News Briefs- November 13, 2012

Brix Hahn/Sun Star Reporter
November 13, 2012

Super Earth

Astronomers have found another planet that is  similar to Earth and could possibly support life. The planet, HD 40307, is larger than Earth and orbits a star that is only slightly smaller than the Sun. HD 40307 is just the right distance away from its star to possibly allow for water to collect on its surface. The planet has five sister planets that rotate the same star. The planet is 40 light years away.

-Discover Magazine

No CDs for New Macs

Apple released the new MacBook Pro this month. With the release the Senior Vice President of the company, Phil Schiller, announced that the company is fading out optical drives and Ethernet ports. The new computer will be thinner than the last generation of MacBook Pros and will include Apple’s Retina display.

-Tech Republic

Obama the Book

President Barack Obama and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel are in the process of writing a book together. The men are writing, “a book of two friends,”  Wiesel said in an interview with The Guardian. Obama first met Wiesel at a lecture where he was was speaking. They became friends in 2009 when the president invited Wiesel to visit Buchenwald, a concentration camp. A release date for the book has not been made public yet.

-The Guardian 

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