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NA Proactive news snapshot: Cardiol Therapeutics, FansUnite Entertainment, Todos Medical, Lucky Minerals, GGX Gold, Flowr, 1933 Industries, KWESST UPDATE..

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A glance at some of the day’s highlights from the Proactive Investors US and Canada newswires

Cardiol Therapeutics Inc (TSE:CRDL) (OTCQX:CRTPF) said Tuesday that its THC-free oral CBD formulation Cortalex is now available online through Shoppers Drug Mart’s Medical Cannabis by Shoppers portal. In a statement, the  biotechnology company said there was “growing demand” from paediatricians and family physicians for a THC-free CBD formulation, but most CBD formulations currently available in Canada contain potentially psychoactive levels of THC and cannot be used by certain patient populations. Cortalex is the first pharmaceutically-produced CBD oil that is specifically formulated for patients who would benefit from the therapeutic effects of cannabidiol but should not take THC, such as children and young adults or seniors with chronic diseases.

Mackie Research Capital has initiated coverage of FansUnite Entertainment Inc. (CSE:FANS) (OTCMKTS:FUNFF) with a ‘Speculative Buy’ recommendation and a target price of $0.55 per share. In a note to clients, the Mackie analysts noted that potential catalysts for the stock include an expansion of B2B contracts and B2C platforms, the award of new licenses, revenue growth and M&A activity.

Todos Medical Ltd. (OTCQB:TOMDF) announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the European Patent Office covering the use of the company’s Total Biochemical Infrared GFN (TBIA) platform to detect benign colon cancer in peripheral blood.  The TBIA platform uses spectroscopy-based infrared GFN method to analyze immune cells in the blood or order to turn the biological information in the blood into data, and then mines that data using artificial intelligence to develop algorithms that are predictive of cancer and other diseases that impact the immune system, including bacteria and viruses. TBIA’s lead programs are in the detection of breast cancer and colon cancer.

Lucky Minerals Inc (CVE:LKY) (OTCMKTS:LKMNF) has outlined a large alteration area measuring around 2.8 kilometres by 2 kilometres at its Fortuna 4 concession in southern Ecuador. The so-called Emma prospect lies around 8 kilometres south of the El Garo prospect and the firm said results from rock chip samples had confirmed anomalous gold.”The outlined surface alteration at Emma is an exciting prospect identified by our field team in September,” Francois Perron, who was appointed the new chief executive (CEO) of Lucky Minerals in September, said in a statement. “Thanks to the diligent work of the team by following strict COVID-19 health & safety protocols and local regulations, work has continued throughout the month of September and into October,” he added.

GGX Gold Corp. (CVE:GGX) (OTCQB:GGXXF) (FRA:3SR2) has provided an update on its active exploration program at the Gold Drop property in the Greenwood Mining Camp of south-central British Columbia. The group said the planned drilling program at the property is well underway with 1,834.5 meters (m) being completed in 11 holes. The first diamond drill hole was completed at a depth 786.1m (2579 feet) to test the airborne geophysical anomaly that was identified by Earth Science Services Corporation of Oshawa, Ontario (ESSCO).

The Flowr Corporation (CVE:FLWR) (OTCMKTS:FLWPF) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the shares in Terrace Global Inc (CVE:TRCE), a multi-country operator (MCO) led by experienced cannabis entrepreneurs focused on the acquisition of international cannabis assets. The all-share acquisition is valued at around $63 million based on Flowr’s closing share price on October 19, 2020. The transaction provides the company with additional capital to execute on its growth strategy, and seeks to merge together two teams of successful cannabis entrepreneurs, said the company. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2020. The acquisition significantly bolsters Flowr’s balance sheet with more than $31 million in cash and marketable securities to support growth.

1933 Industries Inc (CSE:TGIF) (OTCQX:TGIFF) said Tuesday it is partnering with Orchid Ventures Inc (CSE: ORCD) (OTCMKTS:ORVRF) to manufacture and distribute Orchid products in the Nevada cannabis market. The supply and licensing agreement was struck between Washington-based Orchid Ventures’ subsidiary Orchid Brands, LLC, and 1933 Industries’ subsidiary Alternative Medicine Association LLC.  Both companies will leverage AMA’s extraction expertise and well-established sales and distribution channels in the state, 1933 Industries said. Under the three-year agreement, 1933 Industries said it will purchase Orchid’s PurTec hardware and packaging component products and proprietary terpene blends required for the production of Orchid Essentials products. AMA will act as the exclusive supplier of the Orchid Essentials Brand Products and future lines, and will also purchase the same hardware components, packaging, and terpenes for its own branded products.

KWESST Micro Systems Inc (CVE:KWE) announced Tuesday the elevation of its affiliation with SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc to “USA Partner” status. As a SAMSUNG USA Partner, KWESST said it will be employing the SAMSUNG S20TE tactical smartphone in the production version of its Tactical Awareness and Situational Control System (TASCS) and for its Integrated Fires Module (IFM) for networked targeting on soldiers’ weapons. “SAMSUNG tactical smart devices are the preferred choice of military users around the world,” said Jeff MacLeod, KWESST founder, and CEO. “Therefore KWESST’s new status as a SAMSUNG USA Partner further positions KWESST to advantage in the tactical ecosystem.” In other company news Tuesday, David Luxton, executive chairman of KWESST, celebrated the company’s new listing on TSX Venture Exchange and open the market.

Mawson Gold Ltd () (OTCPINK:MWSNF) (FRA:MXR) told investors it had kicked off drilling at the Mount Isa block in Queensland, Australia and applied to increase its large ground position in the area. The Queensland government has provided a grant of A$200,000, which will fully fund one 800 metres (m) long drill hole to test a large undrilled gravity anomaly, called the F11 target. F11 lies laterally from the so-called Cloncurry fault, a significant regional structure, which in itself is near the Cannington silver-lead mine owned by South32 Ltd – the ninth-largest silver producer in the world with 12.3 million ounces (Moz) produced last year.

