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CURRENT EVENT | NOVEMBER 17, 2021

Mysterious Disappearance of a Black Hole

Black holes are located in the center of nearly all large galaxies, where gravity pulls so strongly that even light can not escape. They are not visible to the naked eye, but astronomers can detect black holes with special telescopes that help them to see how stars close to black holes act differently from other stars. When astronomers recently viewed a galaxy where there was once a black hole, they found that it was missing. Listen to hear what scientists think about the puzzle of the missing black hole.

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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