Showing posts from April, 2011

Planes are harder to hijack these days

This story represents why planes are harder to hijack these days. Never mind the (questionable?) security at airports. This guy was still able to bring a knife on board. But he could not hijack the plane. The passengers and crew didn't let him.

I predict there's no dark matter or Higgs boson

Face it, physicists. There likely is no Higgs boson , and there likely is no dark matter either . Our current theories are decent as far as they go, but we will likely need to discover a new theory, and undergo a paradigm shift, to understand what we now call "dark matter" and gravity. EDIT - July 4, 2012: I guess it's time for me to eat my shoe! Apparently, a new particle was found at energies where a Higgs boson was expected. Congratulations to everyone involved in the discovery!

The education bubble

I really like what Peter Thiel has to say about education : Education is a bubble in a classic sense. To call something a bubble, it must be overpriced and there must be an intense belief in it. ... Like housing was, college is advertised as an investment for the future. But in most cases it’s really just consumption, where college is just a four-year party, in the same way that buying a large house with a really big swimming pool, etc., is probably not an investment decision but a consumption decision. ... [W]e’ve looked at the math on this, and I estimate that 70 to 80 percent of the colleges in the U.S. are not generating a positive return on investment. His fellowship plans to "select 20 college students under the age of 20 and pay them $100,000 each to drop out of college and embark on entrepreneurial careers."