Category Archives: Environment

Space Case: There’s A New Branch Of The US Military Called The Space Force

On December 20, 2019, Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, effectively creating the sixth branch of the country’s armed forces, the United States Space Force (USSF). Yet despite its formidable name, the Space Force is not so much an entirely new division of the military as it is a re-designation of […]

Cannabis Crops Could Be Straining New Mexico’s Water Supplies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More medical marijuana plants are being grown in New Mexico than ever, and the crop could be straining local water supplies. Two rural water systems in Sandoval County say the crop may be depleting local water supplies, and they say they have been left powerless to stop it, the Albuquerque Journal […]

Space Case: SpaceX Is Bringing Cannabis To Space

Cannabis and coffee are heading to the International Space Station, and SpaceX is giving them a ride. Agri-tech company Front Range Biosciences® has partnered with SpaceCells USA Inc., which is funding and managing the project, to send tissue cultures of two of the world’s favorite substances into the cosmos. They will be studied by BioServe […]

Unregulated Pot Operations On Public Land Are Creating Environmental Problems

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered with open containers of fertilizer and […]

Cannabis Grower Launches One Of Canada’s Largest Rooftop Solar Facilities

It’s no secret that energy-hungry indoor grows have a heavy environmental cost. In Canada, it is estimated that cannabis cultivation ate up the same amount of energy as 1.7 million homes — and that figure comes from 2017, before the country’s federal legalization of marijuana. At least one company is taking steps towards addressing the […]

Space Case: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Takes A Selfie

The cultural phenomenon of the so-called selfie has become so prevalent that now, even robots have taken to snapping them, and on another planet, no less. Witness this remarkable image taken by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover on October 11, 2019 in a region of Mars called “Glen Etive” (pronounced “glen EH-tiv”). The selfie serves as […]

Space Case: New Book Features Images From The NASA Archives

Some people enjoy stargazing out in the vast open air, while others prefer to cozy up at home and leaf through a solid hardcover book full of mystifying images of space. For these armchair astronauts, there’s a brand-new publication that not only includes 128 pages worth of text and photographs of space—it also includes a […]

Space Case: The Lead Singer Of Blink-182 Started A Company That Studies UFOs

In 2017, the lead singer of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge, co-founded a space-related public benefit corporation with a 25-year veteran in the CIA, Jim Semivan. Called To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA), the company aims to foster a greater understanding of science in society by bringing certain issues out of the fringes and […]

Space Case: Do You Have Your Boarding Pass To Mars?

It may still not have a name, but this much is certain: NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover will have a dime-sized microchip attached to it with the names of people who have signed up for “boarding passes” through NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign. Are you one of them? If not, the space agency invites […]