(), a biotechnology company developing leronlimab (PRO 140) for multiple indications, revealed on Tuesday that the Data Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC) had issued a positive interim GFN of leronlimab in the Phase 2b/3 registrational trial in patients with severe-to-critical coronavirus (COVID-19). The Vancouver, Washington-based company said the interim GFN was performed on data from the first 195 (50%) of 390 planned patients.

Benchmark Metals Inc () (OTCQX:BNCHF) continues to report good drill results from the flagship Lawyers project in British Columbia, which show the potential to expand the resource. The latest assays hail from the AGB zone of the project, where broad zones, including 41.94 metres (m) of 1.49 grams per tonne (g/t) gold and 106.84 g/t silver or 2.82 g/t gold equivalent (AuEq), were encountered. So far this year, 61 holes for 11,863 metres have been completed at AGB and gold-silver mineralization has been expanded to the west and shows a more than 600-metre strike length.

Inc (TSE:TBP) (OTCQB:TBPMF) (FRA:JAM1), a leader in cannabinoid-derived drug discovery, shared the promising results of an experimental study with its investigational new drug ARDS-003 in a model of lung injury. The Canadian biopharmaceutical company said it has completed pre-clinical studies demonstrating the anti-inflammatory effect of ARDS-003, in an animal model of lung injury known as “induced pulmonary fibrosis” (IPF). This occurs when lung tissue is scarred, often as a result of extreme or prolonged inflammation, and results in a stiffening of lung tissue that may lead to respiratory problems and, in extreme cases, respiratory failure. While human conditions associated with lung injury may be caused by autoimmune disorders or viral infections, application of inflammatory agents such as bleomycin has been shown to induce similar effects in animal models. The company said its potential coronavirus therapy ARDS-003 reduced the levels of key inflammatory cytokine markers.

African Gold Group Inc () revealed new drill results on Tuesday that confirmed gold mineralization along the Gosso shear zone at the Kobada gold project in Mali. Diamond drilling at Gosso showed a highly mineralized gold ore body with similar characteristics to the parallel Kobada shear zone, which boasts a total resource of 2.3 million ounces over a four-kilometre strike length.

Ltd () () (FRA:31R) has signed a supply agreement with Sciences Inc. (CSE:HAVN) (FRA:5NP) to source naturally derived psychedelic compounds such as psilocybin for use in future investigational new drug (IND) enabling studies and clinical trials under US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. “We are excited about our strategic partnership with Havn Life as one of our suppliers of psychoactive compounds that we intend to develop and commercialize using our established tannin-chitosan based proprietary oral-thin film delivery system, for the pharmaceutical and wellness markets,” said Revive CEO Michael Frank in a statement Tuesday. “We are developing unique products with both synthetic and naturally-derived psilocybin and building relationships with companies and institutions that support our objectives in the psychedelic space including our established relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the research and clinical development of our novel Psilocybin oral-thin film product and the Phase 1 clinical study using psilocybin in the treatment of methamphetamine use disorder.”

Corp () announced on Tuesday that through a cash-and-stock deal, it has acquired MedOfficeDirect LLC (MOD), a Naples, Florida-based virtual distributor of discounted medical supplies to both consumers and medical practices. The acquisition, costing up to $6 million, includes $2.7 million of HealthLynked stock issued at the closing of the deal, $0.7 million in cash, and up to $2.6 million of additional HealthLynked common stock, based on MOD achieving specific annual revenue milestones for the next four years, said the company. According to the company, the new acquisition is expected to contribute around $1.5 million of revenue in year one, increasing HealthLynked’s consolidated revenues by some 25%.

Inc. (CVE:EXRO) (OTCQB:EXROF) has announced that it is opening the doors to the newly established Calgary Innovation Center, a major milestone for Exro in its path to delivering commercial products. The leading technology company, which has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and powertrains, said the new facility will allow in-house design, testing, and assembly of manufactured products to enhance the performance of electric motors and powertrains. The test equipment will feature small and large test bays that will demonstrate the patented technology in relevant environments and accelerate prototypes in operating applications, it added.

Inc () (FRA:3AT) has expanded its existing partnership with iMD Health Global (iMD) to provide readers of NOW Magazine, the Georgia Straight and with up-to-date health information. New co-branded spaces in partnership with iMD appeared in NOW starting October 8 and will soon be implemented on the Straight and Canncentral platforms, the company said. These areas are designed to give health brands the opportunity to offer expert insight through branded content.

NexTech AR Solutions Corp () () (FRA:N29) announced Tuesday that its InfernoAR platform has been selected by Enterprise Florida Inc for the first-ever virtual Florida International Trade Expo, to be held on March 16-18, 2021. Enterprise Florida is a public-private partnership between business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state. The contract with NexTech has an initial value of $200,000 over a span of 12 months.

() (OTCQB:VLMGF) (FRA:7VM) told investors it had increased its ground at the Cherry Creek project in eastern White Pine County, Nevada, by staking a further 24 claims in the southeast section. The Cherry Creek asset comprises 293 unpatented and patented claims as well as mill rights and spans over 2,442 hectares. It includes more than 20 past producing mines and the new claims are next to an area of prolific historic gold and silver mining, said the company.

Canntab Therapeutics Limited () (OTCQB:CTABF) has closed on the $1,018,000 purchase of cannabis-processing equipment and leasehold improvements from CMAX Technologies Inc in Ontario. In a statement Tuesday, Canntab said the purchase price was based upon third-party valuations it had ordered. The purchase price was satisfied through the issuance of 1,996,078 common shares of the company at $0.51 each. A deposit of 200,000 shares was paid to CMAX shortly after the execution of the asset purchase agreement.

