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13 of the most unique products from CES 2022, the year's biggest tech show, from TV remotes charged by radio waves to roof shingle solar panels

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:52

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  • CES 2022, the year's biggest tech show, was packed with exciting new products.
  • We already highlighted top tech and home picks, but there are tons of other items you may have missed.
  • Some of the show's most unique products include roof shingle solar panels, an electric snowbike, and more.

Last week thousands of companies came together, in person and virtually, for CES 2022. They showcased their newest products, from gorgeous TVs to self-cleaning vacuums to color-changing cars.

While our editors weren't able to attend in person, we met virtually with dozens of companies and watched every major press conference to get a feel for the most promising products on display across all categories. We already highlighted some of our picks for the show's standout tech releases and most exciting home and health products, but CES was filled with other innovative items that deserve recognition. 

Based on our research and expertise, we rounded up 13 unique products that you may have missed at the show. Though these intriguing items didn't quite make the cut or fit into our other roundups, they're all cool products that caught our eyes. Keep in mind, however, that some of our picks are more conceptual in nature, so a few might not end up hitting stores this year.

Razer Enki Pro HyperSense gaming chair

What is it: This is Razer's next model in its line of Enki gaming chairs, loaded with additional RGB lighting and a haptic motor.

What's cool: This haptic motor will vibrate along to more than 2,200 PC games, movies, and songs, similar to the rumble motors in game console controllers. Eventually, Razer says all PC games will support this feature, as will some of the most popular streaming services. I tested a very early version of this product at CES 2019, and I'm happy to see it prepping for release.

What's not: Razer hasn't described how this product will be powered, and it will likely need quite a bit to drive the haptic motors and the new lighting effects.

Price and availability: To be determined. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor

Apeman Seeker One Series Action Cams

What is it: New smart action cameras that give cyclists a 360-degree view of their surroundings, plus a digital dashboard that's both a heads-up display and speedometer. 

What's cool: It's like the Swiss Army knife of action cams. Although safety may not seem "cool" to someone who doesn't ride often, cyclists will appreciate Apeman's focus on mitigating the risks of riding. 

What's not: The camera's stability and a cyclist's focus. It's hard to know how well the mount will keep a cam steady (or even attached), especially for mountain bikers. Also, will the digital dashboard draw too much attention away from the road?

Price and availability: Apeman's Seeker series is available now (albeit in limited stock), from $290 via early bird pricing. — Rick Stella, Health & Fitness Editor

Razer x Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch

What is it: A limited-edition Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch made with gaming brand Razer. The watch offers sleep and activity tracking and comes with two different watch bands (standard black and a Razer-themed black and green variety).

What's cool: This particular Razer-branded Fossil Gen 6 also happens to be one of the first with Google's revamped WearOS 3, which features app updates (and quick-switching between them), performance improvements, and a new health platform, among others. The watch tracks heart rate and blood oxygen levels, too. And did we mention the Razer branding? Because it's there, and it looks awesome for gamers. 

What's not: This product is a limited capacity run of just 1,337 (referencing the gamer meme) units. It's too bad that the debut of Google's latest WearOS will be made in such limited supply.

Price and availability: The Razer x Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch launches January 2022 for $330, and will be available in a limited quantity, via Fossil and Razer.  — Rick Stella, Health & Fitness Editor

Moonbike

What is it: This fully electric snowbike is far lighter than a traditional snowmobile, runs for three hours on a single charge, and can travel at speeds of up to 26 miles per hour. 

What's cool: It's a 100% electric snowbike. What else is there to say? This thing looks incredibly fun to drive, and the fact it weighs roughly three times less than a snowmobile means it should be a lot easier to handle. It's also entirely electric and runs whisper quiet. That means cruising through the snow in silence while also doing your part to reduce fuel consumption — that's a win-win.

What's not: Its feasibility. Sure, it looks like a blast to drive, but is it really all that practical for anyone who doesn't live in an area with a ton of annual snowfall? 

Price and availability: The Moonbike is available for order now, starting at $8,500. — Rick Stella, Health & Fitness Editor

Invoxia Smart Dog Collar

What is it: Invoxia's Smart Dog Collar is a wearable for medium-sized and large dogs that tracks them with GPS and measures their respiratory and heart rates. 

What's cool: The collar uses radar and an algorithm to figure out a dog's vital signs. Invoxia says the collar is great for monitoring dogs on medication or recovering from surgery, but it also detects early signs of heart disease. You can also track down your missing pup and view their activity levels to ensure they're getting enough exercise. 

What's not: Many pediatricians don't like health tracking devices for infants and children, and we wonder if veterinarians will see owners bringing in dogs because of false alarms. Also, the collar doesn't yet work for small dogs. 

Price and availability: Invoxia goes on sale Summer 2022 for $99 with a subscription cost of $13 per month. — Jenny McGrath, Home Editor

RainStick Shower

What is it: The RainStick Shower recycles and cleans water, so it uses 80% less water and 80% less energy than a traditional shower. 

What's cool: The RainStick collects the water it puts out, filters it through a mesh screen and treats it with UV light, then continues to spray. It repeats the process up to six times per shower. Because it has WiFi, you can track your water and electricity usage over time. Normally, showers use lower pressure to save water, but the RainStick should still deliver a powerful spray because it relies on a recycling method instead. 

What's not: The price is prohibitively high for many people, and a professional needs to install the RainStick during a remodel. Also, there's an ongoing cost for the shower's cleaning system product, which you'll also have to buy through the company. 

Price and availability: RainStick drops later this year for $3,495. — Jenny McGrath, Home Editor

Timberline Solar Energy Shingle

What is it: Timberline Solar Energy Shingles attach to your roof the same way regular shingles do, but they collect energy like a solar panel. 

What's cool: GAF Energy, which makes the shingles, is part of GAF, a roofing company. Because the shingles install exactly like regular shingles, you don't need to hire an additional specialist if you're having a new roof put on. For GAF, the goal is to convince people who are already planning on replacing their roofs to go solar without adding extra time to the project. 

What's not: Instead of a solar company making a roofing product, this is a roofing company making a solar product. It remains to be seen whether the Timberline shingles will be as efficient as other solar roofs.  

Price and availability: Timberline's shingles are currently available in some US states, like Pennsylvania and Maryland, but the pricing varies per the professional installer. — Jenny McGrath, Home Editor

Sony PlayStation VR2

What is it: Sony's next version of its virtual reality headset made exclusively for its PlayStation 5 console.

What's cool: The first PlayStation VR (PS VR) on PS4 was already an engrossing experience with some excellent games. With a new, exclusive Horizon franchise game in the works, PS VR2 should hit the ground running. I'm also excited by the spec sheet, particularly 4K HDR resolution, eye tracking, and a vibration motor in the headset — none of which were in the previous model.

What's not: We have no idea what this thing looks like, how much it will cost, and when it will be released. All we know is that it's in development. The original cost almost as much as a PS4, but we hope the VR2 won't match PS5 prices.

Price and availability: Unfortunately, only Sony knows that so far. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor

Samsung Eco Remote 2

What is it: Like last year's model, Samsung's latest TV remote charges through solar energy without batteries. This new model adds "RF harvesting," which lets it draw power from a router's radio waves. 

What's cool: Samsung's remote is already "effective enough to run on electric lights, such as standard lightbulbs." USB-C charging is also still included, just in case you ever need to plug the remote in for immediate power. But the included radio wave-charging could eliminate wired charging outright. 

