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Mike Wehner

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Life on Venus? Jupiter may have made Venus inhabitable

September 30th, 2020

New research suggests that Venus was once potentially habitable, but that likely changed when Jupiter swooped in and messed things up.  Venus once had a much more elliptical orbit, allowing its surface to cool off for extended periods of time.  When Jupiter pushed up closer to the Sun, it may have changed the orbit of …

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This ancient skull was operated on, but not by a skilled surgeon

September 30th, 2020

An ancient skull found in a cave in Spain reveals evidence of ancient surgery attempts. The skull has a large dent that is partially healed, indicating an attempt at brain surgery that was halted. The skulls and other material suggest possible sacrificial intent. Modern medical techniques have made brain surgery much safer than it ever …

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Why did a jet fighter break the sound barrier over Paris?

September 30th, 2020

A massive boom was heard all over Paris earlier today. Defense Department officials say it was the result of a jet fighter breaking the sound barrier high over the city. It’s unclear why the plane was flying over the city and why it broke the sound barrier, but it may have been accidental. A massive …

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Cats may be the key to a coronavirus vaccine

September 30th, 2020

Researchers have determined that while cats can become infected with coronavirus and even pass it to other cats, they build strong immunity against reinfection. The study could prove beneficial in the development of vaccines against the virus. No vaccine is currently available, but many companies are already engaged in late-stage testing. Despite some countries doing …

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Here’s how astronauts vote from space

September 29th, 2020

NASA has a system in place so that astronauts who are in space can still cast their votes in elections. The process is relatively straightforward, with a unique ballot sent electronically that only the voter can access. The ballot is then beamed back to Earth and tallied just like every other vote. This year’s presidential …

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The space station air leak mystery just got even weirder

September 29th, 2020

The International Space Station sprung a leak many weeks ago and NASA has yet to find out exactly where it is. The leak appeared to get worse on Monday night, but NASA now says that may have been due to a temperature change. The crew has isolated it to one module, but haven’t found the …

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NASA’s first true SpaceX Crew Dragon mission has a date

September 29th, 2020

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will finally be used on an official NASA science mission to the International Space Station. The launch of four astronauts is now planned for October 31st, which happens to be Halloween. The mission will be the first after NASA certifies Crew Dragon for continued use, and it’ll be a big milestone …

ice cream recall

Oh great, now you need to throw away your ice cream

September 29th, 2020

A regional ice cream maker has issued a recall because some of its ice cream may contain nuts that aren’t declared on the packaging. Homestead Creamery is recalling its chocolate ice cream from May, which may have pecans in it that could cause an allergic reaction in those who are sensitive to it. All recalled …