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NASA could turn astronaut pee into Moon bases

April 1st, 2020

Scientists say astronaut pee could be a vital ingredient in building structures on the Moon.  Urea, found in urine, can be used to help bind loose lunar material into more rigid shapes, potentially opening the door to semi-permanent lunar “homes” for NASA’s space travelers.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA could turn astronaut pee …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover will carry a secret message to Mars

April 1st, 2020

NASA hid a coded message on its Mars Perseverance rover, and internet sleuths quickly picked up on it.  On the aluminum plate attached to the rover, an etching of the Sun includes “rays” that are actually morse code.  The message reads “Explore As One.”  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will …

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Of course these spring breakers returned to Texas with coronavirus

April 1st, 2020

Dozens of young spring breakers have the novel coronavirus after heading to Mexico despite advice from health and government officials to avoid such trips.  28 cases have been confirmed out of around 70 young adults who made the trip, and each of the confirmed COVID-19 patients is now in self-isolation.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

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Coronavirus could hit your state harder for a reason you wouldn’t expect

April 1st, 2020

Coronavirus infections are far more serious for individuals with health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and severe obesity, CDC data shows.  Some states and communities within the United States have greater numbers of at-risk individuals than others, and great care should be taken to ensure those areas are well prepared as the pandemic continues to …

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Coronavirus might be able to travel up to 27 feet in the air

April 1st, 2020

Coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet through the air, an MIT researcher warns, basing her new research paper on more up-to-date models of how droplets and particles move through the air.  Current social distancing measures may not be adequate, as staying six feet away from a sick person may not be enough to protect …

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Ancient Mars may have had received water from two major sources

April 1st, 2020

Ancient Mars may have received its wealth of water from a couple of major sources, new research suggests.  Studying the content of Martian meteorites that arrived on Earth revealed different hydrogen isotopes that hint at the planet’s watery history.  A small amount of water and ice remains on Mars today, but the planet is believed …

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SpaceX’s first crewed operational mission just doubled its passengers

March 31st, 2020

SpaceX will launch four NASA astronauts and one astronaut from Japan’s JAXA space agency on its first operational crewed mission to the International Space Station.  The launch is tentatively scheduled for later this year but will entirely depend on the success of SpaceX’s crewed test flight slated to take place in late May.  It’s unclear …

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Coronavirus has killed more people in the US than the 9/11 attacks

March 31st, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has cost more lives in the United States than the events of 9/11, with over 3,000 people now having died from their infections.  Total cases now top 160,000 in the US, and some areas are being hit much, much harder than others.  Public health experts say social distancing and widespread lockdown are …

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Apple buys Dark Sky, the incredibly popular hyperlocal weather app

March 31st, 2020

Hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky has been purchased by Apple. Though the terms of the deal are still unclear, it will take effect immediately.  Dark Sky will remain available as an app for iOS, but will likely be rolled into iOS by default at some point in the not-so-distant future.  Android users of the app …