What's not: The 2021 model worked well when I reviewed the Samsung QN90A TV last year, but it remains to be seen whether the new "RF harvesting" is useful at all. 

Price and availability: The new Samsung Eco Remote will be included with the company's 2022 TVs. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor

Dame Com

What is it: The first wand vibrator from sex toy maker Dame features a contoured shape, is made of medical grade silicone, and vibrates in five different patterns across five levels of intensity. 

What's cool: Dame makes some of our favorite sex toys (like its Arc for couples and its Fin, one of our favorite finger vibrators), so our ears perked when we saw its very first wand vibrator. If it's anything like the other toys we've tried from Dame, the Com should be a quality addition to the lineup.

What's not: The price. Some of our favorite vibrators are in the $50 to $80 range, so the Com's $125 price tag is a touch on the expensive side.

Price and availability: The Dame Com is available now via the Dame website for $125. — Rick Stella, Health & Fitness Editor

Anker Nano II 100W outlet charger

What is it: The compact USB-C charger delivers up to 100 watts of power, allowing it to charge everything from phones to laptops.

What's cool: It's possibly the smallest 100-watt charger to date. Using a battery technology called gallium nitride (GaN), it could be the only charger you ever need to pack in your bag.

What's not: The 100W power delivery rating only works with one device plugged in at a time. It has three ports, so charging more than one device at once will share that wattage across those devices. 

Price and availability: The Anker Nano II 100W outlet charger is slated for a March release at $80. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor

Gameboard

What is it: A digital, tablet-like device that operates as a game board for both traditional board games and tabletop roleplaying games that's been in development since 2019 but has debuted for public purchase at CES 2022.

What's cool: There are many digital solutions for board games already, but this one interacts with miniatures and game pieces as they move across the Gameboard. We've never seen something as interactive in a widely available board-gaming device.

What's not: Major tabletop game makers haven't come out in support of Gameboard yet, but it seems to work regardless of their involvement. We're also hoping for official tabletop roleplaying game support for this product.

Price and availability: Gameboard is available for reservation now at $800 (or four $200 installments) and is set to launch in late 2022. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor

Samsung's Micro LED displays

What is it: Micro LED displays are advanced screens that deliver big improvements over any TV you'll find in stores right now. They're also modular in design, so manufacturers can allow users to add, remove, or shift pieces of the display for different sizes and shapes. 

What's cool: Samsung has shown off Micro LED TVs at CES for years, and they never fail to impress. I saw a 110-inch model last year, and it's still one of the most incredible displays I've ever laid eyes on. Micro LED has the potential to combine everything we love about other display technologies while minimizing all their weaknesses. 

What's not: The biggest hurdle for Micro LED tech right now is price. The TVs are prohibitively expensive and are currently only available in giant screen sizes. And, despite their incredible contrast and brightness, their modular design can cause seams in the display to be visible. 

Price and availability: Some ridiculously expensive Micro LED options are already available in luxury and commercial markets. Samsung says a new 89-inch model will be released in 2022 but pricing hasn't been confirmed. For reference, the company's 110-inch model launched for about $156,000 last year. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor

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Rebuilding a Tesla Model S with a Chevy Camaro engine

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:45
  • YouTuber Rich Benoit is known for fixing and rebuilding Teslas.
  • For his latest creation, he built a Model S with the engine from a Chevy Camaro.
  • Besides installing a V-8 engine, he built an exhaust system, a manual transmission, and more.

Rich Benoit: My name's Rich, and I run a YouTube channel called Rich Rebuilds. And on that YouTube channel, we just make a lot of really weird, fun stuff. So we started out with mostly doing EVs. We switched to gas, and now we do both gas and EVs and just have a really funny time.

It's funny, because once you build and repair a Tesla, you kind of fix it, and you go from there. There's no real upgrades for it. So many things are electronically controlled, it doesn't make it as fun for the hot-rodders out there. So I said to myself, "You know what, how do we mix the two things? How do we have, you know, a really good-looking car and combining it with the tunability of a classic V8 engine?" So we decided just to combine the two.

A lot of people think that, "Oh, you took a brand new Tesla and tore it apart." It's like, no, no, it was in a flood. And Tesla won't sell you batteries and motors to repair it. So I said, "You know what, if Tesla won't, then General Motors will." There was a Camaro SS that was completely destroyed, and the engine was available, and decided to put it in the Tesla. For me, it's one of those things where it has to do with recycling. So they were both just like, wrecked cars sitting in a field, and I said, "Why have them both just sitting there? Why not combine the two and make something that actually runs and functions?"

So I spent the first few months actually stripping it down, taking out all of the interior components, pressure-washing everything, and getting all of like, the stench and like, the sewage out of the car. So I took both motors out, both motors were toast. The battery pack was pretty much toast because it was underwater for so long. You know, anything short of aluminum was stripped out of the car.

So I think a lot of measuring and prep was the hardest part, making sure the engine sits straight and true in the car. Because don't forget, not only do you have to make sure the engine sits well in the car, but there's also a transmission that adds another few feet, and there's also a really long driveshaft that spins thousands upon thousands of RPM that are literally sitting right between your legs that has to be straight as well. Like, a lot of different angles and things have to be straight in order for the car to even roll down the road.

Believe it or not, it almost makes sense that the V8 fits so well. Once you take out the front motor, there's so much room in there. And the LS3 is actually so narrow, it actually fit in there pretty well. So what we noticed was that when we brought the car to SEMA, we had the hood open, everyone would just walk by it because the install was so clean. It was only until they saw the Tesla logo that everyone just kind of rubbernecked, stopped, and went towards the car.

The exhaust fabrication process was interesting, because the battery pack for Tesla Model S weighs about, I would say, between 1,100 and 1,200 pounds. So because the old battery was, you know, about 4 inches thick and so heavy, and it tucked in so well underneath the car, once we removed it and we made the exhaust system, we decided to go with oval tubing. Because when you go with oval tubing, kind of like NASCARs use, you actually save a lot of space going oval versus completely circular. So if you notice, we have a side-exit exhaust system. Most cars have a rear-exit exhaust, where it actually comes right under the rear bumper. We couldn't do that because the independent rear suspension was so large, the exhaust actually couldn't go past it. So we just terminated the exhaust system right to the sides, right before the rear wheels.

One of the biggest challenges was the fabrication of the transmission tunnel. You know, in the Teslas, one of the few cars that are made, it has a completely flat floor. You know, most cars nowadays that are rear-wheel drive, there's a tunnel going from the front all the way to the back. This one didn't have that, so we had to make our own, and it was definitely challenging. So we have a great fabricator, Joshua, that actually was able to cut the car in half down the middle and actually build a transmission tunnel.

One of the other difficult issues we went through with this car was the wiring. So we completely stripped the car down to the bare frame. It was literally just a shell. And we had to rewire the entire car all over again. And we actually removed about 50% to 60% of the car's entire wiring harness. So if the battery pack's not there, that's one set of wiring high-voltage cables. There was wiring to the rear motors, the front motors, those are both gone. You know, we saved a significant amount of weight going from the older lithium-powered battery pack to the internal combustion engine. The car still has the touch screen. It still has the instrument cluster. And all the functions work. The navigation works, the Bluetooth works. So when you sit in the car, you could, you know, push buttons and play with different functions of the vehicle, and it does work.

