Broadcasting Article #3
Good evening. My name is Niklas Gustav and welcome to the 8 o’clock news on channel 8.
Story #1: Science Story.
Scientists at UCLA discovered that earth-like planets might be more common in the universe than we think.
In a NASA funded study at UCLA, a team of astrophysicists and geochemists are using telescope pictures of burned-out stars, called “white dwarfs” to look for rocks that could stem from planets similar to earth in their periphery. The gravitational pull of those “white dwarfs” which are up to 665 light-years away from earth, swallows up asteroids and fragments of rocky planets that cross their path. The scientists observe the elements in the “white dwarf” stars to find out if these rocky structures are similar to the rocks on Earth or Mars.
“The rocks are Earth-like and Mars-like in terms of their oxidized iron. We’re finding that rocks are rocks everywhere, with very similar geophysics and geochemistry” explains Alexandra Doyle, who leads the team of scientists. The oxidation of the rocks can mean that the composition of those planets is similar to Earth and that they could potentially support life.
This discovery proves that there could be many more rocky planets like the Earth in other solar systems and that the likelihood of finding one just rose immensely.
When asking Morningside Bio-Chem major Joel Katzer about this topic he said: “It is really amazing to see how technology and expertise from different fields of science came together here to shows pretty groundbreaking new discoveries that could potentially change our future dramatically.”
Story #2: Upcoming LSU vs. Alabama game.
The NCAA Football National Championship might come early this year.
As SEC powerhouses and top 2 and 3 ranked teams in the country #2 LSU and #3 University of Alabama face off this Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Al, the feeling that this game might be an early predictor for this year’s SEC and National Championship race.
While Alabama has won the last eight matchups, undefeated LSU and their Heisman trophy front runner quarterback Joe Burrow are not only undefeated this year but also beat 3 top ten teams on their way to this weekend’s primetime matchup.
The fact that Alabama’s quarterback and fellow Heisman trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain in the game against Tennessee last week further increases LSU’s chances of winning and let’s coach Orgeron’s Tigers ride into Tuscaloosa as the favorites.
Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are not new to difficult matchups like this and while they cruised through a less challenging undefeated season so far, do not count them out in any way. No matter which way this game is going to go, it will make for one the best NCAA matchups of recent times and is sparking massive buzz around the nation and even on the Morningside campus.
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Story #3: California Wildfires
And now concerning news from the West Coast where wildfires have been wreaking havoc in both the northern and southern part of the state.
According to Cal Fire, three people were injured in Tehama County, near Sacramento while trying to contain the wildfires in that area.
The three injured people were part of over 1200 firefighters and personnel that is tirelessly fighting the “Ranch Fire” since Sunday around noon. Despite the injuries, efforts to contain the fire have shown success, as the fire is now over 30% contained, according to Cal Fire.
When asking around campus for information on why there are so many devastating wildfires in california, Bio-Chem major and environmental enthusiast Madison Reed, explained it the following way:
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