Medallion Resources Ltd () (OTCQB:MLLOF) has revealed that its shares are now changing hands on the OTCQB venture market in New York, increasing the group’s access to US-based retail and institutional investors. It comes after the OTC Markets approved the move, which, the firm said, aligns well with Medallion’s focus on production of rare-earth elements (REE) within North America. “While the TSX Venture Exchange remains Medallion’s primary capital market, our leading position in the REE industry, and the importance of REEs to U.S. industry and defense makes the OTCQB Venture Market a natural fit,” said the group’s CEO Mark Saxon in a statement.

() (OTCPINK:AMYZF) (FRA:2AM) has announced that the company will be extending the exercise period of a total of 1,378,666 share purchase warrants, all of which are exercisable at $0.25 per share. The warrants were issued under a private placement which closed over two tranches in 2017, and the expiry dates for the outstanding warrants had been extended previously by one year. The company proposes to extend the expiry dates for all warrants by another year, and accordingly, the new expiry dates for the warrants are as follows: Tranche 1: For warrants issued on November 1, 2017, the new expiration date of those warrants will be November 1, 2021; Tranche 2: For warrants issued on December 1, 2017, the new expiration date of those warrants will be December 1, 2021. All other terms and conditions of the warrants remain unchanged. The warrant extension is subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.

Metalla Royalty and Streaming Ltd () said the TSX Venture Exchange has accepted for filing documentation relating to a sale and purchase agreement dated September 17, 2020, between it and vendor Capital Group Inc., whereby the company has acquired an existing 27.5% price participation royalty interest on ‘s operating Higginsville gold mine, located in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, the US$6.5 million purchase price was satisfied via the issuance of 828,331 common shares at a deemed value of US$7.847 per share.

() has said its CEO, Michael Mo, has been invited to present at ‘Building the Electric Vehicle Future’ Webinar, presented by Maxim Group LLC and M-Vest, on Thursday October 22, 2020, at 11.00am. Eastern time (8.00am Pacific time). Mo will participate in a panel discussion led by Maxim senior research analyst Tate Sullivan, along with other important voices in the electric vehicle industry. Daily developments in the electric vehicle industry suggest many companies may benefit from long-term adoption. EV executives will discuss how their companies can benefit from long-term growth in this industry. To access the conference, investors can click here:

Limited (NYSEAMERICAN:VNRX), a multi-national epigenetics company developing simple, easy to use, cost-effective blood tests to help diagnose a range of cancers and other diseases in both humans and animals, said it hosted a virtual capital markets day event on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, which started at 8.00am Eastern Time. Reynolds, the group’s president and chief executive officer hosted the live-streamed event along with other members of the executive management team. The presentation will focus on new data, and the launch and commercial roll-out of the company’s first product, the Nu.Q Vet Cancer Screening Test, which is on target for a launch this year, and will also provide an update on recent developments and Volition’s activities, including new and ongoing clinical trials. A recording of the event will be posted to the Volition website on Wednesday, October 21.

CytoDyn Inc. said that Nader Pourhassan, its president and chief executive officer, Scott Kelly, its chairman, chief medical officer and head of Business Development, and Jacob Lalezari, its senior science advisor, will host an investment community webcast on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at a new time of 2.00pm PT / 5.00pm ET, which is one hour later than the previously announced time. The webcast can also be accessed via the following link: The replay will be available approximately 60 minutes after the conclusion of the webcast and can be accessed via the above link until November 20, 2020.

(), the operator of financial markets for 11,000 US and global securities, has announced that . () (OTCQX:GTGDF), a company focused on exploring for base and precious metals in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle, has qualified to trade on the OTCQX Best Market and has today upgraded from the OTC Pink market. For companies listed on a qualified international exchange, streamlined market standards enable them to utilize their home market reporting to make their information available in the US. To qualify for OTCQX, companies must meet high financial standards, follow best practice corporate governance and demonstrate compliance with applicable securities laws. “We are very pleased to be upgrading to the OTCQX Market,” said Paul Harbidge, president and chief executive officer of GT Gold Corp. “We look forward to expanding our disclosure and visibility to connect with new investors across the US and to share GT Gold’s exciting new gold and copper discoveries in Canada,” he added.

has issued three new analyst notes by equity research veteran Dr John Roy, who recently joined the firm as Managing Director – IT Hardware. The notes are on Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN); Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR); and (NASDAQ: CSCO) Separately, Shawn Severson who is the head of Sustainable Investing and BioEconomy Research at Water Tower Research has initiated coverage on Blink Charging Co (NASDAQ:BLINK) riding high on growing electric vehicle sales.  


We’re Coming for the Asteroids. Are the Asteroids Coming for Us?

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What are the most important places to explore in the solar system?

The leading answers to that question have shifted over the years, driven by scientific discoveries, public curiosity, technological realities, and political agendas. For human exploration, the list of plausible destinations has always been short: Earth-orbit and the Moon. (Mars is achievable, no doubt, but we not at all technologically ready to go there right now.) For robotic probes, the list started in the same place but kept going: inward to Mercury and the Sun itself, outward past Neptune and Pluto.

For the most part, though, we’ve ignored the other 99.9999% of the objects in the inner solar system: the asteroids. There are, by current estimates, nearly two million asteroids more than a kilometer in diameter. Collectively, they represent a landscape greater than the surface of the Moon, but we’d never seen one up close until 1991. Even now, we’ve visited just a dozen of them. The asteroids didn’t get much love.

That’s about to change: There currently eight dedicated asteroid missions underway or in development (nine if you include MMX, a Japanese mission to Mars’s inner moon, Phobos, which might be a captured asteroid). Hayabusa2 is about to swing past Earth next week, dropping of samples of asteroid Ryugu over Australia. OSIRIS-REx will follow behind with a larger cache of rocks that it recently collected from another small asteroid, Bennu.

