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Mike Wehner

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dumbest states

These are the smartest and dumbest states in the US

September 19th, 2020

Using IQ, SAT, and ACT scores, the collection of data can show which states are smarter than others.  There are some surprises at both the top and bottom of the list. The data does have a built-in bias, so it’s important to take it all with a grain of salt. The United States is a …

hubble jupiter

This Hubble photo might be its best ever

September 18th, 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an absolutely stunning image of Jupiter. The image shows a multitude of storms and even the icy moon Europa hanging out in the background. Jupiter’s storms are going through significant changes, and scientists can’t explain why. The Hubble Space Telescope may be getting old, but it still manages to …

spacex launch delay

Mother Nature delayed SpaceX’s most recent launch attempt

September 18th, 2020

SpaceX was forced to delay the launch of yet another batch of Starlink satellites after rough seas were reported in the recovery area. The company’s drone ships are capable of dealing with turbulent seas, but the current was simply too strong this time. A new launch date has yet to be announced. SpaceX has had …

stinging tree

If you see this tree in the wild, run

September 17th, 2020

Researchers studying a stinging tree from Australia discovered that it uses a neurotoxin similar to that of spiders. The tree produces a painful sting that can last for days or even weeks. Further study could provide treatment for the sting or even result in new pain medications. One of the big ongoing jokes about Australia …

white dwarf planet

Astronomers just found a first-of-its-kind planet

September 17th, 2020

Researchers have spotted a planet orbiting a white dwarf star just 80 light-years from Earth. White dwarf stars don’t typically have planets orbiting them due to the nature of how stars live and die. The planet in this case is many times the size of the star itself, making the pair an even odder couple. …

mars settlement

Mars travelers could use this Earthly fiber to build on Mars

September 17th, 2020

Researchers have developed a way for early Mars travelers to build pretty much whatever they need using a fibrous material found on Earth. Chitin, which is found in the shells of sea creatures and insects, can be used to create rigid objects like tools. NASA expects the first crewed Mars missions to take place by …

asteroid impacts

Our solar system may have evolved differently than previously thought

September 17th, 2020

Researchers studying meteorites from a large asteroid between Mars and Jupiter have discovered evidence that an event known as the late heavy bombardment happened differently than scientists believe. The time period was marked by a large number of impacts on planets like Earth, but it may have happened much earlier than previously thought. The study …

dead birds

Dead birds are dropping out of the sky by the thousands – but why?

September 17th, 2020

Hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of migratory birds have been found dead in the southwestern US, and the cause of death is unknown. The birds seemingly fell out of the sky, but witnesses also report birds behaving strangely prior to the mass deaths. Researchers have a few theories, including impacts on migratory patterns due …