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Mike Wehner

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A new farthest-ever object has been found in our solar system

February 28th, 2019

It wasn’t long ago that astronomers detected the presence of what was then considered the most distant object in our solar system. The object, called 2018 VG18, was given the fitting nickname of “FarOut” by the researchers that discovered it. Unfortunately, the thing about naming space objects is that eventually someone will find one that …

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NASA shows off the inside of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft

February 28th, 2019

We’re rapidly approaching the launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, and NASA seems to be just as excited as the rest of us. The test launch, which is scheduled to take place early Saturday morning, will be a big deal for NASA and SpaceX regardless of the outcome, but it goes without saying that both …

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Texas lawmaker says vaccines should be optional because antibiotics exist

February 27th, 2019

When it comes to public health, one of the biggest risks is elected officials having absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. Republican Bill Zedler, a Texas state representative, recently spoke about the growing measles outbreak concern and the prospect of making vaccines mandatory to prevent widespread illness of the high-contagious disease. It probably won’t …

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NASA will spend $42 million to better understand space weather

February 27th, 2019

Getting the daily weather forecast for your area is something that countless people do every single morning, but Earth’s weather systems aren’t the only kind of weather that could have a dramatic impact on your life. Space weather — that is, the ebbs and flows of particles around Earth, much of which comes from our …

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NASA expects SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch on Saturday

February 27th, 2019

It was just a few days ago that NASA announced it had cleared SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for a test launch and docking opportunity with the International Space Station, and the day is rapidly approaching. March 2nd, this coming Saturday, SpaceX will finally have a chance to prove that its crew-capable spacecraft can safely leave the …

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New at-home test can tell you if you have colon cancer

February 27th, 2019

Early detection is paramount to effect treatment of life-threatening diseases like cancer, but going to the doctor for a screening can be time-consuming and, for some, a bit scary. At-home tests for cancer aren’t exactly common, but a new study suggests a novel at-home screening may be suitable for some specific types of cancers, specifically …