I am very satisfied with how it runs, yeah. We still need to do some fine-tuning to it. But at the end of the day, when you sit in it and you drive it, you almost forget that it's a Tesla. Like, you're just thinking that you're driving a regular, you know, powerful V8-engine car. And it's really weird, because if you don't think about it, you're like, "OK, this is pretty cool. It has a manual. I'm doing my thing." But you really have to take a step back and say to yourself, "This car never had any of this."

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Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida to resign 2 weeks early amid scrutiny over pandemic stock trading

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:43
Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida reacts as he holds his phone during the three-day "Challenges for Monetary Policy" conference in Jackson Hole
  • Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida said Monday he plans to resign on Friday.
  • The resignation arrives two weeks earlier than anticipated and amid scrutiny over his 2020 stock trades.
  • Government disclosures showed Clarida trading stock funds before a key Fed announcement in 2020.

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida will step down from his position on Friday — two weeks earlier than planned — amid fresh scrutiny around stock trades made early in the pandemic.

While the Fed's announcement didn't state a reason for Clarida's early departure, the move comes after Clarida landed in hot water for early 2020 stock trades. October disclosures showed him piling cash into stock funds on February 27, 2020, one day before the Fed hinted at possible policy action to aid the US economy. The central bank rolled out unprecedented policy supports weeks later that spurred economic activity and helped financial markets rebound through 2020.

Clarida faced backlash again in early January after updated disclosures shed more light on the trades. The corrected documents showed Clarida pulling cash out of stocks on February 24, 2020 before pushing money into stock funds three days later. The Fed first described the February 27 trades as appropriate "rebalancing," but the in-and-out trades raised new questions around the trading activity. The New York Times first reported on the revised disclosures.

The vice chair is now slated to resign on Friday instead of his term's expiration date on January 31.

"Rich's contributions to our monetary policy deliberations, and his leadership of the Fed's first-ever public review of our monetary policy framework, will leave a lasting impact in the field of central banking," Fed Chair Jerome Powell said in a statement.

Serving on the central bank's board of directors was "a distinct honor and immense privilege," Clarida told President Joe Biden in a Monday letter.

Clarida is one of a handful of Fed officials to face scrutiny over their pandemic-era stock trades. Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan were both urged by watchdog groups to resign in September after disclosures revealed both regional presidents traded stocks ahead of the central bank's policy easing. Rosengren announced an early retirement on September 27 citing health concerns, while Kaplan directly acknowledged his trades when he announced his early resignation that same day.

The Fed rolled out new investment restrictions in late October as it looked to clamp down on ethically questionable trading in the wake of the scandal. The rules ban policymakers and senior staff from buying individual stocks, holding individual bonds, and investing in alternative market products like derivatives. Investing in mutual funds is allowed, but positions must be held for at least one year before officials can exit.

The updated rules should help the Fed avoid similar conflict-of-interest controversies, Powell said in an October statement.

"These tough new rules raise the bar high in order to assure the public we serve that all of our senior officials maintain a single-minded focus on the public mission of the Federal Reserve," he added.

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A 57-year-old man receives a pig heart in a groundbreaking transplant to save him from heart disease

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:41
In this photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, members of the surgical team perform the transplant of a pig heart into patient David Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.
  • For the first time, a man has received a heart from a genetically altered pig, The New York Times reported. 
  • The patient had a life-threatening heart condition that caused him to need a heart transplant. 
  • The 57-year-old man received the pig heart on Friday at the University of Maryland's medical center. 

For the first time, a man has received a heart from a genetically altered pig. 

A 57-year-old man with a life-threatening heart condition has received a new heart from a genetically altered pig. It's the first successful transplant of a pig's heart into a human body, The New York Times reported Monday.

The operation took place in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Friday, The Times reported. Doctors at the medical center said the patient, David Bennett Sr. of Maryland, is doing well. 

The experimental surgery was Bennett's last option for surviving heart disease. His son, David Bennett Jr., told USA Today that his father was mostly healthy until he started experiencing chest pains, fatigue, and shortness of breath in October.

After two months in the hospital, the elder Bennett had received several failed treatments and his condition was worsening. He was not a candidate for a human donor heart because he was too sick, doctors and family told The Times.

"It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it's a shot in the dark, but it's my last choice," Bennett said a day before the surgery, according to a statement provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

More than 100,000 Americans are currently on organ transplant waitlists, and 17 people die every day because they cannot get the donor organs they need in time. The sickest patients, like Bennett, usually don't qualify for the waitlist at all.

The 8-hour procedure marks a major step in the effort to use genetically modified animal organs for life-saving transplants. Just a few months prior to Bennett's operation, doctors successfully attached a functional pig kidney to a deceased human patient on a ventilator.

Although it's too soon to call the pig-to-human heart transplant a success, the organ is working properly so far, Bennett's doctors said.

"It creates the pulse, it creates the pressure, it is his heart," Dr. Bartley Griffith, the director of the cardiac transplant program at the medical center, told The Times.

As of Monday afternoon, USA Today reported that Bennett has been breathing on his own without a ventilator. He still needs a machine to help circulate blood throughout his body, but his doctors will evenutally try to get his new heart pumping on its own.

"It's working and it looks normal," Griffith, who performed the operation, added. "We are thrilled, but we don't know what tomorrow will bring us. This has never been done before."

This success story likely instills hope in the thousands of others awaiting organ transplants, according to The Times. 

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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A White House economist says it's a 'Great Upgrade,' not a Great Resignation, as workers quit for higher pay

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:39
Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on July 31, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • National Economic Council Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti said that workers are experiencing a "Great Upgrade."
  • Ramamurti was referencing the elevated number of workers quitting low-wage work and job switching.
  • The country seems to be grappling with a wage shortage as workers leave behind low paying jobs for better prospects.

A record-breaking number of workers quit their jobs in November — and the White House is celebrating.

That's because workers in the lowest-paying sectors decided to throw in the towel and bid goodbye to their old jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest data release. In leisure and hospitality alone, a record 1 million workers quit their job. At the same time, hiring boomed and job openings fell slightly, suggesting that workers weren't permanently leaving the workforce, but rather job switching.

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National Economic Council Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti tweeted out a chart from the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute that showed how quits were elevated in lower-paying sectors. The chart in particular compared the rates of quits and hires by industry:

—Bharat Ramamurti (@BharatRamamurti) January 10, 2022

"Workers are quitting to go take new, better-paying jobs. It's not the Great Resignation -- it's the Great Upgrade," Ramamurti wrote. He said that it's "exactly the kind of economy" President Joe Biden said he wanted to create.

The ongoing pushback against a wage shortage, as workers leave low-wage jobs for higher-paid work, comes after decades of stagnant and declining wages

"I think it's very good that we're seeing wage growth in our country," Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh told Insider last week. "I think it's good, particularly on our low income workers."

Indeed, workers with less than a college degree have seen their wage expectations skyrocket up, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Survey of Consumer Expectations Labor Market Survey. The lowest wage they'd be willing to accept for a new job has grown by about 16.5% from November 2019 to November 2021. Nick Bunker, an economist at Indeed, pointed out on Twitter that the entire increase in how much workers expect from a new job has been driven by workers with less than a college degree.

"It's time for employers to realize that it's frontline workers like us who keep the doors open — and if they want us to keep showing up they need to respect us, protect us and pay us what we deserve," Maribel Cornejo, a McDonald's worker and leader with the Fight for $15 in Houston, Texas, previously said in a statement to Insider.

But even as wages rise and workers act with their feet to drive up pay, the federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009. It remains at $7.25 an hour. A push last year to raise it to $15 an hour as part of Biden's American Rescue Plan ultimately failed, with eight moderate Democrats voting against the proposal.

