Categorie: Samenleving

Marktwerking in de zorg

Nederland is aan het vergrijzen. De babyboomgeneratie is momenteel rond de zeventig jaar oud, een leeftijd waarop veel ouderen meer zorg nodig hebben. Daarnaast is in tien jaar de levensverwachting met bijna twee jaar toegenomen. Een gevolg van deze ontwikkelingen is dat de uitgaven aan gezondheidszorg en welzijn toenemen.   Voor 2006 was er een betaalbare zorgverzekering voor burgers met een laag of modaal inkomen geregeld door een ziekenfonds. Burgers met een hoger inkomen dan €33.000 per jaar kwamen hier voor in niet aanmerking en konden zich aansluiten bij een particuliere zorgverzekeraar. Mensen, die wel in […]

23 juni • Door Esther Valkonet Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 4 minuten
True randomness

What is true randomness?

The shuffle function on Spotify is an easy way to listen to music without having to pick some numbers. However, once in a while we all seem to recognize patterns in the numbers that we listen to. The shuffle function does not seem to be so random at all, so are these numbers truly randomly picked? This recognition of a sequence is partially caused by the functioning of our brain. It is very easy for the brain to distinguish patterns in seemingly random things like shuffled music or dice roles. Especially when these “processes” are […]

18 juni • Door Casper de Vries Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten

All the music in the world

Won’t you stay with me. The words of this 2015 hit single were directed to a beloved one-night-stand. However, soon they involuntarily got a different meaning for writer Sam Smith, begging the money he earned with the song to stay with him. Without much success, as 25% of the songwriting royalties were given to Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. The reason for this? Plagiarism. Stay with me sounded exactly like Petty’s 1989 hit I won’t back down.   This wasn’t exactly the only time this has happened. Songs such as Dani California by the Red […]

16 juni • Door Sjors Keet Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten

Counting cattle

In 1769, the Herzog August Library of Wolfenbüttel, Germany, appointed a new librarian. The main task of this librarian consisted of translating the many Greek and Latin manuscripts of the library. After a few years, the first batch was published, which included a Greek poem of forty-four lines that dazzled the mathematical community for over a century. This poem was about a arithmetical problem Archimedes proposes to Eratosthenes and asks the reader to find the size of the cattle in the herd of the god of the sun, Apollo. This is an interesting problem since […]

11 juni • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten

Racisme: hoe groot is het probleem?

Het discriminatie probleem is sinds enkele weken weer volledig aangewakkerd. De hoofdoorzaak hiervan is toch wel de dood van George Floyd. Naar alle waarschijnlijkheid is hij tijdens een arrestatie door een politieagent gedood. Hiervan zijn gruwelijke beelden op het internet verschenen, waarin je de zwarte man herhaaldelijk ‘I can’t breath’ hoort zeggen. Deze beelden zijn viraal gegaan en hebben in veel landen tot rellen en protesten geleid. In Amerika is de ophef het grootst. Zelfs meerdere bekende Amerikanen, waaronder acteurs en topsporters sporen aan om in protest te gaan. De advocaat van George Floyd zegt […]

09 juni • Door Lars Beute Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten

Global warming: our biggest hoax or our greatest challenge?

For the past few months Covid-19 has been dominating the way we live. Every single aspect of our lives seems to be controlled by the virus; not only the news and the political agenda have been taken over by it, but the disease has even changed the way we meet and greet each other. Nonetheless, there was a time before the Coronavirus. Not so long ago, a lot of students skipped their schools on Fridays to demonstrate in order to bring awareness about global warming, following the example of the Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg. In […]

02 juni • Door Deirdre Westenbrink Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten

The ‘Do-Nothing’ Democrats

In late 2019, U.S. President Donald J. Trump caused widespread uproar amongst the Democratic electorate. The turmoil came after the president called the Democrats ‘Do-Nothing’.  Okay. Stop right here. I know what you’re thinking. First of all, this is not going to be the nth article talking about President Trump. In fact, this article will be solely dedicated to the topic of widespread public disagreement, that is: controversy. Many people associate controversy with something ‘bad’. Hence, when certain controversial topics become the topic of debate, a heated exchange of views is nothing out of the […]

28 mei • Door Berke Aslan Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten
dark humor

Dark humor to lighten the mood

‘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 […]

21 mei • Door Fenna Beentjes Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten

Neuralink, our new future?

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 […]

14 mei • Door Stan Koobs Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 4 minuten
Jigsaw puzzle

Don’t let this piece puzzle you

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 […]

05 mei • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 6 minuten
corona en klimaat

Is het coronavirus daadwerkelijk goed voor het milieu?

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 […]

21 april • Door Fenna Beentjes Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten

Chinook: world’s best checkers player

Checkers, the ancient game which was quite easy to learn, has been solved. Along with other classical games, such as Connect Four and Qubic, the game has been pronounced dead. It was killed by Jonathan Schaeffer, who made the computer checkers program ‘Chinook’. Besides that, he publicated, “Checkers is solved’, which is a mathematical proof showing that the game always results in a draw when neither player makes a mistake.   Checkers; how to play it More than 150 documented different variations of Checkers exist. Of those 150, only two versions have a large international […]

09 april • Door Deirdre Westenbrink Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 4 minuten

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