David Kenny on Promoting Women in Business

Kenny:    At least half of the smart people on the planet are women, so I think it’s really important for any company to fully utilize your talents, and I think that you’ve got to understand what women are good at, and women are, you know, women are not homogeneous.  I mean, every woman is different, but I think understanding every woman, what she’s different about having those communications about what she’s good at and building off those strengths would be great.  Where I see people fail is they try to get women to act in a male kind of way.  I think that you’ve really got to use each person to their strength and mentor them and pull people along and make sure they have positions of authority and responsibility and influence that they can mentor other women in a company.  I think we’re really lucky that half the people on my team are women, and they run some of our big and global brands, and, quite honestly, they do it incredibly effectively and different from each other, so I think what we’ve done best for them and for the men in our company is to make sure that they’re building off a position of strength.

David Kenny says promoting women creates an environment for success.

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.

Project 100,000: The Vietnam War's cruel and deadly experiment

Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?

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  • During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
  • The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
  • Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
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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.

Credit: EAST Team
Surprising Science
  • 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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