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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Outside SI

NASA announces discovery of planets

Patrick Scheg '17
Contributing Editor

On February 26th, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had their biggest announcement to date, the discovery of 715 new planets. This jackpot of information is all thanks to data collected in the first two years of the Kepler telescope mission, with more to come. Kepler, named after the Renaissance astronomer Johannesburg Kepler, was launched on March 7, 2009, by NASA to discover habitable Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. This mission was initially intended to last for about three and a half years, but the plan was revised to last longer due to major discoveries. In 2012, however, one of the wheels controlling its movement broke, followed by another wheel breaking in 2013. Through its abilities are now more limited, the spacecraft continues to collect more data.

This data increased the number of confirmed Earth-sized planets by 400%, super-Earths by 600% and Neptune-sized planets by 200%. The number of Jupiter-sized planets, which made up most of Kepler's first discoveries, rose only by 2%, which proved to be quite a surprise to scientists. 95% of the planets are smaller than Neptune (four times the size of Earth) and the majority are about twice the size of Earth. All of these planets were verified by scientists using a technique called "verification by multiplicity," which focuses on stars likely to have more than one planet in orbit around them. Only four out of the 715 planets could possibly support life. Scientists hope that further data will provide more proof of habitable areas.

The Kepler satelite circles the earth!

Posted by on Saturday April 12, 2014
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