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Mike Wehner

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mars mission

NASA and China aren’t the only ones about to reach Mars

February 8th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover and China’s own orbiter/rover combo are expected to arrive at Mars in a matter of days. A third Mars mission, the Hope mission from the United Arab Emirates, hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.  Hope is the first interplanetary mission to be launched by …

unfriendly states

Can you guess the most unfriendly state in the United States?

February 8th, 2021

In the U.S., each state has a personality of its own, and some states are known as being more welcoming than others. Attempting to quantify how friendly or unfriendly a state is, however, poses a challenge, but BestLife attempted to do just that with a new state ranking.  Using a variety of data sources, the …

environmental news

This ultra-quiet electric bike is a poacher’s worst nightmare

February 7th, 2021

Poaching is still a major issue throughout huge areas of Africa, and catching groups of poachers can prove incredibly difficult. A Swedish motorbike manufacturer has produced an electric bike specifically designed to help catch poachers before they can do more damage. The bikes, which are durable for off-road use while also being nearly silent thanks …

life on mars

How NASA makes sure it doesn’t contaminate other worlds

February 6th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover is rapidly approaching its destination on Mars, with an expected landing later this month. NASA and other space agencies take great care to ensure that microbes and other contaminants from Earth don’t hitch a ride on missions to other worlds. The precautions can seem extreme, but the importance of ensuring that other …

spacex starlink

Here’s how many people are already using Elon Musk’s space-based internet service

February 5th, 2021

SpaceX has been regularly launching dozens of satellites to build a global communications network called Starlink. The Starlink internet service is currently in beta testing, but the company recently revealed some interesting information about how things are progressing. According to SpaceX, Starlink already has over 10,000 testers actively using the service.  Elon Musk’s SpaceX is …

science news

Venus flytraps are even crazier than we thought

February 5th, 2021

Venus flytraps are carnivorous plants that consume insects in order to fulfill their own nutritional requirements. The plants are incredible in many ways, but a new study reveals something truly bizarre about them. According to the researchers, Venus flytraps produce a measurable magnetic field as they trap and digest their prey. Most plants on Earth …

nuclear rocket

Nuclear-powered rockets may push humanity to new worlds

February 4th, 2021

NASA and the European Space Agency, in addition to other space agencies, have been studying Mars for a long time with both rovers and orbiters. Crewed missions to the Red Planet are eventually going to happen, but the technology for such a mission doesn’t yet exist.  A company out of Seattle is working on nuclear …