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Canada PM's chief secretary resigns amid SNC-Lavalin controversy Canada PM's chief secretary resigns amid SNC-Lavalin controversy
- February 19, 2019

Butts was not specifically named in a Globe and Mail report February 7 that first reported claims by unnamed sources that Jody Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of her job as justice minister because she resisted pressure by unidentified senior PMO officials to cut a deal that would avoid criminal liability in a fraud and bribery case against Quebec-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. (more...)
2019’s Biggest Supermoon to Light Up the Sky 2019’s Biggest Supermoon to Light Up the Sky
- February 18, 2019

It coincides with the moon being at its perigee , a point in the moon's orbit when its closest to earth, creating a Supermoon. In the United Kingdom, the moon will be closest to earth at 9.06am, but at that time you probably won't be able to see it as the sun will be up. (more...)
Trudeau says fears of job losses drove SNC-Lavalin talks Trudeau says fears of job losses drove SNC-Lavalin talks
- February 18, 2019

When she resigned from her post as Veterans Affairs Minister, she announced that she had hired Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her what topics she's legally able to discuss. "If Scott Brison had not stepped down from cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould would be Minister of Justice and attorney general", Trudeau told reporters in Kanata today, following an announcement that the federal government would be pledging $40 million to BlackBerry, for it to put toward its development of ... (more...)
Mars rover Opportunity pronounced dead Mars rover Opportunity pronounced dead
- February 18, 2019

But when it still didn't reply, even after enduring windstorms that should have cleaned dust from its solar panels , scientists had to admit its mission was over. It was the longest-lasting craft on the planet, and team members are already looking back at Opportunity's achievements, including confirmation water once flowed on Mars. (more...)
How to Watch the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest Supermoon of 2019 How to Watch the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest Supermoon of 2019
- February 18, 2019

Here's everything you need to know about the highly anticipated astrological occasion. What is the super snow moon? File photo - An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the Moon as it rises, Sunday, Dec. (more...)
Found a giant crater with gravity anomaly Found a giant crater with gravity anomaly
- February 14, 2019

Nasa wrote: 'It is increasingly rare to find new large impact craters on Earth, let alone such craters buried beneath ice. The discovery of this second crater under Greenland came as a result of the finding of the first subglacial crater spotted by NASA in November previous year. (more...)
DOD IG To Evaluate Air Force's Certification of SpaceX's Falcon Rockets DOD IG To Evaluate Air Force's Certification of SpaceX's Falcon Rockets
- February 14, 2019

At the time SpaceX broke into the military launch program, ULA was the big cat on the street. The office of the DOD Inspector General (IG) sent a memo to Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson today informing her that it is beginning an evaluation of the Air Force's certification of SpaceX's Falcon rockets. (more...)
The Weirdest Mars Discoveries by Opportunity and Spirit Rovers The Weirdest Mars Discoveries by Opportunity and Spirit Rovers
- February 13, 2019

NASA's longest-running rover on Mars , Opportunity, has been pronounced dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet. The golf cart-size rovers were created to operate as geologists for just three months, after bouncing onto our planetary neighbor inside cushioning air bags in January 2004. (more...)
Mars One says new investor could save it from bankruptcy Mars One says new investor could save it from bankruptcy
- February 13, 2019

Among the many scandalous details, that report claimed that just 2,761 people had applied to Mars One-a far cry from the claimed number in the tens and eventually hundreds of thousands. By 2013, the company claimed that almost 80,000 people had done so. Then again, Mars One says a lot of things. Matter likewise discovered that Mars One's process for choosing these candidates was questionable. (more...)
New images from NASA confirm Ultima Thule's flat shape New images from NASA confirm Ultima Thule's flat shape
- February 11, 2019

On Twitter, Berkeley planetary astronomer Alex Parker commented that the unusual space rock is 'pretty pancake-like, ' with one of its lobes resembling Saturn's flat moon, Atlas. "But importantly, the new images are creating scientific puzzles about how such an object could even be formed". He added: "We've never seen something like this orbiting the sun". (more...)
AOC Adviser Admits Green New Deal Promised Security Those 'Unwilling' to Work AOC Adviser Admits Green New Deal Promised Security Those 'Unwilling' to Work
- February 11, 2019

