Jupiter and Saturn will come close enough to form first ‘double planet’ visible in nearly 800 years

In the complex dance of the solar system, two celestial bodies about to partner up.



a star filled sky with Gallery Arcturus in the background: Jupiter and Saturn have been appearing increasingly closer in the night sky, and they will appear to overlap as a “double planet” on Dec. 21.


Jupiter and Saturn have been appearing increasingly closer in the night sky, and they will appear to overlap as a “double planet” on Dec. 21.

Jupiter and Saturn often look far apart — two separate specks puncturing different parts of the night sky. But later this month, the two largest planets in the solar system will come so close to each other that they may appear to be overlapping, according to NASA, creating a kind of “double planet” that has not been visible since the Middle Ages.

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Skywatch: What’s happening in the heavens in December

The once-in-a-lifetime sight is the product of an astronomical event known as a “conjunction,” in which two objects line up with each other in the sky. When it involves Jupiter and Saturn catching up to each other, it’s

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In Monterey Bay, California, scientists grab the chance to study white sharks up close

Growing over six meters (20 feet) long and armed with hundreds of serrated, razor-sharp teeth, white sharks are the world’s largest predatory fish.



a fish swimming under water


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In late summer and fall, up to 250 white sharks congregate in Monterey Bay, off the central Californian coast, to feast on marine mammals — including elephant seals and sea lions — that gather here to breed.

From a shark’s perspective, “think of Monterey Bay as having one of the best fast food restaurants on the planet,” says shark expert and Stanford professor, Barbara Block.

Video: In Monterey Bay, scientists are tagging and tracking white sharks (CNN)

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Block also travels to Monterey Bay because the annual marine mammal “buffet” offers her an ideal opportunity to study the sharks up close. She and her team lure the “curious” sharks alongside

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Google Will Close 3D Platform Poly in June

Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report said on Wednesday that it would shut down its Poly 3D platform in June and users will be unable to upload models starting in April, according to media reports.

The Mountain View, Calif., search, advertising and cloud-computing giant didn’t say why it was discontinuing the platform.

Google did say that the decision was part of a plan to shift resources and heavily invest in helpful augmented-reality experiences like Google Lens, AR walking navigation in its Maps app, and AR in Google Search.

Poly enabled users to upload, browse, and distribute 3D content created using tools such as Tilt Brush and Blocks, according to Forbes.

The Google Poly team said in a statement that users can download their entire library of 3D models and works before June 30 at takeout.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/poly.

After that date, poly.google.com and associated APIs will no longer be accessible.

Poly was

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Manned Mission To Mars Close To Possibility As New Tech Transforms Salty Water To Oxygen And Fuel

KEY POINTS

  • Unlike NASA’s MOXIE, this new technology can produce oxygen and hydrogen from salty water
  • The team behind this device wants to partner with NASA for its goal of bringing humans to Mars by 2023
  • Apart from Martian missions, the new technology is also useful on Earth

Access to water and fuel remains to be the biggest barrier to manned missions to Mars. The good news is that a new electrolyzer technology could trample that obstacle, making it possible for humans to survive the extreme conditions on the Red Planet. 

A team of engineers developed an electrolyzer device that can turn salty water into fuel and oxygen. Details of their development were published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This device can produce 25 times more oxygen than NASA’s Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE), which is currently used by the Perseverance rover that’s currently

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Don’t Let Vaccines Close Your Window To Reshape The Future Of Work

I’ve participated in dozens of meetings with senior executives in recent months to talk about the future of work (including at my own firm, BCG). I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard something like, “It’s still early. We’re waiting to see how this whole remote thing plays out.” And now with a vaccine on the horizon people are talking again about “going back” to work – implying largely going back to the way it used to be.

It’s all I can do to keep from jumping through the screen, shaking them and screaming, “Wait for it

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180-Foot Asteroid Will Come Extremely Close To Earth Thursday, Will Be Closer Than Moon

KEY POINTS

  • A 180-foot asteroid called 2020 VZ6 will be zipping by Earth Thursday
  • The asteroid will be closer to the planet than the moon at one point during its flyby
  • The space rock has not been included in the European Space Agency’s Risk List

A 180-foot asteroid will be zipping by Earth at a very close distance this week, according to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).

