2016: The Year Of Politics

The year of 2016, what truly made this year so memorable was the Presidential Election of USA . It was so important that it was a part of the popular culture, people who usually are not into politics became obsessed with it. Starting from actors, singers, athletes, and basically any people who was famous tried to influence it. Not to mention the countless debate which took over the internet by storm. The election became a reality television show.

The thing made the election so  heated and dramatic was the two candidates, who, I have to say, are very interesting characters.

One of them was the republican candidate Donald Trump, the greatest shit talker that ever lived, a billionaire who achieved a lot more than anyone can dream of. Also, basically he does not care about anything, speaking his mind without fear. He said things which people are usually not allowed to say, and people liked someone who was a voice against the authority.

On the other hand, was the almost first female president of America, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. She is basically the manifestation of liberal feminism, holding to all the liberal values, the hope of all liberals. She is also the spouse of the former president Bill Clinton, making her being president even more interesting.

So it comes down to this:

Successful billionaire and the greatest shit talker of all time

vs.

The first female president, whose husband was also the president

Guess who won?

The Donald Trump.

Then began the endless protest, rants, and cries that took over the Internet. Many different people had different opinions on this, some where completely against it, somewhere genuinely neutral, and some where enjoying the victory. This was one of the biggest upsets ever. Leonardo Di Caprio winning the Oscar was a joke, everything else that happened this year was shadowed.

 

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2015’s Quantum Physics: Light as both wave and particle

The double slit experiment, originally performed by Thomas Young in 1801 has left scientists throughout the history baffled yet excited (because if there was no mystery then there is no pleasure in finding things out). In the experiment, a light source usually a laser beam is passed through a plate with two parallel slits, and light passed through those slits are observed on a screen behind the plate. It is only logical to conclude that there would be to lines of light in the screen. However that is not the case, what appeared on the slits was something that left the most genius minds wondering. There were dark and bright dots on the screen, which is not a property of particles. This was as a result of wave nature of light, that caused the lights passing through the slits to interfere, like ripples of wave of water would interfere, forming those dots on the screen. Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times.

 

On 2nd of March, 2015, a research team led by Fabrizio Carbone at EPFL, a Swiss research university at Lausanne has carried out an experiment with a clever idea: using electrons to image light. The researchers have captured, for the first time ever, a single snapshot of light behaving simultaneously as both a wave and a stream of particles particle.

 

Light as both particle and wave