the flank of Mt. Rainier that the Inspiration4 crew made back in April may have done more than anything else to prepare them for tonight's successful launch into Earth orbit, at 8:02 p.m. ET from pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Even the day before the launch, at a T-minus-27-hour press conference, they were still talking about the experience and what it taught them. Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a physician assistant at St.


The U.S. Needs an Operation Warp Speed for Rapid COVID-19 Testing

The Delta variant has caused a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and deaths, threatening earlier gains made by the Biden Administration in tackling the pandemic. President Biden on Thursday laid out an ambitious comprehensive six-point COVID Action Plan to respond to the variant challenge.


How This Fall Could Shape the Future of Moviegoing

Everyone has the tea leaves; no one has the actual tea. Will the movies come back this autumn? Will they ever come back at all? The answer is…that no one has the answer. There’s little wisdom to be had, and any wisdom out there is hardly conventional. What we do know is that the fall 2021 movie release calendar is unlike anything we’ve seen in years: more varied, more exciting, more studded with actors we really want to see.


Companies Are Struggling to Regroup After the Delta Variant Scuttles Back-to-the-Office Plans

This week was supposed to be the triumphant return to the office after 18 hard months of working remotely for many organizations around the U.S. But it's not turning out that way, as exhausted managers try to navigate questions for which there are no easy answers.


Democrats Won the California Recall by Invoking Trump. There’s More of That Coming

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. He wasn’t on the ballot, but ex-President Donald Trump lost Republicans their hopes of recalling California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom. The result signals bad fortune for the GOP in statewide elections coming this year in Virginia and New Jersey.


‘A Queer Tax.’ New Lawsuit Alleges Aetna Discriminates Against LGBTQ People Seeking Fertility Treatment

When Emma Goidel was denied coverage for her fertility treatments in September 2020, she was furious. A 31-year-old writer in New York City, Goidel and her partner were excited to try for a baby—and Goidel had begun intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatments to get pregnant that fall.


Norm Macdonald’s Comedic Genius Explained in One Brilliant Joke

Norm Macdonald was responsible for some of the worst punchlines in Hollywood history. “There are times when Bob has something on his mind—when he wears a hat!” the comedian proclaimed stone-faced at Comedy Central’s Roast of Bob Saget in 2008, as Saget, his target, chuckled with clear confusion and discomfort.


I Didn’t Want to Push My Aunt to Get the Vaccine. Now I Live With Regrets

In normal times, the ICU is a dreadful place. Sickness lingers like a fog. You can feel it, sense it, even hear it—the machinery pumping, the alarms ringing, the nurses scrambling. In pandemic times, the ICU is chilling. Death lives here. Medical staff members wear green biohazard suits, face shields, latex gloves and shoe coverings. Strips of red tape—“ISOLATION,” they read—mark the windows and doors of individual rooms.


Column: An Open Letter to Tim Cook From a Silicon Valley Investor of 35 Years

Dear Tim, I have followed Apple as a securities analyst and investor since 1985, and have admired the company and its values for most of that time. Recently, however, I have become frustrated that Apple does not appear to recognize how vulnerable it is in a changing political landscape.


COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Are Not Necessary Yet, Say Top Health Officials

In a viewpoint published in the Lancet, leading health officials from around the world say booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine aren’t necessary yet. “Current evidence does not ... appear to show a need for boosting in the general population, in which [vaccine] efficacy against severe disease remains high,” the authors write.


Watch Live as the Inspiration4 Crew Launches to Space for the First All-Civilian Orbital Mission

Are you ready to go to space? Join TIME and Netflix as we bring you the launch of Inspiration4—the first-ever all-civilian orbital mission—live. The Inspiration4 crew, including mission commander Jared Issacman, mission pilot and geoscience professor Dr. Sian Proctor, payload specialist and Lockheed Martin aerospace engineer Chris Sembroski, and medical officer and St.


North Korea Says It Test-Fired New Cruise Missiles With Range to Hit Japan

North Korea said it successfully test-fired a new model of long-range cruise missile this weekend, in the latest sign the regime is trying to bolster its capability for nuclear strikes against Japan and South Korea. The missiles flew in “pattern-8 flight orbits” for more than two hours on Saturday and Sunday, covering some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) over land and waters off North Korea before hitting targets, the official Korea Central News Agency said Monday.


As College Athletes Finally Start Cashing In, Entrepreneurs Big and Small Also Look to Score

Back in 2013 Blake Lawrence, a former University Nebraska linebacker who is co-founder and CEO of a then-fledgling sports technology platform called Opendorse, felt that his breakthrough moment had arrived. The Opendorse app sought to connect professional athletes with sponsorship opportunities that would allow players to monetize their name, image, and likeness rights (NIL). It's not unlike how, say, Uber connects drivers with riders, or Airbnb matches up hosts and vacationers.


Brazil’s Restrictive New Social Media Rules Could Be an Omen For the Future of the Internet

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree on Monday that temporarily bans social media platforms from removing many types of content, including misinformation about COVID-19 and the country’s upcoming presidential election.


Review: Edgar Wright's 1960s Fever Dream Last Night in Soho Is a Half-Brilliant Thriller

Some of us have memories of things that didn’t even happen in our lifetimes. We’re drawn to a specific era, or certain relics of the past, for reasons we can't explain.