The Orlando Magic almost rebuilt their team with two important trades completed almost at the same time. The first trade was made with the Phoenix Suns: the Magic sent them guard Vince Carter, center Marcin Gortat, forward Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first-round pick, and cash in exchange for guard Jason Richardson, forward Hedo Turkoglu, and guard Earl Clark. The second trade was made with the Washington Wizards: the Magic sent them forward Rashard Lewis in exchange for guard Gilbert Arenas.

The novel “Whipping Star” by Frank Herbert published in 1970 is set in a far future where human kind and other intelligent species formed a common organization called ConSentiency. The protagonist Jorj X. McKie is a saboteur extraordinary from the BuSab who is investigating the disappearance of the Calebans, one of the intelligent species who some time earlier had offered the other species the use of jumpdoors to let them travel instantly anywhere in the universe.

An image of the Voyager probes route

After travelling for more than 33 years the Voyager 1 probe reached the # boundaries of the solar system: so far in fact the solar wind that hit it travelled at supersonic speed but in the border zone called “termination shock” reached by the probe it slows down until it stops.

Yesterday there was the official announcement of an agreement for Dell to acquire Compellent Technologies, Inc., supplier of virtualized and cloud computing storage solutions. Dell is buying Compellent shares at $27,75 each in cash for a total amount of about $960 millions.