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Mike Wehner

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life on mars

Is this proof that there’s actually life on Mars?

May 9th, 2021

We know there are no large, complex life forms on Mars. We know this because we’ve sent so much hardware to the Red Planet that we definitely would have seen it by now, but microbial life and perhaps even something like fungi might still be hiding out somewhere. Missions like NASA’s Perseverance rover could eventually …

california condor

A flock of giant condors decided to take over a woman’s home

May 8th, 2021

California condors are one of the most endangered bird species in the United States. They’re considered “Critically Endangered,” which is one step away from them being extinct in the wild. They have an incredibly small range that covers small sections of California, Arizona, and Utah, and there are only around 500 of the birds still …

mars helicopter

NASA’s Mars helicopter is exceeding expectations in every way

May 7th, 2021

NASA’s Mars helicopter has already completed four flights on the Red Planet. According to the Ingenuity team, it’s completed everything it needs to in order to be considered a success, but it’s not done yet. In fact, the limits that NASA thought it would have to deal with during the helicopter’s testing don’t appear to …

smoke alarms recall

If you have these smoke alarms, you’re in danger so read this now

May 7th, 2021

Smoke alarms aren’t exactly cutting-edge technology. They’ve been around for a very long time and the systems that allow them to detect smoke — whether they use ionization or photoelectric technology — is relatively mundane. You buy them in packs and stick them all over your house and assume they’ll work because, well, they almost …

dandelion seeds

Scientists discover that dandelion seeds are basically magic

May 6th, 2021

As the warm summer months creep nearer and spring flowers begin to bloom, many of us will find some less welcome blossoms on our lawns. Dandelions are one of the most troublesome weeds, and anyone that’s tended to a yard can tell you that they spread remarkably fast. The plants have a genius way of …

starlink piracy

SpaceX won’t tolerate piracy on its Starlink internet service

May 6th, 2021

SpaceX’s Starlink is the newest kid on the ISP block. SpaceX only has a fraction of the planned number of Starlink satellites in orbit and is still in its beta test phase, but it’s expecting the service to grow fast. But creating an internet service provider isn’t as simple as just throwing up some satellites …

lunar radio telescope

NASA might actually build a telescope on the Moon

May 6th, 2021

Radio telescopes are incredible pieces of technology. They allow scientists to probe deep into space and gather data from billions of years ago. They’re powerful, but they’re also quite large, and that makes them somewhat of a pain to build. As we recently saw with the Arecibo observatory, they are not immune to failure, and …

food recall

Frito-Lay is recalling Ruffles chips for a bizarre reason

May 6th, 2021

Frito-Lay is one of the biggest snack-makers on the planet. The company produces a huge number of different products in a variety of flavors and, for the most part, it gets things right when it comes to packaging. Unfortunately, even the most well-oiled machines aren’t immune to hiccups every now and again. A new recall …

weird supernova

This super weird star exploded, and Hubble was watching

May 5th, 2021

We all know what happens to most stars at the end of their lives. They explode in a violent event known as a supernova when they exhaust their fuel and essentially collapse in on themselves. This leads to some of the most powerful explosions in the universe and marks the end of a star’s life. …