"I'm hopeful that we can get the $15 an hour minimum wage through the Congress," Walsh said. "It's a baseline wage for workers."

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Psaki and Fox News reporter spar over Biden's 'pandemic of the unvaccinated' comments: 'You're 17 times more likely to go to the hospital if you're not vaccinated, 20 times more likely to die'

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:35
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki.
  • Jen Psaki was asked about President Joe Biden's "pandemic of the unvaccinated" characterization.
  • Peter Doocy of Fox News implied it was inaccurate because vaccinated people could still be infected.
  • Psaki said unvaccinated people were far likelier to be hospitalized or die of COVID-19 if infected.

The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, on Monday clashed with a Fox News reporter over President Joe Biden's characterization of the COVID-19 crisis as a "pandemic of the unvaccinated."

Peter Doocy, who returned to the White House briefing room on Monday after recovering from a coronavirus infection, suggested that Biden's characterization of the pandemic didn't take into account the high number of fully vaccinated Americans who had contracted the virus.

"I understand the science says that vaccines prevent death. But I'm triple vaxxed, still got COVID. You're triple vaxxed, still got COVID," Doocy told Psaki, referring to when the fully vaccinated press secretary contracted the virus in October. "Why is the president still referring to this as a pandemic of the unvaccinated?"

Psaki said unvaccinated people infected with the coronavirus were much more likely to be hospitalized or die of COVID-19 than those who were vaccinated. 

"I had been triple vaxxed," Psaki said, meaning she received two vaccine doses and a booster. "I had minor symptoms. There's a huge difference between that and being unvaccinated."

Psaki cited data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying: "You're 17 times more likely to go to the hospital if you're not vaccinated, 20 times more likely to die."

The CDC also found that through the end of October, unvaccinated people in the US were 10 times as likely to test positive for the virus as people who had received a booster dose.

"Those are significant, serious statistics," she added. "So yes, the impact for people who are unvaccinated is far more dire than those who are vaccinated."

Doocy kept pressing Psaki on Biden's messaging.

"Will the president update his language at some time to be more reflective of the fact that people who are triple vaccinated are catching and spreading COVID?" he asked.

Psaki said the White House had made clear that vaccinated people could still test positive for the coronavirus, reiterating the "significant difference" between the unvaccinated and vaccinated in terms of the severity of COVID-19.

—The Recount (@therecount) January 10, 2022

Biden has repeatedly called the public-health crisis a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" and pointed to the significantly worse health outcomes among unvaccinated people. COVID-19 vaccines have for months been widely available to Americans in most age groups, but about 15% of adults in the US were still unvaccinated as of two weeks ago, The New York Times reported.

Monday's exchange came with the US facing a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. The daily average of newly admitted COVID-19 hospital patients for the week that ended January 4 was 16,458, according to the CDC. The CDC says vaccination is the best way to prevent severe illness and death from the virus.

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A market for crypto carbon offsets is reportedly booming, and its drawing DeFi entrepreneurs and big investors like Mark Cuban

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:19
It's worth listening to the people who know forests best.

Millions of credits for greenhouse-gas emissions are now connected to new cryptocurrencies, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, with the fast-growing market attracting DeFi projects and investors like billionaire Mark Cuban. 

Proponents say crypto can bring more transparency to carbon credits, which stem from projects such as establishing renewable-energy farms. Many companies buy them to compensate for their emissions. But while the projects receive third-party certification, the credits are traded on unregulated markets. 

Among market participants, WSJ highlighted Toucan, a decentralized finance project that lets users who own carbon credits link them to digital tokens called BCT, which went live in October. BCT stands for Base Carbon Tonne and the tokens can be traded on cryptocurrency exchanges. 

More than 17 million carbon credits have been tied to BCT tokens, the WSJ said. And the tokens traded for as much as $5.59 on Monday, according to CoinGecko, representing a value of roughly $95 million on crypto exchanges. 

Toucan told WSJ it's working to overhaul the voluntary carbon market in part by providing real-time pricing information and a public record of trades to track who can take credit for funding projects to improve the climate. 

The report noted that trading in BCT has been driven by Klima, a separate crypto asset run by KlimaDAO. The decentralized autonomous organization allows people to buy Klima tokens, which are traded on cryptocurrency exchanges, with BCT tokens. The DAO then keeps the BCT tokens in its treasury, removing them from circulation. More than 14 million BCT tokens have followed this route and can't be used for carbon offsets.

The WSJ reported that the mostly anonymous developers of Klima say their tokens also help the climate by reducing the availability of carbon credits and pushing up their prices. In turn, that should make carbon-offsetting projects more profitable and spur further creation of initiatives that benefit the climate. 

But skeptics told the WSJ that Klima could actually reduce transparency in carbon markets.

For its part, the Toucan non-profit told the newspaper while the creators of KlimaDAO are anonymous, "their actions are fully transparent," and said Klima has put millions of dollars into projects to improve the climate. 

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he owns Klima tokens, but declined to say how many or whether he has profited, the report said. 

"While the anonymity wasn't optimal and it's a bit of a learning experience, if it works, the environmental impact could be consequential," Cuban told WSJ.

 

 

The credits have been virtually tied to newly created cryptocurrency tokens and , with some market participants saying the technology creates incentives for projects aimed at aiding the climate, according to WSJ's report published Monday. The massive amount of energy used in mining bitcoin has cast a poor environmental reputation upon cryptocurrencies.  

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A majority of JPMorgan's clients see bitcoin at around $60,000 by year-end, with just 5% expecting the cryptocurrency to hit $100,000

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:15

Bullish exuberance around bitcoin hitting the elusive $100,000 milestone last year was fever-pitch. But the coin ended the year at less than half that, shifting the sentiment as illustrated by a poll released by JPMorgan on Monday.

The investment bank surveyed 47 of its clients between December 13 to January 7 as part of its broader macroeconomic outlook for the year.

The result: Around 41% of the clients see the world's most valuable cryptocurrency ending the year around $60,000, an upside of around 46% from Monday's price. Meanwhile, only 5% expect bitcoin to hit $100,000 by year-end.

Bitcoin's price by end 2022, according to JPMorgan clients

It has been a rocky ride for bitcoin so far as cryptocurrencies across the board faced selling pressures in the wake of a risk-off shift spurred by a hawkish Federal Reserve.

Bitcoin tumbled below $40,000 to its lowest level since September on Monday before bouncing back above $41,000. Bitcoin has slid 11% since the start of the year and sits roughly 40% below its record high of $69,000 reached in November.

Still, some, including El Salvador's bitcoin-loving president, Nayib Bukele, are optimistic that bitcoin will reach $100,000 in 2022. 

JPMorgan in November 2021 said bitcoin could surge to $146,000 in the long run if its volatility subsides and institutions start preferring it to gold in their portfolios. That's roughly 256% above the coin's current level. A price of $73,000, the bank said, looks reasonable for 2022.

Bitcoin's volatility is currently around four to five times higher than gold, the bank said. That would have to fall dramatically before institutional investors plow in.

Despite this, there is a new member joining the $100,000 bandwagon this year. Goldman Sachs said bitcoin could rocket to that level but only if it continues to take market share from gold.

 

 

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US stocks end mixed as S&P 500 drops for 5th straight session while Nasdaq edges higher after last week's rout

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:13
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • The S&P 500 dropped for a 5th straight session on Monday but closed well above session lows. 
  • The Nasdaq Composite reversed sharply to finish higher, ending a streak of four straight losses. 
  • The 10-year Treasury yield reached 1.8% for the first time since the declaration of the COVID pandemic. 

