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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:

Corned beef in space: Saga of a smuggled sandwich

Mar 25, 15 Corned beef in space: Saga of a smuggled sandwich

Posted by in Space

John Young was the first NASA astronaut to fly into space from Earth six times and so much more. But none of that matters, because once you read this article, you will also remember him as the guy who snuck a corned beef sandwich into outer space – and who can blame you? In a long and distinguished career, it truly was his finest hour.

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NFL star by day, genius mathematician by night

Mar 24, 15 NFL star by day, genius mathematician by night

Posted by in Science

It isn’t every day that you can use the words “professional football player” and “genius-level mathematician” to describe the same person, but from the looks of it, Baltimore Ravens guard John Urschel is not your everyday kind of guy.

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Inappropriate selfies go to the next level

Mar 20, 15 Inappropriate selfies go to the next level

Posted by in Technology, WTF???

Take a look around Twitbook, Faceogram, InstaPlus and all of those other social media sites and it doesn’t take long to find out that people love selfies. They love taking them. They love posting them. And they do it everywhere: concerts, sporting events, family picnics and so on.

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Spoiler alert: It’s real life, not a television show

HBO aired the sixth and final installment of a popular mini-series on Sunday night, but before the end of the finale, the New York Times sent out a message via Twitter and through a pop-up notification that revealed the shocking “spoiler” to a number of disgruntled fans.

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3.14(ish) ways to celebrate Pi Day

Mar 14, 15 3.14(ish) ways to celebrate Pi Day

Posted by in Science, Seasonal

Time to break out the calculators, do a little math and get your Greek on: Today is March 14, or as it is better known to geeks around the world, Pi Day! Yes, today is the day that we pause to reflect upon the glory that is “π,” the symbol used in mathematics to represent the circumference of a circle to its diameter. a constant that has been calculated to more than one trillion digits but is typically rounded down to around 3.14.

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‘Charging my phone’ is about to be euphemistic

Feb 27, 15 ‘Charging my phone’ is about to be euphemistic

Posted by in Technology, WTF???

What if I told you that a forward-thinking company had developed a way to harness the body’s own kinetic energy in order to power up those mobile devices and other tech gadgets, providing an eco-friendly, renewable way of ensuring that we can stay online in this connected world? It’s true. All you have to do is masturbate. A lot.

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Do you want to be an astronaut when you grow up?

Feb 26, 15 Do you want to be an astronaut when you grow up?

Posted by in Space

Back in the 1980s, when I was attending grade school, my teachers would always halt classes whenever NASA planned to launch a space shuttle so that we could watch the liftoff. Space travel was still new and exciting, and several times during my youth, I imagined what it would feel like to hitch a ride on one of the shuttles and travel amongst the stars.

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Drink beer and still look like Father of the Year

Feb 21, 15 Drink beer and still look like Father of the Year

Posted by in Lifestyle, WTF???

There's nothing quite like a nice cold beer, is there? Whether it's enjoying a pint of whatever's on tap at the local bar, sampling the latest offering from a local microbrewery or kicking back with a 20 ounce while enjoying the big game, alcohol just seems to make everything better.

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The “Death Ray Hotel” and other colossal architectural failures

Feb 18, 15 The “Death Ray Hotel” and other colossal architectural failures

Posted by in Science, WTF???

From Buckingham Palace and the Sydney Opera House, to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Taj Mahal, the world is home to many astonishing and captivating architectural wonders – marvelous structures that one can’t help but look upon and simply say, “Wow!” Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.

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iPad Mini case’s pop-up keyboard is cool, but…

Feb 17, 15 iPad Mini case’s pop-up keyboard is cool, but…

Posted by in Technology

It may look like a typical iPad Mini case, but the new Phorm by Tactus Technology boasts a built-in feature so unique and cool that if this was the 17th century, the guy who came up with the idea would likely be accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake.

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