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Mike Wehner

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These mating flies have been doing the nasty for 41 million years

April 3rd, 2020

Mating flies frozen in time were found encased in amber for the past 41 million years.  The flies, still locked in their mating pose, were swallowed up by tree sap which then hardened into protective amber that preserved them and made it possible for paleontologists to study them.  The flies are just part of a …

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SpaceX Starship prototype explodes during pressure testing

April 3rd, 2020

SpaceX Starship prototype SN3 was destroyed during a pressure test early this morning, producing a massive cloud of steam before the vehicle crumpled and collapsed.  This is now the second time a Starship prototype has endured such a failure during pressure testing, with a similar incident occurring back in November 2019.  Elon Musk notes that …

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Dr. Fauci says every state should be sheltering in place

April 3rd, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci is frustrated that stay-at-home orders haven’t been issued across every state in the US.  Fauci, one of the country’s top infectious disease experts and a member of the White House task force working on the coronavirus outbreak, says everyone should be staying home if at all possible.  Many states have refused to …

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Game-changing 2-minute coronavirus test’s FDA approval was false

April 3rd, 2020

A rapid-result coronavirus antibody test that supposedly gained FDA approval had not actually been approved by the FDA at the time of the company’s announcement.  The company, Bodysphere, says the mixup was simple human error, though it insists that its product works as intended and it is now eagerly awaiting a real approval from the …

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope shows off its shiny new mirror

April 2nd, 2020

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope takes one big step towards eventually being cleared for launch by arranging its mirror array.  The telescope’s current launch date is 2021, but that may change as the coronavirus pandemic has forced a reduction in the workforce.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has seen …

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2020 hurricane forecast predicts 16 storms, 4 major hurricanes

April 2nd, 2020

Weather scientists are predicting a total of 16 significant storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, along with four major storms of category 3 to 5.  The four largest storms will produce winds of at least 111 mph, which is more than enough to cause widespread damage to coastal cities.  The forecast, which was published by …

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The coronavirus pandemic made the entire Earth quieter

April 2nd, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown measures have forced daily life to change, and that means humans are making less noise on Earth.  With less traffic and other human movements, seismologists are noticing huge dips in the amount of background seismic noise in their readings.  A cleaner reading and less noise could give researchers a rare opportunity to capture …

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The EPA’s latest coronavirus warning is about flushing the toilet

April 2nd, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency is begging Americans to avoid flushing disinfectant wipes and other types of cleaning materials with pre-applied chemicals and cleaners.  Wipes like these do not break down as easily as toilet paper and can cause serious problems in the sewer system and waste treatment process.  The EPA says that disinfectant wipes and …

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Is coronavirus more dangerous for smokers and vapers?

April 2nd, 2020

Smoking has been proven to damage lungs and hinders lung function, making it harder to recover from a coronavirus infection that progresses to the point of pneumonia.  Research on the impact of vaping on the lungs is less concrete, but anything that can potentially affect the health of the lungs is likely to put you …