Saturday 31 July 2021

Canada to donate 13M surplus shots to nations in need

CityNews shows that Canada is stepping up to help vaccinate the rest of the world. Caryn Ceolin with the promises G7 leaders made at their summit this weekend, and the message they’re sending to China.

Canada: No demand for J&J vaccines from provinces, minister says

CBC News in Canada shows the interesting story: Procurement Minister Anita Anand joins Power & Politics to discuss the latest on the 10 million doses that Canada has ordered of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 'We have heard from the provinces that the demand isn't there for J&J vaccines.'

The push to target Canada’s unvaccinated

CBC News: The National in Canada has the story: What could it take to convince the small but determined group of Canadians who remain wary of the COVID-19 vaccines on offer? Experts say there isn’t one answer.

Disney closing most Canadian retail stores

Global News shows that Disney is closing the majority of its stores in Canada by Aug. 18, the multinational company indicates on its website.

While no official announcement has been made, Disney lists on its store locator that only three of its 16 Canadian shops will stay open. They are in the Eaton Centre, Scarborough Town Centre and Vaughan Mills shopping malls in Ontario.

Global's Anne Gaviola reports.

Why 50% of Canadians Live South of This Line

RealLifeLore Channel on Youtube explains why 50% of Canadians Live South of This Line.

Canada: Over 80 per cent of Toronto adults now vaccinated against COVID-19

CityNews shows that more than 80 per cent of Toronto adults have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Maleeha Sheikh reports how the city is trying to get the remaining population vaccinated.

Canada has received 66 million COVID-19 vaccine doses: PM

CTV News in Canada shows that PM Trudeau announces that Canada has received 66 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, enough to fully vaccinate every eligible Canadian.

Canada prepares for Delta variant's rise, as unvaccinated people overwhelm USA hospitals

Global News shows that despite COVID-19 cases declining across Canada, largely due to the vaccine rollout, the inoculation rate is already plateauing in parts of the country as nearly 20 per cent of the population remains unprotected.

Thursday 29 July 2021

Calls to reopen Canada-USA border before August

CityNews shows that pressure is building to reopen our land border with the USA now, not next month. Caryn Ceolin with the provincial and state leaders growing impatient, and why officials on both sides are signaling it’s unlikely to happen any sooner.

Persuading Canada's unvaccinated as Delta variant grows

Global News in Canada shows on this episode of Global National: Doctors and politicians are trying to persuade more Canadians to get immunized against COVID-19 as the more contagious Delta variant spreads further among the unvaccinated. As Mike Le Couteur reports, if persuasion doesn't work, coercion could be the next step.

Science Loop - Funny Video, Funny Animals (Science)

Science Loop on Youtube has the new funny video.

Funny Video; Funny animals Science Explained! You can't stop Laughing 🤣

This Video is full of the funniest Videos on Internet (including Animal and Human fails). See it explained: the Science behind it.


1. Funny Monkey Fetch tiger's Tail
2. Funny Seal
3. Cat fails
4. Dog's Epic Fun
5. Meme Gorillas
And many more...

Animal science (also bioscience) is described as "studying the biology of animals that are under the control of humankind". It can also be described as the production and management of farm animals. Historically, it seems that the degree was called animal husbandry and the animals studied were livestock species, like cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, and horses. Today, courses available look at a broader area, including companion animals, like dogs and cats, and many exotic species. Degrees in Animal Science are offered at a number of colleges and universities. Typically, the so-called Animal Science curriculum provides a science background ans hands-on experience working with various animals on campus-based farms.

Wednesday 28 July 2021

Olympic and Paralympic Games: 60+ Key Stats

Tokyo 2020 is exciting. Take a look at 60+ stats about the Olympic and Paralympic Games. See important Olympic-related information. See facts and timeline of the ancient history of the Olympics. See the modern stats.

See the info here:

The ancient Olympic Games began in the year 776 BC, when Koroibos, a cook from the nearby city of Elis, won the stadion race, a foot race 600 feet long.

The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was the first international Olympic Games held in modern history. Organised by the International Olympic Committee, which had been created by French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin, it was held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896.

The 2020 Summer Olympics ( Japanese: 2020 年夏季オリンピック ), officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (第三十二回オリンピック競技大会, Dai Sanjūni-kai Orinpikku Kyōgi Taikai) and branded as Tokyo 2020 (東京2020), is an ongoing international multi-sport event that is currently being held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, with some preliminary events that began on 21 July.

Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020 name for marketing and branding purposes. This is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled, rather than cancelled. The Summer Paralympics will be held between 24 August and 5 September 2021, 16 days after the completion of the Olympics.

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Why is the James Webb Space Telescope Delayed Again?

Astrum on Youtube explains: Has the JWST been delayed again?

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or "Webb") is a joint NASA-ESA-CSA space telescope that is planned to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope as NASA's flagship astrophysics mission. The exciting JWST will provide improved infrared resolution and sensitivity over Hubble, and will enable a broad range of interesting investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology, including observing some of the most distant events and objects in the universe, such as the formation of the so-called first galaxies.

