Just Another Corporate Bully?
The L.A. Times takes aim at Apple in its editorial, saying the "bare-knuckled competitiveness" that helped it ascend may now be a liability.
The L.A. Times asks if "the bare-knuckled competitiveness" that helped Apple ascend may be a liability "now that it's no longer a little tech company making beautiful but underappreciated devices." The question is how consumers will react, it writes. "They may decide that the company revered for thinking different has become just another corporate bully." "Apple contends that its efforts to control its software platforms are vital to delivering a better experience for consumers. But it's one thing to preempt offensive or clunky applications; it's another to require developers to use Apple's software or ad network to gain access to its customers."
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.
Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.
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.
- 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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