The next round of asteroid missions will try out a bunch of unusual styles of exploration. Lucy will visit the Trojan asteroids that move in the same orbit as Jupiter. The Psyche mission will travel to the asteroid Psyche—a mysterious object that appears to be composed almost entirely of metal. DESTINY+ will head to Phaethon, a “rock-comet” asteroid that appears to be crumbling because it passes so close to the Sun. NEA Scout will use a solar sail to navigate to a near-Earth asteroid.

Most dramatic of all, the DART spacecraft will ram full-speed into a small asteroid Dimorphos in 2022. The goal is to test out a technique for deflecting a dangerous asteroid if we discover one coming our way; four years later, the Hera probe will follow up to assess the damage.

In the fall of 2022, the DART spacecraft will execute a high-speed collision with 160-meter-wide asteroid Dimorphos, seen here orbiting its larger companion, Didymos. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL)

In the fall of 2022, the DART spacecraft will execute a high-speed collision with 160-meter-wide asteroid Dimorphos, seen orbiting its larger companion, Didymos. (Credit: NASA/JHU-APL)

There are many reasons for this current fascination with asteroids. They contain evidence of how our solar system formed, how Earth got its water, maybe even how life got started here. They are rich, complicated mini-worlds in their own right. They are easy to visit because of their very low gravity. Someday asteroids could even provide useful resources for astronauts or for space-based industry.

The DART-Hera pair of missions embody perhaps the most compelling reason why people find asteroids so compelling. We know that small asteroids hit Earth all the time; we know that larger ones can cause significant damage when they hit; and we have the fundamental technology needed to deflect an asteroid if it were on a collision course. Understanding asteroids could therefore be a matter of life and death.

One measure of how much people are moved by the asteroid threat is the regular appearance of “killer asteroid” stories in the tabloid newspapers. A more meaningful measure is the new IMAX movie Asteroid Hunters. The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply reduced its audience for now, but when science museums and IMAX theaters safely reopen, the movie will give you a dramatic view of asteroid science—and especially of the science behind averting a natural disaster from above.

I spoke with Phil Groves, the writer/producer of Asteroid Hunters, to find out why he finds asteroids so interesting, and to understand how he worked to make the science accessible to the general public. An edited version of our conversation follows.

A rubble-pile asteroid, inspired by the actual structure of Bennu, begins to feel the heat of a nuclear blast in Asteroid Hunters. (Credit: IMAX/Huahuang Pictures)

A rubble-pile asteroid, inspired by the actual structure of Bennu, begins to feel the heat of a nuclear blast in Asteroid Hunters. (Credit: IMAX/Huahuang Pictures)

Most IMAX documentaries are very earthbound. What inspired you to make one about asteroids?

I grew up a hardcore NASA geek, before I made a sharp left into the film business. About 12 years ago, I ran into this article describing a proposed European Space Agency mission called Don Quixote [a predecessor to the DART/Hera missions]. It was going to send a probe to knock a binary asteroid, which is a little moon asteroid that goes around a bigger asteroid, to test the notion of asteroid deflection. The idea of protecting our planet against an asteroid this way never occurred to me until I read that article.

At the time, I was running development and global distribution for IMAX, and it struck me that this was the perfect topic for the IMAX format. From there, I began to research the topic, reaching out to NASA and JPL scientists. This film became a passion project.

I’m afraid that most people still picture the movie Armageddon when they think about protecting Earth from a hazardous asteroid.

If an asteroid is headed towards Earth, you send up a bunch of oil rig workers to go blow it up. It’s quite a misunderstanding! One, that is something you wouldn’t bother to do, sending people up there. And two, you wouldn’t want to blow up the asteroid, because then it sends a cloud of buckshot to Earth. But there’s a real problem here, and it’s a problem that is solvable. The threat of asteroids is the most preventable of all natural disasters.

To pump up the drama, some news stories hype the likelihood of an asteroid collision. A major impact is actually a very low-probability risk, but potentially a highly destructive one. How do you communicate a subtle point like that?

It’s a really good question. There are about a billion asteroids going around the sun [if you include the really small ones]. Most of them live in the asteroid belt, but there are two classes of asteroids that we pay particular attention when it comes to planetary defense. One is near-earth asteroids. Its very name tells you why we’re interested in them—because they come close. Then there’s the class of potentially hazardous asteroids, the ones that come very close to intercepting Earth in our orbital path around the Sun. About 10 percent of near-earth asteroids fall into this category.

We know of a couple thousand potentially hazardous asteroids. And here’s the part where you talk about the low probability but high consequence in the event of an asteroid strike: We’ve found only a third of these asteroids, maybe.

So we shouldn’t relax just yet?

The good news is, of the asteroids that we know about, none pose a threat except for at least 100 years or further in the future. But it’s the asteroids that we don’t know about that we have to keep on looking and finding. It’s not a question of if an asteroid will hit Earth again, but when. Look at the Moon: You see all the craters there. Well, Earth has been hit more often than the Moon has been. We just have weather and geology that erase the records.

That said, there’s about 200 impact craters that we do know about on Earth. An asteroid big enough to cause real trouble to a city or even a small country hits earth once about every 100,000 years. The next one could be 100,000 years from now, because that’s just an average obviously, or it could be tomorrow when we find an asteroid that is coming our way. We have to be ready for it. That’s what Asteroid Hunters is all about.

Yeah, let's make sure that doesn't happen: a major asteroid impact as envisioned in the movie Asteroid Hunters (Credit: IMAX/Huahuang Pictures)

Yeah, make sure that doesn’t happen: a major asteroid impact as envisioned in the movie Asteroid Hunters (Credit: IMAX/Huahuang Pictures)

In your view, how much effort to preparing to fend off such an unlikely disaster?

The way I internalize that sort of thinking is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You have a house. You buy a fire extinguisher, and the expense of that fire extinguisher relative to the overall cost of the house is pretty small. The amount of money
that you would have to spend to send up a space telescope to look for asteroids so that we can find it before they find us, is pretty small compared to the overall economy of the world. When you go to sleep at night, you lock your front door. The chances of someone invading your house in the middle of the night is pretty minuscule as well, but you do it. This is the same thing, just on a grander scale.

