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Mike Wehner

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slow mo lightning

We finally unlocked one of the most puzzling secrets about lightning

February 10th, 2021

Researchers have long studied how lightning works in the hopes of better understanding why it acts the way it does and why it hits some things but not others. A new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters is accompanied by a high-speed camera video that reveals something incredibly interesting about lightning strikes.  When a lightning …

turkey monolith

Turkish government takes credit for mysterious metal monolith

February 10th, 2021

Months ago, a strange metal monolith found in Utah sparked a worldwide craze with copycats abound. A more recent development, a metal monolith appearing in Turkey, has been solved. The Turkish government actually took credit for the stunt and used it as a publicity stunt to make a big announcement. It was a few months …

food recall

If you have this popular spice in your cupboard, throw it away now

February 10th, 2021

Some popular brands of basil are being recalled due to the potential for parasitic contamination. The basil was imported from Colombia and sold under multiple brand names, and it may be contaminated with Cyclospora parasites.  Symptoms of Cyclospora infections can include severe diarrhea, fatigue, and intense pain. A very important food product recall has been …

science news

Let’s reel in this talk of a ‘fifth dimension’ for a second

February 10th, 2021

Researchers attempting to solve the problem of dark matter have proposed a particle that can travel to an unseen fifth dimension.  The work is entirely hypothetical, as it attempts to explain a type of matter that nobody has ever seen using a particle that has never been identified. Proving or disproving the theory will likely …

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You won’t believe this incredible galaxy image is real

February 9th, 2021

Countless images of galaxies have been snapped over the decades, but thanks to ever-advancing imaging technology, they just keep getting better and better. A new photo of the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy — officially known as Messier 83 — might be the most impressive galactic image yet. The image was captured by DECam, the Dark Energy …

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Watch a billion years of Earth’s changes in less than a minute

February 9th, 2021

The Earth as we see it today is the result of billions of years of changes on the surface of the planet. The movement of tectonic plates determines the arrangement of the continents, and they’re constantly in motion. A new video combines a wealth of data and condenses it into a 40-second animation showing the …

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Denmark is going to build its own artificial island

February 9th, 2021

The planet desperately needs us to ramp up our clean energy production if we’re going to curb climate change fast enough to prevent calamity. Denmark, which is is the biggest oil producer in Europe, is attempting to turn the tide, and it now says it will build an entire manmade island that will eventually provide …

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If you have any of this fish in your freezer, throw it out

February 9th, 2021

A new recall has been issued for frozen salmon sold at Publix stores across multiple states due to the inclusion of a potentially dangerous allergen. The parmesan-crusted salmon may contain soy, which is not indicated on the label, posing a danger to individuals with a soy allergy. The company is asking that anyone with the …

neanderthal poop

50,000-year-old poop reveals secrets of human guts

February 8th, 2021

A long, long time ago — 50,000 years ago, to be exact — some Neanderthals pooped in what is present-day Spain.  Recently recovered, the poop has been studied extensively and scientists have been able to identify a number of beneficial gut microbes within the samples. A new research paper on the discovery and subsequent study …