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Are we alone in the universe?

Are we alone in the universe? A question that has occupied and fascinated human mind for generations. But with the enormous size of the universe, we can’t possibly be alone right? – Patrick Jans

27 april • Door Patrick Jans Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten
Newcombs paradox

Newcomb’s paradox

Let’s suppose that we have a game with two players. One is a person that will make a decision and the other is a supercomputer that will try and predict that decision beforehand. This computer has been tested many times and the testers have worked out that the computer can predict the decision of the player with 99% accuracy. The game works as follows: two boxes are placed in front of the player. One box is clear and contains a visible 1,000 euros. The other box is opaque, which means the contents are unknown to […]

15 april • Door David Anthonio Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten

Podcast de Econometrist: de balans tussen feest en sport

Een primeur! De allereerste podcast in de geschiedenis van de Econometrist. In deze podcast duiken Sjors en Jochem dieper in de rol van sport in het leven van een student, en alle keuzes en uitdagingen die daarbij komen kijken. Tune in en zone out door jezelf onder te dompelen in de wereld van de studentensportverenigingen, de FOMO die door sport op de loer ligt en de anekdotes van twee zelfverklaard ervaringsdeskundigen. Te beluisteren op zowel de Econometrist als Spotify! Deze podcast is gemaakt door Sjors Keet en Jochem Hak

25 maart • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen Minder dan een minuut
the economy of OSRS

Introduction to Economics – Old School Runescape Edition

It is the year 2007. The school bell has rung and you’ve jumped on your bike and are sprinting home as fast as possible. At home you fire up the Windows Vista powered desktop computer, you launch the game client, and “Jungle Island” starts to play. It is time to fish an inventory full of lobsters. Afterward, the long walk to Varrock west bank starts. Luckily, you have just finished your typing courses, so you can start spamming your offer as fast as possible: “Selling lobsters 200 ea”. And now you just have to wait […]

16 maart • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 12 minuten

Cyber-physical attacks

Computers are taking over manual labor at an unprecedented rate. Currently, 29% of all labor is automated. It is expected that, in the US alone, 38% of jobs are automated by 2030. This increasing level of automation also paves the way for new forms of attack by domestic or foreign actors: cyber-physical attacks. Stuxnet In 2010 a new kind of computer virus was discovered in nuclear facilities in Natanz, Iran. The virus targeted PLCs (programmable logic controllers) that controlled centrifuges in uranium enrichment facilities. It is widely believed that the virus’ primary target was the […]

11 maart • Door Berke Aslan Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 2 minuten

Bitcoin: the 21st century gold

Most of you have probably heard about it in the news lately: the Bitcoin price is reaching new highs, which have never been seen before. This is mainly due to the fact that several financial firms have announced that they will invest their money into bitcoin. Other firms have predicted that the bitcoin price will increase, some saying even that it will reach $146K before the end of 2021. This is quite interesting considering the fact that bitcoin is a relatively new asset, and most people think this is pure speculation. That is not so […]

12 januari • Door Berke Aslan Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 2 minuten

Christmas with a mathematical touch

At first, you may think that mathematics has nothing to do with Christmas. The only link I could think of was calculating whether you have enough budget to buy that all those present for your family. However, mathematicians will always think of a way to integrate mathematics and thus, also for Christmas. One of the most popular applications of mathematics to Christmas is analyzing the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”. In this song, a surprising mathematical pattern is used to find out how many presents the singer receives during the twelve days of Christmas. Furthermore, […]

22 december • Door Renske Zijm Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten

A station wagon full of data tapes vs. the internet

“Since we do not have up-to-date information on your order, we do not know whether or not it has arrived.” You or any of your acquaintances have probably received an email containing such a sentence. Due to the combination of the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Friday and Sinterklaas package delivery services had one of its worst weeks of all time. People start to wonder how these services are still so lacking in this modern world. However, never underestimate the power of the courier industry.   Sending data Suppose you want to send a humongous amount of […]

08 december • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 4 minuten
"one-way" speed of light

Measuring the speed of light

299,792,458 metres per second. That is the speed of light as we concluded ourselves. Even the definition of a metre is based on this. One metre namely is equal to the distance light travels in 1/ 299,792,458 of a second. Even though this sounds like a joke, as it is so straightforward, it is actually true. It shows that we are really sure about the speed at which light travels. However, should we be so sure that this number is correct? The answer should be no, as we actually do not know the “one-way” speed […]

03 december • Door Casper de Vries Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten

Black Friday

It is almost that time of the year again: Black Friday. The day were most of us spend a lot of money (almost 90% more than usual) on presents for ourselves, friends, and relatives. A day which is well-known for its raging hordes of Black Friday shoppers. We have all seen the extreme videos were usually well-behaved individuals act like animals. The men and woman who run down the escalators at full speed and try to grab whatever they can on their way to the checkout desk. Interestingly, due to COVID-19, this year’s Black Friday […]

26 november • Door Berke Aslan Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten
Risk

Who will conquer the world?

  Risk has been one of the most beloved board games since its release more than sixty years ago. With this classic board game, a fun evening with your friends or family can soon turn into an hours-long war where alliances are forged, troops are lost and battles are won. This family game has brought a lot of joy as well as quarrels and has produced many victors over the years. But what exactly is the best way to conquer the world? Is there a way to ensure your victory? In this article I will […]

24 november • Door Fenna Beentjes Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 9 minuten

Embrace the spook

Scratching noises, soft but certainly close and drawing closer. You wake up and listen to them getting louder. Right in front of your bedroom door, the noise stops. The door handle starts to move down and the door is opening. Startled you reach for the light on your nightstand and turn it on. Movement at the doorpost. A hand, black and rotten, as if the owner has been dead for years, pulls back from the doorpost, back into the hallway. You scream. You hear loud stumbling noises in the hallway and the next moment the […]

29 oktober • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten

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