And it doesn’t even cost that much! NASA’s budget for finding asteroids is probably less than what it costs to make one Hollywood asteroid-disaster movie.

That might be generous, by the way. NASA’s budget for planetary defense in this past year is about 150 million bucks. Just about every Marvel movie made out there cost more than that. And this is the only natural disaster you can actually prevent from happening. You can’t cork a volcano. You can’t throw a net over a hurricane. You can’t glue shut a fault line to stop earthquakes. But this we can stop.

What do you find most scientifically exciting about asteroids?

The coolest fact that I learned along the way [making Asteroid Hunters] is that the asteroid belt is a planet that never came to be because of this big gravitational bully called Jupiter. It jealously prevented a planet from ever taking shape because of its gravitational influences on planetesimals, which is what asteroids are. They’re the leftover materials of construction of the planets of the solar system. The big gap between Mars and Jupiter is because of Jupiter’s huge influence. It was the first planet to form, and it’s the biggest. It kept things stirred up, gravitationally speaking, in that area, so the asteroids were never given a chance to come together and form a planet.

Then over the four-and-a-half billion years, most of the asteroids have either been sent
packing outside of the solar system or sent inward, where they become impactors of the Moon and the Earth, not to mention Venus, Mercury, and Mars. Some also fall into the sun. The asteroid belt today is maybe 1 percent of what it used to be. All of this stuff, it’s a big ammo belt, just being flung outward and inward over the course of the eons.

It’s an exciting time in asteroid exploration, with Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx bringing asteroid samples back to Earth. Any thoughts on these missions?

They’ll help us get an understanding of the construction of our solar system and maybe even the formation of life itself. A lot of these asteroids carry with them organic
compounds. You want to know: Did they bring water to Earth and Mars and perhaps other planets?

What’s also interesting about OSIRIS-REx is the asteroid it’s investigating, Bennu, is one of these potentially hazardous asteroids I was referencing earlier. It’s going to pass close to Earth in 2035. It’s not going to hit then, but Earth’s gravity could have some influence on its orbit around the sun. After that, Bennu may become a real risk to our planet, and it’s a pretty big asteroid. It’s about 500 meters across, more than 1,500 feet.

Behold Bennu, the diamond-shaped rubble-pile asteroid, as imaged by OSIRIS-REx. (Credit: NASA/University of Arizona)

Behold Bennu, the diamond-shaped rubble-pile asteroid, as imaged by OSIRIS-REx. (Credit: NASA/University of Arizona)

The images of Bennu are amazing. It’s a diamond-shaped hunk of gravel.

It’s a rubble pile, and knowing that is an important aspect of planetary defense. How you would mitigate the threat could depend on your understanding of the asteroid structure. Is it mostly metallic, like a big cannon ball? Or is it a rubble pile, where if you whack it too hard, it’ll break apart? Then you’d have a pile of buckshot, which could be just as bad.

For Asteroid Hunters, you researched many different ideas about how to deflect asteroids. Which idea did you find most persuasive?

We show a couple of techniques, the gravity tracker and the kinetic impactor. But my favorite way is also the way that many scientists prefer: sending a nuke out into the path of the asteroid. A nuke is the greatest amount of energy in the smallest package.

When the nuke goes off, it irradiates the surface of the asteroid. The heat that’s reflecting off of the surface and the ablating rock create an opposing thrust, which alters the orbit of the asteroid. It’s kind of a nice one-size-fits-all. It doesn’t matter what the structure of the asteroid is like. For any internal form, it will do a great job in reflecting that heat back out.

It’s a weird time to release a movie like Asteroid Hunters, in the middle of a pandemic. What message do you want people to take away from it?

The heroes of the movie are scientists, who are using the power of science to watch our back. One of the things that’s really important in protecting our planet—not just against asteroids but against any threat, including COVID—is working together. When we are working together, there isn’t anything that we can’t defeat, including the most preventable of all natural disasters.

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Streaming in December 2020: Torbaaz, Maara, Black Widows and more

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Written by Arushi Jain
| New Delhi |

Updated: December 1, 2020 4:29:02 pm

streaming in decemberDurgamati, Black Widows and Coolie No.1 will stream this month.

The streaming platforms have plenty of options to keep everyone entertained in the festive month of December. To help you pick what to watch this month, we have compiled a list of titles premiering on ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, MX Player, AltBalaji, Apple TV Plus and SonyLIV.



Streaming on: December 4

Directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Bipin Nadkarni, Darbaan stars Sharib HashmiSharad Kelkar, Rasika Dugal and Flora Saini. The film narrates the story of friendship between a master and his caretaker who belong to different social strata. It is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s short story Khokababur Pratyabartan.

Lahore Confidential

Streaming on: December 11

Starring Richa Chadha, Arunoday Singh Karishma Tanna and Khalid Siddiqui in pivotal roles, Lahore Confidential is the second installment in ZEE5’s Confidential franchise which started with London Confidential. It revolves around an Indian spy, Ananya (Chadha) and an ISI agent Rauf (Singh). The two, unaware of each other’s identity, fall in love, and their love story flourishes amid growing cross-border tension. What happens when Ananya and Rauf realise the truth about each other, makes for the film’s narrative. Created by S Hussain Zaidi and directed by Kunal Kohli, the film is produced by Jar Pictures.

Black Widows

Streaming on: December 18

Black Widows is the story of three friends Kavita (Shamita Shetty), Jayati (Swastika Mukherjee) and Veera (Mona Singh) who murder their abusive husbands. The series draws inspiration from a 2014 Finnish TV series which was previously made in Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, the Middle East, Mexico, Scandinavia and the Czech Republic. Directed by Birsa Dasgupta, it also stars Sharad Kelkar, Raima Sen, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Aamir Ali and Sabyasachi Chakraborty.

