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Mike Wehner

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Can sharks teach us how to cure cancer? Scientists think so

February 19th, 2019

We humans like to flatter ourselves and imagine that we have what it takes to survive here on planet Earth, but our reign pales in comparison to that of sharks. Sharks like the great white have been dominating the seas for millions of years, and they didn’t reach the pinnacle by chance. Sharks have incredible …

The Earth isn’t flat, but you’d never know that from watching YouTube

February 18th, 2019

The internet makes it possible for the average person to access an incredibly vast amount of knowledge amassed over centuries, as long as they know where to look. Unfortunately, it also makes it very easy for conspiracy nuts to peddle their off-the-wall “truths” along those same information channels. YouTube, the most popular video sharing site …

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Watch a Wisconsin lake swallow a pickup truck whole

February 18th, 2019

Ice fishing is a cherished tradition in the northern U.S. states and I, dear friend, happen to live very near a popular ice fishing destination in Wisconsin. The mighty (and shallow) Lake Winnebago is always packed with sportsmen this time of year and, inevitably, someone drives somewhere they shouldn’t have. This year, one such incident …

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Man who strangled mountain lion in self-defense tells his story

February 16th, 2019

Last week, news broke of a then-unidentified man who was forced to defend himself against a mountain lion when it attacked him on a recreational trail in Colorado. He’s spent the time since the attack recovering from his injuries, and he’s now come forward and identified himself as Travis Kauffman. Kauffman’s tale of how he …

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Here’s how NASA is searching for all the missing mass in the Universe

February 15th, 2019

Centuries of astronomical observation and technological advances have revealed a lot about the Universe we all call home, but it’s also raised plenty of new questions. Researchers have crunched a lot of numbers to try to make sense of the Big Bang and the billions of years that followed, but something just isn’t adding up. …

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Wild new study suggests blindness may protect against mental illness

February 15th, 2019

Schizophrenia is a puzzling disorder for medical professionals. It’s a mental illness that can be treated but nobody really knows what causes it in the first place, posing a challenge from a preventative standpoint. Nobody knows what signs to look for early on that reliably predict the development of the disorder, but a new study …