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April 20, 2017
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Huge Asteroid Passes Close to Earth

A 2,000-foot-long asteroid is flying past Earth at the closest distance it has come in the last 400 years. The approach brings it within 1.1 million miles of the planet, or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. The flyby is the closest to Earth that the asteroid will come for another 500 years, according to NASA.

 

“Astronomers plan to observe [the asteroid] with telescopes around the world to learn as much about it as possible,” NASA said in a statement. Starting on April 20, the asteroid, known as 2014 JO25, is expected to be visible in the night sky for one or two nights, with the aid of a small telescope. NASA also said that there is no chance the asteroid will collide with Earth.

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Apple Promises iPhones Made From Green Materials

Future versions of the iPhone may be made from recycled materials. In its Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple announced its plans to become greener. The company said it would stop mining the materials used to manufacture its products. The goal is for Apple to move to a process “where products are built using only renewable resources or recycled material,” the report said.

 

The company does not yet know how this goal will be achieved. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, told VICE news, “we’re actually doing something we rarely do, which is announce a goal before we’ve completely figured out how to do it.”

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TIME picks the 100 Most Influential People of 2017

On April 20, TIME revealed its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2017. As in past years, the list includes world leaders, business giants, and celebrities. But this year’s list also features people who may be less famous, but are making major contributions to the world through their inventions, ambitions, and new solutions to longstanding problems.

 

“Many of the men and women on this year’s list are calling us out, using the technologies that connect us to expand how we see the world,” TIME editor in chief, Nancy Gibbs, wrote.

 

The 100 people on the list are divided into five categories. The new issue of TIME, cover dated May 1/May 8, has five different covers that spotlight one person from each category. The covers show: The Artist—singer John Legend; The Titan—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; The Icon—actress Viola Davis; The Pioneer—actor and rapper Riz Ahmed; and The Leader: philanthropist Melinda Gates.


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