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This 9-Year-Old Mexican is Studying Chemistry in College, and He’s Rocking It

Carlos Santamaría Díaz appears to be an ordinary 9-year-old boy. He enjoys watching TV, playing video games and playing with his toys. Yet, there is one thing that sets this young man apart from his peers: he’s studying CHEMISTRY at one of Mexico’s top universities, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

This is the 9-year-old genius.

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Santamaría is taking classes like: Infrared spectroscopy for magnetic resonance imaging of molecules and masses. That’s the whole name for ONE class. ?

He’s grateful for the opportunity explore his curiosity for science.

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“I love being at UNAM, I feel I can learn a lot here. I’d like to take classes in biology, chemistry and medicine, because I do lots of stuff besides chemistry,” Santamaría Díaz said in a press release.

Santamaría’s parents want him to progress academically at his own pace.

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Santamaría’s elementary school classes were boring him, so his father turned to UNAM to let his son explore chemistry at a gradual pace. The university accepted the child and began him in a starting course on the global concepts of chemistry.

His mother remembers him learning quickly at an early age.

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Arcelía Díaz Sotelo says when her son was 3 years old, it only took him a month to read all the months on the family’s calendar.

Santamaría Díaz’s classmates couldn’t believe a 9-year-old was in their class.

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“It was very interesting. First, because no one could believe that a 9-year-old was taking these kinds of courses,” Rafael Fernández, a classmate of Santamaría Díaz told Univision. Fernández also said that after some time in class together, he realized Santamaría Díaz is an educated kid.

His success at UNAM has changed his future and his parents fully support it.

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Instead of sending their son back to elementary school when school resumes, Santamaría Díaz will be enrolled in an online eduction program hosted by the European Union.

Learning on the Internet shouldn’t be a problem for this kid.

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Because he is not obsessed with cell phones and social media. He thinks it is a useless distraction that stifles productivity.

Santamaría says he’s not into cell phones “because they already control people and people can’t get away from them.”

College officials are impressed by the boy’s learning capacity.

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“We didn’t dare have him take the whole diploma course right away, because there are seven subjects – but he’s already starting the third,” UNAM professor Eduardo Rodríguez said about picking classes for Santamaría Díaz.

Keep it up, little dude. Sky’s the limit.

What do you think about Carlos Santamaría Díaz’s edcuational journey? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!

This Mexican Beer Brand Is Winning Awards For Their Can Design And What It Means For The Environment

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This Mexican Beer Brand Is Winning Awards For Their Can Design And What It Means For The Environment

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Let’s be real, plastic waste is a huge problem. And it’s one that has recently taken over our collective consciousness as we try and cut back on our waste – in particular, single-use plastics. 

One of the most obvious and unnecessary plastics are those pesky rings that hold cans together. Whether you’re drinking Coke or cervezas, these plastic rings are terrible. They often end up littering landscapes all over the place and animals like turtles and birds can get them wrapped around their little necks. 

So, the news from Mexican-beer company, Grupo Modelo, that they’re working to replace this plastic, is huge. 

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The beer world had one of the earliest plastic problems: six-pack rings. Getting rid of these rings became a big concern when word got out that they could entangle marine life. And yet, here we are, decades later, and – despite some interesting efforts like sticking cans together with glue or rings that are actually edible – the six-pack ring problem still hasn’t been definitively solved.

But thankfully, Corona is working towards a couple of solutions.

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So how does it work? According to Mexico News Daily, the top of each can screws into the bottom of another, creating an interlocking tower up to 10 cans high. The format makes the product even more portable than before, meaning you don’t even really need a plastic bag to carry it. 

Of course, stacking cans end-to-end isn’t always ideal. Ten standard cans stacked on top of each other would be four feet tall. That’s far more conspicuous and unwieldy than holding a couple of six-packs under your arms. But at the same time, since these Fit Pack cans can be twisted apart and put back together at will, they provide an advantage six-packs don’t: You can stick together as many or as few cans as you want at any given time.

The plastic-free packaging concept, dubbed the Fit Pack, made the shortlist of the Innovation category at the Cannes Lions international awards show this year.

In a promotional video for the new cans, Carlos Ranero, Marketing VP for AB 1nBev, says, “In the beverage industry, there have been many solutions for cutting back the use of plastic; however, none has been fully adopted because they require the use of other materials. This solution has a very simple approach that can bring great financial benefits thanks to the complete removal of plastic materials in packaging.”

Fit Packs are currently being tested in Mexico only, but the company is planning for a wider rollout in the future.

