2020 Needs A Dramatic End, Right? This Is How A ‘Beaver Moon’ Will Countdown To A Jaw-Dropping Sight

There’s about to be a penumbral lunar eclipse. On November 30, 2020 at 09:42 Universal Time (04:42 EDT and 01:42 PDT) a full “Beaver Moon” will move into Earth’s shadow in space.

Don’t expect fireworks. Or a “Blood Moon.” Or anything particularly interesting, in fact, save for a strange-looking drop in the Moon’s brightness as 83% of our satellite moves into shadow.

So why get excited about this “Beaver Moon Eclipse?”

A lunar eclipse never comes alone; a solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon’s shadow falls on the Earth, while a lunar eclipse happens when the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon.

The “Beaver Moon Eclipse” will this year cause a solar eclipse, and it will

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TV viewers with second screen, second sight

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

More and more of us choose to watch television while using our smartphones and tablets. This second-screen viewing behavior often means that viewers are less engaged with the television programming and advertising than they would have been previously because there are the endless distractions of social media, for instance, on that second screen.

This change has been partly driven by the blinkered attitude of television companies to the evolving needs of their viewers. The companies, preoccupied with piracy and surveillance concerns have attempted to control content and information and to limit interaction to their official websites and to have linear programming schedules as their output. Consumers expect more and conventional broadcasting simply does not meet the modern viewer’s demands. Viewers are not sufficiently gratified by the programmed content and constantly seek alternative and parallel media consumption opportunities.

Writing in the International Journal of Mobile Communications,

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China’s most important trees are hiding in plain sight — ScienceDaily

In ecosystems around the globe, the danger of being a common or widespread species is the tendency to be overlooked by conservation efforts that prioritize rarity.

In forests, the most common species can be essential to ecosystem structure and function, which crumble with the decline of these pivotal trees, known collectively as foundation species.

In an effort to identify forest foundation species and elevate their conservation status before they disappear, a unique research collaboration between Chinese and American scientists has synthesized long-term biodiversity data from 12 immense forest study plots spanning 1,500 miles, from China’s far north to its southern tropics.

Their results, published today in the journal Ecology, point to maple trees — long appreciated for their autumn foliage and the syrup that graces our tables — as potential foundation species in both China and North America.

The study comes on the heels of the latest “Red List”

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Apple accessibility experts to speak at Sight Tech Global event in December

Apple’s Sarah Herrlinger, senior director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, and Jeffrey Bigham, research lead of AI/ML accessibility, will take part in a discussion that seeks to shed light on the impact artificial intelligence has on accessibility.

Herrlinger and Bigham are slated to appear at Sight Tech Global, at which panels of industry experts will speak about AI and related technologies as they pertain to assistive technology. Specifically, the conference takes a close look at technologies designed to help people who are blind or visually impaired.

The inaugural conference of what is planned to be an annual event is scheduled for December.

As noted by TechCrunch, Herrlinger and Bigham “will discuss the latest accessibility technology from Apple and how the company fosters a culture of innovation, empowerment and inclusion.” The publication’s editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino will moderate the panel.

In her position, Herrlinger leads Apple initiatives that

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Apple’s Jeff Bigham, disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, author Sara Hendren and more to join Sight Tech Global

The other day we announced the first ten sessions for Sight Tech Global, a virtual event Dec. 2-3 that is convening the world’s top technologists to discuss how AI-based technologies are revolutionizing the future of accessibility. Today, we’re pleased to announce three additional sessions. Registration is free and and open now.

Designing for Everyone: Accessibility Innovation at Apple
Apple has long embraced accessibility as a bedrock design principle. Not only has Apple created some of the most popular consumer products in history, these same products are also some of the most powerful assistive devices ever. Apple’s Sarah Herrlinger and Jeffrey Bigham will discuss the latest accessibility technology from Apple and how the company fosters a culture of innovation, empowerment, and inclusion.

Sarah Herrlinger, senior director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, Apple
Jeffrey Bigham, research lead, AI/ML accessibility Research, Apple
Moderator: Matthew Panzarino, Editor-in-chief, TechCrunch

Inventing the Accessible

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Man with rare sight condition will see his bride on wedding day thanks to pair of hi-tech specs

A man with a rare sight condition who could not see his bride’s face when he proposed has described the moment he saw her clearly for the first time.

Charity worker Nathan Tree, 31, was diagnosed with cone-rod dystrophy – a rare degenerative condition, in January 2009.

By the time he started dating his now-fiancée Ginny Matthews, 29, in late 2017, he could no longer distinguish facial features.

But he has now received an early wedding gift after being invited to test some hi-tech specs, which restore the wearer’s central vision using advanced magnifying technology.

Nathan with his dad Andy and mum Mandy

He said: “I lost the ability to recognise the faces of friends and family nearly five years ago.

“After proposing, I thought I’d never be able to take in the full vision of Ginny walking down the aisle – but now I will.

“There’s been

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Well-below seasonal cold floods the Prairies, little end in sight

Well-below seasonal cold floods the Prairies, little end in sight
Well-below seasonal cold floods the Prairies, little end in sight

After another shot of snow for parts of the southern Prairies Wednesday, Thursday sees the region continue to be flooded with cold, with a below-seasonal trend continuing through the weekend into next week. For snow, the next round looks to spill over the Rockies into parts of Alberta Frida. A closer look, below.


  • Some snow lingers in southern Saskatchewan Thursday

  • Another shot is ahead Friday for Alberta, mostly confined to the southern foothills and mountains

  • Below seasonal temperatures continue through the end of the week to the weekend and beyond


Most of the snow that rolled through the southern Prairies will be just about done Thursday morning, with the exception of some parts of extreme southern Saskatchewan, which could see a few straggler snowflakes into the early

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