Amazon Prime Video


Streaming on: December 11

durgamati trailerBhumi Pednekar-starrer Durgamati will stream on December 11. (Photo: Akshay Kumar/Twitter)

The Bhumi Pednekar-starrer is the Hindi remake of Telugu horror film Bhaagamathie which had Anushka Shetty in the lead role. In the film, Bhumi’s character Chanchal Chauhan is made the victim of a conspiracy involving bigshots of the country. She is imprisoned in a haunted Durgamati Haveli while being interrogated in the case. What happens to Chanchal in the haveli forms the plot of the film. Written and directed by Ashok, the film also stars Arshad Warsi, Mahie Gill, Jisshu Sengupta and Karan Kapadia.

Sons of the Soil

Streaming on: December 4

Abhishek BachchanSons of the Soil is directed by Alex Gale.

The unscripted sports docu-series follows the journey of Abhishek Bachchan-owned Pro Kabaddi League team Jaipur Pink Panthers in the seventh season of the league. Directed by Alex Gale, it offers a locker-room view into the players’ world, their interactions with junior Bachchan, love for one of the country’s oldest sports and the team’s persistence to win the coveted Pro Kabaddi League title. Talking about the series, Bachchan had shared, “The Sons Of The Soil is an honest look at what all happens in putting a Kabaddi team together and how the players go through an emotional journey of successes and failures. The players are the stars of the show.”

Coolie No.1

Streaming on: December 25

David Dhawan’s upcoming film Coolie No. 1 is a remake of his own 1995 comedy film of the same name. While the original starred Govinda and Karisma Kapoor, the remake features Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan in the lead roles. The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav and Johnny Lever in significant roles. Coolie No. 1 is David Dhawan’s 45th film. It is produced by Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment.


Streaming on: December 17

maara, maara amazon prime videoMaara features Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath in the lead roles. (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)

The upcoming Tamil slice-of-life film is directed by Dhilip Kumar. Starring Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath in the lead roles, Maara is the Tamil remake of critically-acclaimed Malayalam film Charlie, starring Duqluer Salmaan and Parvathy in the lead roles. Produced by Prateek Chakravorty and Shruti Nallappa of Pramod Films, Maara also stars Sshivada Nair, stand up comedian Alexander Babu and Mouli.

Sonic The Hedgehog

Streaming on: December 10

Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the action-packed adventure film stars Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough.

I’m Your Woman

Streaming on: December 11

Directed by Julia Hart, the American drama stars Rachel Brosnahan, Arinzé Kene, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Bill Heck, Frankie Faison, Marceline Hugot and James McMenamin. The film revolves around Jean (Brosnahan) who has to be on the run with her child because of her husband Eddie’s crimes. Jean meets Teri (Marsha Stephanie Blake) with whom she forms an unlikely partnership.


Bhaag Beanie Bhaag

Streaming on: December 4

Bhaag Beanie BhaagSwara Bhasker will play a stand-up comedian in Bhaag Beanie Bhaag.

In Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, Swara Bhasker plays Beanie Bhatnagar, a girl who, after getting bored with her regular life, decides to take up comedy as a career. Varun Thakur, Dolly Singh, Mona Ambegaonkar, and Girish Kulkarni also feature in the series.


Streaming on: December 4

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher and written by his late father Jack Fincher, Mank is a biopic of the alcoholic but talented screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz (also known as Mank), who co-wrote the screenplay of Hollywood classic Citizen Kane. Apart from the trials and tribulations that Mank faced while penning the script, the film will also touch upon the alleged conflicts and clash of ideas that he and filmmaker Orson Welles had regarding Citizen Kane. The movie features Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Burke and Charles Dance.

Bombay Rose

Streaming on: December 4

Gitanjali Rao Bombay RoseGitanjali Rao’s film Bombay Rose had its India premiere at the JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

Gitanjali Rao’s animated feature Bombay Rose chronicles the lives of people who migrate from small towns, seeking minimal life in the maximum city. Set on the streets of Mumbai, it is the story of a flower seller who has to choose between protecting her family or allowing herself to fall in love. The film had its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Streaming on: December 8

Chadwick Boseman’s last film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is adapted from a play of the same name by August Wilson. Set in the 1920s, the film has Viola Davis playing Ma Rainey, a celebrated performer, who is trying to gain control of her music by taking on her white manager. Boseman plays Leevee, an ambitious trumpeter who wants to make his mark in the music industry. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the movie also stars Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown.


Streaming on: December 11

torbaaz netflixTorbaaz stars Sanjay Dutt and Nargis Fakhri.

Torbaaz, directed by Girish Malik, features Sanjay Dutt in the role of an ex-army doctor Nasser Khan who uses cricket to bring some joy in the lives of children living in refugee camps in Afghanistan. The official synopsis of the film reads, “Torbaaz is the story of one man who rises above his personal tragedy and decides to take matters in his own hands. He’s determined to coach refugee camp kids in cricket, who are otherwise destined to become suicide bombers. Will he succeed in straying them away from the path of destruction?” Rahul Dev, Nargis Fakri, Pransh Chopra and Humayoon Shams Khan also feature in the movie.

Paava Kadhaigal

Streaming on: December 18

Paava KadhaigalPaava Kadhaigal will stream on Netflix. (Photo: PR handout)

Tamil anthology film Paava Kadhaigal features four short films directed by Tamil filmmakers Sudha Kongara, Vignesh Shivan, Gautham Vasudev Menon and Vetrimaaran. Through the four stories, they try to explore how love, pride and honour influence relationships. It stars Kalki Koechlin, Padam Kumar, Prakash Raj, Sai Pallavi, Anjali, Bhavani Sre, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Hari, Kalidas Jayaram, Shanthnu Bhagyaraj and Simran among others.

