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Located in Boca Chica, Texas, the Starship has been an item of curiosity among those who not only live nearby, but also those who watch it’s progress virtually from across the world. The development and flight tests of the SpaceX Starship has been a focus for many who have hopes of seeing a crewed mission to Mars within our lifetime. The journey from conception to the current successful flight tests has, surprisingly, been relatively short for such a large pursuit.

Current Timeline

2007 — Elon states personal goal of exploration to Mars.

2012 — Engine development started.

2016 — Starship development begins.

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It’s the Super Bowl commercial that everyone can’t stop talking about — Inspiration4 will be the world’s first all-civilian crewed mission to space. The CEO of Shift4 Payments, Jared Isaacman, will partner with St. Jude to send 3 other civilians to space. So, as a civilian-astronaut hopeful, what can you expect?

The Launch

According to Inspiration4, the crew will be launched via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket equipped with a Dragon spacecraft on it’s famous 39A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. …

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Less than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic began, Pfizer became the first company to have their vaccine approved in the United Kingdom and the United States. Distribution to healthcare workers and elderly residents are already underway in both the U.K. and the U.S. With a new vaccine, many questions arise in regards to the trials, side effects, efficacy, and distribution, so this guide was created to become one of the most comprehensive resources on the first vaccine authorized in the Western world.

Clinical Trials

How the Trial Was Conducted

The trial was conducted in multiple locations and in multiple countries with…

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The pandemic is on everyone’s mind and has been for the entirety of 2020, so I wanted to take a look at some of the trending questions about Covid-19 from this past year and answer them. From questions about vaccines to if it will end in 2021, I explore some of people’s most searched questions.

1. What does Covid-19 stand for?

Quite simply, the illness, Covid-19, translates as coronavirus disease 2019 because it was a novel (new) coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus itself is named SARS-CoV-2, or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

2. How does Covid-19 affect human…

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Bob Barker, the host of the Price is Right, ended each episode since 1979 with his famous quote reminding viewers to help control the pet population by spaying or neutering their pets. In the 1990s, feral cat TNR (trap-neuter-release) programs emerged across the nation and in 1994, New Hampshire became the first U.S. state to publicly fund a spay-neuter campaign. Numerous low-income programs that provided vouchers for free or low-cost spay/neuter procedures sprung up across the nation. All of these campaigns aimed to reduce one thing — overpopulation in dogs and cats.

“This is Bob Barker reminding you to help…

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Search engines are utilized billions of times each and every day, answering questions from ‘how to cook a turkey’ to ‘what is the meaning of life’. In this brand new series, I answer trending questions about a wide variety of topics. Today’s topic focuses on science and what the world’s users are currently searching for.

1. What science focuses on disease prevention?

The correct answer here is health science which is defined as the ‘science focused on preventing disease, promoting wellness, and a high quality of life.’

2. Where was science wrong?

There are many instances where science appears wrong, but what’s great is that scientists try to replicate previous experiments all…

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It’s easy to assume that a meatless burger is healthier than its meaty cousin, but what do the nutritional facts and ingredients tell us? Are veggie burgers actually better for you?

Not too long ago, veggie burgers were hard to find. Fast forward a few years and now places like Burger King and White Castle serve these plant based alternatives. Even traditional sit-down restaurants like TGI Fridays and the Cheesecake Factory are joining the veggie burger craze. Plant based is touted as the epitome of a healthy diet, so it’s easy to assume that a veggie burger should be healthier…

M. Lockwood

M. Lockwood is an epidemiologist with interests in aerospace toxicology and environmental health.

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