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NASA Awakens New Horizons Spacecraft Ahead of Pluto Encounter [Video]

NASA's doing some crazy things this month.

First, it launched its first spacecraft in three years since the space shuttle.

Now, the U.S. space agency has awakened its New Horizons spacecraft for an encounter with Pluto -- which is still a planet to me.

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NASA Television
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NASA’s Back in Space Flight Game with Orion [Video]

NASA reached a major milestone Friday as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.

Bottom line: NASA's back in the spaceflight game for the first time since the space shuttle program ended three years ago.

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NASA
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NASA’s Orion Mission Managers Tap Friday Launch Attempt

For all the space junkies out there: The first flight test of Orion, NASA's next-generation spacecraft capable of sending astronauts on future missions to an asteroid and the journey to Mars, has been rescheduled.

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As Brutally Cold Winter Drags On, 80 Percent Of Lake Michigan Frozen
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Ice Already Forming On The Great Lakes

Winter has come early to West Michigan, as the nearly thirty inches of snow we received last week can testify. But there is more physical proof of the early freeze.

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WYRK/YouTube
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Lake Effect Storm Rolling Into Buffalo Is Scary And Awesome At Once [Video]

Lake Effect snow is something few understand outside of the Great Lakes, and while we certainly have been feeling it early weight this week, nothing compares to the six feet of snow dumped on the Buffalo area.

This video shows the storm gathering moisture and rolling in off Lake Erie, much like "The Fog" from the Stephen King novel.

This is the video Jojo referenced when talking with Jeff Musial, the Animal Guy, Wednesday morning.

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Category: science, Videos, Weather
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ESA via Getty Images
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Man Lands A Spacecraft On A Moving Comet [Video]

Only a space geek like myself can honestly say, "Forget those Kim Kardashian photos, we just recreated the movie 'Armegeddon' and landed on a comet!!"

For the first time since the internet was invented, the word "AMAZING!" is actually being used correctly.

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Milous/ThinkStock
Milous/ThinkStock
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Could Raking Leaves Be Stupid?

To be honest, MOST fall yard work is pretty stupid to me. I also live in an apartment, so what do I care?

But a recent report highlights that raking leaves could be a big mistake.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 7 Best Ways to Donate Now

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here's a list of seven of the best charities most deserving of your support.

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Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
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The Northern Lights Could Be Dancing In The West Michigan Skies Saturday Night

I'm too much of a space novice to get into great details as to why the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, will be on display this weekend. (It involves magnetic activity and solar flares, or so I'm told)

The bottom line is this, West Michigan could be a great place to see the light show, and the best chance for that will be late Friday, early Saturday.

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Purdue University photo/Andrew Hancock)
Purdue University photo/Andrew Hancock)
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Awesome Rube Goldberg Machine Powered by a Single Beam of Light [Video]

The only reason I have any idea what a Rube Goldberg Machine is is because of that breakfast scene in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"!

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Inga Nielsen/ThinkStock
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Don’t Look Up: On Sunday Afternoon, an Asteroid Just Missed the Earth

At about 2:15 p.m. EDT Sunday, an asteroid went whizzing by the Earth and "just" missed hitting us by 25,000 miles.

I know that sounds pretty far. But in space terms, it isn't.

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Photo By Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
Photo By Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
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The Myth Of Soul Mates

We’ve seen it in hundreds of romantic comedies; the idea that everyone has a soul mate out there, they just need to find it. Well, there’s a reason why we see these things in movies and on TV…because they’re fiction.

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Category: relationships, science

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