US stocks finished mixed Monday as the S&P 500 extended a string of losses while the Nasdaq Composite staged a sharp reversal to close with a slight gain.

Ahead of inflation data this week that could underscore concerns the Federal Reserve will move aggressively to fight hot inflation, the 10-year Treasury yield during the session surpassed 1.8% for the first time since January 2020. That sliced into highly-valued tech stocks early Monday before they recovered some ground.

"Investors are reacting to the heightened reality of a likely four-time interest rate hike this year, as the Fed has messaged its contention that a faster tapering could better address inflationary concerns," said Greg Bassuk, CEO of AXS Investments, in a note to Insider on Monday. 

Here's where US indexes stood at 4:00 p.m. on Monday:   

Goldman Sachs said Monday it expects the US central bank to raise interest rates by four times in 2022.

The consumer price inflation report due Wednesday could exceed 7% after the CPI reached 6.8% in November, the highest rate since 1982.

"The producer price index (PPI) data will be released on Thursday, and investors remain laser-focused on the extent to which those wholesale prices continued to rise in December," said Bassuk, noting the previous PPI report showed producer prices surged to 9.6% year-on-year. 

Around the markets, JPMorgan's quant guru says investors should buy the dip in stocks as markets can withstand higher interest rates. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley's equity strategists say the market is set for defensive stocks to take a leadership role

Oil prices slipped. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.6% to $78.44 per barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, lost 0.8%, at $81.11.

Gold turned higher, up 0.2% to $1,800.10 per ounce. The 10-year yield gained about 1 basis point, at 1.777%. 

Bitcoin declined 0.8% to $41,514.36.

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'Let's stick with the facts': A federal judge rebuked Trump's lawyer's claim that he urged his supporters to be peaceful on January 6

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:08
President Donald Trump at the "Save America March" rally in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.
  • A judge dismissed Trump's lawyer's claim that he urged supporters to be peaceful on January 6, 2021.
  • "Let's stick with the facts," Judge Amit Mehta told Jesse Binnall, Trump's lawyer.
  • Mehta added that he wasn't interested in "whataboutism" or other hypotheticals.

A federal judge on Monday forced lawyers for former President Donald Trump to reckon with his hours of silence during the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, asking in court whether the president's initial inaction could be considered a tacit endorsement of the day's violence.

US District Judge Amit Mehta also rejected one lawyer's claim that Trump urged his supporters to be peaceful on that day, telling the attorney to "stick with the facts."

During a court hearing Monday, Mehta said that for a "two-hour period" on the day of the siege, Trump did not "take to Twitter or to any other type of communication and say, 'Stop. Get out of the Capitol. What you are doing is not what I wanted you to do.'"

"What would you have me do with the allegation that the president did not act?" Mehta, an Obama appointee who joined the federal bench in 2014, asked.

His question came during oral arguments over a trio of civil lawsuits filed by House Democrats and Capitol Police officers that allege Trump's incendiary rhetoric incited the Capitol breach. At a rally that preceded the siege, Trump told his supporters, "If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore."

In court Monday, Mehta asked whether Trump's inaction could be considered "ratification" of that statement.

Trump's lawyer Jesse Binnall pushed back against the assertion that the former president could face legal consequences for action he didn't take.

"The president cannot be subject to judicial action for any sort of damages for failing to do something," Binnall said.

He added that the president told his supporters to "peacefully and patriotically" make their voices heard on January 6, 2021.

But that statement was outweighed, Mehta said, by Trump's earlier calls to "fight like hell" against the 2020 election results. Mehta said there was no doubt "threats" and "intimidation" were used on the day of the insurrection. He also said the main question was whether Trump's actions and statements incited the violence.

"Let's stick with the facts," Mehta said, adding that he wasn't "interested" in "whataboutism."

He continued pressing Binnall on whether Trump's call for his supporters to march to the Capitol and his use of words like "fight" and "show strength," which were followed by Trump's supporters storming the Capitol, satisfied the standards required to establish conspiracy.

"No," Binnall said.

"So the president, in your view, is both immune to inciting the riot and failing to stop it?" Mehta asked.

Binnall replied that "the president cannot be subject" to any judicial action because he "failed to do something."

Joseph Sellers, a lawyer for House Democrats, countered that claim and said the "fervor" and "energy" of Trump's supporters directly before the Capitol riot indicated that the president knew what they were planning to do.

But Mehta pushed back, telling Sellers the allegation of a conspiracy in this case was "unusual" and could be "problematic" because the lawsuit did not allege there was a direct meeting between the defendants, which include Trump, his then-lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and the far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

Alleging a conspiracy in the absence of such a link is "dangerous" because the defendants couldn't necessarily have controlled the reaction of Trump's supporters, the judge said.

Sellers conceded the point but added that Trump "ratified" his supporters' actions after the Capitol riot.

Trump's initial silence during the Capitol breach has also come under scrutiny from the special House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack. The panel's top Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney, said last month that the committee was exploring the question of whether Trump, "through action or inaction," sought to impede Congress' certification of now-President Joe Biden's electoral victory.

The committee has released texts showing that Trump's allies — including his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and Fox News hosts — pleaded with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to have Trump order the violent mob to stand down. In the lawsuits against Trump, House Democrats pointed to his initial silence during the attack as evidence of an agreement with the mob to block the certification of Biden's victory.

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The Associated Press is launching an NFT marketplace this month, mining a trove of photos to fund its news business

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 21:59
A microphone from the Associated Press (AP).
  • The Associated Press is launching an NFT marketplace at the end of January. 
  • Xooa, a technology firm, will work with the news agency to mint and release NFTs of AP photography. 
  • Proceeds from the marketplace will go toward funding the organization's journalism.

The Associated Press announced it is launching a photography-focused non-fungible token marketplace at the end of January. 

The marketplace will be built by blockchain technology firm Xooa, which works with brands on metaverse and NFT strategy. The initial collection of NFTs will be released over a period of several weeks.

Collectors will be able to purchase and view various pieces of the news agency's photojournalism. 

"For 175 years AP's photographers have recorded the world's biggest stories through gripping and poignant images that continue to resonate today," said Dwayne Desaulniers, AP director of blockchain and data licensing in a press release. 

The NFTs will be marked with the time, date, location, and equipment used for the original photo. The AP noted that as a not-for-profit organization, proceeds from the NFT sales will fund its journalism. Many photos taken by Associated Press photojournalists have won awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

"In this marketplace deployment, emphasis has been placed on accessibility for all types of collectors to empower them to join a community that shares their interest in stunning photography," said Zach Danker-Feldman, Xooa's head of marketplaces, in a press release.

The marketplace will offer buying, trading, and selling of AP digital collectibles, and also support transactions completed in secondary marketplaces. The press release noted that the NFTs will be minted on the Polygon blockchain. 

"With Xooa's technology, we are proud to offer these tokenized pieces to a fast-growing global audience of photography NFT collectors," Desaulniers said.

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The 23 most popular books of the past year, according to Goodreads members

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 21:49

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For reading inspiration, check out the most-read books in 2021, according to Goodreads members.
  • If you're looking for a great new book, it can be difficult to know where to start.
  • The books on this list are the most popular reads among Goodreads members in the past year.
  • The titles range from new romances to classics and everything in between.