It also moves climate change into the spotlight as the USA heads toward the 2020 presidential election. The new push comes after President Trump failed to mention climate change in his State of the Union address last week. The Green New Deal includes goals like bringing greenhouse gas emissions down to net-zero within a decade and taking reliance off energy sources that are non-renewable or produce emissions. (more...)
2018 fourth hottest year on record 2018 fourth hottest year on record
- February 11, 2019

The average annual sea ice extent was 4 million square miles in 2018, the second smallest extent in records going back to 1979, NOAA reported. For years, climate change has been grossly ignored by President Trump, as well as Congress writ large. (more...)
Hubble has discovered a mysterious dark storm on Neptune Hubble has discovered a mysterious dark storm on Neptune
- February 10, 2019

During a routine sweep of the outer solar system , the Hubble Space Telescope caught a new and mysterious "dark vortex " in the clouds of Neptune , according to NASA . Now the gas giant's strongest storm, which also holds the record for the longest storm of this type, is the Great Red Spot, which scientists believe has raged for at least 400 years. (more...)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from recycled devices Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from recycled devices
- February 10, 2019

The scheme planned to collect 30.3 kilograms of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze in order to produce the medals , and on Friday it was confirmed that those targets were expected to be achieved by the end of March. Around 47,488 tons of old devices had been collected by October previous year, with more than 5m mobile phones handed over. Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of a function to felicitate medal winners of the recently-concluded 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, Rathore ... (more...)
Opposition keeps heat on Liberals over Wilson-Raybould Opposition keeps heat on Liberals over Wilson-Raybould
- February 10, 2019

If indeed Wilson-Raybould refused to attempt to persuade her prosecutors to drop pursuit of a criminal trial of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a settlement of the charges, the Attorney General became expendable. They would answer questions from MPs about allegations that were reported by the Globe and Mail on Thursday. None of that is likely to matter with opposition politicians, who maintain the whole affair smells like obstruction of justice. (more...)
Last Five Years are the Warmest since 1880
- February 09, 2019

While 2018 was slightly cooler than the three prior years, Earth still had its fourth-warmest year since scientists began keeping records in 1880, the federal agencies said. "We're no longer talking about a situation where global warming is something in the future", said Gavin A. Schmidt , who is the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies . (more...)
USA astronauts heading back to space on American rockets in July USA astronauts heading back to space on American rockets in July
- February 09, 2019

SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 with the astronaut-ready space capsule from NASA's Kennedy Space Center Launchpad 39A. NASA said in a statement: "These adjustments allow for completion of necessary hardware testing, data verification, remaining NASA and provider reviews, as well as training of flight controllers and mission managers ". (more...)
Rover that will search for life on Mars named after Rosalind Franklin Rover that will search for life on Mars named after Rosalind Franklin
- February 09, 2019

The Rosalind Franklin rover will embark on a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian space agency Roscosmos, planned to launch in summer 2020 with the aim of understanding whether life exists or ever existed on the Red Planet. (more...)
NASA's First Deep Space Mini Spacecraft Go Silent NASA's First Deep Space Mini Spacecraft Go Silent
- February 09, 2019

As InSight landed on Mars, the MarCO cubesats flew by the planet, serving as communications relays to allow controllers to get real-time telemetry from InSight as it landed. The stationary lander has been quietly toiling away and sending back selfies to assure everyone that it's doing just fine, even as MarCO disappears into the void. (more...)
Chinese satellite sends image of moon’s captures rear side Chinese satellite sends image of moon’s captures rear side
- February 09, 2019

Zhang He, executive director of the Chang'e-4 probe project, from the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), explained the difference between the data from the Apollo mission and Chang'e-4's discovery. On 3 February current year, the satellite captured an image of the far side of the Moon with our planet in the background. The photo was taken with a camera linked to an amateur radio transceiver on board the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite. (more...)