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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:

‘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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No cats were harmed in the making of this card game (we think)

Jan 29, 15 No cats were harmed in the making of this card game (we think)

Posted by in Gaming, WTF???

A Kickstarter project dedicated to exploding kittens has become the most backed campaign in the history of the crowdfunding website, becoming fully funded in just 20 minutes and earning 1000 percent of its target in less than an hour. Lest people get all up in arms, I should point out that this is not a campaign to raise funds to blow up felines. Rather, it’s for a new card game called Exploding Kittens .

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The right beer for your favorite Girl Scout cookies

Jan 20, 15 The right beer for your favorite Girl Scout cookies

Posted by in Lifestyle, WTF???

The Girl Scouts announced plans to offer their delicious, addictive and in-absolutely-no-way-good-for-you cookies through a digital marketplace for the first time ever. Once the sheer euphoria of knowing that I no longer had to even get off my fat arse to buy Girl Scout cookies passed, though, I was struck down by the stunning and tragic realization that I had no idea what type of beer to drink with my Thin Mints

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Finally: Beer made from endangered whale testicles!

Jan 16, 15 Finally: Beer made from endangered whale testicles!

Posted by in Science, WTF???

You know what’s better than making a really unusual beer out of exotic ingredients? Pissing off conservationists by using bits of a creature that’s already on the road to extinction in your brew. That’s exactly what a brewery in Iceland is doing. A brew made from such exotic ingredients almost has to be good, but in this case, it’s especially special.

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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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