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Mike Wehner

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whale sharks

The biggest fish on Earth are girls

September 16th, 2020

Scientists discovered that whale sharks grow differently based on their gender. Male sharks grow faster than females, but females ultimately get much, much larger than their male counterparts. Female whale sharks can reach a maximum size of around 46 feet in length. There are many different types of fish in the world’s oceans. Species vary …

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Venus is a ‘Russian Planet’ according to Russia’s space chief

September 16th, 2020

Venus was recently revealed to hold a biosignature in its atmosphere that may indicate the presence of life in some form.  Russia, which previously landed probes on Venus, has declared Venus to be “a Russian Planet.” Both NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos are dedicated to exploring Venus in the near future. When the United States landed …

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The Sun is super chill right now

September 16th, 2020

Scientists predict that the upcoming solar cycle will be calm, as was the previous one. Fewer solar storms and less material flowing out from the Sun toward the Earth and Moon is advantageous for space exploration. The Sun operates on an 11-year cycle between high and low activity. Just like everything else, the Sun goes …

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The worst fast food restaurants may surprise you

September 16th, 2020

Consumer Reports recently ranked restaurants based on how healthy their food options are. The list includes many popular national chains, though some common brands are missing.  Sodium seems to be a problem for most restaurants. The coronavirus pandemic hit the restaurant industry hard. Unfortunately, most smaller chains and standalone restaurants were hit the hardest, while …

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TikTokers start seeing UFOs in the skies

September 16th, 2020

TikTok is flooded with alleged sightings of UFOs and alien invasions. The app has been promoting some of the videos as suggested clips to users, helping them spread rapidly. One of the most popular UFO videos turned out to be nothing more than the Goodyear blimp. TikTok has skyrocketed in popularity over a very short …

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Scientists create ‘super stud’ livestock with ideal genetic traits

September 15th, 2020

Scientists have developed a method by which male animals can pass on the genetic material of other, different males. The idea is that these animals would pass on the genes of the most desirable sire in a herd, maximizing the yield for the next generation. Laws still prevent genetically modified animals from entering the food …

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Here’s why your sky just isn’t as sunny as it should be

September 15th, 2020

California’s wildfires have produced so much smoke and fine particles that it is affecting the skies all across the United States. Smoke and dust carried aloft many thousands of feet is shrouding the Sun and producing a bizarre haze across many states. These fires, and others around the world, have been directly linked to climate …

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These researchers spent a year cooking meals that nobody ate

September 15th, 2020

Researchers have discovered that pots like those found at some archaeological sites may hold the clues to revealing ancient cooking habits. The pots were found to hold chemical signatures of food that was cooked in them, even after multiple meals. The meals cooked by the scientists were made of donated food, including roadkill deer. When …

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Apple is launching a workout subscription called Fitness+

September 15th, 2020

Apple is launching a fitness subscription program called Fitness+. New workouts are added weekly, and new workouts are added daily. The workouts require either no equipment or a simple set of dumbells. Apple has always been big on health, and with the Apple Watch that’s been jacked up to 11. Now, Apple is launching an …

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NASA may finally send humans back to the Moon

September 15th, 2020

NASA may be considering revisiting one of its previous Moon landing sites, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. The Artemis missions will include crewed trips to the lunar surface, but their destinations have not yet been decided.  Revisiting a past landing site could yield new discoveries while also allowing astronauts to use equipment left behind …