What is human nature?
Bonnie Timmerman: I’ve met all kinds of people. We’re not just talking about actors now. We’re talking about people. I’ve seen some pretty ugly things, I have to say. But there’s always goodness inside of these people. I think we’re always . . . we’re good and bad. We’re happy and we’re sad. You know we’re like clowns – most of us anyway. I’m not sure really how to answer the question. I think I can see very well. I think if anybody has a crystal ball, it’s me. And I think I could seriously look into it and give you some real answers. I can tell you things about people as I meet them. So I do have that kind of intuition. I can look at an actor and think, “They’re going to make it.” I can see it. I don’t know why. I don’t know how. Maybe because I’m sensitive. I’m sure that has something to do with it. But you know people just behave in front of you and give themselves away all the time. I’ve met, you know, directors that have been very mean, and their movies seem to be mean. I think . . . Does that make any sense? I don’t know. I can sit with a director and work with a director and know what kind of movie that director is going to make, even if their first time. I can just watch them, hear them, see how they work with actors. You know you do get a perspective.
Recorded On: 12/21/07
Timmermann has seen some pretty ugly things, but retains a faith in people's inner goodness.
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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