How to collect space junk

How to collect space junk

ORBITAL DEBRIS offers a classic “tragedy of the commons” problem. Six decades of space launches have littered Earth orbits with derelict satellites, rocket parts and other scrap. More than 750,000 pieces are at least a centimetre wide—enough to shatter a satellite. Even flecks of paint, of which there are millions, can damage kit, including the…

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The first journey of an aircraft with an ion drive

The first journey of an aircraft with an ion drive

IT IS NOT unusual for technologies from science fiction to join the real world, with examples ranging from video phones, via artificial intelligence, to self-driving cars. The ion drive is another such. Ion drives purportedly propelled the evil Empire’s TIE (twin ion engines) fighters in the original “Star Wars” movie. Real ion drives now reposition…

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Alberta could avoid losing $2.9 billion in revenues by forcing oil producers to cut output: report

Alberta could avoid losing $2.9 billion in revenues by forcing oil producers to cut output: report

CALGARY – Alberta government could avoid losing out on as much as $2.9 billion in royalty revenues if it were to force local oil companies to throttle back crude production in the province, a highly divisive policy option currently being considered. A Wednesday report from Scotiabank Economics shows the “extraordinary challenge” facing Alberta. The province’s…

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Ottawa aims to boost edge with $16 billion in tax incentives for business

Ottawa aims to boost edge with $16 billion in tax incentives for business

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have come up with a $16-billion answer to Canada’s competitiveness concerns. Ottawa’s long-awaited plan to help Canada compete with the United States for investment dollars is the centrepiece of its latest fall economic statement, which forecasts slightly deeper annual deficits over the coming years. Finance Minister Bill Morneau had faced…

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