‘Rubble Pile’ Asteroids Are Surprisingly Hard to Kill

Rubble pile asteroid Itokawa. Image: JAXA Rubble pile asteroids are more common and durable than previously thought, according to new research. The scientists behind the study say this could pose a problem for the planetary defense measurees. But there may be reason for optimism, given recent insights gleaned from NASA’s successful DART mission to deflect … Read more

AstroForge Plans First Private Asteroid Mining Mission

The OrbAstro ORB-50 satellite platform will host a variety of instruments needed to evaluate the target asteroid from a distance. Illustration: Intuitive Machines AstroForge has announced an ambitious commercial mission to observe a distant asteroid—an important step for the California startup as it strives to become the world’s first deep space mining company. AstroForge seeks … Read more

Vancouver mayor vows to ax controversial single-use cup fee by summer – BC

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim says the city’s controversial single-use cup fee will be gone by this summer. Sim made the comments during his first ‘state of the city’ address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Tuesday. “Everyone here in Vancouver loves the environment, but we can make a distinction between things that are … Read more

Vancouver mayor vows to ax controversial single-use cup fee by summer – BC

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim says the city’s controversial single-use cup fee will be gone by this summer. Sim made the comments during his first ‘state of the city’ address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Tuesday. “Everyone here in Vancouver loves the environment, but we can make a distinction between things that are … Read more

Is Canada ready to meet its ‘aggressive’ electric vehicle mandate by 2026? – National

As Canada has mandated at least 20 percent of car sales to be electric vehicles by 2026, some are questioning if the goal is realistic given supply levels and charging infrastructure. The federal government has said that there will be penalties for manufacturers and importers that do not meet the 20 percent sales target. After … Read more

It’s Getting Harder and Harder to See the Stars

Hong Kong at night. Not ideal for stargazing.Photo: Lam Yik Fei (Getty Images) A team of researchers investigating tens of thousands of citizen science observations of the night sky found that stars in the night sky are rapidly becoming harder to see due to human light pollution. The team pored over 51,351 observations made around … Read more

Russia set to capture strategic town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine

Smoke rises from strikes on the frontline city of Soledar, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, as seen from Bakhmut on Jan 5.CLODAGH KILCOYNE/Reuters Russia has reportedly captured the strategic town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, a victory that would mark the first significant battlefield gain for the invading forces after months of humiliating defeats. … Read more

The 2023 Just 100 list

Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, and Jane Fraser, CEO, Citigroup, greet Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, off camera, during the House Financial Services Committee hearing titled Holding Megabanks Accountable: Oversight of Americas Largest Consumer Facing Banks, in the Rayburn Building on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images … Read more

BC expands recycling program to include more items effective immediately

The BC government announced Friday its recycling system will now accept a wider array of single-use plastic items and packaging products in blue boxes and at recycling depots. The goal is to make recycling easier and more convenient, as well as to keep the “environment healthy,” government officials said. Read more: ‘Poor choices’: High levels … Read more

‘Atmospheric river’ dumps heavy rain, snow across California

Motorists travel along US Route 50 under steady rain near Twin Bridges, Calif., Friday, Dec. 30, 2022.Stephen Lam/The Associated Press A powerful storm brought drenching rain or heavy snowfall to much of California on Saturday, snarling traffic and closing highways as the state prepared to usher in a new year. In the high Sierra Nevada, … Read more