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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Jupiter and Saturn to form ultra-rare ‘double planet’ this December

Winter solstice is around the corner and with it comes a rare and spectacular phenomenon in the night sky.

On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will align to form a “double planet,” an occurrence that hasn’t happened in nearly 800 years, according to Deborah Byrd and Bruce McClure with Earth Sky.

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You may have already noticed the sky seems a little brighter these last few weeks. That’s because from Nov. 16 to 21, the two planets started

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Institut Polytechnique de Paris and Accenture Form Strategic Partnership to Leverage Science and Technology to Address Major Societal, Economic, and Environmental Challenges

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris) have entered into a five-year strategic partnership to co-develop solutions in response to the major social, economic, and environmental challenges that humanity faces. A central aspect of the partnership is the creation of an academic and research chair that aims to foster the development of innovative technologies in response to these challenges.

The partnership is being led by Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO of Accenture in Europe; Olivier Girard, CEO of Accenture in France and Benelux; Eric Labaye, president of Institut Polytechnique de Paris; and Jean-Paul Cottet, executive director of the École Polytechnique Foundation.

Building on IP Paris Interdisciplinary Research Centers, the academic and research chair — known as the “Chair of Technology for Change” — seeks to promote industry transformation and the emergence of innovative business models to foster environmental and social sustainability. It aims to accelerate

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CLCN6 identified as disease gene for a severe form of lysosomal neurodegenerative disease — ScienceDaily

A mutation in the CLCN6 gene is associated with a novel, particularly severe neurodegenerative disorder. Scientists from the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and the Max Delbrück Center für Molekulare Medizin (MDC), together with an international team of researchers, have now analyzed the effect of a point mutation that was found in three unrelated affected children. ClC-6 is one of nine members of the CLCN gene family of chloride channels and chloride/proton exchangers and, apart from ClC-3, was the only one that could not yet be associated with any human disease. The results have just been published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

The term “lysosomal storage disease” summarizes a number of genetically determined metabolic diseases that are due to incorrect or insufficient function of lysosomes. These cellular organelles are important both as “cellular waste disposal” and for the regulation of cellular metabolism. If lysosomal function is compromised,

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The Pandemic Is Revealing a New Form of National Power

When the coronavirus arrived, as the historian Sulmaan Khan has observed, it “didn’t care how many aircraft carriers you had or how many Confucius Institutes you could stick up around the world or what size your economy was. The virus asked simply how your least wealthy people would be treated in times of illness. How effectively you could trace the contacts of those it afflicted. How swiftly your medical system could cope with unexpected demands. It wouldn’t spare you completely, of course, but if you could meet it with a dull, technocratic honesty, it would be easier to survive.”

The need for governments and societies to be resilient in order to thrive is not new. The political scientist Joseph Nye, who coined the term soft power, pointed, for example, to how the United States overcame the ravages of the Great Depression

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Asia-Pacific countries form world’s largest trading bloc

A handout image of a video conference made available by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) shows leaders and trade ministers of 15 Asia-Pacific nations posing for a virtual group photo during the 4th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, 15 November 2020.
Fifteen countries have formed the new trading bloc

Fifteen countries have formed the world’s largest trading bloc, covering nearly a third of the global economy.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is made up of 10 Southeast Asian countries, as well as South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

The pact is seen as an extension of China’s influence in the region.

The deal excludes the US, which withdrew from a rival Asia-Pacific trade pact in 2017.

President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) shortly after taking office. The deal was to involve 12 countries and was supported by Mr Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama as a way to counter China’s surging power in the region.

Negotiations over the RCEP lasted for eight years. The deal was finally signed on Sunday on the sidelines of a virtual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,

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Predators form an unusual coexistence in the central Chilean Andes

What does the fox say to a puma?
Pumas are the top predators in the study research area in the Chilean Andes. Camera trap photo by Christian Osorio. Credit: Christian Osorio

In the high plains of the central Chilean Andes, an ecosystem consisting of only a few animal species is providing researchers with new insights into how predators coexist in the wild.


“The puma and the culpeo fox are the only top predators on the landscape in the Chilean Andes,” said Professor Marcella Kelly, of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. “And there isn’t a wide range of prey species, in part because the guanacos [closely related to llamas] aren’t typically found in these areas anymore due to over-hunting. With such a simplified ecosystem, we thought we could really nail down how two rival predators interact.”

Kelly worked with Christian Osorio, a doctoral student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and researchers from the Pontifical

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Ventas (VTR) and GIC Form JV for R&I Development Projects

Ventas, Inc. VTR recently formed a joint venture (JV) with GIC to own four in-progress university-based research & innovation (“R&I”) development projects spanning 1.4 million square feet of space. The JV can be scaled up to more than $2 billion to include other identified future R&I development projects. The projects are 65% pre-leased and are anticipated to be unveiled between 2021-2023.

With this JV, the company has expanded its third-party capital management platform to more than $3 billion in assets under management.

Ventas has contributed its ownership stake of the projects into the JV and will have 50% stake in the venture. It will also act as manager of the JV and will receive customary fees and incentives. GIC will own 45% interest. Ventas’s exclusive development partner, Wexford Science & Technology, is not only the developer of projects but will also be a minority partner in the JV.

Total costs

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GPD Win 3 PC gaming portable uses the slider form factor – Tablets – News

GPD has announced the Win 3 ultra mobile gaming PC. Japan’s PC Watch likened the design to that of the VAIO type U, but for those not familiar with that device I think it is better described as being like a Nintendo Switch but the screen slides up to reveal a physical keyboard. In the main picture below you can see it with slider open perched upon its dock.

One of the headlining specs of this UMPC is its Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor. This is a 7-15W Tiger Lake part built on the 10nm SuperFin process. It boasts 4 cores and 8 threads and runs at up to 4.40GHz turbo. Importantly for a portable gaming device, this SoC packs Intel Iris Xe graphics with 96EUs and a max clock of 1.10GHz. The platform supports Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 4.0 and can accommodate up to 32GB of LPDDR4x-4267 RAM (16GB

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Strange rings around protostar suggests planets form earlier than thought

Rings detected around a newborn star may suggest that planets are born earlier than previously thought, a new study finds.

Stars are born from dense clouds that collapse in on themselves under the force of their own gravity. As the blanket of gas and dust surrounding a nascent star, or protostar, shrinks over time, a disk forms around it that can give rise to baby planets, or protoplanets.

“Planets form out of the dusty material that surrounds protostars in a disk,” study lead author Dominique Segura-Cox, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, told Space.com. “Rings in these disks show where dust is piling up, making it easier to stick together to form a young planet.”

Previous research found rings and gaps in disks around protostars as young as about 1 million years old, such as HL Tauri, located about 450 light-years

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