Not only is the company testing out stackable beer cans, they’ve also been testing out biodegradable rings in Tulum, Mexico – obviously a major beer mecca.

Last year, the company also tested six-pack rings made from plant-based biodegradable fibers with a mix of byproduct waste and compostable materials. These were designed to break down into organic matter that won’t hurt wildlife. The plastic-free rings were first launched in Tulum, Mexico, with plans to expand at a later time. For the sake of Mother Earth, we’re hoping these products earn a spot on grocery store shelves.

Beer drinking Twitter was totally here for the news.

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Anything that makes drinking beer easier and better for the environment, yes please!

Others were already thinking of how much fun this could be…

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Like, let’s be real, you were totally thinking the same thing.

And many were glad we may no longer have to hear about the horrors of plastic waste.

Like all too often you turn on the news and hear about animals being stuck, caught, wrapped up in plastic rings. Many even suffocate.

While at least on Twitter user thought about the implications for beer can furniture…

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Because why not?!

And for the one person on Twitter who had their doubts…Twitter was ready with the truth.

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Like for real though, I don’t know where you live that you thought you carry 24 cans of beer with plastic rings…

Cholo Scar Calls His Dad To Get His Famous Birria Recipe And Their Bond Is The Sweetest, Most Unexpected Thing Ever

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Cholo Scar Calls His Dad To Get His Famous Birria Recipe And Their Bond Is The Sweetest, Most Unexpected Thing Ever

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There is something so comforting and soothing about a hot bowl of birria in the middle of summer. Yeah. That’s right. We are talking about a steam bowl of chiles based soup in the middle of the hottest part of the year and we have no shame about it. Everyone is always joking about how our parents make us eat soup in the summer but the joke is really us becoming adults and making soup over the summer.

Birria is traditionally made with goat meat or carne de cabra but this recipe takes a page out of our convenience-based economy and uses some choice beef. What really makes this soup so unique and delicious is the use of the chiles to make the broth for the soup. The chiles used in the broth really gives the soup a special and hearty kick without overpowering your senses.

While some purist might think foods should always be prepared the same way doesn’t understand the true versatility of food. Cooking is about experimenting and creating things out of what you like. For some, goat meat is too gamey or tough making beef a perfect substitute. For those cutting out red meat, you can always try the dish with some chicken or any meat substitute that you might desire.

Soups are a universal dish. Every culture has a soup that hold some of the most iconic vegetables and meats of a region combined to create comfort food. These dishes are a great way to look into someone else culture. By tasting and exploring a soup, you can see the kinds of foods that bring people of that culture warmth, comfort, and tastes of home. If you think about it long enough, you will be able to point directly to a soup that you grew up with that is a representation of your culture and childhood in a bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 10 pounds of chuck roast beef cut into cubes
  • 1 pound of dried guajillo chiles, washed and dried
  • 1/2 pound of dried chiles de arbol, washed and dried
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tomatillo
  • 2 tablespoons of chicken stock powder
  • 2 onions, one cut in quarters and one diced
  • 1 bunch of radishes, sliced thin
  • 3-4 bay leaves, depending on the size you are preparing

Directions:

  1. Fill a heavy bottom pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the beef to the water and let boil for about 3 hours. Check after 2 hours. The beef should be cooked enough that it starts to fall apart when you stick a fork in it.
  2. In another post, fill halfway with water and bring to a simmer. Slowly add the guajillo chiles, chiles de arbol, the quartered onion, the whole tomatillo, and the chicken broth powder. Raise heat and bring the water to a rolling boil. Once the water hits a boil, turn off the heat and cover for 30 minutes so it starts to cool down but continues to cook the ingredients without the boiling water.
  3. After the water has cooled down for 30 minutes, add the chiles, onion, tomatillo, and some reserved water to a blender. Pulse the blender until the chile mixture is smooth.
  4. Set a fine mesh sieve over a mixing bowl and pour the chile mixture into the sieve in batches so it doesn’t spill. Using the back of a spoon, press the child mixture through the so all you have in the bowl in a smooth liquid.
  5. In a sauté pan, add the cooked beef and the salsa you made. Cook over medium-low heat until the beef starts to shred on its own.
  6. Once the beef is ready, put some beef in serving bowls and cover with the salsa broth you made. Add the cilantro, diced onion, and sliced radish on top and serve while hot. Make sure everyone has a nice cold glass of horchata and some warmed tortillas to really make the meal a treat and enjoy this delicious dish.

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