The primary mirror of the JWST, the Optical Telescope Element, is composed of 18 hexagonal mirror segments made of gold-plated beryllium which combine to create a 6.5 m (21 ft) diameter mirror - certainly considerably larger than Hubble's 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in) mirror. Unlike the Hubble telescope, which observes in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared (0.1 to 1 μm) spectra, the JWST will observe in a certain lower frequency range, from long-wavelength visible light through mid-infrared (0.6 to 28.3 μm), which will allow it to observe high redshift objects that are too old and too distant for Hubble to observe. The telescope must be kept very cold in order to observe in the infrared without interference, so it will be deployed in space near the so-called Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange point, and a large sunshield made of silicon-coated and aluminium-coated Kapton will keep its mirror and instruments below 50 K (−223.2 °C; −369.7 °F).

"Kapton" is a polyimide film developed by DuPont in the late 1960s that remains stable (in isolation) across a wide range of temperatures, from −269 to +400 °C (−452 to 752 °F; 4 to 673 K). Kapton is used in, among other things, flexible printed circuits (flexible electronics) and space blankets, which are used on spacecraft, satellites, and various space instruments.

The chemical name for Kapton K and HN is poly (4,4'-oxydiphenylene-pyromellitimide). It is produced from the condensation of pyromellitic dianhydride and 4,4'-oxydiphenylamine. Kapton synthesis is an example of the use of a dianhydride in step polymerization. The intermediate polymer, known as a "poly(amic acid)", is soluble because of so-called strong hydrogen bonds to the polar solvents usually employed in the reaction. The so-called ring closure is carried out at high temperatures of 200 - 300 °C (392 - 572 °F; 473 - 573 K).

Everything NASA Has Found On Mars So Far

Tech Bang! Channel on Youtube excites you with news about Everything NASA Has Found On Mars So Far.

Mars planet, neighbour planet to "Earth", has been the subject of many discussions for a while now. Chief among them is that maybe someday mankind's first exodus off the planet would see us establishing so-called colonies on Mars. To this end, we've been getting to know the red planet little by little through data collected by both of the Rovers on its surface. In this video, you'll get to know all the details of Mars gathered so far, so hang on tight as you take a tour through the 4th planet in our solar system. 

NASA’s Perseverance Rover recently landed on Mars, to join NASA’s Curiosity rover which has been on the Red Planet for years now. With these, NASA has been able to identify a lot of specifications about the red planet, and has even carried out the first excellent demonstration of powered flight on Mars. The Perseverance Rover has been doing as much geology as it can, taking pictures of the Martian surface and analysing nearby interesting rocks. The fascinating rocks have been revealed to be shaped by wind and water, but still, there are no signs of past life. Further research on these rocks have shown that they are chemically similar to certain volcanic rocks on earth.

How did China succeed in landing Zhurong rover on Mars? Review of CNSA deep space missions

CNSA Watcher on Youtube shows that as the first Mars rover probe launched by China, Tianwen-1 Zhurong rover has completed the 3 major technical steps of Mars exploration at one time. The three steps are Orbiting, landing, and patrolling, which are, entering Mars orbit, landing on the surface of Mars, and the rover walking and patrolling around. Why did China’s space agency successfully break the so-called "Mars curse" with its very first Mars rover landing mission? How did the various aerospace technologies involved in the Zhurong landing process develop?

NASA Perseverance Rover Captured UFO On Mars

"World Info" Channel on Youtube is pretty interesting with NASA's Perseverance Rover Captured UFOs On Mars. See Mars latest photos. The red planet is exciting. UFO on Mars will interest you.

Mars Perseverance Sol 153: Right Navigation Camera (Navcam)

NASA's Mars Perseverance #rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving.

This image was acquired on Jul. 26, 2021 (Sol 153) at the local mean solar time of 14:51:24.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

SpaceX Starship to Mars: Why Mars? Why are we not going for other planets first?

ENGINEERING TODAY Channel on Youtube shows the story.

SpaceX Starship to Mars: Why Mars? Why are we not going for other planets first? See Detailed analysis.

See Engineering Today and hope you all are doing great. Today we will talk about some interesting stuff regarding Mars colonization and how it paves the way for multi-planetary life. So welcome to our Project Mars.

Space News: The Future of Space Travel with NASA Scientist

Take a look at Arirang News Center on Youtube.

민간 우주여행 시대: 대중화는 언제? 나사 수석 과학자 Jim Green

The race to space is happening right now.

2021 has certainly brought us closer to the possibility of space travel.

Jeff Bezos, the Founder and Chairman of Amazon, recently took to space and back in 11 minutes and a week before that British entrepreneur and billionaire Richard Branson shot to the edge of space in a vehicle made by his own company, Virgin Galactic.

