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  • Trump announces new U.S. military branch: 'Space Force'

    June 18, 2018 5:48 PM 18

    President says new force will be 'separate but equal' branch of military President Donald Trump announced Monday that he is directing the Pentagon to create the "Space Force" as an independent service branch. Trump said "we are going to have the space force" which he deemed a "separate but equal" branch of the military. The president said the United

  • How we can prevent outer space from becoming the Wild West

    June 17, 2018 8:00 AM 13

    Experts say that some sort form of regulation is needed, and soon In January, an Indian rocket arced across the sky over the island of Sriharikota as it soared into space. On board were several satellites, including an Indian mapping satellite, one from Canada and one from an asteroid mining company. But if you're not allowed to launch from the U.S., why not launch

  • Toothy squirrel saved when Alberta rancher trims its tusks

    June 13, 2018 8:31 PM 13

    Bucky the squirrel had sprouted some bad teeth that threatened his survival A toothy squirrel named Bucky is once again fattening up on nuts after an Alberta woman trimmed his tusks. When Jannet Lee Talbott spotted the critter on the backyard bird feeder at her Barrhead horse ranch earlier this week, she couldn't believe her eyes. "I saw this squirrel

  • IKEA to phase out single-use plastic by 2020

    June 8, 2018 7:49 PM 18

    Retail giant says the move is part of a global commitment to the environment IKEA is promising to eliminate all single-use plastic products from its home furnishing range by 2020. The retail giant says that includes straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups. The company says the move is part of a global

  • Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts on board docks with International Space Station

    June 8, 2018 3:40 PM 17

    Spacecraft also carrying more than 200 science experiments on board A Russian space capsule carrying three astronauts has docked with the International Space Station two days after it was launched from Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule docked with the station at 9:01 ET Friday some 410 kilometres above Earth. It is carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of the United

  • McDonald's not ready to let go of plastic straws

    May 24, 2018 4:15 PM 48

    McDonald's says it is already working on finding alternatives to plastic straws McDonald's isn't ready to stop offering plastic straws, despite environmental concerns. A shareholder proposal to pressure the world's biggest hamburger chain on the matter was voted down at the company's annual meeting Thursday. The proposal by activist group SumOfUs asked

  • Canadian meteorologists to reveal what to expect in 2018 hurricane season

    May 24, 2018 2:31 PM 26

    U.S. forecasters say 5-9 hurricanes will develop during what they call a near-normal season Environment Canada meteorologists are releasing their predictions for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season today at a news conference in Dartmouth. The Canadian Hurricane Centre is holding the technical briefing to prepare the public for upcoming storms and to provide

  • China's plan to land on the far side of the moon could be historic, experts say

    May 23, 2018 6:44 PM 36

    The ambitious plan by the Chinese space agency faces numerous challenges China's ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges, but if successful would propel the country's space program to the forefront of one of the most important areas of lunar exploration, experts say. China hopes to be the first

  • Vancouver votes to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers by June 2019

    May 17, 2018 2:29 AM 23

    Council voted to bring in a distribution ban on straws and polystyrene on Wednesday Vancouver has voted to ban the distribution of plastic straws as well as foam take-out containers and cups as part of its zero-waste strategy. The move is part of the city's Zero Waste 2040 strategy, which was approved by councillors in a vote on Wednesday. Council also approved

  • Spacewalking astronauts perform pump swap at space station

    May 16, 2018 7:13 PM 19

    Pump named Frosty takes place of pump named Leaky Spacewalking astronauts carried out a high-flying, high-tech version of musical chairs Wednesday, rearranging pumps outside the International Space Station. Popping out early, NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold quickly swapped the positions of two spare ammonia pumps that are part of the space