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Mike Wehner

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wasps are important

Stinging wasps are so much more important than you realize – here’s why

April 29th, 2021

Mother Nature is pretty good about eliminating anything that isn’t working correctly. With plants and animals, it’s called natural selection, and it ensures that every organism that continues to exist is doing something right. Wasps have been around for a very long time, so despite most of us disliking them intensely, they’re obviously filling a …

food recall

If you have these rice cakes at home, throw them out

April 29th, 2021

A new multi-state recall was just issued for rice cakes produced by Basic Grain Products, Inc. of Coldwater, Ohio. The company produces rice cakes that are sold under store brand names including Kroger and Stop & Shop. The recall is due to undeclared milk in the rice cakes. That might not seem like a very …

space plants

The International Space Station is surprisingly lush

April 29th, 2021

You don’t become an astronaut in the hopes of getting to eat some really good food in space. The International Space Station, for example, isn’t stocked with high-end cuisine. In fact, most of the stuff that the astronauts eat comes in tiny packages that are warmed by a machine built right into the wall. It’s …

ocean plastics

We’re ruining Earth’s oceans one piece of plastic at a time

April 28th, 2021

Humans have irreversibly altered Earth in many ways, but one of our longest-lasting legacies will always be our invention of plastics. Plastics are cheap, durable, and easy to produce. They’re both a blessing and a curse, and plastic waste has piled up in every corner of the globe. Because most of our planet is covered …

starship sn15

The next Starship test flight is coming very soon

April 27th, 2021

SpaceX is doing great. It’s continuing its agreements with NASA, regularly launching more and more of its own Starlink satellites, and routinely sending its reusable rocket stages back into the sky. All of SpaceX’s projects are moving along better than most would have anticipated. Well, almost all of them. The one SpaceX program that has …

ingenuity video

This is the best video of NASA’s Mars helicopter yet

April 27th, 2021

The Mars Ingenuity helicopter has already accomplished a lot during its brief time on the Red Planet. It became the first manmade aircraft to sustain powered flight on another planet as well as the first aircraft to travel any distance on a world other than Earth. NASA has a very limited amount of time with …