Because there are nearly infinite books in the world, it can be difficult to know which one to pick up next. When I don't know what to read, I turn to fellow readers for the books they've read and adored, gravitating towards the titles I hear my friends mention over and over again. 

Similarly, the internet can provide plenty of word-of-mouth reviews and rankings. The books on this list come from the most popular Goodreads members picked up in the last year, according to the 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge (where readers aim to read as many books as they can in one year). Goodreads is the world's largest platform for readers to rate, review, and discover new book recommendations, with over 125 million members sharing their favorite reads.

If you're looking to start off the new year right with a great new read, here are some of the most popular books readers are snagging right now. 

The 23 most popular books right now, according to Goodreads members:"The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.29

Nora Seed feels stuck in her life, bound to the choices she made that she still isn't sure were right. When Nora is ready to leave it all behind, she finds herself in a peculiar library, where each of the infinite books offers a portal to a parallel world, showing her all the many ways her life could have been slightly or drastically different, had she made other decisions.

"The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V.E. Schwab

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.19

"The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" is a genre-bending fantasy book about a young woman named Addie who, in 1714, makes a bargain with a dark god and becomes cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie's story spans three centuries and countless countries — until she meets a boy in New York City in 2014 who can finally remember her.

"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.42

Evelyn Hugo was an iconic Hollywood actress, just as notoriously remembered for her seven marriages as she was for her movie performances. Finally ready to tell her story, Evelyn Hugo chooses a little-known journalist named Monique, who goes to Evelyn's luxurious apartment to hear the truth behind Evelyn's lifetime of friendships, ambitions, and many loves.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.19

Considered one of the greatest novels of all time, "To Kill a Mockingbird" is an unforgettable historical fiction novel from 1960 that follows young Jean Louise Finch during a time of great racial inequality in her community. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer defending a Black man wrongly accused of a terrible crime as he faces a community desperate for a guilty conviction.

"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.44

"The Great Gatsby" is a classic about the wealthy Jay Gatsby, set during the Jazz Age in New York. When Nick Carraway moved to Long Island to find a job in New York City as a bond salesman, he meets his next-door neighbor, Jay Gatsby, who throws extravagant parties and is constantly in pursuit of the stunning Daisy Buchanan.

"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.98

Kya Clark is known to most as the "Marsh Girl," running barefoot and wild in her quiet fishing village, having attended only one day of school. When a popular young boy is murdered, Kya's story unravels as the town accuses her of causing his death.

"1984" by George Orwell

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.48

"1984" is an iconic science fiction novel that imagines a dystopian future ruled by a totalitarian state, perpetually at war and at the mercy of strong propaganda. Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting historical records to conform to the state's version of events while secretly dreaming of rebellion and imagining what life would be like without Big Brother.

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $5.47

"Pride and Prejudice" is a cherished, classic Jane Austen romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Loved for their unique relationship comprised of witty banter and flirting, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy fall for each other in this story of class, wealth, and the duty of marriage.

"The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.35

In this Greek mythology-inspired tale, Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled by his father because of a misunderstanding when he meets the legendary Achilles. As the two form a unique relationship, Helen of Sparta is kidnapped and Achilles, along with all the heroes in Greece, joins the cause against Troy as they face a choice between love and fate.

"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $15.70

Though the Vignes twin sisters grew up identical in their small, southern community, their lives split in young adulthood as one sister now lives in the same community with her Black daughter while the other passes for white in a white community. A beautiful story of influence and decisions emerges as their lives intersect over generations when their daughters finally meet.

"The Guest List" by Lucy Foley

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.09

Set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland, a fascinating group of friends and family converge to celebrate the marriage of a rising television star and an ambitious magazine publisher. When someone is found dead, everyone becomes a suspect with their own strange and mysterious potential motives.

"People We Meet on Vacation" by Emily Henry

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.98

Alex and Poppy became best friends on a happenstance summer road trip in college, spurring a tradition of summer trips together — until two years ago, when everything changed between them. Though they haven't spoken since, Poppy desperately needs her best friend back and reaches out to Alex to see if they can try to rekindle their friendship in this adorable romance.

"It Ends with Us" by Colleen Hoover

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.99

Ryle Kincaid is a stunning, assertive neurosurgeon with a soft spot for only Lily, who can't believe her luck that there's a spark between them. As the two fall into a passionate relationship, Lily can't help but think of her first love, Atlas. As her relationship with Ryle becomes more and more complicated, Atlas reappears and further complicates everything.

"The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14

"The Four Winds" is an award-winning historical fiction novel that illuminates the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression, where farmers faced deadly droughts that often forced them from their land. To learn more about why we love this book, you can check out our review here.

"Malibu Rising" by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.80

Famous surfer Nina Riva is preparing to host her iconic, annual party with her equally famous siblings, though she doesn't know the party will be literally up in flames by morning. As each sibling's story unravels, this historical fiction novel traverses from the party in 1983 to the Rivas' childhood, revealing long-buried secrets and spinning the present entirely out of control.

"The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.99

Alicia Berenson had a seemingly perfect life with a painting career, a beautiful home, and a photographer husband until one night her husband returned home and Alicia shot him five times in the face and never spoke again. As Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, attempts to work with Alicia to get her to talk, his own twisted motives emerge in this gripping psychological thriller with many versions of the truth.

"Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.12

When a bank robbery goes terribly wrong, eight strangers find themselves being held hostage in an apartment with more in common than they imagined. Each anxious for their own reasons, the tensions mount as the police surround the apartment in this thought-provoking story of compassion where all the pieces slowly fit together.

"Red, White & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.97

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz has a long-running nemesis: Prince Henry. When the tabloids catch the two in a confrontation, the plan for damage control includes staging a fake friendship between the boys in this fun, fan-favorite Queer romance.

"Normal People" by Sally Rooney

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.33

Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other in school, dropping the facade when Connell picks his mother up from a housekeeping job at Marianne's house. The two form a peculiar connection, drifting apart and back together over the years in this story about class, friendship, and human nature.

"The Hobbit, or There and Back Again" by J.R.R. Tolkien

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.92

Originally written for the author's children, "The Hobbit" is a beloved prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" series where readers are introduced to the fantasy world of Middle-earth. When Bilbo Baggins is tricked into hosting a party, the wizard Gandalf convinces him to join him and a group of dwarves on an adventure to retrieve a treasure guarded by a dragon, igniting an epic tale adored by readers of all ages.

"Beach Read" by Emily Henry

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.35

January Andrews is a bestselling romance author, plagued with writer's block and staying at a beach house to try and write a new novel by her editor's deadline. When she meets the next-door literary fiction writer named Augustus, they decide to switch genres in an attempt to escape their creative ruts.

"The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.50

Before Hannah's new husband, Owen, disappears, he manages to slip her a note reading "protect her," which she knows refers to his 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. When the FBI arrests Owen's boss and comes to their home unannounced, Hannah and Bailey realize Owen isn't who they thought and must uncover the truth behind his disappearance while building a future together of their own.

"The Duke and I" by Julia Quinn

Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27

"The Duke and I" is the first Regency-era romance in the "Bridgerton" series, about Daphne Bridgerton who agrees to a fake courtship with Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. While Daphne needs her own prospects to soar and the Duke intends to avoid marriage altogether, their plan seems to be working perfectly — until the two can't deny the spark that seems to be igniting between them. If you love this book already, check out our list of other Julia Quinn novels to find your next great romance read. 

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'Yellowstone' is a massive hit, and its creator is making 7 other series. Here are all the details.

