For the first time in history, a spacecraft is being powered purely by sunlight

Typically, when we think of sailing, we imagine canvas-clad schooners slicing through ocean waves. But on July 23, an entirely new type of ship started sailing — in space. The experimental spacecraft, called LightSail 2, launched into space on June 25 and successfully unfurled its 344-square-foot solar sail in orbit on Tuesday. The sail allows…

Three French children die after wave hits boat in Channel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rescuers got the victims to shore but the children were unconscious and died (file pic) Three young French children drowned off the Normandy coast when a family’s motorboat was struck by a huge wave and capsized in windy conditions. Three adults on board survived Monday’s drama, 800m (0.5 miles) off…

Impossible Foods goes to the grocery store

After receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Impossible Foods has cleared the last regulatory hurdle it faced to rolling out in grocery stores. The company is targeting a September release of Impossible products to join its competitor Beyond Meat on grocery store shelves. The news comes as the company said it inked a…

International shipping industry under the microscope as whale death toll grows

HALIFAX — The shipping industry is under increased scrutiny after two cargo ships were fined for sailing too fast through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where the rising death toll among endangered North Atlantic right whales has been partly blamed on collisions with vessels. There have been eight deaths reported since early June, and examinations…

You can track Greta Thunberg’s travels as she sails across the high seas

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg takes off from Plymouth, Britain  on August 14, 2019. Image: ANDY RAIN / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock By Mark Kaufman2019-08-14 18:13:41 UTC Greta Thunberg is bound for the high seas. On August 14 the teenage climate activist set sail from Britain to New York City aboard the Malizia II, a technologically-advanced…

The Morning After: The best wireless earbuds we’ve used so far

It’s hard to recommend anything else.Sony WF-1000XM3 review: Simply the best true wireless earbudsWhat makes these $230 earbuds “a hell of a deal,” according to Billy Steele? Excellent sound quality, a full-featured companion app, great battery life, an improved Ambient Sound and active noise cancellation make for an excellent start.Meet the much-improved keyboard case and…

The Planetary Society’s crowdfunded LightSail 2 deploys its solar sail in orbit

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 is making good on its name, after successfully unfurling its solar sail in orbit so that it can begin propelling itself using the force of light alone. The sail’s Mylar surface reflects photons from the Sun, accumulating velocity gradually thanks to the additive effect of countless sub-atomic impacts. The team confirmed…

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment

LightSail 2 may still have at least a few days to go before it begins its primary purpose, by unfurling the solar sail it has on board and finding out more about propelling a spacecraft using only the force of photons, but it’s not wasting any time on its orbital voyage. New photos from the…

LightSail 2, Pushed by Sunlight, Raises Its Orbit by 10,500 Feet in Just Two Weeks

LightSail 2 over Baja, California. Image: Planetary SocietyTwo weeks after entering solar sailing mode, the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has managed to raise its orbit by nearly 2 miles, in an important test of this promising new means of propulsion.LightSail 2 unfurled its 32-square-meter (344-square-foot) solar sail on July 23, around one month after…

Greta Thunberg Is Sailing Carbon-Free to the UN Climate Summit, But What About Youth Activists of Color?

Photo: Anders HellbergYouth activist Greta Thunberg is hopping on a carbon-free racing boat to make the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23. The Swedish founder of Fridays for Future—a now-global effort where youth skip school on Fridays to protest in the name of climate change and their future—figured out how to…