Jupiter and Saturn will look like a double planet later this month

So, there are some things to look forward to in the final month of 2020.

On the night of December 21, the winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn will appear so closely aligned in our sky that they will look like a double planet. This close approach is called a conjunction.
“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to one another,” said Rice University astronomer and professor of physics and astronomy Patrick Hartigan in a statement.

“You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky.”

If you’re a stargazer, you’ve likely noticed Jupiter and Saturn have been getting closer together since the summer. And they’re currently visible in our

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Google is retiring the Cloud Print service this month: what to do next

Google Cloud Print is going to be deprecated in 30 days and users are urged to migrate before the deadline.  

First introduced back in 2010, Google Cloud Print allows users to connect to classic printers via the Google Chrome browser on their PC or mobile device, or to a cloud-based printer directly through the Internet. 

However, despite being a decade old, the service never left the beta stage. In a quiet update in 2019, the tech giant said the cloud-based printing solution “will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020.”

As of January 1, 2021, no device on any operating system will be able to access Google Cloud Print. 

This may cause some disruption to organizations and individuals that use the printing system frequently, and so Google recommends that users “find an alternative print solution with your respective platform’s printing infrastructure.”

See also: ACCC consulting on Google’s pending

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Stocks Are Poised for a Record Month; Oil Retreats: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Global stock markets are on the cusp of finishing a record-breaking month sparked by major progress toward a coronavirus vaccine.

Trading was muted on Monday, with European stocks holding steady and U.S. futures slightly lower. The MSCI World Index has soared 13% in November, the best performance on record.

“I suspect that investors have become cautious after big gains in the last few weeks that were driven by the vaccine news,” said Peter Rosenstreich, head of market strategy at Swissquote Bank. “It’s a big positive as it’s really provided an endgame for Covid-19.”



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Over the weekend, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the federal government hopes to quickly review and approve requests from two drugmakers for emergency approval of their Covid-19 vaccines.

The rapid pace to a vaccine has given investors

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Fort Bragg’s horny tweets are earning this sex worker thousands of dollars a month

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

“Holy s—, this is the largest U.S. military installation,” an OnlyFans adult-content creator said to herself on October 22, moments after one of her Twitter posts went viral.

The sex worker, who asked that we referred to her by her stage name, “Quinn Finite,” was in the car with her boyfriend when she started receiving hundreds of alerts after the official Twitter account for Fort Bragg, the home of the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Special Operations Command, had replied to her tweets with sexually-charged messages in public view.

The Army base’s Twitter account commented on her pubic hair and reacted to one of her nude images by suggesting that Finite and the Twitter account should engage in sexual acts.

As the minutes passed by, hundreds of Twitter users began noticing the sexually-charged tweets and replying back with jokes. The installation responded

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Among Us developer teases new map for next month

Among Us developer InnerSloth has used the first post from a newly established Twitter account for the game to tease a new map. “Here’s a special look at the new Among Us map,” the developer tweeted, before hinting that more information would be revealed during The Game Awards on December 10th. Among Us is nominated for two awards at this year’s show, “Best Multiplayer,” and “Best Mobile Game.”



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The screenshot appears to show a cockpit, complete with an all-important vent.

The new map is set to be the game’s fourth, joining the three that are already available. Each has a different layout, and have big implications for how matches play out. The new screenshot doesn’t give too many hints about the overall layout of the unannounced map, but shows what appears to be a large cockpit area, complete with a few screens and an all important

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Make your home more energy-efficient for $5 a month

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This story is part of Tech for a Better World, stories about the diverse teams creating products, apps and services to improve our lives and society.

Maybe you want to take steps toward more sustainable living in your home, but don’t know where to start? On Thursday, consumer technology company Arcadia launched a $5-a-month subscription service that lets you power your home with renewable energy from wind and solar farms. 

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Your payment goes toward renewable energy certificates, which track renewable energy in the power grid. When a wind, solar, hydro or geothermal power plan produces 1 megawatt-hour of electricity, it creates one renewable energy certificate. The service aims to get people to invest more in community solar energy projects and increase clean energy sources in the grid. 

Read more: Climate change: 9 ways you can make a difference

With a subscription, you’ll get monthly reports

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Apple Will Make A Vital New iPhone Privacy Move Next Month

Apple’s iOS 14 launched in September with a bunch of important features to help improve your privacy and security. Some of these, such as an indicator light to show you when your mic or camera are active, launched when iOS 14 first dropped.

But now another iPhone privacy requirement is arriving in the form of a privacy “nutrition label” on apps. From December 8, all app developers on Apple’s App Store will need to detail the privacy information of their apps, Engadget reports. This date is also the time iPhone and iPad users are likely to see the nutrition label-style information when they visit an application’s store page.

Information included on the label is the data the app collects, and whether this can be used to track you, as well as whether

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Virgin Galactic plans 1st New Mexico space launch this month

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity departs Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, Calif. for the final time as Virgin Galactic shifts its SpaceFlight operations to New Mexico. Virgin Galactic said Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, it expects to launch its first test spaceflight from New Mexico between Nov. 19-23.
FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity departs Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, Calif. for the final time as Virgin Galactic shifts its SpaceFlight operations to New Mexico. Virgin Galactic said Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, it expects to launch its first test spaceflight from New Mexico between Nov. 19-23. “This will be the first-ever human spaceflight conducted from New Mexico,” Chief Executive Officer Michael Colglazier said in a statement. (Matt Hartman via AP, File)Matt Hartman/AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic said Thursday that it expects to launch its first manned test flight into space from New Mexico this month.

The company’s spacecraft, VSS Unity, conducted two previous test spaceflights from Mojave, California, before moving in to its facilities at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Testing there

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Every month delayed in cancer treatment can raise risk of death by around 10% — ScienceDaily

People whose treatment for cancer is delayed by even one month have in many cases a 6 to 13% higher risk of dying — a risk that keeps rising the longer their treatment does not begin — suggests research published online in The BMJ.

Canadian and UK researchers found there was a significant impact on a person’s mortality if their treatment was delayed, whether that be surgical, systemic therapy (such as chemotherapy), or radiotherapy for seven types of cancer.

Globally, health systems have problems with cancer treatment delays and it is already widely accepted that such delays can have adverse consequences on a patient’s outcome. But the precise impact of delays from diagnosis to receipt of treatment on mortality has not been thoroughly analysed.

The need for better understanding of the impact of treatment delay on outcomes has come into focus during the COVID-19 pandemic because many countries have

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Top New Video Game Releases On PS5, Series X/S, Switch, And PC This Month — November 2020

Normally, New Releases highlights five big games in every episode, but that would be a real disservice this time, considering the imminent launches of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. You can also read our Xbox Series X review now. The next generation of consoles kicks off with heavy hitters like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Dirt 5, Bugsnax, Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Godfall. Just after the launches comes Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. And since we can’t leave Nintendo out, this episode also takes a look at Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Here are the top video game releases on all the major platforms this month.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — November 10 (PS4, Xbox One, Series X/S, PC, Stadia) / November 12 (PS5)

Available on: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X/S, PC, Stadia

The next entry in the Assassin’s Creed saga is set in the Viking era.

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