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Scientists discover four Earth-sized planets orbiting sun-like star
by Paul Hill
A team of international astronomers has discovered four Earth-sized planets orbiting Tau Ceti, a star similar to the Sun just 12 light years away, and visible to the naked eye if you’re residing in the southern hemisphere. The planets have masses as low as 1.7 Earth mass meaning they’re some of the smallest planets ever discovered around a Sun-like star.
Two of the four planets are in the habitable zone of the star, which simply means that they could have liquid surface water; in our own planetary system, Venus, Earth, and Mars are in the habitable zone. An important factor to mention is that the outer two planets that are in the habitable zone will likely be affected by a sizeable debris disc around the star, therefore any life that emerges or could possibly exist would have to contend with asteroids and comets slamming into the planet.
The discovery of the planets was down to advancements in the astronomers' techniques. They were detected, not directly, but rather by wobbles made to the movement of Tau Ceti. It required techniques that could detect variations in the movement of the star as small as 30 centimetres per second. Researchers are now getting close to being able to detect movements as small as 10 centimetres per second which will allow them to search for planets the same size as Earth.
Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, said:
Sun-like stars are believed to be the best targets for finding Earth-like planets because they’re less likely to be tidally locked. Small red dwarf stars are more common, however, and any habitable planets that orbit them tend to be tidally locked due to the proximity, making them dissimilar to Earth.
By Usama Jawad96
Apple's new spaceship-like campus to be called 'Apple Park', opening in April
by Usama Jawad
In one of his last public appearances, Steve Jobs laid out plans for Apple's new corporate home, Campus 2. The new building would look like a UFO, or "a little like a spaceship", as Jobs described it. It has been several years since Campus 2 started construction, due to numerous delays. However, the company kept releasing videos of the facility from time to time, updating those interested on its progress.
Now it looks like the building will be opening to Apple employees soon.
According to the latest information provided by Apple, its new building will be called "Apple Park". The 175-acre facility has the capacity to house more than 12,000 employees, and is designed to be very energy-efficient with a 17MW on-site rooftop solar installation system. It is also the largest naturally ventilated building in the world, with projections estimating that it will require no heating or air-conditioning systems for nine months of the year.
Apple has also touted its environmental-friendly attitude by saying that the ring-shaped campus replaces 5 million-square-feet of asphalt and concrete with more than 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees, an orchard, a pond and a meadow. Apple CEO Tim Cook had the following to say:
In accordance with Steve Jobs' creative vision, the 2.8 million-square-foot building is attired in the world’s largest panels made of curved glass. In fact, to honor his memory, the Cupertino-based company has named the theater inside Apple Park after Steve Jobs as well. The 20-foot-tall cylindrical glass structure has the capacity to house more than 1,000 people. Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, stated that:
The Apple Park has been designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners. The facility will be ready for occupation by employees in April this year. However, Apple states that the transitioning process of over 12,000 employees to the new facility could take six months. Construction of buildings and parklands is also expected to continue throughout the summer.
Source and images: Apple