Should You Open a Business?
It's a brave new working world for recent college grads. Find out if entrepreneurship is a good option for you by weighing the pros and cons.
What's the Latest Development?
Today's economy is more uncertain than ever and it is driving many young people toward opening their own business. But trying to launch a start up just out of college carries some pros and cons, as Entrepreneur Magazine points out. Firstly, you really have to have the time and energy to commit to establishing a business. College has probably prepared most people to focus hard and cramming for exams late into the night will help to understand the workload required by opening a new business.
What's the Big Idea?
One difficulty for a recent college grad will be securing funding. Mark Zuckerberg had his friend contribute $20,000 to Facebook before he was able to secure funding from a venture capitalist. Another pro of starting a business just after school is that you are not yet jaded by corporate America. "Recent graduates have the mindset of 'anything is possible' and can take leaps of faith without worrying as much about hitting bottom. Remember to carry that initial spark into the years that follow the launch of your business."
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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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