Stories by Henrietta Reily

NASA's Parker solar probe to launch on a mission to touch the sun

 Parker Solar Probe sits in a clean room on July 6, 2018, at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, after the installation of its heat shield.
The 233-foot tall probe. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman

NASA is set to launch the first space mission to enter the sun's corona, with the launch slated for Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The big picture: The Parker Solar Probe stands out for just how close to the sun it plans to reach: less than 3.82 million miles away. By comparison, we live a comfortable 93 million miles away from our solar system's star. Assuming a successful launch, the probe will also become the fastest-moving man-made object ever, traveling at 340,000 miles per hour.

YouTube uses Wikipedia partnership to combat climate hoaxes

A Youtube video of Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show.

Viewers who click on YouTube videos about climate change, climate science and global warming may now see a small pop-up at the bottom of their videos providing facts on the issue at hand, as reported by Zahra Hirji at Buzzfeed News.

Why it matters: YouTube does not make the full list of conspiracies that it wishes to mediate with third-party information publicly available, but Buzzfeed News' reporting shows that climate-related hoaxes are part of that set.

Bill Clinton's thriller sells a million copies in two months

Bill Clinton and James Patterson's book, The President is Missing
Credit: Little, Brown and Knopf

The unlikely author pairing of President Bill Clinton and James Patterson has proved successful, making Clinton part of a rare club of authors who have sold a million copies of fiction and nonfiction titles.

The big picture: Barnes & Noble buyer Sessalee Hensley released a statement saying the thriller has achieved success from "very strong word of mouth" among readers, but critical reviews have been less forcefully in favor of its literary credentials. The book plot is focused on cyber security threats and dangers.