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Be Encouraged

By Michael Gordon on July 24, 2011 8:58 PM It’s easy to be discouraged, even cynical, these days.  We’re inching towards defaulting on our national debt.  China is worried we’re acting like a third world country playing financial chicken.  As our government sputters over issues of consequence, the House did just muster the “courage” to […] Read More

New Building Blocks in Education

By Michael Gordon on July 6, 2011 8:06 AM Education correlates with income.  Using Ted Rosling’s wonderful Gapminder program I’ve created a graph showing showing how adult literacy correlates with income around the world. If you want to see these trends change over time (my chart only shows the situation for 2007), try this interactive animation […] Read More

Creating Value: Something from Nothing

By Michael Gordon on July 2, 2011 6:43 AM Physics Pop Quiz. Can something be in two places at the same time?The answer from advanced physics is a clear (ifcounter-intuitive) Yes. Can you create something from nothing? We all know that you can’t — except scientists explain thatyou can, by taking a vacuum (nothing)and blasting […] Read More