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Mike Wehner

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smallest time measurement

Scientists measure the shortest amount of time ever: A zeptosecond

October 19th, 2020

Scientists successfully measured an event using zeptoseconds, which is an incredibly brief fraction of a second. The time it took for a photo to pass through a hydrogen molecule was measured at 247 zeptoseconds, which is the smallest measurement ever achieved. In the future, more and more accurate measurements of time on this small scale …

dog age study

Dogs go through a midlife crisis just like humans, study finds

October 19th, 2020

A new study focusing on personality changes in dogs finds that dogs tend to stop novelty-seeking around age three and experience personality changes up until age six. Dogs tend to become jaded about new places and experiences after they reach the age of three. The study shows that personality changes in dogs are a lot …

nokia moon network

The Moon is getting 4G thanks to NASA and Nokia

October 19th, 2020

NASA wants to build a 4G/LTE communications network on the Moon, and it’s hoping that Nokia will be able to make it happen. Nokia’s Bell Labs will work on adapting technology used on Earth for use in lunar communications. The company received a $14.1 million deal for the work, according to NASA. If I asked …

fukushima waste

Fukushima’s radioactive water may be pumped back into the ocean

October 18th, 2020

Media reports out of Japan suggest that the government is poised to announce a plan to flush the radioactive water used to cool the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant back into the ocean. The water would be treated and diluted before being reintroduced into the ocean. Many have pushed back against this plan, while some …

space junk

Two huge chunks of space junk almost collided over Earth

October 17th, 2020

A discarded Chinese rocket stage and a Soviet-era satellite nearly collided over Earth overnight. The collision would have created a huge amount of new space debris and made our current space junk problem even worse. As we continue to launch more and more satellites, the potential for space junk to impact crewed missions increases. In …

betelgeuse distance

Betelgeuse is 25 percent closer than scientists thought

October 16th, 2020

Scientists studying the star Betelgeuse have determined that it’s actually roughly 25% closer than previous estimates. The star is also slightly smaller than scientists assumed, though it still appears as though it’s reaching the end of its life. The star poses no threat to Earth when it eventually blows up. Objects in space may be …

how life began

Earth’s Moon may be the reason we’re all here today

October 15th, 2020

A new study suggests that Earth’s Moon may have been vital to the protection of Earth’s atmosphere early on in its development.  A sort of “lunar shield” may have protected the atmosphere long from the Sun, giving life on Earth the opportunity to take root. Missions to the Moon in the coming years could prove …