Spanish Language Growing
By 2050, 10 percent of the world population will be speaking Spanish, spurred mostly by its growth in the United States, says Cuban linguist Humberto Lopez Morales.
Cuban linguist Humberto Lopez Morales said: "The projections couldn’t make us happier." The head of the association of Spanish language academies received a special prize for his book on the evolution of the Spanish language throughout the world. Lopez, a member of Puerto Rico’s language academy, said that thanks to the growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States, which he said currently stands at 13 million, the language of Don Quixote will also increase proportionally worldwide.
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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