1. Google has joined forces with scientists building a $350 million telescope. The company is expected to use the information and images from the telescope to add to its online mapping software, which already offers maps of Earth, the Moon and Mars.

2. Freshman forward Ekpe Udoh has become known as one of the best blockers on the Michigan men’s basketball team. He averages almost two and a half blocks per game – the second best average in the Big Ten.

3. According to a new study, 60 percent of last year’s top 160 films at the box office showed characters smoking. The films contained an average of 15 smoking scenes per hour. Films of the 1950s averaged 10 cigarette scenes per hour.

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