Latest stories - Mike Wehner

15 Hours Ago   Do you talk to yourself? If you don't, and you're stressed out, it might be something to consider. New research shows that, despite the stigma and social awkwardness of talking out loud to nobody but yourself, the act of doing so is actually beneficial to your mental wellbeing, especially if you're looking to control emotions and calm your mind — but there's a catch.

17 Hours Ago   Sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is something that's definitely on the minds of both NASA and other space agencies around the world, but before any scientific group can line up their budgets and make a real case for manned missions into deep space they need a feasible way to keep those travelers alive and well during their journey.

17 Hours Ago   For you and I, the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21st will be a pretty stunning spectacle — as long as the weather cooperates and you're in a position to catch it as it unfolds — but for NASA scientists it's also a fantastic opportunity to conduct some research.

18 Hours Ago   Amazon's plans to use drones to deliver your purchases is moving along swiftly, with the company having already tested the system both abroad and here in the US, but once the retail giant has blocked out the sun with flocks of its fancy delivery bots it's going to need a plan to sell you even more stuff.

20 Hours Ago   When researchers, scientists, and NASA itself talks about the possibility of sending astronauts on manned missions to Mars and other deep space destinations, it's with the understanding that the technology to actually get humans to those far-off places is still in active development.

Yesterday   You've probably heard it a million times, but the old adage that "money can't buy happiness" might actually be completely false. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that money really can make you happy, but not by buying yourself gifts or fancy possessions.

Yesterday   It's been nearly two years since news of Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating first broke, and the months since have been filled with recalls, buybacks, and lots and lots of money flying out of the company's bank account and into the pockets of affected customers.

Yesterday   Tesla makes fast cars. The company's all-electric Model S is extremely quick even in its base trim — with a 0-60 mph figure of just 4.3 seconds — but things go from impressive to downright silly with the Model S P100D, which is capable of a 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.5 seconds.

2 Days Ago   Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have a lot in common. Both were founding members of incredibly successful companies, are rich beyond measure thanks to those companies, and have great interest in the fields of artificial intelligence.

2 Days Ago   Google's Daydream virtual reality platform is fast approaching its one year anniversary, but despite a solid initial showing and lots of promising teasers, industry support for it hasn't been particularly strong.

2 Days Ago   Despite often annoying us with shorter-than-ideal lifespans and the occasional explosion, modern rechargeable batteries are actually quite remarkable, especially when you consider the power they're able to hold in very small footprints.

2 Days Ago   Putting a computer completely in charge of any type of vehicle is a concept that still doesn't sit well with a lot of people. That's totally understandable, especially with so many questions of reliability and safety still unanswered, but if the idea of a driverless car cruising the streets of your fair city gives you anxiety, you should probably just stop reading this story right now.

2 Days Ago   Researchers regularly remind us that the world's oceans are still hiding some truly remarkable secrets, but when we imagine new species of ocean life it's usually tucked away in the crushing depths, or so tiny that we somehow didn't notice it up until now.

2 Days Ago   Once a curious novelty for people who absolutely despise traditional vacuum cleaners, Roomba's robotic vacuums are now offered in several models and price points. It would seem that the company is doing fairly well, but one of its most interesting — and potentially controversial — money-making strategies hasn't even been implemented yet.

2 Days Ago   NASA's Mars rover Opportunity continues to perform some amazing feats despite being long overdue for its expected retirement. The rover, having ventured to a somewhat mysterious site that researchers call Perseverance Valley, has been doing its best to help its handlers decipher exactly how the valley formed.

2 Days Ago   With how much attention humanity has devoted to studying Earth's moon over the centuries, you'd think we'd had a good handle on just about everything there is to know about our nearest neighbor.

4 Days Ago   We live in a world where delivering supplies to a space station orbiting our planet is handled by a tech startup, but expertise in flight hasn't always been so easy.

5 Days Ago   Humanity hasn't even scratched the surface of exploring the Milky Way galaxy, much less the rest of the universe, but when it comes to our own Solar System, we have a pretty good idea of what's here.

5 Days Ago   It's estimated that as much as 83% of adults in the United States drink coffee. The murky liquid offers a boost of energy that many of us simply can't live without, and there's countless brands and types of coffee to choose from, but any guys who picked up a bag of grounds from one particular Texas-based coffee company got a little more than they may have bargained for, according to the FDA.

5 Days Ago   Your fingerprint already serves as the key that unlocks your smartphone — and possibly also your laptop, tablet, and other gadgets — and now you can use it as your boarding pass, too.

5 Days Ago   Plenty of crooks have attempted to leave the police in their dust by ditching the pavement and going off-road, but Ford's latest police-only pursuit vehicle is ready to give them a run for their money.

6 Days Ago   Back in May, we told you about the upcoming auction of a true piece of space travel history: Neil Armstrong's very own lunar sample bag which not only flew into space on the Apollo 11 mission but was also carried by the famous astronaut on the lunar surface and filled with dust and rock from the moon.

6 Days Ago   Most of us — okay, nearly all of us — will never have the opportunity to set foot inside the International Space Station. The multi-billion-dollar floating laboratory and astronaut bed and breakfast is a pretty exclusive destination, and unless you're ready to dedicate your life to science and spend decades in pursuit of that ultimate goal, the closest you're ever going to get is Google's new Street View ISS hub, but that's still pretty cool.

6 Days Ago   NASA's Hubble Space Telescope consistently delivers breathtaking views of the planets in our galactic neighborhood, but when it set its sights on Mars recently for a series of snapshots it captured more than just Mars.

6 Days Ago   Like just about every kid, 10-year-old Jude Sparks loves dinosaurs. I mean, how could he not? They're big, cool looking, and they're the stars of countless movies and TV shows.

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