Sunday, April 29, 2012

Can We Trust Google?

Here is an interesting info-graph showing some information about Google. Some stuff is obvious, other is not and you may want to check it out. It is pretty obvious we all use Google almost daily for whatever we need. Whether it is too look up something through it's search engine, or look at pictures; Google is a daily part of life for some. Just today I was checking out insurance rates for my car, my current one has been increasing and they wont even provide a clear cut answer as to why. Google was right there for me when I needed to perform that search and even when I applied to Universities, Google was right there. The only question is for what other uses can Google use all of our searches besides the obvious. Surely when someone looks up an insurance quote, at a credit card,or even a cat laughing can you truly say you trust Google with that info.

Mother, Can I Trust Google?
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

MIT Prediction: World Economy will Collapse 2030

The following news may make you feel a bit uneasy but non the less it is important for people to be informed. A study called The Limits to Growth is looking very depressing to say the least. It was commissioned by an international think tank called the Club of Rome and during the year 1972; the report found that if civilization continued on its path toward increasing consumption, the global economy would collapse by the year 2030. Population losses would follow, and things would generally fall apart all over the world, painting a grim picture at what might happen in the future.
The study was and still remains controversial, with economists doubting its predictions and saying they cant agree with the notion of imposing limits on economic growth. Australian researcher Graham Turner has examined its assumptions in great detail during the past several years, and apparently his latest research falls in line with the report’s predictions, according to Smithsonian Magazine. The world is on track for disaster resulting in turmoil that would cause nothing short of global pandemic, as stated by the magazine.

The study was initially completed at MIT of which it relied on several computer models of economic trends and estimated that if things didn’t change much, and humans continued to consume natural resources at the current pace we do now, the world would run out at some point. Oil will peak (some argue it has) before dropping down the other side of the bell curve, yet demand for food and services would only continue to rise as is natural with the rapid population increase. Turner says real-world data from 1970 to 2000 tracks with the study’s draconian predictions: “There is a very clear warning bell being rung here. We are not on a sustainable trajectory,” he tells Smithsonian. It isn't hard to see how we are using so much resources that the planet simply cannot continue to sustain itself. 

Well the big question now is that if this is impossible to fix? Well the answer is No, according to both Turner and the original study. If governments enact stricter policies and technologies can be improved to reduce our environmental footprint, economic growth doesn't have to become a market white dwarf, marching toward chaos and utter destruction. But just how to do that is another thing entirely and knowing the lack of political order and change, this will be the greatest challenge to face our close future. 

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring Brake at Last

Spring Brake is finally here for me after a long and stressful midterm examination period. My college workload has been so extraneous that I haven't had the time to do anything to relax, all my time has been devoted to studying and just working out. The good thing is all my efforts paid off as I got 90+ on all my exams and I feel pretty damn good about my current standings in my courses. The university life can be stressful but that feeling goes away as soon as your grades reflect your best efforts.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Getting Close for a big decision

Well it seems like that time is getting closer to make that big college decision; my major. I spoke to my counselor and went over my current standings and have 59 credits. This means I have to decide and announce what my major will be and man it is tough. My college is a business oriented one so my initial perception was to go into finance. As of now it seems that is still my current objective and thus my major but I still have some uncertainty. Basically I will be applying for the business school part of my college which then will be all a business section of courses to take. I hope my decision is the right one and choosing Finance as major will lead me down the right path.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

University exams and workload

Well it seems now everything is beginning to get serious around my classes and courses in general. My first psychology exam went pretty good, got decent grade but that's something I will work on to improve even more. In the next coming weeks I will have exams in 4 classes ranging from economics to computer systems and I can say economics is my major worry. Its that hard its just Im not a fan of economics at all. Last semester in my college took Micro-econ and it was kinda boring and didn't really garnish my full interest to do good. Sounds like I was just lazy in general but I really didn't like that class. Looking at this semester I have to take this Macro-econ class a bit more serious and just get it over with. On a side note I recently found out my college was ranked in the top 15 for most stressed out and unhappy students in the nation. It was pretty funny considering we ranked  as more unhaDesignppy than most military academy's. I blame it on the requirement courses to follow your major, I mean seriously why would we require anthropology or black studies if we are gonna major in Finance or mathematics. Combine that with a busy New York City life and the fact we always have to be on the move, surely doesn't help our cause.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

College Life

College keeps on passing by day by day and its getting closer to that time when I have to make my decision on my major. My lectures and classes are all made up of prerequisites at the time completely unrelated to my "intended major" which is that of finance. It just sucks that I have to take close to 20 classes that barely have anything to do with that career path. For one it offers grand knowledge on a wide variety of topics but then again the stress and workload piles up on you and your not even taking your career path classes. Hopefully everything works out and the payout at the end is worth it from then on.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

University Research- Parkinson's Disease

Researchers have made a breakthrough with the human debilitating disease, Parkinson's. For the first time ever, researchers have created human brain cells from the skin cells of patients who carry a mutated gene related to the disease. This means researchers can now track and follow exactly how this mutation, in a gene called parkin, causes the disease in about 10% of the patients. This is a major and incredible breakthrough because it will allow researchers to study brain cells affected by in real time mode. Animals that do not have this gene cannot easily develop similar like symptoms, so researchers must use human neurons for the study, but it’s generally difficult almost impossible to get live human brain cells to study as such a case might be. These further findings are a major breakthrough in University Studies and are continuing the future of humans.

["Jian Feng and colleagues at the State University of New York-Buffalo took skin cells from 4 patients, including 2 healthy patients and two patients carrying the mutation. They induced the skin cells to become pluripotent stem cells, and then differentiated them into neurons specifically, mid-brain neurons that create dopamine, called dopaminergic neurons. The loss of these neurons, which are the brain’s primary source of dopamine, causes symptoms like loss of motor control.
The gene indirectly harms those neurons. Here’s how it works: parkin regulates the production of an enzyme, monamine oxidase, which in turn keeps dopamine at bay. Mutations do not control this MAO, and the MAO essentially runs amok, causing harm to the dopamine-producing neurons."] Source: PopSci, NY State University Research.

Hopefully major breakthroughs arise from this technological breakthrough and some sort of vaccine is the result. During my psychology lecture class we saw the effects of this horrible disease and it was sad to see the people affected by it. It is reassuring to know colleges and University are ongoing with their research time to find a cure.