Russian capsule carrying robot fails space station docking

MOSCOW — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station.A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure to dock on Saturday was because of problems in the docking system, but didn’t give details. It said the space station itself and the six-person crew are safe.Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said that another docking attempt will be made on Sunday, according to state news agency Tass.The capsule was launched Thursday as part of tests of a new rocket that is expected to replace the Soyuz-FG next year.It is carrying a robot called Fedor, which will perform two weeks of tests aboard the space station.The Associated Press

New common natural gas rate across province will mean savings FortisBC

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2014 10:57 am MDT New common natural gas rate across province will mean savings: FortisBC SURREY, B.C. – Energy utility FortisBC is preparing to introduce a common provincial rate for natural gas, resulting for some customers in annual savings of more than $200.The company says the B.C. Utilities Commission has approved its request to modify rates provincewide, and most customers will now pay the same for natural gas no matter where they live.Starting Jan. 1, 2015, a consistent rate of $3.781/gigajoule will be phased in over three years for all customers in B.C. except those in Fort Nelson.The company says the change means that its customers in Whistler will save about $212 every year on their natural gas bills, while those in Revelstoke will see a decrease of about $154.Customers on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Powell River will pay about $98 less annually, while customers everywhere else, including the Lower Mainland, will only save about $6 per year.The estimates are based on average residential use in each area, with storage and transport rates also be slightly lessened which factors into the decrease. read more