Thursday, June 24, 2021


Ingenuity helicopter

NASA makes history with first powered flight on Mars

The successful flight took place early Monday morning.

Twitter begins rollout of automated tools targeting COVID misinformation

The company will be implementing a "strike system" as well.

Innovations from Camosun College used in vaccine rollout (VIDEO)

The tech is already being used to handle cold temperature vaccines.

The sights and sounds of Mars: new Perseverance rover footage released (VIDEO)

No word yet if Mars is a David Bowie fan.
Perseverance First Look

First images sent back from Perseverance Mars rover (PHOTOS)

The rover will begin collecting samples shortly.

Here’s how you can watch NASA’s latest Mars landing (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

Less than one hour to landing! (12:55 p.m.)
Orion and Gateway NASA

Canadian astronaut to join NASA lunar missions through new agreement

Manned missions are planned to begin in 2023.
CRD new wastewater plant

New Greater Victoria wastewater treatment project goes online

The project cost $775 million across three levels of government.

Victoria skywatchers should look up as Geminids peak Sunday to Monday

NASA will also have a live stream set up on Facebook.
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

Greater Victoria Habour Authority moves towards powering docked cruise ships

They estimate a shore power conversion would cost between $23.3 and $24.8 million
Saanich Charging Station

User fees coming to EV charging stations in Saanich as network expands

20 new charging stations will be added in 2021.
Dino Lab Victoria Triceratops

Victoria ‘Dino Lab’ preps world’s most complete triceratops for Australian museum

“It’s gonna be an absolute pleasure and delight to anyone who sees it.”

B.C. launches faster way to verify virtual BC Services Card app

Around 125,000 people have set up a mobile services card so far.

Some food services are back on board BC Ferries vessels

Food services were originally suspended in March to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 transmission

B.C. government launches COVID-19 information app

Featuring the province's self-assessment tool
Hybrid ships

BC Ferries’ first hybrid electric vessels will reach Victoria by early 2020

They started their journey from Romania last month.

LifeLabs pays ransom after losing 15 million patient records to cyber attack

The records belonged largely to customers in Ontario and British Columbia.

New Disney streaming service launches in Canada with technical difficulties

Many users reported getting "unable to connect" messages when they tried to play shows.

Major Seattle-based software company opens new office in Victoria

And they're recruiting students from UVic

This Victoria tech firm is #20 in new ranking of Canada’s top 400 growing...

...and they ranked 3rd overall in BC!

Instagram users report app outages across North America and Europe (UPDATED)

People are already flocking to Twitter to complain

Bell and Telus launch competing mobile plans to keep up with unlimited Rogers data...

Bell has a similar unlimited plan offer, while Telus decided to take a different route

Rogers launches “unlimited” cellphone data plans across Canada starting tomorrow

There will be a speed cap at 10GB but no additional charges for going over

Victoria game developer Kixeye purchased by Swedish company for over $120 million CAD

The creators of Battle Pirates, War Commander, and Vega Conflict

Federal government provides $18.8 million for UVic research grants

Funding is going towards “life-altering breakthroughs” in medicine and more.

Victoria student wins provincial science fair for his biomedical research

Another Victoria student came in third place!

BC Ferries wins innovation award for switching from diesel to LNG

As a result, CO2 emissions will be reduced by 12,500 tonnes annually.

Harbour Air will soon become the world’s first all-electric airline

They’re about to convert all the aircraft in their fleet.

There’s a new free app available for immigrants and refugees moving to BC

It's designed to help them get settled into the community.

UVic PhD student desperately searching for lost scientific instrument

It may be on a beach or drifting near Sidney.

Here’s what Canadians searched for on PornHub in 2018

Don’t worry, things don’t get too graphic (SFW)

BC Hydro report says LEDs are the best lights to use for holiday decorating

Clark Griswold’s light display = $4,700 in incandescent lights OR $54 in LEDs to power all season

Shaw is doubling internet speeds for all customers up to 600 mbps for free

"This isn't a promotion or a one-time offer."

Facebook Dating has officially launched in Canada

No swiping with this one!

Almost half of all BC jobs at risk of automated machine replacement

Don't worry, things aren't about to get all Westworld just yet.

UVic completes installation of underwater earthquake early warning sensors

The system will be able to send a warning of up to 2 minutes if a major earthquake strikes.

25% of British Columbians would choose their phones over their spouses (STUDY)

And 65% would give up coffee for 2 days before parting with their phones

Facebook data leaked for 50 million users in security breach

This isn't something a quick password change can fix 😬
Smartphone ICBC

1 in 4 British Columbians would choose smartphone over spouse (SURVEY)

Since the early 90s, household energy used for personal electronics has increased by nearly 150%

This Victoria company is teaching people how to code for free

ATTN: No prior experience necessary!

Toyota recalls 7,000+ vehicles in Canada due to fire risk

ATTN: everyone that has a Toyota Prius or know someone who does

Facebook’s new rental housing feature lists this Esquimalt shack for $850/month

It's pet friendly...and that's where the positive points end 😬