A near-Earth asteroid (NEA) called 2020 VZ6 is currently making its way toward Earth’s vicinity and is set to make its closest approach to the planet Thursday. With a diameter reaching 180 feet (55 meters), this asteroid is estimated to be as tall as the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The freestanding bell tower has a height of about 185 feet (56 meters).

The NEA’s size isn’t the most interesting part about it. 2020 VZ6, according to the CNEOS’ close

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820-Foot Asteroid Is Zooming Toward Earth At 68,000 Mph, To Make Close Approach This Week

KEY POINTS

  • 2020 WD5 will zip past Earth on Thursday 
  • The NEA is taller than the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • The NEA has not been added to the ESA Risk List

To welcome the final month of the year is an 820 ft (250 m) asteroid, according to the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). The giant, which is expected to be three-fourths as tall as the Eiffel Tower, is set to pass Thursday.

CNEOS’ Close Approach Data Table reported that a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) identified as 2020 WD5 is hurtling toward Earth this week. The NEA is said to be traveling at a speed of 18 miles per second (about 68,000 mph) and is expected to make its close approach Thursday, at 4:27 p.m. EDT.

The asteroid 2020 WD5 is about three-fourths as big as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The tower, considered as the largest

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2,690-Foot Asteroid Makes Close Approach To Earth On Thanksgiving Weekend

KEY POINTS

  • A massive asteroid will pass by Earth Sunday at 1:08 a.m. EST, according to NASA’s CNEOS
  • The space rock is estimated to be as massive as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 2,690 feet
  • The giant asteroid will zip past Earth harmlessly and is not included in the ESA’s Risk List

Passing by this Thanksgiving weekend is a rare 2,690-foot asteroid — a memorable way to mark this year’s holiday amid the pandemic.

Data gathered by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies showed that an asteroid nearly as massive as the Burj Khalifa is expected to zip past Earth Sunday at 1:08 a.m. EST.

The giant asteroid, identified as 153201 (2000 WO107), is the biggest among the several near-Earth asteroids (NEA) that will make close approaches to Earth this week. If the visual of the Burj Khalifa (2,720 feet) in Dubai is not enough to give an idea

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Bitcoin close to all-time high after topping $19,000



a close up of a bottle: FILE PHOTO: A representation of virtual currency Bitcoin


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FILE PHOTO: A representation of virtual currency Bitcoin

By Saikat Chatterjee and Tom Wilson

LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin homed in on its all-time high on Tuesday after hitting $19,000 for the first time in nearly three years.

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency was last up 3% at $18,918, near its all-time record of $19,666. Bitcoin has gained almost 40% in November alone and is up around 160% this year.

Fuelling its blistering rally had been demand for riskier assets amid unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus designed to counter the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger for assets perceived as resistant to inflation and expectations that cryptocurrencies will win mainstream acceptance.

Bitcoin’s 12-year history has been peppered with vertiginous gains and equally sharp drops. Its markets remain highly opaque compared with traditional assets such as stocks or bonds.

Its rally this year has prompted some investors to

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2,690-Foot Asteroid Hurtling Toward Earth, Will Make Close Approach On Nov. 29

KEY POINTS

  • A giant 2,690-foot asteroid is making its way toward Earth
  • The NEA is said to be as tall as the Burj Khalifa  
  • 153201 (2000 WO107) has not been included in the ESA Risk List

Just a few days before December, Earth will be witnessing a flyby of a massive asteroid.

NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) has reported in its Close Approach Data Table about a colossal asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Asteroids making close approaches with Earth is a common thing for the planet, but what makes the upcoming Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) threatening is its size.

The NEA to zip by on Nov. 29, identified as 153201 (2000 WO107), is said to be as tall as the Burj Khalifa.

Also known as the Burj Dubai, Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world and stands at an astonishing height of 2,720 feet (829 m), according

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