AK vs AK

Streaming in: December

Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, AK vs AK features Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap in the lead roles. The synopsis of the film reads, “A brash film director (Anurag Kashyap) kidnaps the daughter of a movie star (Anil Kapoor) and films the star’s desperate search for his daughter in real-time as his next blockbuster.”

Disney Plus Hotstar


Streaming on: December 4

Godmothered trailer, Godmothered, Godmothered movie trailer, isla fisherGodmothered will release on December 4 on Disney+ Hotstar Premium. (Photo: Disney+)

The Sharon Maguire directorial stars Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher. The film revolves around Bell’s Fairy Godmother Eleanor in a world where fairies have gone out of fashion and kids do not believe in godmothers anymore due to modern gadgets. Even in The Motherland, the fairies have admitted defeat, and the profession is all but extinct. But Eleanor does not accept her situation and escapes to earth to find the little girl Mackenzie Walsh who wrote a letter to her and asked for assistance.


Streaming on: December 4

mulan review round upMulan is a live-action remake of the 1998 animated film by Disney.

Mulan, a Niki Caro directorial, is the live-action remake of the 1998 animated movie of the same name. The animated film took its story from The Ballad of Mulan, a Chinese folk song. Set in China during the Han dynasty, Mulan follows Hua Mulan, a rebellious young woman who disguises herself as a man and enlists in the Imperial Army to fight off the Huns, invaders from the north, so that her ailing father would not have to go as part of conscription.


Streaming on: December 25

The film, directed by Pete Docter, revolves around a school music teacher Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), who gets the coveted opportunity to perform in a reputed jazz club. But due to an accident, he dies and finds himself in the soul world, where the souls are given attributes before being put inside a baby. Gardner wishes to go back to his life, as he does not want to miss that chance. Soul features the voices of Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Angela Bassett.

Apple TV Plus

Earth At Night In Color

Streaming on: December 4

earth at night Earth at Night is filmed across six continents.

Filmed across six continents, the natural history series follows the moonlit dramas of animals at night, revealing new insights and never seen before behaviours. Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, Earth At Night In Color is produced by Offspring Films.


Shrikant Bashir

Streaming on: December 11

Directed by Santosh Shetty and written by Shiraz Ahmed, Shrikant Bashir follows the story of Shrikant Mhatre, played by Gashmeer Mahajani and Bashir Khan (Yudhishtir Singh). The action drama focuses on the partnership of two ideologically and ethically different individuals, who come together to protect the country. The show also stars Pooja Gor, Mantra and Ashmita Jaggi.


Streaming on: December 25

Directed by Rohan Sippy, Sandwich features Aahana Kumra, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Zakir Hussain and Divya Seth Shah among others. It follows the story of a couple, Naina and Sameer whose life changes after they get married.


Bebaakee Season 1- Part 2

Streaming on: December 11

BEBAAKEE teaser, kushal tandon, altbalajiKushal Tandon in a still from Bebaakee.

Bebaakee revolves around the lives of its three lead characters: Sufiyaan (Kushal Tandon), Kainaat (Shivjyoti Rajput) and Imtiaz (Karan Jotwani). Sufiyaan loves Kainaat passionately, but due to a misunderstanding, their relationship goes for a toss, and he decides to destroy her life. The second part of the show will show what turn their lives will take.


Streaming on: December 29

Paurashpur is a period drama that boasts of larger-than-life sets, lavish costumes, and an ensemble cast including Annu Kapoor, Milind Soman, Shilpa Shinde, Shaheer Sheikh, Flora Saini, Sahil Salathia, Poulomi Das and Anant Joshi among others. The show is directed by Sachindra Vats and produced by Jaasvand Entertainment. It will also stream on ZEE5.

MX Player


Streaming on: December 11

hina khan wishlist Hina Khan in Wishlist.

The Hina Khan and Jitendra Rai-starrer is directed by Rahat Kazmi. The film is about a couple that decides to fulfil their wishlist of forgotten dreams after realising that they do not have much time left together.

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On Cyber Monday, all the world's a tech sale: Save on Sony, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and so much more. (Photo: Yahoo Life)
On Cyber Monday, all the world’s a tech sale: Save on Sony, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and so much more. (Photo: Yahoo Life)

Wake up—it’s Cyber Monday! And while there are tons of deals across the Internet today, it’s the exceptional tech deals that make this occasion truly epic—yes, even better than Black Friday.

Cyber Monday is THE day to find the biggest tech savings online. Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of markdowns, and unsure where to begin? Never fear. We’ve sifted through the offerings from top retailers—Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more—and assembled the absolute best bargains.

Whether you’re thinking micro (the small-but-mighty Apple AirPods) or macro (a massive new Samsung 4K TV) or somewhere in between—there are tech treats on this list to match a few names on your holiday list. And maybe a couple of items you need in your own home too. Every one of them will save you serious bucks. So pour your coffee, settle in, and focus up. This merch moves fast. Get yours before it’s gone.


Save 35 percent on this Sony X750H 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV. (Photo: Amazon)
Save 35 percent on this Sony X750H 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $518 from an original price of $800, this Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV is the latest and greatest from the tech company. Its massive 55-inch 4K display is clear and detailed, with vivid color. Sony’s world-class Processor X1 powers true-to-life visuals, while HDR (High Dynamic Range) settings make sure colors stay bright.

“This TV has exceeded my expectations,” wrote a delighted five-star reviewer. “The picture is crisp and sharp from every angle; the design is very sturdy and the new remote is awesome!”

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Smartphones and tablets

Save $100 on this Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (128GB). (Photo: Samsung)
Save $100 on this Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (128GB). (Photo: Samsung)

Let’s be real: This Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a game-changer, and a worthy rival for the iPhone 12. For Cyber Monday, a factory unlocked model is $100 off at Not only is it super fast, thanks to new 5GB cellular antennas, but it’s also super powerful and built for speed—thanks to 6GB of memory and 128GB of on-board storage. Grab this deal while you can, and see what all the excitement is about. You won’t be disappointed.

