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


  • 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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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold its Costco stake last quarter. Here are 3 reasons why that’s extremely surprising

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger are posing for a picture: Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger REUTERS/Rick Wilking

  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold its Costco position after investing more than 20 years ago, a filing revealed this week.
  • The billionaire investor’s company grew its stake in the big-box retailer from 355,000 shares worth $32 million in 1999, to 4.3 million shares worth $1.3 billion in June of this year.
  • The sale is a shock because Buffett famously invests for the long term, two of Berkshire’s directors sit on Costco’s board, and both Buffett and his business partner, Charlie Munger, have repeatedly praised the retailer.
  • “If once or twice in a lifetime you’re associated with such a business, you’re a very lucky person,” Munger said about Costco in 2011.
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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway revealed this week that it dumped its stake in Costco last quarter, exiting an investment it made more than

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Extremely rare white giraffe gets tracker after poachers killed its family

An extremely rare white giraffe has been fitted with a tracking device for its protection after its family was killed by poachers.

The giraffe, in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in southeast Kenya, has a rare genetic condition called leucism that causes partial loss of pigmentation in its skin. It was fitted with a tracking device on one of its horns Nov. 8, the Northern Rangelands Trust said in a statement Tuesday.

The trust says it’s the world’s only white giraffe, although another was spotted in Tanzania in 2015.

The device will send hourly updates on the animal’s whereabouts, so rangers can monitor its movements on a daily basis and keep it safe from poachers.

The unusual coloration makes the animal dangerously vulnerable to poachers in the wilderness.

Two other white giraffes in the conservancy, a female and her calf, were killed by poachers in March, the trust said, and concerns

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Extremely rare parasitic crustacean discovered in museum shark collection

Extremely rare parasitic crustacean discovered in museum shark collection
The locations where the hosts of the original specimen of Elthusa splendida (T) and the specimen in this study (P) were collected. Credit: Ryota Kawanishi & Shinpei Ohashi, Species Diversity, The Japanese Society of Systematic Zoology

Cymothoids are a family of isopods (a type of crustacean) that are ectoparasites of fish. Some species in this family are also known as tongue-biter or tongue-eating louse (e.g., Cymothoa exigua).

Assistant Professor Ryota Kawanishi and Dr. Shinpei Ohashi from Hokkaido University have reported the discovery of an extremely rare species of cymothoid, Elthusa splendida, from the East China Sea. Their paper, published in the journal Species Diversity, expands the range of this species to almost the opposite sides of the Earth.

Cymothoids are a diverse family of more than 300 species of parasites, and parasitize a wide variety of fish, from freshwater to the deep sea. A recent study into the genetics

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‘Extremely aggressive’ internet censorship spreads in the world’s democracies

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The largest collection of public internet censorship data ever compiled shows that even citizens of the world’s freest countries are not safe from internet censorship.

A University of Michigan team used Censored Planet, an automated censorship tracking system launched in 2018 by assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science Roya Ensafi, to collect more than 21 billion measurements over 20 months in 221 countries. They will present the findings Nov. 10 at the 2020 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security.

“We hope that the continued publication of Censored Planet data will enable researchers to continuously monitor the deployment of network interference technologies, track policy changes in censoring nations, and better understand the targets of interference,” Ensafi said.

Poland blocked human rights sites; India same-sex dating sites

Ensafi’s team found that censorship is increasing in 103 of the countries studied, including unexpected places like Norway,

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Children born extremely preterm are more likely to be diagnosed with depression — ScienceDaily

A study using extensive nationwide registry data showed that girls born extremely preterm, earlier than 28 weeks gestational age, were three times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than peers born close to the expected date of delivery. Increased risk of depression also applied to girls and boys with poor fetal growth born full-term and post-term. The effects of poor fetal growth were more evident with increasing gestational age.

All the results were adjusted for paternal psychopathology, paternal immigrant status, maternal psychopathology, maternal depression, maternal substance abuse, number of previous births, maternal marital status, maternal socio-economic status, maternal smoking during pregnancy, and the infant’s birthplace.

Childhood depression can be addressed preventively

Depression is a common psychiatric disorder that has been reported to affect 1-2 percent of preschool and prepubertal children and 3-8 percent of adolescents. However, childhood depression is a severe disorder and its prevention can be advanced with

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The Genome of Your Pet Fish Is Extremely Weird

Humans have domesticated a large number of animals over their history, some for food, some as companions and protectors. A few species—think animals like rabbits and guinea pigs—have partly shifted between these two categories, currently serving as both food and pets. But one species has left its past as a food source behind entirely. And, in another rarity, it ended up serving not so much as a companion but as a decoration.


This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED’s parent company, Condé Nast.

We’re talking goldfish here, and we’ve now gotten a look at their genome. And it’s almost as weird as the fish themselves are.

It’s worth stopping for a moment to consider just how weird they are within the realm of domestication. They started out just as slightly colored

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This extremely intense planet is basically hell

a star in the dark: exoplanet

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  • Astronomers have spotted a distant exoplanet that is so incredibly extreme, life as we know it wouldn’t last there for a second.
  • Temperatures of over 3,000C, oceans of lava, and supersonic winds terrorize the planet’s surface, while the intense heat vaporizes rock that then rains down from above.
  • The planet is tidally locked to its star, and its night side temperatures dip below 200C.

In recent years we’ve learned a lot about exoplanets — planets that exist outside of our own solar system — thanks to increasingly powerful telescope technology. We’ve spotted planets that are frosty cold and others that are super-hot balls of gas. Now, researchers have spotted one that is about as hostile as you can imagine.

In a new study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers describe the planet known as K2-141b, a rocky world roughly the

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Preclinical data published in Cell show the nanoparticle vaccine spurs extremely high levels of protective antibodies in animal models — ScienceDaily

An innovative nanoparticle vaccine candidate for the pandemic coronavirus produces virus-neutralizing antibodies in mice at levels ten-times greater than is seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19 infections. Designed by scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, the vaccine candidate has been transferred to two companies for clinical development.

Compared to vaccination with the soluble SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein, which is what many leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates are based on, the new nanoparticle vaccine produced ten times more neutralizing antibodies in mice, even at a six-fold lower vaccine dose. The data also show a strong B-cell response after immunization, which can be critical for immune memory and a durable vaccine effect. When administered to a single nonhuman primate, the nanoparticle vaccine produced neutralizing antibodies targeting multiple different sites on the Spike protein. Researchers say this may ensure protection against mutated strains of the virus, should they

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Elusive and extremely rare catshark captured in amazing video

Great whites might be the jumbo stars of the shark world, but there are some equally fascinating members on the other side of the size spectrum. The crew of the research vessel Falkor experienced the wonders of the deep when it spotted “one of the rarest species of sharks in the world” during a recent Schmidt Ocean Institute mission.

a close up of a fish: This short-tail catshark (Parmaturus bigus), seen at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, is a rare sight. Schmidt Ocean video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

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This short-tail catshark (Parmaturus bigus), seen at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, is a rare sight. Schmidt Ocean video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Shark expert Will White with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science research agency, identified the short-tail catshark Parmaturus bigus from footage captured during an exploration of the Great Barrier Reef on Oct. 17. Falkor’s remotely operated submersible SuBastian got a good look at the big-eyed creature. 

a close up of a fish: This short-tail catshark (Parmaturus Bigus) seen in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is a rare sight.

© Schmidt Ocean video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

This short-tail

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