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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:

Bah, humbug: The worst Christmas movies of all time

Dec 21, 14 Bah, humbug: The worst Christmas movies of all time

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Seasonal

Christmas has given us countless cinematic classics over the years. Of course, for every one of these seasonal masterpiece, there are countless unambitious, uninteresting attempts to create new holiday classics. Then there’s a third category of Christmas flick – the kind that makes things like A Golden Christmas, Call Me Mrs. Miracle or A Grandpa for Christmas seem Oscar-worthy. Watch the following movies at your own risk.

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Swiss Watchmaker Unveils Out-Of-This-World New Timepiece

Dec 16, 14 Swiss Watchmaker Unveils Out-Of-This-World New Timepiece

Posted by in Space, Technology

Space tourism is closer than ever to becoming a reality, and while companies like Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace are handling the development and construction of the vehicles that will help carry the average Joe into space, few have given thought to the little things – such as how we’ll tell what time it is in zero gravity.

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Yes, You Too Can Pay To Send Your Prized Keepsakes To The Moon!

Dec 13, 14 Yes, You Too Can Pay To Send Your Prized Keepsakes To The Moon!

Posted by in Space

We all have those special family photos, heirlooms, keepsakes or souvenirs of special occasions enjoyed with loved ones. But let’s be honest: those things tend to get packed away in the back of a closet or left to collect dust on a shelf somewhere. What if you could do something really cool with them – say, send them to the moon?

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The Real Reason For The Rosetta Mission: Aliens!

Dec 09, 14 The Real Reason For The Rosetta Mission: Aliens!

Posted by in Space, WTF???

Rosetta has managed to land a probe on a comet, only to discover organic molecules on the surface of said comet. That stuff’s pretty cool, but it’s a shame that the $1.72 billion project has not yet succeeded at its primary mission – to investigate whether or not the comet was actually an extraterrestrial spacecraft from which NASA scientists had started receiving radio signals some 20 years before Rosetta’s launch.

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Man’s $80K iPhone Proposal Goes Horribly, Horribly Wrong

Dec 04, 14 Man’s $80K iPhone Proposal Goes Horribly, Horribly Wrong

Posted by in Technology, WTF???

We’ve all either seen it, heard about it or had it happen to someone we know: a guy pulls out all the stops, going to tremendous length to propose to the love of his life – only to crash and burn after she shoots him down. Recently, a Chinese computer programmer took things to a whole new level.

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How Steve Jobs’ Blunt Nature Is Now Hurting Apple

Dec 02, 14 How Steve Jobs’ Blunt Nature Is Now Hurting Apple

Posted by in Technology

In his second turn as head of Apple, the late Steve Jobs oversaw the development of the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Under his watch, the company launched iTunes, the App Store and its first Apple Retail Stores. In 2009, Fortune called him CEO of the decade, and in 2011, Apple became the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.

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Odor-Eating Toilet Seats: A Good Reason For Thanks

Nov 27, 14 Odor-Eating Toilet Seats: A Good Reason For Thanks

Posted by in Technology, WTF???

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. It’s a time when most Americans will spend the day with relatives near and far, watching football, planning Black Friday excursions and enjoying turkey with all the fixings. Unfortunately, there’s a harsh, often unspoken reality that many hosts will be faced with: at some point during the course of the festivities, that one uncle or second cousin will have to use the restroom.

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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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