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Mike Wehner

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china mars rover

We’ll have to wait a bit longer for China’s Mars photos

May 18th, 2021

It’s been a few days now since China announced that it had successfully landed its first Mars rover. The robot and its lander had been orbiting the planet since February in preparation for the landing, and now that it’s on the ground, China’s scientists have roughly three months with which to work with the rover, …

star simulation

Incredible video shows how stars are born

May 18th, 2021

You probably don’t think about stars all that often. Sure, the world revolves around one of them but other than the Sun we don’t really have a nice close-up view of any others. As far as stars go, the Sun is pretty great, and it’s the reason life on this planet is able to exist …

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New supersonic airline will fly anywhere in the world within 4 hours

May 18th, 2021

Air travel took a major hit when the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe. Strapping dozens or even hundreds of passengers into an enclosed steel tube where the air is recycled is a recipe for disaster when an airborne virus ravaging the planet, and even with vaccines rolling out, airlines have struggled to fill planes …

laughing animals

Scientists figured out all of the animals that laugh

May 17th, 2021

Laughing is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s a sign of happiness and it has some serious health benefits to boot. We tend to associate laughter with humans and possibly primates, but we’re far the only mammals that enjoy a good chuckle. A new study by scientists at UCLA reveals that there …

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China nailed its Mars landing – here’s what comes next

May 17th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover may be taking the lion’s share of the science headlines this year but it’s about to have some stiff competition. China, which launched its latest Mars mission at around the same time that NASA launched its new rover, successfully touched down with a lander and rover this past weekend. The mission is …

chair recall

If you have one of these popular chairs, stop sitting on it ASAP

May 17th, 2021

Chairs are one of the most basic pieces of furniture. They don’t really have to do a lot besides sit there and not collapse when someone plops their butt down. Unfortunately, nearly 100,000 wooden folding chairs sold through T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Sierra, and Marshalls stores couldn’t live up to that very low expectation and now …

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Orange-eyed owl reappears after 125 years

May 16th, 2021

When a species disappears for a short while there can be many reasons why. Perhaps its habitat is shifting — either due to natural circumstances or human encroachment — or maybe its primary food source has also relocated, forcing them to follow. Sometimes animals disappear from an area because they go extinct, which is obviously …