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Mike Wehner

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NASA fixed its Mars mole problem in the most unusual way

March 15th, 2020

NASA’s InSight lander might have finally fixed its mole problem.  A new strategy to push the mole probe into the surface appears to be working, NASA teased in a tweet.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA’s InSight lander has performed a lot of great work since its arrival on the Red Planet many months …

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The smallest dinosaur ever was found encased in amber

March 15th, 2020

Scientists say they’ve found the tiniest dinosaur ever, and it was encased in amber.  The fossil, found in Myanmar, is so small that it’s comparable to the smallest bird species alive today.  The researchers believe that despite its size, it was a carnivore that feasted primarily on bugs.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. A …

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Astronomers spot 139 new ‘minor planets’ in our own solar system

March 14th, 2020

Astronomers spotted 139 new objects in our solar system in orbit beyond Neptune.  Many of these new trans-Neptunian objects reside in the same area of our system that Pluto does, but some are much further away from the Sun.  The new discoveries make up 10 percent of confirmed trans-Neptunian objects on record.  Visit BGR’s homepage …

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President Trump announces national emergency over coronavirus

March 13th, 2020

President Trump declares state of emergency and the signing of the Stafford Act over coronavirus pandemic.  This move frees up billions of dollars for disaster relief and mobilizes FEMA to the hardest-hit areas.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump has announced a nationwide state of emergency due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. …

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How to sanitize your filthy smartphone to kill coronavirus

March 13th, 2020

You can easily clean your phone using common sanitizing products.  Use a CDC-approved cleaner, but avoid bleach and heavy-duty chemicals.  Clean your phone and phone case separately.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Sanitizing your smartphone doesn’t have to be complicated. Combining cleaning agents (especially sprays) with electronics can seem like a bad idea, but …

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This new exoplanet is so hot it rains liquid metal

March 12th, 2020

Astronomers detected a distant exoplanet with iron rain.  Iron is vaporized due to high daytime temperatures and then condenses into rain as it moves to the cooler night side, becoming rain.  The planet is located 640 light years from Earth and was studied using ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Scientists …

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ExoMars mission delayed to 2022, and coronavirus played a role

March 12th, 2020

The launch of the ExoMars mission has been delayed from 2020 to 2022 over testing woes and coronavirus concerns.  The mission, which is being conducted by the European Space Agency in partnership with Russia’s Roscosmos, had previously been slated for a launch this summer.  NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is still on schedule, at least for …

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Coronavirus vaccine poised to begin human trials

March 12th, 2020

An early COVID-19 vaccine is quickly being readied for human trials.  The company behind the drug, Moderna, hoped to have human testing underway by summer, but now says it could begin within weeks.  Even if the vaccine is safe and effective, it will still take many months before it’s widely available.  Visit BGR’s homepage for …