Space travel, let's talk about it. See Jim Green, Chief scientist from NASA

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin both made successful suborbital trips to the space and back, both within the past two weeks. How significant are these events for the space industry?


LIFT-OFF Channel on Youtube shows: BAD NEWS!! SPACE X Being Put On HOLD By FAA!

SpaceX is on hold: The Federal Aviation Administration warned Elon Musk’s SpaceX in a letter two months ago that the company’s work on a launch tower for future Starship rocket launches is yet unapproved, and will be included in the agency’s ongoing environmental review of the facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

"The company is building the tower at its own risk," an FAA spokesperson told CNBC on Wednesday, noting that the environmental review could recommend taking down the launch tower.

The FAA last year began an environmental review of SpaceX’s Starship development facility, as Musk’s company said it planned to apply for licenses to launch the next-generation rocket prototypes from Boca Chica. While the FAA completed an environmental assessment of the area in 2014, that review was specific to SpaceX’s much-smaller Falcon series of rockets.

Changing Moon's orbit to fight climate change: Republican congressman suggests

Guardian News on Youtube shows Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert asked a senior USA government official if changing the moon’s orbit around the Earth, or the Earth’s orbit around the sun, might be a solution for climate change. The question was not posed to anyone from Nasa, but a senior forestry service official during a House natural resources committee hearing on Tuesday. Jennifer Eberlien, associate deputy chief of the National Forest Service, said she would have to 'follow up with you on that one, Mr Gohmert'

10 INSANE Space Discoveries 2021

Factnomenal Channel on Youtube shows you 10 INSANE space discoveries made in 2021. These new 2021 space discoveries will blow your mind and show you just how weird the universe can truly be. An increasing amount of recent discoveries have been made which will allow astronomers to piece together more pieces to the puzzle of what outer space is really about. Space discoveries 2021, discoveries 2021 , recent space discoveries 2021, however you wanna name it! They got it!

Virgin Galactic Completes First-Ever Spaceflight from New Mexico

Virgin Galactic Channel on Youtube shows that on May 22, 2021, Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity spaceship completed the first-ever human spaceflight from Spaceport America, New Mexico, with two pilots reaching apogee at 55.45 miles above ground. The flight is a meaningful step toward the opening of commercial space travel.

NASA Reestablishes Contact with the Voyager, Almost 12 Billion Miles from Earth

TheSimplySpace Channel on Youtube shows the interesting story. 44 years: That's how long it's been since the Voyager 2 space probe left our blue home planet to subsequently gain new insights into our galactic neighborhood in the endless expanses of space. During this time, NASA's unmanned spacecraft penetrated an incredible 12 billion miles into space and passed numerous planets of our solar system during its flight. While Voyager 2 has regularly sent important data to Earth over the past four and a half decades, the connection to the world-famous probe was severed for many months in March of last year. We will now reveal the reasons for this and how the experts of the renowned space agency finally managed to restore the signal to Voyager 2. However, before we get into this topic, we would like to take a look at the spacecraft’s history together with you. In today's video, you’ll find out which celestial bodies the probe has already visited during its decades-long flight, which galactic milestones have been recorded in the process and what the future of the venerable space vehicle looks like.

Monday 26 July 2021

Ingenuity Helicopter reached 1 mile total distance on Mars successfully completing 10th flight

iGadgetPro on Youtube shows that on July 24, 2021 NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter completed 10th flight on Mars reaching 1 mile distance range flown above surface of Red Planet. Currently Ingenuity located at "Raised Ridges" (RR) area, named for the geographic features that start approximately 164 feet (50 meters) south-by-southwest of Helicopter’s previous location. Flight 10 is most complex flight to date, with 10 distinct waypoints and a nominal altitude of 40 feet (12 meters). There is full ground track and waypoints for Ingenuity’s tenth flight. Ingenuity has come a long way from its original airfield, "Wright Brothers Field," which is 0.64 miles (1.04 kilometers) to the northeast of our current location. We got here during Flight 9, an endeavor that had our helicopter breaking several of our own records as we relocated to the far side of the "Séítah" geologic unit. Covering 2,051 feet (625 meters). Mars Helicopter has survived 107 sols (Martian days) since deployment from Perseverance, 76 sols beyond the original technology demonstration mission it was designed for.

Credit:, NASA/JPL-Caltech, NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

Jeff Bezos Responds To Critics After Historic Trip Into Space

TODAY on Youtube shows that after his historic trip into space on Tuesday, billionaire Amazon founder delivered a message to his critics and also laid out a vision for the future. NBC’s Tom Costello reports for TODAY from West Texas.

It seems that even though Jeff Bezos crossed into space on Tuesday, he still may not get his "official astronaut" title and "wings" from the federal government.

On the same day as Blue Origin's first human spaceflight, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a change to its Commercial Astronaut Wings Program for the first time in 17 years. This shift at the dawn of the space tourism era means the U.S. government may not formally recognize that billionaires Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson became astronauts when they blasted into space earlier this month.

