For The First Time Ever, the Next Super Sentai Series Has Been Made With Input From America

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Although the Power Rangers and Super Sentai franchises have been forever linked since Power Rangers began 24 years ago, the Western side of things has never had creative input on the making of the Japanese show—it has simply been left to create its own series out of Super Sentai footage. That’s changing this year.

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Mars, Venus and the moon are having a cosmic meet-up this week

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Mars, Venus and the moon are having a cosmic meet-up this week

The crescent moon and Venus and Mars just after sunset on Feb. 8, 2015 in Sanya, China.
The crescent moon and Venus and Mars just after sunset on Feb. 8, 2015 in Sanya, China.

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The moon, Venus and Mars are getting close in the night sky this week. 

Mars and Venus will appear just next to the crescent moon in a coincidental planetary meet-up Tuesday. 

You should be able to see the trio (assuming you have good weather) by looking west Tuesday evening, according to a NASA skywatching video.

Mars, which looks much like a red-tinged star, should appear just below the moon, with brightly-shining Venus just below that. Both will be near the constellation Aquarius. 

Unfortunately for millions of people in the U.S. Northeast, clouds will likely obscure views of the three cosmic objects. 

But even if you can’t see Mars, Venus and the moon together this week, you’ll still have some good opportunities to check out Venus throughout the first part of 2017. 

If you have access to a telescope, it’ll be worthwhile to train it on the planet at different times during January to see it move through its phases, according to NASA. 

“Venus shines at its brightest in many years,” NASA spokeswoman Jane Houston Jones, said in the video. 

Venus’ face should be 50 percent lit on January 14 and about 40 percent lit by the end of the month, Jones added. 

The end of January is also a good time to spot Comet 45P through telescopes or binoculars. The comet will be low in the sky on Jan. 31 just before sunrise.

BONUS: NASA’s Vision to Place a ‘Floating City’ Above Venus

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The legal weed market is growing as fast as broadband internet in the 2000s

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An
employee at the Venice Beach Care Center displays medical weed
during a media visit at the marijuana dispensary in Los
Angeles.

Jonathan
Alcorn/Reuters


Legal weed is big business.

The North American marijuana market posted $6.7 billion in
revenue in 2016, up 30% from the year prior, according to a new
report from Arcview Market Research, a leading
publisher of cannabis market research.

The so-called “green rush” shows no sign of slowing down.

Arcview projects sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate
of 25% through 2021, when the North American market is expected
to top $20.2 billion.

“The only consumer industry categories I’ve seen reach $5
billion in annual spending and then post anything like 25%
compound annual growth in the next five years are cable
television (19%) in the 1990s and the broadband internet (29%) in
the 2000s,” said Tom Adams, editor-in-chief of Arcview
Market Research, in a statement.

Adams, who recently joined Arcview after a long stint as a
market researcher, says the booming cannabis industry reminds him
of a time when dial-up internet gave way to broadband, which
delivered faster, “always on” internet access.

The number of Americans with broadband internet access
jumped from
3% in 2000
— when about half of US adults were online — to
66%
in 2010
, according to the Pew Research Center.

“What broadband changed for the internet was a kind of
remarkable parallel to legalization for cannabis,” Adams tells
Business Insider. “We saw what had been a $5 billion industry —
like this one — in North America take off at that point on new
growth spurts.”

In the case of the cannabis boom, Arcview’s CEO Troy Dalton
credits legalization with reeling in the stigma against the plant
and bringing new users to the market.


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Skye Gould/Business Insider

In Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, where recreational use
was legal before 2016, consumer spending on cannabis was up 62%
between 2015 and September 2016, according to Arcview.

It’s been a big year for legalizing weed. Seven US states
legalized cannabis in some form on Election Day. California, the
sixth largest economy in the world, became the biggest domino to
fall with the passage of Proposition 64. Much of the West Coast
is now a legal enclave for recreational pot.

Dalton says the sudden popularity of alternative ingestion
methods, such as weed-laced topicals, sprays, and edibles, also
fueled growth. Consumers who would never smoke a joint are
finding relief in other products, which offer a wide array of
taste, strength, and experience.

“It’s one of the major reasons that people are going to leave the
underground market and go to aboveground market. It’s about
variety,” Dalton tells Business Insider. “You just can’t get
these products on the underground market.”

While the green business could achieve 25% growth year-over-year
through 2021, as new recreational markets come online, Adams says
legal weed is never going to be as big as the multi-billion
dollar internet access market. But their sustained growth rates
are comparable.

The pair predicts a great number of countries will legalize pot
in the next 10 to 15 years.

“So when you look at the global market, the world has never seen
something that will have such consistent growth over such a long
period of time as the cannabis industry,” Dalton says.

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