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  • Butterfly gardens help declining butterfly populations
    Butterfly gardens help declining butterfly populations
    Southwest Michigan has some of the most beautiful butterflies. The monarch, various swallowtails, and the American lady are just a few. Unfortunately, butterflies like the monarch have had continent-wide declines in their populations. Michigan...
  • The crew of Columbia STS-107
    'Launch on Need' is an alternate history about the rescue of Columbia STS 107
    “Launch on Need,” a 2010 novel by Daniel Guiteras, is a hidden gem that needs to be more widely read. The premise of the space alternate history novel is that during the flight of Columbia STS-107, NASA engineers took the idea of a...
  • Edible plants grown on simulated Mars soil
    Edible plants grown on simulated Mars soil
    Kalkaska sand is Michigan’s state soil and is a valuable asset for agriculture, forestry, and for filtering water. But people who will live on Mars will not have it so good. Martian soil contains heavy metals that are dangerous to humans,...
  • Physicist draw map of Einstein’s universe for the first time
    Physicist draws map of Einstein’s universe for the first time
    Einstein’s theory of general relativity has become accepted as a fact because no one can prove it to be in error. James Mertens at Case Western Reserve University, colleagues from Case Western, Professor John T. Giblin Jr. of Kenyon College,...
  • Study examines human moral choice in autonomous vehicles
    Study examines human moral choice in autonomous vehicles
    Autonomous vehicles that are capable of driving themselves will be tasked in the future with making decisions about the safety of their passengers, other people in vehicles, and pedestrians. Jean-François Bonnefon with the Toulouse School of...
  • F-35 rollout
    First F-35 fighter for Israel unveiled
    Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet program, has formally unveiled the first airplane built for Israel’s military.The “rollout” ceremony occurred June 22 in Fort Worth, Texas, where the company...
  • First Dicty World Race results reported
    First Dicty World Race results reported
    The speed of movement of a type of white blood cell called a neutrophil is vitally important to human health because these cells are the body’s first line of defense against disease invasion. The first worldwide competition between...
  • Osiris Rex Satellite
    Osiris-Rex Mission to Bennu
    Well it has been a while since I wrote an article. I have been busy finishing my Master’s degree and teaching astronomy along with my volunteer duties at the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum as a Docent. It is summer now and the students are...
  • Ocean sucking electric wind can help astronomers find Earth-like planets
    Ocean sucking electric wind can help astronomers find Earth-like planets
    Imagine the Great Lakes and the oceans being stripped away from Earth. While that is not happening to our blue planet, it did happen to Venus, our twin planet. According to a new study published June 20, 2016, in the journal Geophysical Research...
  • Drone rules
    FAA unveils rules for commercial drones
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced June 21 that it has finalized its first set of rules for the routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft.The new regulations, which take effect in late August, apply to drones weighing less...
  • First Mammal Species to Go Extinct Because of Human-Driven Climate Change
    First Mammal Species to Go Extinct Because of Human-Driven Climate Change
    Scientists have identified the world’s first mammal species to go extinct because of human-driven climate change. The small Australian rodent known as the Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) has disappeared from its native island in the...
  • Solar flight
    Solar plane begins transatlantic flight
    Solar Impulse 2, a Swiss airplane designed to make the first sun-powered, globe-circling flight, has completed the U.S. portion of its trip and begun a multi-day voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe.The plane took off from John F. Kennedy...
  • Study finds first chemical basis for variation in social behavior
    Study finds first chemical basis for variation in social behavior
    Individuals vary in their relationships with others. The variation includes the extrovert and the introvert but can also include variations in social behavior that are harmful and in some cases deadly. Brian W. Haas with the Department of...
  • Moon Colony Concept
    An old NASA Apollo hand weighs in on robots vs. humans and the moon vs. Mars
    The whole humans vs. robots to explore space controversy would seem to have been settled in favor of both by the famous British Astronomical Society of about 12 years ago. However, as Ars Technica pointed out on Sunday, none other than Chris Kraft...
  • Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn for $26.2B with Lynda.com in Tow
    Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn for $26.2B with Lynda.com in Tow
    Imagine having a professional’s profile available everywhere. That future is now in the offing thanks to Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. The ambitious maneuver means that software giant Microsoft will now have at its disposal...
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