Latest stories - Mike Wehner

3 Hours Ago   There are a number of very impressive examples of how artificial intelligence can accomplish things that humans simply can't, but nothing is cooler than seeing AI married to robotics. OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research group that counts Elon Musk among its founders, has been working on honing the skills of its neural networks in various ways, but this one-handed robot demonstration is probably its most impressive feat yet.

4 Hours Ago   Despite many eyes in the scientific community focusing on Mars over the past decade, Earth's Moon still provides a huge scientific opportunity for space agencies around the globe.

9 Hours Ago   Humans are affecting Earth's climate, and there's a wealth of scientific evidence to support that fact. We've already begun to see some seriously troubling trends that may be associated with our altering of the climate, including mass die-offs of ocean coral, widespread drought, and increasingly powerful and unpredictable storm systems.

11 Hours Ago   Today at Google's highly-anticipated Pixel 4 event the company announced an entirely new Pixelbook. The Pixelbook Go is an ultralight version of Google's notebook, running Chrome OS.

23 Hours Ago   A few days ago the CDC issued an alarming new bulletin revealing that STD rates are skyrocketing across the United States. Cases of gonorrhea and syphilis have reached levels not seen for decades, and chlamydia is currently at an all-time high.

Yesterday   There's no shortage of scientific evidence to show that air pollution can have seriously harmful effects on each and every once of us. Recent research suggests that the air quality in some major cities is so bad that it's the equivalent of a pack-a-day smoking habit.

Yesterday   While astronomers have only recently been able to spot a black hole directly, there's a lot that scientists think they know about them. For starters, it's believed that they exist in the hearts of most large galaxies including our own, and their incredible pull can literally tear apart just about anything, including stars.

Yesterday   There's ice on the Moon. Various research efforts have shown this to be the case, and scientists are doing their best to find out exactly how much ice is accessible on the lunar surface.

Yesterday   NASA's Viking Project resulted in a pair of successful landings on Mars in 1976, and they were groundbreaking missions in many respects. The spacecraft, which were the first from the US to make a safe landing on the Red Planet, returned images and data from the planet's surface, and the two landers helped shape future missions to Mars.

2 Days Ago   A display of hot tubs at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair is being blamed for well over 100 cases of Legionnaires' disease that began popping up shortly after the event.

2 Days Ago   Plastics are truly incredible. They're typically cheap to make, safe for many applications, and they last just about forever. When they're being used, they're the perfect solution to many problems, but once discarded, the qualities that make them great quickly turn them into an environmental nightmare.

3 Days Ago   An outbreak of salmonella infections across 13 states has prompted the Centers for Disease Control to issue a rather bizarre warning to the owners of pet turtles: please stop kissing them.

4 Days Ago   We often think of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, as being a self-contained collection of stars, planets, gas and dust. Sure, it's going to slam straight into the neighboring Andromeda galaxy at some point in the distant future, but for now the Milky Way is pretty much just chilling out, right?

4 Days Ago   As technology advances, scientists have become more and more skilled at spotting potentially threatening objects in space. This is great news for the human race, but it also means that when we spot a distant space rock, we may not know just how much of a threat it really is for a long time to come.

4 Days Ago   Two NASA astronauts are currently outside the International Space Station on the second of several planned spacewalks to replace batteries affixed to the outside of the spacecraft.

4 Days Ago   Invasive species can be a major problem no matter where they pop up. Whether plants or animals, species that are taken to new areas can rapidly disrupt the ecosystem and drive native species out, or even push them to extinction.

5 Days Ago   Museums around the world are filled with stunning fossil displays that show complete — or near-complete — specimens of creatures that lived long, long ago. But finding fossils isn't easy, and uncovering complete skeletons is even harder, often leaving paleontologists with only a handful of bones with which to identify an ancient animal.

5 Days Ago   It's no secret that NASA is increasingly leaning on commercial partners to meet its various needs, and when it comes to sending humans into space, Boeing and SpaceX are already behind schedule.

5 Days Ago   Archeologists have been able to learn a lot about the ancient Maya civilization thanks to ruins that have stood the test of time. Studying how ancient peoples in Central America farmed, however, has proven a lot more difficult for obvious reasons.

5 Days Ago   Astronomers spotted an interstellar object passing through our solar system last month. It was only the second time scientists have ever detected such an object, and after some intense investigation, the object — now believed to be a comet or comet-like body — was documented and named for the amateur astronomer who first spotted it.

5 Days Ago   Despite decades of sexual education and STD awareness campaigns, the rates at which new STD cases are reported continues to rise. A new bulletin by the CDC paints a particularly dire picture of sexual health in the United States, with some diseases reaching levels not seen for almost 20 years, and others reaching legitimate all-time highs.

6 Days Ago   Whether you're a seasoned marathoner, amateur jogger, or simply run when the situation warrants it, a new study claims that you'd be doing yourself a favor if you bound your feet together before your next sprint.

6 Days Ago   Sometime within the next five years or so, NASA plans on sending humans back to the Moon. Looking to the future, NASA is laying the groundwork for crewed trips to Mars as well, and all of this exciting space exploration has inevitably led many to question just how long before humans set up shop on another world.

6 Days Ago   We're still several years away from seeing NASA send humans back to the Moon, but when you're planning for a mission as intense as that, preparation takes a long, long time.

6 Days Ago   If you have a natural aversion to spiders, you might want to steer clear of the San Francisco Bay Area for at least the next few days.

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