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Mike Wehner

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You’ll never guess what happened to Boeing’s Starliner

March 2nd, 2021

To say that Boeing’s Starliner program has not gone as planned would be the understatement of the century. The Starliner spacecraft, which NASA included in the Commercial Crew Program alongside the Crew Dragon from SpaceX, has failed to meet expectations in just about every way. The spacecraft was supposed to already be taking human astronauts …


Spacewalking NASA astronauts just gave the ISS a major upgrade

March 2nd, 2021

The International Space Station is, well, old. It’s still working great and fulfilling the needs of NASA, Russia’s Roscosmos, Japan’s JAXA, and the European Space Agency, among others, but it’s definitely not as cutting-edge as it once was. The groups responsible for maintaining the spacecraft have done a great job of keeping it up and …

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If you have any of this cheese in your fridge, throw it out

March 2nd, 2021

What started as a relatively small-scale recall for cheeses that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has now grown into a multi-state health alert and expanded recall effort. The cheeses, which were sold under a variety of brand names, are Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses produced and distributed by El Abuelito Cheese, based …

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Humans are already dumping garbage on Mars

March 1st, 2021

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission arrived at the Red Planet two weeks ago, and we’re just now getting our first look at the landing site from above. The ExoMars orbiter, which is a joint project between the European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos, flew over the Jezero Crater where the rover landed and took some snapshots …

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This state parties harder than any other in America

March 1st, 2021

A new 50-state ranking attempts to list all the U.S. states based on how hard they party. The rankings are based on a variety of metrics including the number of bars per capita, self-reported drinking habits, and college party school rankings. At the very top of the list is a state that you might not …

food recall

Multi-state recall issued due to Listeria contamination

March 1st, 2021

Foods sold under a variety of brand names were just recalled due to the potential for Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The food products are just the latest in what seems to be an uptick in the number of recalls related to various strains of Listeria so far this year  Among the food products in the recall …

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NASA has never seen a comet here before

February 28th, 2021

Our solar system is full of objects much smaller than planets and moons, and sometimes they show up in the strangest places. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted what appears to be a comet hanging out near the group of asteroids corralled by Jupiter. A comet has never been spotted in this location before, and …

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Life from Earth might survive on Mars, but not for long

February 27th, 2021

NASA goes to great lengths to prevent Earthly microbes from hitching a ride on missions to other worlds like Mars. Scientists fear that microorganisms from Earth might contaminate other planets or, even worse, throw off the search for extraterrestrial life. New research suggests that NASA’s concerns are well warranted, as microbes from Earth could likely …

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Mutated shark with a ‘human face’ found by fisherman

February 26th, 2021

A baby shark found dead off the coast of Indonesia has a striking mutation that gives it the appearance of a human face. The shark likely died because its mutation made it much more difficult to survive, dooming it to a very, very short life. The shark may have been afflicted with a condition called …

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This photo shows two stunning light phenomena at the same time

February 26th, 2021

Lightning strikes that we see here on the surface are only one kind of storm phenomenon, and others happen in places we can’t see from the ground.  Lightning also produces incredible sights in the space above the clouds, extending into the atmosphere in colors that we never see from a cloud-to-ground lightning bolt.  A new …