Thanks for the Memories!

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present my last post.

Not that kind of last post!

Besides, this blog is only ending in the sense that my assignment for News Reporting class will be complete. I may still post from time to time if any really good news does come up. No worries!

So, enjoy my last offical post of this semester, and be sure to check out my past posts, they’re still just as good! Here are tonight’s top stories.

IN BRIEF:

-The comet-landing spacecraft Philae has so far completed its mission flawlessly (except for a couple of extra bounces upon landing). The craft was built by the European Space Agency (ESA) to intercept and drill into the surface of comet 67P on Nov. 12 after a 10-year journey. The craft has already drilled into the surface and has beamed back a wealth of scientific data as well as carried out some experiments of its own using on-board equipment, before going into sleep mode due to low power. Scientists working on the mission have already confirmed that organic compounds have been found on the comet’s surface, which could give insight into the origin of the planets.

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-Scientists have developed a method of creating synthetic diamonds from any organic matter, including peanut butter. Scientists at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany were attempting to simulate conditions in the Earth’s core that lead to CO2 filled rocks from the bottom of the ocean being stripped down into carbon in the core. Immense pressures and heat then crush the carbon into diamonds. Unfortunately it is a rather slow and expensive process to turn peanut butter into diamonds, so you might be better off eating the jar that’s in your fridge.

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-An 11-month old baby was saved on Wednesday by a St. Louis teenager’s quick thinking and skillful use of CPR. Read more from CBS news.

-Missouri’s unemployment rate shrank to its lowest level since June 2008 in October, from 6.3 to 5.9 percent, KRCG 13 reports.  Missouri has added 48,000 nonfarm jobs in the past year.

TONIGHT’S FEATURED STORY:

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Pope Francis confirmed yesterday that he will be visiting the United States next year, the New York Times reports.

His visit will be part of an international meeting in Philadelphia on the family. The Pope recently led a major interfaith colloquium at the Vatican about family values. Some 350 religious leaders attended, representing Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and many more.

I was very pleased to hear about this conference. I’m glad that Pope Francis has the courage to invite leaders of so many faiths to meet and discuss a common topic. I hope this meeting builds rapport between the religions and they are able to come up with meaningful solutions and suggestions about how to strengthen the family and further peace in our world.

In all, the US will get a big treat next year when the Pope visits, and he is currently doing his best to strengthen relations with nearly all the world’s religious!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:

The world’s tallest man met the world’s shortest man this week. The results are quite special.

Also, we couldn’t end a Thanksgiving post without a Thanksgiving themed video! Speaking of very small things…

Thank you all for supporting me throughout this project! This is not the end of this blog, by any means…at the risk of sounding extremely cheesy, this is not “goodbye,” but “see you later!” I’m sure I’ll post some more good news on this site in the future, just not as regularly as I have these past few months. Until then, keep an eye out for good news– as my blog has proven time and again, it’s out there if you take the time to look!

Have a great Thanksgiving! See you later, and thanks for the memories!

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