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Mike Wehner

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asteroid bullet

Japan’s asteroid probe is about to shoot a bullet at an asteroid

February 21st, 2019

Last year, the Japanese space program (JAXA) successfully arrived at the diamond-shaped space rock known as Ryugu. The spacecraft, known as Hayabusa2, spent the latter half of 2018 deploying tiny rovers to the asteroid’s surface and relaying lots of awesome images. Now, the probe is set to attempt its most challenging maneuver to date. JAXA …

im bored pilot

Bored pilot draws penises on the flight radar with his plane

February 20th, 2019

Taking a flight is often exciting, or even scary, for those of us who only rarely take to the skies, but pilots spend a huge portion of their lives in the air and, well, sometimes they get bored. That appears to be what happened in South Australia on Tuesday when he spent some time drawing …

lobster armor

Lobster bellies make for great armor, according to MIT

February 20th, 2019

Lobsters dominate the menu at seafood restaurants but they also happen to be true wonders of the ocean. They’re covered with rugged armor, which is standard for many crustaceans, but a new research effort by scientists at MIT took a look at one of the less flashy parts of the lobster: the belly. In a …

moon photo

This gorgeous Moon shot took 50,000 individual photos to create

February 20th, 2019

We’ve seen some pretty stunning images of the Moon over the years thanks to high-powered imaging tools from NASA and other space agencies, but you don’t need a massive observatory just to create a gorgeous picture of Earth’s closest neighbor. Photographer Andrew McCarthy produced the incredible Moon image you see above (and here, in full …

microwave grapes

We finally know why grapes go nuclear in the microwave

February 19th, 2019

If you’ve ever searched for ways to make plasma at home (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?) you’ll quickly come across an interesting kitchen experiment that involves one or more grapes. By placing two grapes or two halves of a grape right next to each other in a microwave and then firing it up, you’ll …

New study suggests your furniture might be making your family sick

February 19th, 2019

You’d probably never think that something as innocent as a sofa could pose a risk to you or your family but a new study out of Duke University raises that very possibility. The research focused on children in homes with furnishings that contain specific compounds, and the findings are a bit unsettling. The research, which …