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About Chuck Bednar

The artist formerly known as “redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports,” Chuck Bednar has been covering space, health, science and technology news for redOrbit since March 2010. He is a freelance writer and editor from Ohio, as well as the author of 17 published books, including youth biographies of Rosa Parks, David Blaine, Beyonce, Derek Jeter, basketball great Tim Duncan and several members of the American Idol cast.

Here are my most recent posts:

Thanksgiving Dinner On The ISS: Now With Coffee!

Nov 25, 14 Thanksgiving Dinner On The ISS: Now With Coffee!

Posted by in Seasonal, Space

Life on board the International Space Station (ISS) is vastly different from life on Earth in countless ways, starting with the whole complete-lack-of-gravity thing. This Thanksgiving, however, the international six-person crew will get a little taste of home in the form of a traditional turkey dinner complete with all the fixings (kind of).

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Is This RoboCop Or His Scrawny Little Brother?

Nov 24, 14 Is This RoboCop Or His Scrawny Little Brother?

Posted by in Technology, WTF???

Most people who grew up in the 1980s are familiar with the movie RoboCop (the original, not the inferior remake). In RoboCop, a police officer named Alex Murphy is gunned down and brought back as a cyborg law-enforcing ass-kicker that cleans up the mean streets of Detroit. The robotic security guards developed by Mountain View-based Knightscope are SO not RoboCop.

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PED Baseball Coverage Study Strikes Out By Playing The Race Card

Nov 23, 14 PED Baseball Coverage Study Strikes Out By Playing The Race Card

Posted by in Science, WTF???

Like most of my fellow baseball fans, I cringe every time I hear the words “performance-enhancing drugs.” Use of these substances were so prevalent during the 1990s and early 2000s that that period has come to be known as the Steroid Era in the sport, as many top players were allegedly used PEDs at some point in their careers.

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Two Guys You Should Never Accept Packages From

Nov 18, 14 Two Guys You Should Never Accept Packages From

Posted by in Health, WTF???

A couple of America’s best and brightest are at the center of an investigation in Thailand after trying to ship some stolen contraband home to the states – a fairly mundane series of events... until you find out exactly what the ill-gotten goods were. The two men, allegedly stole adult and infant body parts from a Bangkok hospital and tried to send them back to Las Vegas.

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#OzsInbox: The Greatest Hashtag Hijacking Ever

Nov 14, 14 #OzsInbox: The Greatest Hashtag Hijacking Ever

Posted by in Health, Technology, WTF???

Word of advice: if you’re a famous doctor who has been dragged in front of Congress to answer questions about your promotion of so-called “miracle” weight loss products and who has been accused of “[choosing] to ignore science in favor of hyperbole” and “[promoting] treatments that are flat-out wrong,” you might not want to solicit questions from the Twitter community.

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E-Cig Cannabis Oil Plans Should Go Up In Smoke

Nov 13, 14 E-Cig Cannabis Oil Plans Should Go Up In Smoke

Posted by in Lifestyle, WTF???

With the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes and the fact that Oregon, Alaska and Washington DC recently voted to join Washington state and Colorado by legalizing recreational marijuana, it was only a matter of time before someone thought to combine the two. Lo and behold, that time is nigh.

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The World’s Worst Excuses For Calling Off Work

Oct 26, 14 The World’s Worst Excuses For Calling Off Work

Posted by in Health, WTF???

While taking time off work can be restful, relaxing, enjoyable or necessary, the actual act of calling a supervisor and telling them you can’t make it in that day because you’re sick, injured or have a doctor’s appointment is far from a pleasant activity – and, as it turns out, some people are better at it than others.

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NASA Releases New Map Of Neptune’s Moon Triton

Aug 27, 14 NASA Releases New Map Of Neptune’s Moon Triton

Posted by in Space

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2’s first up-close look at Neptune and Triton, NASA has “restored” footage obtained by the probe and used it to construct the highest-quality global color map of the moon to date.

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