For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth

Early on Sunday morning, the skies above a secluded military complex in central Australia will be brightened by a fireball plummeting to Earth. It will be a flamboyant homecoming for the sample return capsule from Hayabusa2, a Japanese spacecraft launched almost exactly six years ago on a mission to shoot an ancient asteroid and steal some of its dirt. If the capsule survives its fiery descent, its payload of pristine space rock will help scientists understand the earliest days of our solar system, shed light on the mysterious origins of meteorites, and may even provide clues about the emergence of life on Earth.

By the time it lands under parachute in the Australian outback, the sample will have traveled more than 180 million miles from Ryugu, a diamond-shaped asteroid orbiting the sun between Earth and Mars. Scientists believe that Ryugu broke off from a larger parent body only a few

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Invest in These 3 Technology Funds for Splendid Returns

Risk lovers seeking healthy returns over a fairly long investment horizon may opt for technology mutual funds. It is believed that the technology sector is poised for a brighter earnings performance than others owing to greater demand for technology and innovation. Improving industry fundamentals and emerging technologies — such as wearables, VR headsets, drones, virtual reality devices and AI — are the key catalysts for the sector.

Meanwhile, most mutual funds investing in securities from these sectors prefer a growth-oriented approach that includes focusing on companies with strong fundamentals and a relatively higher investment prospect. Moreover, technology now has a broader coverage than just hardware and software companies. Social media and Internet companies are also part of the technology landscape today.

Below we share with you three top-ranked technology mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform peers in the

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One Way To Potentially Improve Your Returns

There are many ways to improve your investing performance. However, sometime the low-hanging fruit doesn’t require any investing skill. This can include being tax-aware with your investing approach or simply considering how you place orders. Research suggests that using limit orders can often improve your investing outcomes, even if you’ll miss out on some trades.

What Academics Have Found

The key as researchers Lawrence Harris and Joel Hasbrouck wrote in a 1996 paper is that, “Market orders pay an implicit price for immediacy.” Yes, if you absolutely have to trade right now, then a market order it is necessary because it will be filled.

However, you are typically paying a premium for that certainty of execution. If the trade isn’t essential or you have a bit of patience, then limit orders are often the better strategy.

Now, of course, using limit orders won’t transform your investment performance overnight,

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Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT review: AMD returns to high-end PC gaming

The 6800 and 6800 XT make a striking first impression. They’re large cards that look like they’re carved out of a single block of metal, with three fans cooling a traditional array of heatsink fins. While NVIDIA came up with an entirely new cooling and PCB design for its latest cards, AMD is sticking with a fairly standard design. But hey, at least they’ve moved on from the annoying single-fan blowers. Both cards rely on two 8-pin power connectors, and thankfully they’re at the very edge so you can route cables easily.

All games tested in 4K/HDR with the highest graphics quality settings, on a rig powered by an Intel Core i7-8700K and 32GB of RAM.

Now let’s get to what you’re really interested in: benchmarks and performance impressions. As you can see in the table above, the 6800 consistently scores higher than the $499 RTX 3070, but that’s to

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SCMP’s China Conference US Returns as a Two-Day Virtual Event to Discuss the Future of US-China Relations

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The South China Morning Post announced today the second annual China Conference: United States (CCUSA), a two-day virtual conference gathering leading China watchers, business leaders, government officials, and academics to discuss the future of US-China relations in the face of the lowest point for decades in relations between the two superpowers.

Held December 1-2 beginning at 8 AM EST, the sessions will address key issues impacting not only the US-China relationship but also the world at large. The conference will also examine the impact of the incoming Biden administration on US-China relations, diving into the diplomatic, technological, trade, and immigration implications of the new administration.

The program will address the future of a global economy potentially poised on the edge of decoupling, the wide-ranging impact of the nations’ diverging approaches to global governance, how the global supply chain will continue to

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Information Analysis Incorporated Returns to Profitability with Momentum

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Information Analysis Incorporated (IAIC:OTC MARKETS) today reported results for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2020. 

The information technology services company’s 2020 third quarter revenues were $3,923,000, an increase of 23% over its 2019 third quarter revenues of $3,183,000. IAI’s net income was $215,000 versus a net loss of ($179,000) for the same period in 2019. Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.02 for the quarter versus basic and diluted net loss per share of ($0.02) in 2019.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, revenues were $10,804,000, an increase of $2,738,000, or 34%, over its 2019 nine months revenues of $8,066,000. IAI produced net income of $54,000 in 2020 versus a net loss of ($579,000) in 2019. Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.00 for the nine months versus basic and diluted net loss per

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Deals: iPad Air 4 discount returns, prices slashed on Apple Watch SE, Beats, AirPods Pro in Early Black Friday Sale

Proving to be a popular deal after initially selling out, Amazon has reissued its $40 discount on the brand-new iPad Air, this time on the tablet in the stylish green finish. Early Black Friday deals on Beats and the new Apple Watch SE offer savings of up to 44% off, plus last call for $199 AirPods Pro.

iPad Air 4 on sale

It’s back. Price wars continue to offer shoppers aggressive savings on new Apple hardware, with the $559 iPad Air 4 making a comeback at Amazon. The 64GB Wi-Fi 10.9-inch iPad Air in green is now $40 off while supplies last. See how Amazon’s discount compares to iPad Air prices at other retailers in our Price Guide.

Looking for a cheaper iPad? The new 2020 10.2-inch iPad is also on sale at Amazon, starting at $299.

New iPad Air on sale

Record low price on Apple Watch SE

Further adding to the

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Digital demand stokes big returns in emerging markets

At this time of peak uncertainty, pairing a global pandemic with a wildly unpredictable U.S. presidential election, one might assume a reduced appetite for investments in the far reaches of emerging markets.

But as most financial advisers will attest and many will swear by, investing is about diversification, and real diversification requires a certain level of risk and adventure.

Consider the knock-out performance of the $1.1 billion EMQQ Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (EMQQ), which is up 54% from the start of the year on the heels of a 34% gain last year. For context, consider the benchmark-tracking iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which is up 2.5% this year after gaining 18.2% last year.

The extreme disparity — and EMQQ is not the only example — is a reminder of where things are in the emerging markets these days and why financial advisers should tread gingerly into the

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey returns to a more hostile Congress

with Tonya Riley

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey is returning to the hot seat on Capitol Hill for the first time in more than two years. And he’s expected to get a much more hostile reception as the social networks political problems escalate. 

The tech titan is expected to play defense as Republicans escalate their criticism of the social network for allegedly censoring them and showing bias against conservatives, based on specious evidence. Dorsey is expected to say that all content decisions are made “without using political viewpoints, party affiliation, or political ideology,” according to prepared testimony shared with The Washington Post.

“Our Twitter Rules are not based on ideology or a particular set of beliefs,” it says. “We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our Twitter Rules fairly.”

It’s the Twitter chief executive’s first appearance in front of Congress since the company

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Play These 3 Technology Funds for Spectacular Returns

Technology mutual funds are ideal for investors seeking long-term growth and impressive returns. Improving industry fundamentals and emerging technologies such as AI, ML, robotics and data science are the key catalysts to the sector’s growth.

In addition, the majority of funds investing in securities from the technology sector take a growth-oriented approach that includes focusing on companies with strong fundamentals and a relatively better investment prospect. Moreover, technology has come to have a broader meaning than just hardware and software. Social media and Internet companies are now part of the technology landscape.

Below we share with you three top-ranked technology mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform peers in the future. Investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Fidelity Select Semiconductors Portfolio FSELX fund aims for capital appreciation. The non-diversified fund invests the majority of

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