Before the FAA issued the new restrictions, Bezos, along with 3 other crewmates who flew with the Blue Origin founder, would have qualified to receive FAA commercial astronaut wings. That's because the travelers flew to an altitude of at least 50 miles (80.5 kilometres), the U.S.-recognized boundary of space.

Effective July 20, the FAA issued one more critical criterion: Commercial launch crew members must also demonstrate "activities during flight that were essential to public safety, or contributed to human space flight safety," an FAA spokesperson said, quoting the new order.

( ) The Federal Aviation Administration is the largest transportation agency of the USA government and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the country as well as over surrounding international waters.

NASA Believes There Could Be Extraterrestrial Life Hiding in Underground Caves on Mars

TheSimplySpace on Youtube shows that planet Mars is still our most promising prospect for finding traces of biological life or extinct civilizations anytime soon. We have long since given up the search for human-like beings, plants or animals on Mars. But NASA has found evidence of possible micro life forms in the depths of Mars. According to the latest findings, our planetary neighbor guards gigantic water deposits in its depths.

First Time Discovery: water vapor in Jupiter's moon Ganymede

"NASA Goddard" Channel on Youtube shows that astronomers have used new and archival datasets from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to uncover evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede.
The vapor is present due to the thermal excitation of water molecules from the moon’s icy surface.  
Previous research has offered circumstantial evidence for the moon containing more water than all of Earth's oceans. However, temperatures there are so cold that water on the surface freezes and the ocean lies roughly 100 miles below the crust.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope certainly has discovered water vapor on Jupiter's ocean moon Ganymede for the first time.

It is amazing that astronomers really have discovered evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of Jupiter's moon Ganymede for the first time.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and really the largest in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with a mass more than two and a half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined, but slightly less than one-thousandth the mass of the Sun. Jupiter is the third-brightest natural object in the Earth's night sky after the Moon and Venus. It has been observed since pre-historic times and is named after the so-called Roman god Jupiter, the king of the gods, because of its observed size.

Ganymede (a satellite of Jupiter) is certainly the largest and most massive of the Solar System's moons. The ninth-largest object (including the Sun) of the Solar System, it is the largest without a substantial atmosphere. It has a diameter of 5,268 km (3,273 mi), making it 26% larger than the planet Mercury by volume, although it is only 45% as massive. Possessing a metallic core, it has the lowest moment of inertia factor of any solid body in the Solar System and is the only moon known to have a magnetic field. Outward from Jupiter, it is the 7th satellite and the 3rd of the Galilean moons, the first group of objects discovered orbiting another planet. Ganymede orbits Jupiter in roughly 7 days and is in a 1:2:4 orbital resonance with the moons Europa and Io, respectively.

Ganymede (the largest moon in the solar system) is covered in an icy crust. Scientists believe Ganymede may have a liquid ocean 100 miles beneath its surface, and that such an ocean could host aquatic alien life.

The exciting "water vapor discovery" adds to scientists' understanding of Ganymede's atmosphere. Previously, humans only knew that it contained oxygen.

Sunday 18 July 2021

Fully vaccinated Americans may be allowed into Canada soon

CBC News in Canada shows that the Prime Minister's Office says if current public health conditions continue, fully vaccinated U.S.citizens and permanent residents could be allowed to visit Canada by mid-August for non-essential travel. A PMO statement says Canada might be able to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from all other countries by September.

Canadian government approaches reopening border for fully vaccinated Americans

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that as the government looks to a possible mid-August reopening of the U.S. border for fully vaccinated travellers, people affected are still looking for details, such as whether the U.S. will reciprocate.

Canada: Barrie, Ont., devastated after 'catastrophic' damage from tornado

CBC News shows that a tornado that tore through Barrie, Ont., left a path of destruction about five kilometres long, bringing winds of up to 210 km/h. Environment Canada gave the tornado a preliminary rating of EF-2.

Vaccinated travellers face hurdles entering Canada

CityNews in Toronto in Canada shows that fully vaccinated travellers looking to come to Canada are finding out not all vaccines are being treated equally.

Canada lacks national standards for proof of COVID-19 vaccination

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Canada doesn’t have national standards for proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and as a result, there’s a 'hodgepodge' of methods created by provinces and businesses.

Canada: Windsor, Ont., mayor says border closure 'untenable' for this amount of time

CBC News shows that Drew Dilkens, mayor of Windsor, Ont., says that people in his city are anxious to see the Canada-USA land border open 'in short order.'

Fully vaccinated Canadian abroad frustrated at quarantine rules

CBC News shows that William Hamilton is a fully vaccinated Canadian, but since he received the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, which is offered in Russia (where he works as an English teacher) but not approved in Canada, he is still required to quarantine in a hotel upon return to Canada. Hamilton is frustrated that under federal rules, he can't skip the quarantine like other fully vaccinated Canadians who were jabbed with vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada.

