How to Pursue the Career You Really Want

Sometimes there can be a gap between identifying what you naturally gravitate toward and how that translates into your full-time work. Here are three steps to help you bridge that gap.

What's the Latest Development?

Amber Rae, who is passionate about getting other people to follow their passions, believes a little down time can help you focus on what you really want to achieve. Once you've achieved a moment of self-reflection, rather than asking yourself directly what your passion is, Rae recommends you ask yourself what it is you hate not doing. A person's interests can be wide but by focusing on what is essential to your self-fulfillment, a clearer picture of what inspires you to act can be brought to light. 

What's the Big Idea?

According to Rae, success has less to do with measuring up to specific standards, which are typically based on past behavior, than with fulfilling your larger vision for the world. But what is your larger vision for the world? Complete this sentence: "I imagine a world in which..." To answer it honestly, you'll have to drop your pretenses about who you think you are, or who your friends and family think you are. "As Simon Sinek says, no one cares what you do, they care why you do it." Rae's final piece of advice is to allow negative experiences to have positive outcomes. 

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How to make a black hole

Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.

  • There's more than one way to make a black hole, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. They're not always formed from dead stars. For example, there are teeny tiny black holes all around us, the result of high-energy cosmic rays slamming into our atmosphere with enough force to cram matter together so densely that no light can escape.
  • CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
  • Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
  • Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.

10 paradoxes that will stretch your mind

From time-traveling billiard balls to information-destroying black holes, the world's got plenty of puzzles that are hard to wrap your head around.

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  • While it's one of the best on Earth, the human brain has a lot of trouble accounting for certain problems.
  • We've evolved to think of reality in a very specific way, but there are plenty of paradoxes out there to suggest that reality doesn't work quite the way we think it does.
  • Considering these paradoxes is a great way to come to grips with how incomplete our understanding of the universe really is.
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China’s artificial sun reaches fusion temperature: 100 million degrees

In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.

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  • The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
  • Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
  • Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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