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Why Astrologers Are Calling The Saturn-Uranus Square The Defining Aspect Of 2021

We’re not even through the first quarter of 2021, but we’re already about to experience a life-altering planetary aspect: On 17th February, a square will form between Saturn and Uranus, an event that happens only once every 22 years. Astrological “squares” are known for creating tension between two points — and with this one involving Saturn, the Planet of Rules and Boundaries, and Uranus, the Planet of Freedom and Rebellion, you can bet that things are about to get pretty intense. These two planets are vastly different. “While traditional Saturn likes to build and preserve, Uranus likes to change and destroy,” Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for, tells Refinery29. “This aspect is basically the old versus the new, a clash between rebellion and tradition.” We can expect this age-old struggle to define our year, Montúfar

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Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

Mike Bowen’s warehouse outside Fort Worth, Texas, was piled high with cases of medical-grade N95 face masks. His company, Prestige Ameritech, can churn out 1 million masks every four days, but he doesn’t have orders for nearly that many. So he recently got approval from the government to export them.

“I’m drowning in these respirators,” Bowen said.

On the same day 1000 miles (1,600 kilometers) north, Mary Turner, a COVID-19 intensive care nurse at a hospital outside Minneapolis, strapped on the one disposable N-95 respirator allotted for her entire shift.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Turner would have thrown out her mask and grabbed a new one after each patient to prevent the spread of disease. But on this day, she’ll wear that mask from one infected person to the next because N95s — they filter out 95% of infectious particles — have supposedly been in short supply since last March.

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Ghost Kitchens Are Moving Into Malls: Can This Save Them?

Retail malls have been in trouble for some time now due to the increase in online shopping. Coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, malls are really struggling. With vast amounts of space and dwindling tenants interested in renting, mall real estate investment trusts (REITs) are having to get creative. Ghost kitchens, which need space but don’t rely on foot traffic, have been a great way to fill at least part of the void. But malls will still have to come up with new ways to stay in business long term.

Why are malls failing?

Massive, air-conditioned buildings and expansive parking lots need people to fill them and spend lots of money to keep this business model going. And that hasn’t been the case of late. As a result, two mall REITs, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI) and CBL & Associates Properties (NYSE: CBLAQ), have already filed for

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Why Botox is becoming popular with Zoom users

Working from home has some New Yorkers Zooming in — on their wrinkles. 

“Since the pandemic, I’ve been in video calls 24/7, staring at my own face and thinking, ‘Oh, my God, it’s time,’ ” said Liz Aiello, a 29-year-old talent agent who lives and works in Hudson Yards. She got her first Botox injections this past summer at Ject, a boutique doctor’s office-cum-spa. 

“If my career relies on me being on Zoom, and I’m looking at myself, then I thought I might as well do it,” said Aiello, who had a few forehead lines smoothed. 

At-home beauty experiments — from haircuts and dyes to TikTok-inspired acne cures — have been on the rise since lockdown has left us stuck, and bored, at home. Others have gone to more extreme lengths to alter their appearances, taking advantage of extra downtime — and masks — to hide the healing process after

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