Is Canadian public at odds with business interests over COVID-19 border restrictions?

CTV News has the interesting story in Canada.'s Michael Stittle and Nanos Research's Nik Nanos break down the ongoing border closure between Canada and the United States. 

Are Canadians clamouring for travel restrictions to be lifted? Nik explains some surprising results from his latest poll.

*Broken* Physics of Loki in Marvel Multiverse; [No Spoilers] Science Loop

Take a look at Science Loop on Youtube with this new interesting video. It seems that Marvel's Loki Series is BROKEN! (NOT ClickBait), In every Episode, we can see Loki's parallel variant but at the End The Scientist says...but this is Absolutly wrong! I have some Logic!

MARVEL’S infamous ANTI-HERO Loki has made his way out of many "Impossible to escape" situations before, but in the new Disney+ Hotstar show Loki (the God of Mischief) may have finally become entangled in a fight that he can’t win - the war against time by getting the Tessaract with the power of his cleverness but believe it or not the time travel and the branching of the universe in Loki is possible according to the Quantum Theory. Let's see the Science of it. In Marvel Universe there's a Multiverse and time travel but is there any Logical hypothesis that can Affirm the Logical prove of Multiverse? Let's chase down the broken material science of Loki's Time Travel and Multiverse. In the 1st scene, Loki goes to a time jail and observe this animation video. (Supremessy) This isn't as it were the Science fiction. Quantum Hypothesis proposes at the starting of the universe all of the timeline colliding, quantum vacillation is taking put all over and out of that we got our world. So where's it broken? Back in Newtonian material science, he says that time streams same for each point on Space but Einstein came along and says "no" time is a bit like stream. It can moderate down and can speed up. and after that Quantum material science takes put and says the river can part up completely different branches and create a parallel reality. For more absolutely assume this tree may be a Timeline of a fundamental universe.

Time Stamps in video:

0:00 Loki Episode 1-6, Multiverse
0:34 Physics of Loki (break Down), What is multiverse?
01:13 Science of Time (Newton, Einstine, Quantum)
02:21 TVA and Real time travel
03:19 How to go across Parallel Universes (Einstein - Rosen bridge)
03:45 We Need Answer! Absolute broken

"Loki" is an American television series based on Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it shares continuity with the films of the franchise and takes place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019), in which an alternate version of Loki created a new timeline. Loki is really produced by Marvel Studios.

"Loki" premiered on June 9, 2021. Its first season, consisting of six episodes, concluded on July 14 and is part of Phase Four of the MCU. It seems to have received positive reviews, with praise for the performances and visuals. An interesting second season is in development.

Thursday 15 July 2021

Could Solar Panels in Space Solve all Our Energy Needs?

SciShow Space on Youtube is pretty interesting. Humans on earth need more solutions for our energy needs, and one idea is straight out of science fiction: Solar panels, in space.

It seems that scientists working for the Pentagon have successfully tested a solar panel the size of a pizza box in space, designed as a prototype for a future system to send electricity from space back to any point on Earth.

It seems that a solar panel in space is collecting energy that could one day be beamed to anywhere on Earth.

The panel is known as the so-called Photovoltaic Radiofrequency Antenna Module (PRAM). It was first launched in May 2020, attached to the Pentagon's X-37B unmanned drone, to harness light from the sun to convert to electricity. The drone is looping Earth every 90 minutes.

Read more about this panel here:

Why is the Closest Planet Also the Most Difficult to Visit? NASA's MESSENGER Mercury Probe

Astrum on Youtube shows you why "Planet Mercury" has only had one dedicated mission.

Many people didn't know about this. This is something interesting to learn. It seems that the Closest Planet (generally called "closest to Earth") is also the most difficult to visit. Take a look at the story of NASA's MESSENGER Mercury Probe.

Having almost no atmosphere to retain heat, the planet has surface temperatures that vary "diurnally" more than on any other planet in the Solar System, ranging from 100 K (−173 °C; −280 °F) at night to 700 K (427 °C; 800 °F) during the day across the equatorial regions. The polar regions are constantly below 180 K (−93 °C; −136 °F). The planet has no known natural satellites.

Meaning of "diurnally": (adjective):

1. Relating to or occurring in a 24-hour period; daily.
2. Occurring or active during the daytime rather than at night: diurnal animals.

Mercury is the smallest planet in the Solar System and the closest to the Sun. Its orbit around the Sun takes 87.97 Earth days, the shortest of all the Sun's planets. It is named after the Roman god Mercurius (Mercury), god of commerce, messenger of the gods, and mediator between gods and mortals, corresponding to the Greek god Hermes (Ἑρμῆς). Like Venus, Mercury orbits the Sun within Earth's orbit as an inferior planet, and its apparent distance from the Sun as viewed from Earth never exceeds 28°. This proximity to the Sun means the planet can only be seen near the western horizon after sunset or the eastern horizon before sunrise, usually in twilight. At this time, it may appear as a bright star-like object but is often far more difficult to observe than Venus. From Earth, the planet telescopically displays the complete range of phases, similar to Venus and the Moon, which recurs over its so-called synodic period of approximately 116 days.

