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Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, also known as GAFAM, there is not a shred of doubt in my mind that you have used some service or product from one of these companies today. With a combined revenue of over 800 billion dollars in 2019, they almost make up the entire economy of the Netherlands (850 billion dollars in GDP). It is quite difficult to get your head around the incredible figures they can make in one year. Whether it is your mobile phone, buying something online or the software your computer or smartphone uses […]
‘If the coronavirus doesn’t kill me, being stuck in the house with my wife for three weeks will.’ Tasteless or funny? Since the lockdown, the number of jokes concerning the current pandemic has grown day by day. And while some may take offense from this dark type of humor, others just use them as a laugh to pass the time. They might be tasteless, but for most it’s just a distraction from the current situation. While sitting at home and being separated from the world, we use humor to connect with others. No matter in […]
Shady men wearing sunglasses, sitting around a table, playing for big pots of money. That is what we often associate with poker when thinking about the game of bluffing. A game where most people think that the essence is to read your opponents, while leaving them clueless about your cards. In reality, this psychological part of the game turns out to be just a small asset of the qualities a good poker player needs to have. Of course, being able to read your opponents is a huge advantage when playing poker, but the use of […]
Elon Musk has always been known as a man of revolutionary ideas, but the following idea might be the most revolutionary of them all. Last week on the 7th of May, he joined the Joe Rogan podcast. Here he revealed new details about his company Neuralink. The idea of this company is to implant very thin electrode wires in the human brain. In this way, it can cure almost any disease which has something to do with the brain. Furthermore, these devices would even allow us to communicate with each other without speaking. The technique […]
The coronavirus crisis can be described as a generation conflict between the boomers and millennials. Sander Schimmelpenninck, a Dutch journalist, explains that it is logical that virologists may be the most important counselors nowadays, but the younger generations have to pay the bill for this economic downturn and don’t let anything hear from them. The millennials should realise that this crisis has big consequences. It may even have bigger consequences than the credit crisis in 2008, such as a double recession. In this article, I give an overview of the economic impact of the coronavirus. […]
Sometime in the future, when physical college lectures are once again allowed, one hundred students are attending a lecture of the Multivariate Calculus course. The students, after hearing multiple savvy jokes about their intellect and ability regarding calculus, decide to play a prank on the professor and his colleagues. They plan to boobytrap some of the one hundred doors on the 7-th floor of the Duisenberg building. However, knowing that the professors are quite brilliant, they need to allocate the boobytraps in a manner that is hard to figure out. Near the end of the […]
Since the start of the corona crisis, solving these has probably become one of your biggest hobbies. Webshops cannot cope with the growing demand and the largest warehouse for this product, located in Missouri (USA), has reported mind-boggling revenue growth of 2000%. We are, of course, talking about jigsaw puzzles. At the moment it is almost impossible to buy a new ‘Jan van Haasteren’ puzzle and Instagram and TikTok are full of stylized pictures and videos of puzzles being solved. At first, a jigsaw puzzle seems like a fairly easy task, you can do them […]
The many-worlds theory or also know as many-worlds interpretation is one of the two most supported theories within quantum mechanics. The theory was first proposed by Hugh Everett at the age of 26. That is also the reason why this theory was claimed to be nonsense by many other more experienced physicists. Though in the 60s and 70s the theory became more popular under the name many-worlds interpretation. The theory basically claims that there are a number of parallel universes created at every instance. The theory was concocted to solve the problem of measuring in […]
The measures taken during the current global coronavirus pandemic will not last for a few more weeks. Instead, these measures may last forever. This pandemic is unlike anything we have ever experienced before. Almost all aspects of our daily lives have been altered to sustain an almost unorthodox way of living. Society has successfully shifted from an open society to one where social distancing is the norm. We have profoundly changed the way we work, socialize, shop, exercise, and educate ourselves. Most of us want things to go back to normal in the coming few […]
During these crazy times, the people that I speak roughly seem to fall in two categories: those who have stopped exercising altogether, and those who actually have been getting fitter in the last two months. The reason for these extremes is the closing of almost any sport accommodation. Besides activities such as skating, walking, yoga or exercise at home, two main sports are left: running and cycling. As can be seen by data from Strava, an application that tracks your sport activities, these limited possibilities have led to an immense increase in these two […]
Al weken domineert COVID-19 het nieuws in Nederland. Maar naast alle verhalen over overvolle intensive cares, ondernemers die worstelen met de huidige maatregelen en gesloten grenzen lijkt er één lichtpuntje te zijn: de coronacrisis is goed voor het milieu. De natuur heeft even een momentje om op adem te komen. De foto’s van vissen in de grachten van Venetië en satelliet beelden van de verminderde uitstoot in China circuleren over het internet. Er is minder verkeer en de industrie staat op sommige plekken op pauze, al met al ziet het er goed uit voor Moeder […]
De afgelopen weken staan het Coronavirus en Italië centraal in het nieuws. Hierbij gaat het onder andere over de houdbaarheid van de schuld van Italië. Nederland neemt hier een harde houding in aan. In het artikel “Italiaans begrotingsbeleid is struisvogelpolitiek” van de ESB (John Lorié en Theo Smid, 2020) wordt een aantal scenario’s geanalyseerd. Naast dat het Coronavirus de gezondheid aantast, tast het ook de economie aan. Het Coronavirus zorgt onder andere voor een lagere economische groei, lagere belastinginkomsten en meer uitgaven. Voor een land als Nederland is dat op te vangen, aangezien er een […]
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