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 21:46
"Yellowstone."
  • The "Yellowstone" season-four finale was the biggest cable telecast since 2017.
  • It's not the only TV show in the works from creator Taylor Sheridan.
  • His "Yellowstone" prequel, "1883," was Paramount+'s biggest original-series premiere yet.

Paramount Network's "Yellowstone" is easily the biggest hit on cable TV.

The show's season-four finale was watched by 9.3 million viewers on January 2 — the biggest cable telecast since 2017. It's also up substantially from the 5.2 million viewers who tuned in for the season-three finale the day it aired.

Beyond the ratings, other data shows that "Yellowstone," which stars Kevin Costner as a powerful rancher, has grown its audience with each season.

Parrot Analytics measures audience demand, which accounts for the interest in and engagement with, or overall popularity, of a TV series.

According to Parrot Analytics, audience demand in the US for the full season-four run was:

  • 32.7% higher than season three's demand.
  • 126% higher than season two's demand.
  • 134% higher than season one's demand.

But "Yellowstone" is only series from its creator, Taylor Sheridan, who is developing several other projects, including ones that expand the "Yellowstone" franchise.

Two other Sheridan shows have already premiered on Paramount+. ViacomCBS, Paramount's parent company, is betting on Sheridan as a brand for its streaming platform, even though the streaming rights for "Yellowstone" belong to NBCUniversal's Peacock, which landed the series in 2020. (Paramount+ launched in March.)

So the first three seasons are available on Peacock, new episodes air on Paramount Network, and spinoffs are set for Paramount+.

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The Paramount+ Sheridan strategy has been successful so far.

After the "Yellowstone" prequel "1883" debuted on Paramount+ in December, the streamer said it was its most watched original-series premiere yet. The premiere also aired on Paramount Network last month, where it scored 4.9 million viewers.

Since it debuted, "1883" has been 10.7 times more in demand than the average series in the US, on par with "Yellowstone" season one, according to Parrot Analytics. 

And "Mayor of Kingstown," another Sheridan-created Paramount+ series, has been 19.2 times more in demand than the average series in the US since debuting in November, Parrot Analytics said. That's closer to the demand for "Yellowstone" season three.

The figures indicate that the "Sheridan universe" has potential to help Paramount+ grow is subscriber base.

Below is everything that Sheridan is making beyond "Yellowstone," in alphabetical order:

"1883" (Paramount+)"1883."

"1883" is a prequel to "Yellowstone" starring Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill. Paramount+ says the series "follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America." Four episodes of the first season are available on the service, with episodes airing weekly.

"6666" (Paramount+)

"6666," based on the historic Texas ranch that showed up in "Yellowstone" season four, is a spinoff of the series that's in the works.

"Bass Reeves" (to be determined)

David Oyelowo is set to star as the title character, who was the first Black deputy US marshal in the American West.

"Kansas City" (Paramount+)Sylvester Stallone.

Sylvester Stallone is set to star as a New York City mobster who relocates his family to Kansas City, Missouri. Sheridan is executive producing, while "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter is on board as the showrunner. 

"Land Man" (Paramount+)

"Land Man" is in the works with Billy Bob Thornton in talks to star. It's based on a Texas Monthly podcast about the oil business. 

"Lioness" (Paramount+)Zoe Saldana.

Nicole Kidman and Zoe Saldana are in talks to star in this series about female marines. The producer and actor Jill Wagner is producing with Sheridan.

"Mayor of Kingstown" (Paramount+)

The season-one finale of "Mayor of Kingstown," which stars Jeremy Renner, dropped on Paramount+ on Sunday, and season two is in the works. The streamer says the series "follows the McLusky family — power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry."

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The US is spending billions of dollars deepening port harbors to make room for 'mega' container ships that are only getting bigger

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 21:22
  • Container ships more than doubled in size over the past decade to keep up with global trade.
  • To make room for the 'mega' ships, Congress has allocated billions of dollars to deepen US ports.
  • Experts say the vessels' massive size is one reason behind the supply-chain crisis. 

The Ever Ace, the world's largest cargo ship, is as long as four football fields and can carry over 23,000 containers. 

Container ships like this one have more than doubled in size over the past decade. While the massive vessels can hold more Amazon orders than you can imagine, the rapid growth presents a problem for US ports — the ships can't fit into most harbors. 

In response, the Army Corp of Engineers has allocated billions of dollars to deepen ports across the US.

From Massachusetts to Alabama, officials say ports must accommodate supersized ship dimensions in order to remain competitive in global trade.

At The Port of New York and New Jersey, a $2.1 billion harbor-deepening project freed up access to "post-panamax" ships, the name for mega ships too large to travel through the Panama Canal.

The vessels' larger-than-life size may be contributing to the supply-chain crisis that's caused record-breaking backlogs at US ports, one expert told Insider. 

"Part of the problem is the ships are double or triple the size of the ships we were seeing 10 or 15 years ago," Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, said. "They take longer to unload. You need more trucks, more trains, more warehouses to put the cargo."

Proponents of harbor-deepening projects like New York's point to the benefits port economies have on local job markets. Other dredging proposals like North Carolina's $834 million Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement Project face pushback over environmental concerns. 

Insider compiled a list of 10 harbor deepening project currently in progress and the reported budgets of each. Most projects receive both federal and state funding. 

1. The Port of New York and New Jersey Harbor Deepening ($2.1 billion).Touring the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Source: US Army Corp of Engineers

2. The Charleston, South Carolina Harbor Deepening Project ($565 million).Container ships at the Port of Charleston.

Source: South Carolina Ports

3. The Jacksonville, Florida Harbor Deepening Project ($484 million).A worker stands on a crane, overlooking the docks at the Port of Jacksonville, Florida.

Source: Jacksonville Port Authority

4. Deepening and widening of the Port of Mobile, Alabama ($365.3 million).Port of Houston

Source: US Senator Richard Shelby

5. Port of Virginia "Wider, Deeper, Safer" dredging project ($350 million).6. Boston, Massachusetts Harbor Deepening ($306.2 million).A container ship weighing 89,954 gross tons and drawing 12 meters is unloaded at Boston harbor.

Source: US Army Corp of Engineers

7. The Mississippi River Ship Channel Dredging Project ($238 million).Former US President George W. Bush gives a speech after touring the Port of New Orleans, 15 January 2002 in Louisiana.

Source: NOLA.com

8. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project ($507.2 million).A truck picks up a shipping container at the Port of Savannah in Georgia.

Source: US Army Corp of Engineers spokesperson

9. Seattle Harbor Navigation Improvement Project ($61.2 million)Kayakers pass Seattle's container port.

Source: American Association of Port Authorities

10. Baltimore Harbor and Channels Project ($33 million).Baltimore, Maryland

Source: The Journal of Commerce

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Lawsuit accuses 16 major universities, including Yale and Northwestern, of illegally collaborating to limit students' financial aid

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 21:20
Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2015.
  • A suit accuses 16 universities of illegally restricting financial aid, The Wall Street Journal said.
  • It said schools, including Yale, illegally weighed students' abilities to pay when determining aid.
  • The plaintiffs seek damages and an end to schools' collaboration in calculating financial need.

A new lawsuit accuses major universities, including Ivy League schools, of engaging in illegal behavior that restricts students' access to federal aid.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that five former students were suing 16 schools in the US, including Yale, Georgetown, and Columbia, accusing them of engaging in price-fixing and unfairly cutting off some students from financial aid by collaborating on financial-need calculations. 