"Planet Mercury" rotates in a way that is unique in the Solar System. It is tidally locked with the Sun in a 3:2 spin-orbit resonance, meaning that relative to the fixed stars, it rotates on its axis exactly 3 times for every 2 revolutions it makes around the Sun. As seen from the Sun, in a frame of reference that rotates with the orbital motion, it appears to rotate only once every two Mercurian years. An observer on Mercury would therefore see only one day every two Mercurian years.

Mercury's axis has the smallest tilt of any of the Solar System's planets (about 1⁄30 degree). Its orbital eccentricity is the largest of all known planets in the Solar System; at perihelion, Mercury's distance from the Sun is only about two-thirds (or 66%) of its distance at aphelion. Mercury's surface appears heavily cratered and is similar in appearance to the Moon's, indicating that it has been geologically inactive for billions of years.

2 spacecraft have visited Mercury: Mariner 10 flew by in 1974 and 1975; and MESSENGER, launched in 2004, orbited Mercury over 4,000 times in four years before exhausting its fuel and crashing into the planet's surface on April 30, 2015. The BepiColombo spacecraft is planned to arrive at Mercury in 2025.

Mercury is 1 of 4 terrestrial planets in the Solar System, and is a rocky body like Earth. It is the smallest planet in the Solar System, with an equatorial radius of 2,439.7 kilometres. Mercury is also smaller (albeit more massive) than the largest natural satellites in the Solar System, Ganymede and Titan. Mercury consists of approximately 70% metallic and 30% silicate material.

Here on Earth, "Silicate Minerals" are the most common of Earth's minerals and include quartz, feldspar, mica, amphibole, pyroxene, and olivine.

Mercury can, like several other planets and the brightest stars, be seen during a total solar eclipse.

Like the Moon and Venus, Mercury exhibits phases as seen from Earth. It is "new" at inferior conjunction and "full" at superior conjunction. The planet is rendered invisible from Earth on both of these occasions because of its being obscured by the Sun, except its new phase during a transit.

Mercury is technically brightest as seen from Earth when it is at a full phase. Although Mercury is farthest from Earth when it is full, the greater illuminated area that is visible and the opposition brightness surge more than compensates for the distance. The opposite is true for Venus, which appears brightest when it is a crescent, because it is much closer to Earth than when gibbous.

Ground-based telescope observations of Mercury reveal only an illuminated partial disk with limited detail. The first of two spacecraft to visit the planet was Mariner 10, which mapped about 45% of its surface from 1974 to 1975. The second is the MESSENGER spacecraft, which after three Mercury flybys between 2008 and 2009, attained orbit around Mercury on March 17, 2011, to study and map the rest of the planet.

The Hubble Space Telescope cannot observe Mercury at all, due to safety procedures that prevent its pointing too close to the Sun.

The European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency developed and launched a joint mission called BepiColombo, which will orbit Mercury with two probes: one to map the planet and the other to study its magnetosphere. Launched on October 20, 2018, BepiColombo is expected to reach Mercury in 2025. It will release a magnetometer probe into an elliptical orbit, then chemical rockets will fire to deposit the mapper probe into a circular orbit. Both probes will operate for one terrestrial year. The mapper probe carries an array of spectrometers similar to those on MESSENGER, and will study the planet at many different wavelengths including infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma ray.

Space colonization is the hypothetical permanent habitation and exploitation of natural resources from outside planet Earth. As such it is a form of human presence in space, beyond human spaceflight or operating space outposts. Many arguments have been made for and against space colonization of various planets.

Arizona floods: Dramatic videos show car washed away, family rescued atop vehicle

Global News shows dramatic footage from Arizona as monsoon rainwater carrying debris from a wildfire burn scar flowed through the streets in Flagstaff, for the third day in a row on July 15.

Video captured by a Flagstaff resident Taylor Landy shows a car being washed away in the floodwaters on Wednesday.

And, an Arizona family was rescued on Wednesday from a car trapped in fast-moving floodwaters in Catalina. Fire crews safely carried a man and his two daughters from the roof of a vehicle surrounded by a raging flood.

Arizona is a state in the Western United States, grouped in the Southwestern and occasionally Mountain subregions. It is the 6th largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the 4 Corners region with Utah to the north, Colorado to the northeast, and New Mexico to the east; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

A "monsoon" is traditionally a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with annual latitudinal oscillation of the Intertropical Convergence Zone between its limits to the north and south of the equator. Usually, the so-called term "monsoon" is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase. The term is also sometimes used to describe locally heavy but short-term rains.

