Gliese 581g, New Planet Discovered 2010 (PHOTO)

Scientists Discover A New Planet

Scientists have discovered a new planet.

Professor Steven Vogt, a professor at the University of California has discovered a planet that is over 20 light years away.

The planet, called Gliese 581g, is believed to have the right conditions to support life.

Professor Vogt is completely sure that the planet does in fact support life.

The professor says that the life Gliese 581g supports may not be human. He says that the life may be something similar to bacteria or shower mold.

Scientists now believe there are many more planets like Gliese 581g in the universe.

“It’s pretty hard to stop life once you give it the right conditions,” said Vogt of the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Construction spending falls to 1-year low in the U.S.

Construction spending decreased in June for the third month in a row but most segments posted solid increases in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.  Association officials said spending appears to have leveled off after a strong early start to the year prompted by mild winter weather conditions in many parts of the country.

“The drop in construction spending over the past three months is probably more a reflection of the very strong gains posted early in the year than of cooling demand for construction,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Nearly every major segment had first-half gains of more than five percent compared with a year ago. Contractors, surveys and the media all continue to report plenty of projects are starting or will soon.”

Construction spending in June totaled $1.134 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, 0.6 percent lower than the May total, Simonson said. He noted that the declines in spending from March to June followed unusually large increases in the previous three months, probably because of exceptionally mild winter weather in some regions. He said the year-to-date increase of 6.2 percent for January through June 2016, compared with the same months of 2015, provides a truer picture of the industry’s condition.

Private residential spending was virtually unchanged for the second month in a row and 7.8 percent higher year-to-date. Spending on multifamily residential construction slid 1.5 percent for the month but soared 22 percent year-to-date, while single-family spending fell 0.4 percent from May to June but rose 11 percent year-to-date.

Private nonresidential construction spending decreased 1.3 percent for the month but climbed 7.9 percent year-to-date. The largest private nonresidential segment in June was power construction (including oil and gas pipelines), which slipped 0.7 percent for the month but rose 8.2 percent year-to-date. The next-largest segment, manufacturing, lost 4.5 percent for the month and 2.7 percent year-to-date. Commercial (retail, warehouse and farm) construction declined 1.6 percent in June but climbed 8.6 percent year-to-date.

Public construction spending declined 0.6 percent from a month before but was still up 1.5 percent for the first five months of 2016 combined. The biggest public segment—highway and street construction—shrank by 1.4 percent for the month but was up 3.9 percent year-to-date. The other major public category—educational construction—dipped by 0.5 percent in June but gained 5.9 percent for the combined January-June period.

Association officials contractors continue to report strong demand in many parts of the country and appear to continue to struggle to find enough workers to keep pace with demand for construction.  They urged Congress to act on legislation to reform and boost funding for career and technical education, known as the Perkins Act, as quickly as possible.

“We continue to worry that the slowdown in hiring and spending has more to do with the fact contractors don’t have enough workers than the fact there isn’t enough work out there,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.


Florida Governor Race 2010

Scott Wins Florida’s Governor’s Race

On Wednesday morning it became official as Republican Rick Scott was announced as the new governor of the state of Florida.

The Florida Gubernatoral race was one of the closest in the country as Scott won the vote 49 percent to 48 percent over his Democratic challenger, Alex Sink.

This race was close but the Scott campaign kept vigilant in their stance that it was ‘mathematically impossible’ for Sink to be able to surpass the nearly 70,000 vote lead that Scott had. After 99 percent of the vote was counted, the Sink camp conceded the race to Scott on Wednesday morning.


Karen Owen Powerpoint Presentation Sets New Standard

Duke Student’s Lover Presentation Sets New Standard for Sex Gaffes

When Duke coed Karen Owen put together what was basically supposed to be a joke PowerPoint presentation breaking down her love life and actually giving every man she had slept with on campus a certain grade, she couldn’t possibly have known it would go viral.

Still Owens has had to go underground after her grading system came to light and she herself has come under fire from quite a few different sources since her list has come to light.

Some parents of the boys have said that her presentation has ruined their lives while others agree it is only comical.

One thing is clear; the woman who was a relative unknown now has her own place in American lore.


Jim Jones Steps Down

Jim Jones, current National Security Advisor to President Obama, is said to be stepping down from his position soon.

However, he traveled to Bremen, Germany as leader of the Presidential delegation for the 20th Anniversary of the German Unity.

From here he will be traveling to Sochi, Russia to go to the Sochi Security Conference. As part of his visit to Sochi, Jones is to meet with Nikolay Patrushev, the Russian Security Council Secretary, to work on the U.S.

Russia Security Council Dialogue, the main focus of which is how the two governments can work together to reduce shared threats.