The Journal reported that schools are legally allowed to collaborate on their financial-aid formulas, but the lawsuit said the schools weighed the students' ability to pay in some situations, which is not permitted under the law. Attorneys in the suit said more than 170,000 former students who received partial financial aid from the 16 schools could be eligible to become plaintiffs in the case.

Other defendants in the lawsuit include Northwestern University, Brown University, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

"While conspiring together on a method for awarding financial aid, which raises net tuition prices, defendants also consider the wealth of applicants and their families in making admissions decisions," Eric Rosen, a partner at one of the firms that filed the suit, told The Journal.

Representatives for all of the mentioned schools either declined to comment on pending litigation or did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

There's historical precedent for the type of anticompetitive behavior accused in the lawsuit. In 1991, all members of the Ivy League were charged with price-fixing, which is when competitors get together to set the price of a product, often making prices higher for consumers. As a result, Congress passed legislation that exempted those schools from antitrust violations as long as the collaborations on aid were need-blind — meaning not taking into account the student's ability to pay. This led to the creation of the 568 Presidents Group, a group of universities that meets a few times a year to discuss aid calculations on a need-blind basis.

But the new lawsuit argues that schools are collaborating on financial aid and admissions practices that aren't completely need-blind.

"Under a true need-blind admissions system, all students would be admitted without regard to the financial circumstances of the student or student's family," the lawsuit said. "Far from following this practice, at least nine Defendants for many years have favored wealthy applicants in the admissions process."

The Journal reported that the lawsuit is seeking damages and a permanent end to the schools' collaboration in determining and awarding financial aid.

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Russia continues to make demands the US will never agree to over Ukraine

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 21:13
Russian President Vladimir Putin during an event in Sochi, Russia in October 2021.
  • Russia continues to demand Ukraine and Georgia never be allowed to join NATO.
  • Both NATO and the US have made it clear this is a nonstarter. 
  • Diplomats have gathered in Europe this week to discuss the Ukraine crisis. 

While threatening Ukraine with the prospect of an invasion, Russia continues to make demands that the US and NATO will never agree to as diplomats gather in Europe to address the crisis. 

Russia has repeatedly insisted that Ukraine and Georgia never be permitted to join NATO — a proposition the US and the alliance have continuously and firmly dismissed as a nonstarter. 

Following talks between a US and Russian delegation in Geneva on Monday aimed at staving off an invasion of Ukraine, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow wanted "iron clad, legally binding guarantees" that neither country would ever become a NATO member, NPR reported.

"We are fed up with loose talk, half-promises or loose interpretation of what happened in negotiations behind closed doors. We do not trust the other side," Ryabkov said. 

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the head of the US delegation, in a separate briefing told reporters that NATO "will not allow anyone to slam close NATO's open door policy, which has always been central to the NATO alliance."

Sherman's comments echoed what's been said time and again by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We will not compromise on core principles, including the right for every nation to decide its own path, including what kind of security arrangements it wants to be a part of," Stoltenberg said to reporters on Friday.

The US and NATO have warned Russia of severe economic consequences if it invades Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly stated it has no intention of invade, despite raising the temperature in the region by gathering tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's border. 

"There are no plans or intentions to attack Ukraine," Ryabkov said on Monday, NPR reported, adding that there's "no reason to fear some kind of escalatory scenario." 

Meanwhile, Sherman challenged Russia to "return the troops to barracks or tell us what exercises are ongoing and what their purpose is."

Ukraine and Georgia are both former Soviet republics that have faced Russian invasions within the past 15 years.

Russia invaded and annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and has backed separatists in a war against Ukrainian forces in the Donbass region since that year. In the time since, Russia has continued to assume an aggressive posture toward Ukraine. Experts say that Russian President Vladimir Putin views Ukraine as "unfinished business."

In 2008, Russian forces invaded Georgia as part of a short-lived, but deeply formative war. A 2009 EU investigation found that Georgia's attacks on separatists in South Ossetia triggered the conflict, but faulted both sides for the five-day war and said "Russian military action went far beyond the reasonable limits of defense." And in early 2021, the European court of human rights ruled that Russia committed human rights violations in the war — including the murder of Georgian civilians.

Russian troops continue to occupy roughly 20% of Georgia's internationally recognized territory (South Ossetia and Abkhazia), and has continued to quietly seize more territory.

Both the Ukraine and Georgia have expressed a desire to join NATO, and the alliance maintains robust partnerships with both. Putin finds this unacceptable and has repeatedly warned against allowing either country to join NATO.

Putin has blamed the US and its allies for the tensions over Ukraine and Georgia, though it was his aggressive actions in the region that pushed both countries closer to NATO and the West more generally. 

Diplomatic discussions on Ukraine are set to continue in Europe over the course of the week. NATO members and Russian envoys are poised to hold talks in Brussels on Wednesday, followed by a meeting of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna on Thursday. No major breakthroughs were achieved in Monday's meeting, and the situation remains tense. 

"Today was a discussion, a better understanding of each other and each other's priorities," Sherman said, per the New York Times. "It was not what we would call a negotiation."

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Leaked email shows Boris Johnson aide inviting staff to 'bring your own booze' to a gathering held during England's strict COVID-19 lockdown: report

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 21:11
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves number 10, Downing Street as he heads to the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Foreign Office on November 10, 2020 in London, England.
  • A leaked email shows an aide for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson inviting staff to a May 2020 party.
  • "Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!" the email said, which was leaked to ITV.
  • Johnson has come under fire lately amid reports that he hosted gatherings during lockdowns.

A leaked email shows an aide for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson inviting staff to "bring your own booze" to a gathering held during England's strict COVID-19 lockdown.

"After what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening," Johnson's Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds said in an email to over a hundred staffers at Johnson's 10 Downing Street office.

"Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!" Reynolds wrote in the email obtained by British broadcaster ITV News, which was sent on May 20, 2020.

Around 40 staffers gathered for food and drinks in the garden that day, including Johnson and his wife, according to the report.

A Downing Street spokesperson told Insider that Downing Street declined to "comment on this while the investigation is ongoing."

The leaked email comes after Dominic Cummings, the former chief aide to Johnson, wrote on a Substack blog on Friday that there was a May 2020 social gathering in the Number 10 garden "that should not have happened." 

Johnson has come under fire lately as claims surface that the government hosted parties and social gatherings while England faced harsh lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

While initial lockdowns in the country were introduced in March 2020, people were not allowed to attend outdoor gatherings of six people until June, the BBC reported on Monday. 

Reports of a Downing Street holiday party in December 2020 have even sparked calls for Johnson's resignation.

Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labour Party, slammed Johnson in a statement Monday, saying that he "has consistently shown that he has no regard for the rules he puts in place for the rest of us." 

She added: "At the time this party took place, key workers on the frontline were working round the clock to keep us all safe, people suffered loneliness and loss in unimaginably tough circumstances and for the majority of the country our freedom was limited to a daily walk."

The UK is currently facing a surge in daily new COVID-19 cases — with a seven-day average of nearly 172,000 as of January 7, according to the latest government data.

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Smittetrykket falder i Premier League

DR Sporten - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 20:49
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Kvinden, der hjalp Lauge tilbage, blev blæst bagover i træningslokalet: 'Jeg ville klone ham, hvis jeg kunne'

DR Sporten - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 20:39
Efter at have misset to slutrunder på grund af en korsbåndsskade er Rasmus Lauge med, når håndboldlandsholdet i januar spiller EM i Ungarn.
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