The major monsoon systems of the world consist of the West African and Asia-Australian monsoons. The inclusion of the North American Monsoon and South American monsoon with incomplete wind reversal has been debated.

The term was first used in English in British India and neighbouring countries to refer to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the southwest bringing heavy rainfall to the area.

Germany floods: Drone footage shows devastation in Schuld after record rainfall

Schuld is a municipality in the district of Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. In July 2021, the village was certainly severely damaged by huge floods.

Global News shows that more than 40 people have died and dozens of people are still missing in Germany after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and causing buildings to collapse.

Drone footage captured the devastation in the German town of Schuld, which saw its rivers burst its banks, sweeping away homes and flooded cellars.

Hundreds of soldiers were helping police with the rescue efforts, using tanks to clear roads of landslides and fallen trees, while helicopters winched those stranded on rooftops to safety.

The floods have caused Germany's worst mass loss of life due to floods since 2002.

Canada loosens travel restrictions, 2nd doses for teens

CityNews in Toronto shows that Canada brings in looser restrictions for travellers, Ontario opens more vaccine appointments for teens, and a partially collapsed Florida condo has been demolished.

Wildfires continue to burn through BC and USA west coast

Global News in Canada shows that unprecedented temperatures and bone-dry conditions have turned parts of the west coast into a "tinderbox." More than 300 wildfires are burning in British Columbia. As Julia Foy reports, the RCMP has revealed more details on the probe into the fire that destroyed large parts of Lytton, B.C.

Meanwhile, wildfires on the USA west coast have destroyed more than 300,000 hectares of land. There are fears this fire season has the potential to outpace 2020, which was the worst on record. As Jennifer Johnson reports, this past weekend offered little relief.

Canada heatwave cooks up to one billion shellfish alive

DW News shows that the Canadian province of British Columbia registered all-time record temperatures this summer. Hundreds of people died in connection with the extreme heat. And the impact on ecosystems was devastating: Scientists say up to a billion shellfish may have perished.

It seems that Bays in Western Canada are normally ideal for shellfish. They thrive in the secluded, nutrient-rich waters. But mussels and clams don't do well in extreme heat. And the region's recent heatwave has literally cooked them alive.

Majority of Canadians want USA border open by fall

CTV News in Canada shows that Nanos Research's Nik Nanos breaks down the data on how Canadians feel about the federal government's handling of the border with the USA.

Canada: Element of fear surrounding COVID-19 vaccine passports: bioethicist

CTV News in Canada shows that University of Toronto bioethicist Kerry Bowman says vaccine passports involve an element of worry and fear.

Will Canada require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health workers like France and Greece?

Global News in Canada shows that the countries of France and Greece have both introduced mandatory vaccines for health-care workers amid concerns about the Delta variant. 

In Canada, COVID-19 infections are lower and vaccination rates are higher, but there is still a push to get everyone inoculated against the disease. 

Only a few provinces in Canada have mandated vaccines to certain health-care workers. But will a federal mandate be put into place? Abigail Bimman explains.

Sunday 11 July 2021

Moderna co-founder on whether we will need a third COVID-19 shot

CTV News shows that Moderna co-founder Derrick Rossi discusses if a third shot or regular booster shot will be needed to increase protection against COVID-19.

Canada needs to prepare for COVID-19 variants in the fall, warns expert

CTV News shows that Dr. Chris Labos says that despite the success Canada is having in slowing the spread of COVID-19, preparations need to be made for the fall.

Mysteries surround new lambda variant detected in Canada

CBC News: The National shows that the new coronavirus lambda variant first found in Peru is now appearing in Canada, and the WHO says it carries a 'number of mutations' which may make it more transmissible.

Vaccines slowing COVID-19 infections in Canada, officials say

CBC News shows that Canada's top public health officials say vaccines are significantly slowing the rate of COVID-19 infections. The country has seen the number of new daily cases and active cases decreasing from their peak during the third wave.

Tropical Storm Elsa on the move towards Atlantic Canada

Global News in Canada shows that Tropical Storm Elsa continues to move up the East Coast of the United States and is now heading towards Atlantic Canada, where it's expected to hit the region Friday into Saturday. 

Even though it lost some energy over land, the storm still brought heavy rains and winds to the southeast U.S. on Thursday and at least one person's death is being blamed on the storm after a tree fell on a vehicle in Jacksonville, Fla. At least 11 people were also injured in Georgia when a suspected tornado touched down at a submarine base. 

Ross Lord reports on what to expect with the storm as it continues to track towards Canada.

Why some fully vaccinated Canadians can't skip COVID-19 travel quarantine

Global News in Canada shows that a new problem is emerging from Canada's latest travel rules, which allow for fully vaccinated people to skip quarantine when they arrive home from overseas. 

It seems that there’s a caveat for those who got 2 shots that haven't been approved by Health Canada for all travellers who got doses outside the country.  That has some people considering another round of shots of the approved vaccines so they can travel without having to face quarantine on their return.