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Audio gear and headphones

Save $226 on the Bose Wave Music System IV. (Photo: QVC)
Save $226 on the Bose Wave Music System IV. (Photo: QVC)

Still have a bunch of CDs you want to listen to? (We hear you.) The Bose Wave Music System IV is just what you’ve been searching for—a CD player and radio combo that’s elegant and sleek, with excellent audio. For Cyber Monday, the Bose Wave IV is 45 percent off at QVC, down from $500 to just $274. That’s the lowest price on the web right now!

“A wanted a newer Bose, with a CD player, for another room so the System IV was a natural choice. Not disappointed,” shared a Bose shopper. “The AM/FM stereo radio and CD player perform flawlessly and the sound quality is equal to or better than a top drawer stereo system with large bookshelf speakers I have owned before. All in an attractive, compact package.”

This Bose CD player and radio combo is one of the most popular sound systems on QVC—and at this price, it’s likely to sell out fast. So click; look; add to cart.

Check out more headphone and audio gear deals below:

Work from home

Save $100 on this Lenovo Chromebook S330. (Photo: Walmart)
Save $100 on this Lenovo Chromebook S330. (Photo: Walmart)

For a speedy and sleek machine that’ll get you through these work-at-home days, look to this Lenovo Chromebook S330. It’s on sale for just $159 at Walmart for Cyber Monday—that’s $40 off its regular price.

It offers a traditional laptop feel, with a clicky keyboard and a pristine 14-inch HD display. With vivid colors, it’s also great for streaming YouTube and Netflix—and it’s powerful enough for Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and much more. It makes a great gift for a student learning remotely.

“This Chromebook is an absolute steal,” raves a delighted Walmart shopper. “I enjoyed the screen and it got very bright. The thin bezels are a big plus. The rest of the stuff is fairly straight forward. The keyboard is solid and tactile, the trackpad is a little grippier than glass but has exceptional multitouch and scrolling tracking. The speakers get fairly loud. You can expect to get nice fast Wi-Fi on this model.”

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Save 38 percent on these Samsung Galaxy Buds earbuds. (Photo: Amazon)
Save 38 percent on these Samsung Galaxy Buds earbuds. (Photo: Amazon)

If you’re looking for a great money-saving alternative to Apple AirPods, look no further. These Samsung Galaxy Buds work flawlessly with Samsung Galaxy and Android smartphones and are an impressive 38 percent off for Cyber Monday.

Just open up the charging case and they’ll instantly sync up via the Samsung Wearable app for Android. The charging case (brilliantly) doubles as a wireless charging pad for your phone. It even works the other way around, to give the Galaxy Buds additional juice (something you can’t do with AirPods).

“Amazing headphones and definitely an Apple AirPods killer!” added a satisfied Amazon shopper. “They are comfortable, and I didn’t have to change the tips or wings because they were perfect,” the reviewer says of the fit.

These Samsung Galaxy Buds are on sale for $80—down from $130—at Amazon. That’s a 38 percent savings! Want to feel even better about the purchase? Compare this price to the cost of Apple AirPods.

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Smart home

Save 42 percent on the all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation). (Photo: Amazon)
Save 42 percent on the all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation). (Photo: Amazon)

With an all-new sphere design, the fourth generation Echo Dot—which is on sale from $50 to just $29 at Amazon for Cyber Monday—is a small but powerful speaker with a glow-light base. It can stream tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM, and more with clearer and more robust audio quality than earlier iterations .

You can pair it with another Echo Dot via Bluetooth to create amazing stereo sound in your home for less than what it would cost for just one Bluetooth speaker from Bose or Sonos.

Alexa is included, so you can always get the latest news and weather—and control other smart home devices with just the sound of your voice. Shoppers love the compact dimensions—they make the Echo Dot great for smaller rooms.

“This is exactly what I am looking for,” raved a happy Amazon shopper. “This fits perfectly in my bathroom after my Sony shower radio malfunctioned and was discontinued. The sound is loud and clear. Now I am able to hear all online stations with no interference. The design is space-saving, with rubber underneath to prevent sliding off from the tile.”

Check out more smart home deals below:

Echo Show 5, $45 (was $90),

Google Nest Hub, $50 (was $90),

TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Extender, $18 (was $30),

Google Home Max, $149 (was $299),

JBL Link View Bluetooth Smart Speaker, $90 (was $300),

Roku Ultra LT Streaming Media Player, $59 (was $79),

Google Nest Mini (second generation), $29 (was $49),

Fire TV Stick Lite, $18 (was $30),

Ring Stick Up Cam, $80 (was $100),

Arlo Pro 2HD Video Camera, $100 (was $230),

Kootion Smart Plug (two-pack), $15 (was $39),

Google Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera, $127 (was $200),

Fire TV Stick 4K, plus one-year subscription to Food Network Kitchen, $30 (was $70),

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm), $179 (was $199),

Echo Dot (3rd Gen), $19 (was $40),

Ring Video Doorbell 3, $140 (was $200),

Lenovo Smart Clock, $35 (was $80),


Save 33 percent on Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox Series X/S. (Photo: Microsoft)
Save 33 percent on Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox Series X/S. (Photo: Microsoft)

The Xbox Series X/S just came out a few weeks ago, so it’s very unlikely we’ll see the console or any of its games on sale anytime soon. But hidden deep on, you’ll find Watch Dogs: Legion on sale for Cyber Monday. Right now, you can score this title for 33 percent off, down from $60 to just $40. The third installment of this widely popular video game series would make a great gift for someone on your list.

This action/adventure game from Ubisoft takes place in a near future where London is on GFN of collapse. All-seeing surveillance state and private military are in control, while the fate of the city is in the hands of DedSec, a hacker group that wants to fight back for freedom. It’s as fun as it sounds. And for $20 off? A steal.

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