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Karen Graham

Editor-at-Large based in Richmond, VA, United States. Joined on Sep 22, 2013
Expertise in Government, Charity & volunteer work, Environment & green living, Science & space, Ethnic cultures,   see all» Unemployment, Health, Politics, Education, Pharmaceuticals, Women's health

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Mexico closes temporary migrant shelter near Texas border

Piedras Negras - Officials in Mexico's northern border state of Coahuila said Tuesday they have closed a shelter in the border city of Piedras Negras where as many as 1,900 Central American migrants had been confined during the past two weeks.

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity takes to the skies again tomorrow

If all goes as planned, Virgin Galactic will take to the skies again tomorrow, February 20 for the fifth test flight of its suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle. The VSS Unity will takeoff from the Mojave Air and Space Port around 7 a.m. local time.

TransCanada eyes eastern markets for LNG — awaits regulatory OK

Calgary - TransCanada Corp. is asking federal regulators for permission to sign new long-term supply contracts to ship gas from Western Canada through existing pipelines to eastern markets, including Atlantic Canada.

America's CBD boom: Are you getting what you pay for?

The sale of products containing CBD or cannabidiol is booming across the country, with the food and beverage market seeing some of the biggest growth. While CBD is believed to be safe, some of the industry's claims may be crossing the line.

China aims to build an orbiting power station in space by 2025

China's Academy of Space Technology is working on an orbital power plant that would capture solar energy in space and beam it back to Earth.

Honda to shut Swindon factory in the UK, imperiling 3,500 jobs

Swindon - Honda will close its Swindon factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, British media and a local lawmaker said Monday, in another blow to a British economy made jittery by Brexit.

First private space probe on the moon to launch this week

Tel Aviv - Israel hopes to become the fourth country in the world to land a spacecraft on the moon, with the launch of the unmanned spacecraft Beresheet from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Thursday.

Japan-based firm to use magnet to ‘dock’ orbiting junk

Tokyo - Astroscale Holdings Inc. is preparing to rendezvous with, capture and dock a test satellite early next year to show how its technology can help clear orbiting junk, Miki Ito, 36, general manager of Astroscale's Japan unit, said in an interview.

Rocket startup Relativity Space piles up talent and resources

Los Angeles - Today, three-year-old rocket startup, Relativity Space has not only added real estate but employees — and is putting the finishing touches on three additional 3D printers, each larger and more advanced than the company's first printer.

Google wants to develop and tax 350 acres of Toronto

Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs unit is proposing it get a share of property taxes, development fees, and the rising value of Toronto city land as part of a deal to build a smart city, according to the company’s slide presentation made public on Friday.

High-tide flooding already impacting coastal communities

Impacts from climate change are not always easy to see. But for many local businesses in coastal communities across the United States, the evidence is right outside their doors—or in their parking lots, and it's going to get worse.

British-led mission successfully harpoons 'orbital debris'

A British-led mission successfully tested a harpoon that's designed to spear space junk and capture it in orbit for the first time. Airbus carried out the successful experiment as part of the RemoveDebris project.

Energy Department announces opening of battery recycling center

Chicago - The Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Friday a $15-billion, three-year research and development project that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology,

SpaceX protests NASA launch contract — Lucy mission on hold

SpaceX has filed a protest over the award of a launch contract to United Launch Alliance (ULA) for a NASA planetary science mission, claiming it could carry out the mission for significantly less money.

'Big Cannabis' opens a backdoor to Ontario's pot lottery winners

Ontario - Cannabis firms with Limited Partnership (LP) support have started setting up partnerships with winners of the Ontario retail pot lottery - creating a grey area that may be a problem for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

What's the weather like in Canada? There's now an app for that

Environment Canada launched its first ever weather app for iPhone and Android this week that includes a high-resolution radar animation on a zoomable map background. The best part? It's free in the Google Play and Apple stores.

TVA votes to close two coal plants in blow to Trump

Frankfort - The Tennessee Valley Authority voted on Thursday to close two aging coal-fired power plants, including one supplied by a company led by a major supporter of President Donald Trump, who had urged the U.S.-owned utility to keep it open.

Op-Ed: We have a 'national emergency' alright — It's Trump

Washington - Yes, we do have a national emergency. Its name is Donald Trump, and it is a force of mindless, pointless disruption bordering on constitutional vandalism and abuse of power. For those of you who don't get it, you are seeing the start of a dictatorship.

NASA's SPHEREx Mission will be a new eye tracking the heavens

NASA has announced a new space telescope mission dedicated to understanding the origins of life and the universe. It's called the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer or SPHEREx, for short.

Southwestern states a hot spot in the nation’s fentanyl crisis

Southwestern border states are being hit by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico — a profitable new business for drug gangs that has pushed the synthetic opioid to the top spot for fatal U.S. overdoses.
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