New Lambda COVID-19 virus variant: What is known about it

CTV News shows that CTV Medical Specialist Dr. Marla Shapiro discusses what is known about the Lambda variant, which has not yet been reported in Canada.

Canada added 231,000 jobs in June, pushing jobless rate down to 7.8%

CBC News shows that the certain numbers for June are much better than the most optimistic economists were expecting. A lot of people are getting back to work as more sectors like retail, restaurants and personal care services are opening up. Notably, the unemployment rate has fallen because people are more confident they will find work and get back into the workforce.

Another intense heatwave to roast Canada, Western USA

WION shows that the unprecedented heatwave baking the Pacific Northwest has claimed as many as 700 lives over the last one week in Canada alone, according to officials.

Canada: Quebec to roll out COVID-19 vaccine passports in September

CTV News shows that Quebec says it will use vaccine passports to limit access to non-essential services if COVID-19 worsens. CTV's Christina Succi reports.

Sunday 4 July 2021

Canada: Toronto hair salon owner excited to return to work after restrictions loosen

People can certainly get haircuts in Toronto, at least outdoors.

Hair salons and barbershops have been closed for much of the past year in Toronto.

A number of stylists, barbers, and others in the hair cutting business have embraced reopening regulations that allow them to cut hair outdoors.

Many hair cutters became completely booked up, the demand for haircuts far exceeding available time slots.

Canada: BC village levelled by wildfire following record heat wave

Global News shows that a fast-moving wildfire has destroyed 90 per cent of Lytton, B.C., days after the village recorded Canada's hottest temperature in history. Robin Gill reports from an evacuation centre in the nearby city of Merritt, where residents who were forced to flee their homes are grappling with heart-breaking losses.

Across western Canada: More than 150 wildfires rage

DW News shows that military aircraft have been mobilized to help evacuate towns and fight more than 130 wildfires tearing across western Canada. Lightning strikes triggered by a record-breaking heat wave sparked the fires. Rescuers are now searching for missing people in Lytton, British Columbia. Roughly 1,000 people fled the town, which was almost entirely wiped out by fire.

Residents had moments to flee before the fire claimed their homes. 2 people are so far believed to have died. This comes as a record breaking heatwave sweeps through Canada and the north west of the USA. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the heatwave shows there must be a continued commitment to reducing emissions and showing leadership on climate change and global warming.

The fire front in Lytton moved quickly. Residents had almost no warning before their town was engulfed in flames.

The blaze ignited a day after the town sweltered through almost 50 degrees Celsius - breaking Canada's temperature record.

Emergency workers are searching for missing residents, as the smoldering town remains unsafe to enter. The unprecedented heat wave and wildfires have certainly damaged parts of Canada.

More than 100 fires are still burning across western Canada, threatening other towns. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has convened an emergency response group, and promises to help communities recover.

Saturday 3 July 2021

Canada: Some COVID-19 restrictions on international travel easing July 5

CBC News shows that fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada and not need to quarantine at a hotel starting July 5, the federal government has announced.

Construction in Canada becomes less affordable due to cost of materials amid COVID-19 pandemic

Global News shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused construction prices to increase like never before, as plywood rose from $45 a sheet before the pandemic to $130, and recently dipped again to about $100 a sheet.

These prices may force consumers either not to buy or renovate their properties, or to delay their projects.

But, as Sean O’Shea reports, this kind of flexibility is not an option for large projects, driving rental or selling prices to increase.

Canada Heatwave leads to over 300 sudden deaths - record high temperature

WION shows that at least 300 sudden deaths have been reported in Canada, as the country recorded its highest ever temperature amid scorching conditions that extended to the US Pacific Northwest.

COVID-19 deaths in Canada may far exceed the official tallies, say researchers

CTV News shows that the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Canada may far exceed official tallies, according to researchers. Avis Favaro explains.

"Delta Plus" virus variant of concern - what scientists know about it

Global News shows that scientists have identified another COVID-19 variant of concern, called "Delta Plus". 

So how dangerous or contagious is this mutation, which is related to the Delta variant? 

While India’s health authority is clear on those answers, other experts say more data is needed to determine the level of threat. 

As Redmond Shannon reports, less than 200 cases have been reported in 11 countries so far, including one in Canada.

Thursday 1 July 2021

Bitcoin Price at July 1, 2021: 33,204 USD - Will Bitcoin Drop to 20K?

Bitcoin Price at July 1, 2021: 33,204 USD

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have recorded stunning falls in value in these times.

Also check about prices of various other digital coins that also fell. Major falls happened after China imposed fresh restrictions on transactions involving cryptocurrencies.

The Bitcoin cryptocurrency fell from a "record high" of $64,895 USD hit on April 14.

Falls in Bitcoin price will be a problem for people that are getting "Salaries in Bitcoin."

Some may think that Bitcoin could drop to 20K USD. What could be the potential "catalyst" for this move? Take a look at the charts and graphs.