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Mike Wehner

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NASA’s new boss is a former Army captain and astronaut

May 5th, 2021

As is often the case when a new presidential administration takes the reins, the election of President Joe Biden meant that NASA was almost certainly going to need a new Administrator. The position had been filled by Trump-appointed politician Jim Bridenstine for the previous four years, but Bridenstine made it clear after Biden’s election that …

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UFOs spotted over Washington have a very boring explanation

May 5th, 2021

If you’re a Washington state resident, this might sound familiar: Streaks of otherworldly light were spotted in the skies above western Washington late Tuesday night, and residents were quick to record what could only be described as UFOs. This same thing happened a number of weeks ago and it turned out to be debris from …

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If you have these protein shakes at home, throw them out

May 5th, 2021

Protein shakes have long been a favorite of gym rats and bodybuilders, but have gained popularity among the general public more recently thanks to their ability to make you feel full for a long time. If you avoid the sugar-packed versions and opt for lightly sweetened options, they can be a healthy addition to your …

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Earthquakes and tsunamis may be more dangerous than we thought

May 4th, 2021

Natural disasters come in all forms, but some are certainly more devastating than others. A small tornado that tears through an unpopulated countryside is less serious than a super-powerful hurricane that slams into large coastal communities, for example. Earthquakes and tsunamis are both natural phenomena that occur due to the stress that builds up between …

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Here’s what NASA wants its Mars helicopter to do next

May 4th, 2021

NASA has already made history with its Mars rover Ingenuity. The chopper’s first flight proved that powered aircraft are viable on Mars, while its second and third flights demonstrated that aerial drones could easily travel without crashing. Its fourth flight will be designed to show that a similar aircraft could potentially be used to map …

climate change

Your next refrigerator or AC will be a lot different because of new laws

May 4th, 2021

There’s no denying that mankind has dramatically altered Earth’s climate. What was once just a theory has now been cemented with evidence from all over the world, such as ice core samples, historic CO2 trends, retreating glaciers, and a rising sea level. Scientists have offered solutions, but the adoption of those ideas has been slow. …

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How long are days on Venus? We finally know the answer

May 4th, 2021

If you’re a space news fan you’ve no doubt read many stories about exoplanet discoveries. Oftentimes, announcements of new exoplanets are coupled with information about the planet’s surface temperature and how long its years are. With that in mind, the idea that we never knew how long days are on Venus — the planet nearest …