Next-Generation Storytelling

Question: What will be the next big technological innovation to hit us?

Tim Kring: Boy. I don’t know. I’m obviously looking forward to what’s going to happen in media and the way that people consume content. That’s what I’m most interested in. So, clearly the whole idea of mobile, the idea that you are carrying around with you a screen that can go with you and know who you are and know who your friends are. Utilizing that kind of technology to immerse yourself into the world of a narrative is something I’m most interested in. How to create narrative that helps people understand what their place is in the world and how to make the world a better place. So, those kinds of technologies are most interesting to me.

Question: If you had to invest in digital media, which companies would you choose?

Tim Kring: Well, you know, again right now I’m interested in, as a storyteller, in trying to use narrative to promote good in the world. So, I’m interested in companies that are philanthropic by nature and are trying to promote the greater good. So, technology that is designed to make the world a better place is the most interesting to me.

The "Heroes" creator is most fascinated by technology that allows us to immerse ourselves in narrative worlds—and make our own world a better place.

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.

Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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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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