This artist's concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle.

This artist’s concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle.

NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star.

The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the “habitable zone” — the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030.

“This exciting result brings us one step closer to finding an Earth 2.0” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.  This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.”

Kepler-452b is 60 percent larger in diameter than Earth and is considered a super-Earth-size planet and has 385-day orbit. The planet is 5 percent farther from its parent star Kepler-452 than Earth is from the Sun. Kepler-452 is 6 billion years old, 1.5 billion years older than our sun, has the same temperature, and is 20 percent brighter and has a diameter 10 percent larger.


Terrorist KillingA joint report from several anti-war groups has calculated that around 80,000 Pakistanis have been killed in the war against terror between 2005 and 2013 including civilians, military personnel and the terrorists.

The South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), which is associated with the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi reports that 26,862 terrorists and 5,498 military personnel were killed by the end of 2013. In 2013, SATP calculated 3,001 civilian deaths in Pakistan by the terrorists.

Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) joint report says that 45,503 civilians were killed between 2005 and 2012.

This leads to a conclusion that that the terrorists are responsible for killing 48,504 civilians by the end of 2013.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London estimates that 416 to 951 Pakistanis have been killed by the US drones.

Additionally, 45 journalists were killed in the same time period.

These and other figures were also included in a joint report by the Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival and the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Excerpts from Pakistan Daily Dawn Newspaper – Published March 31st, 2015

“The House I Live In” Song by Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

What is America to me?

A name, a map, or a flag I see

A certain word, democracy

What is America to me?

The house I live in, a plot of earth, a street

The grocer and the butcher, and the people that I meet

The children in the playground, the faces that I see

All races and religions, that’s America to me

The place I work in, the worker by my side

The little town or village, where my people lived and died

The howdy and the handshake, the air a feeling free

And the right to speak my mind out, that’s America to me

The things I see about me, the big things and the small

That little corner newsstand, or the house a mile tall

The wedding and the churchyard, the laughter and the tears

And the dream that’s been a growin, for about two hundred years

The place I live in, the street, the house, the room

The pavement of the city, or a garden all in bloom

The church the school the clubhouse, the millions lights I see

But especially the people, yes especially the people

That’s America to me

Songwriters: Lewis Allan / Earl Robinson

The House I Live In lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.