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01/03/2022
By: Zona Sur

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One of the biggest meteor showers of the year is expected to peak over the next few days, producing over 100 meteoroids per hour.

Known as the Quadrantid meteor shower, the spectacle happens only once a year, always around the beginning of January, according to Space.com. Under perfect conditions, between 60 and 200 meteors can be seen per hour, according to NASA. The activity range is from Dec. 26 to Jan. 16, but the peak lasts just six hours.

Different sources disagree on the precise date of the peak, with some saying it will be on between Sunday and Monday and others saying it will occur between Monday and Tuesday.
But for skywatchers in North America, you will be facing the "wrong way" when this shower reaches its peak. The shower peaks in the mid-afternoon during the bright sunny daytime. That means that many skywatchers will have essentially no chance of seeing meteors streaking across the sky during the showers peak.

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Staring at your non-fungible tokens on a smartphone or laptop screen is fine and all, but why not remind everyone who visits your home of the money you spent on digital art NFTs by showcasing them on your TV screen? Somehow we’re in a world where that’s about to become reality: Samsung says it’s planning extensive support for NFTs beginning with its 2022 TV lineup.

“With demand for NFTs on the rise, the need for a solution to today’s fragmented viewing and purchasing landscape has never been greater,” the company said in a press release. “In 2022, Samsung is introducing the world’s first TV screen-based NFT explorer and marketplace aggregator, a groundbreaking platform that lets you browse, purchase, and display your favorite art — all in one place.”

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HONG KONG — A Hong Kong online news site said Sunday that it would cease operations in light of deteriorating press freedoms, days after police raided and arrested seven people for sedition at a separate pro-democracy news outlet.

Citizen News announced its decision in a Facebook post Sunday. It said it would stop updating its site on Jan. 4, and it would be shuttered after that.

"We have always loved this land, but at present, we are helpless as we are not only facing wind and rain, but tornadoes and huge waves," it said in a statement.

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New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has been slammed for going to Costa Rica on an eight-day Christmas vacation while the state experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases. ​​

Murphy and his wife, Tammy Snyder Murphy​, left for the Central American country on Dec. 22. That day, New Jersey recorded ​​9,711 cases​, a single-day record since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. Now Tammy tested positive for Covid-19 when she returned to the USA.



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