Artistic concept of the Kepler16 binary system (image NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

Kepler-16b, this is the name of this planet distant about two hundred light years from Earth and discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, is cold and at least partially gaseous, more or less the size of Saturn. What it has in common with Tatooine is the fact that it orbits two stars so there are astronomers who began to call it informally with that name.

Confirmation arrived of the acquisition by Google of 1,023 IBM patents. No, it’s not the same story already published a few weeks ago: this is a new acquisition of a nearly equal number of patents and this time there is a complete list. Like a few weeks ago, however, the amount paid by Google remains confidential.

Artistic concept of the Space Launch System during a lift off (image NASA)

NASA announced its Space Launch System (SLS) project for the next space travel, even beyond the Moon. The new system combines elements of the Space Shuttle program, the Constellation program that was to replace it but then was abandoned and several innovations that we hope will be developed. This system is designed to launch an Orion Crew Vehicle Multi-Purpose (MPCV).

The Long Loud Silence by Wilson Tucker (Italian edition)

The novel “The Long Loud Silence” by Wilson Tucker was published for the first time in 1952. In 1969 the novel was released in a new revised edition. When Corporal Gary wakes up after celebrating his birthday and getting very drunk, he discovers that the major Eastern U.S.A. cities were destroyed by atomic bombs and the attack was also carried in the form of bacterial contamination.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Grand Slam U.S. Open tournament defeating Rafael Nadal in the final 6-2 6-3 6-7(3) 6-1. For Djokovic this is the third Grand Slam title in 2011.