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.

 

Richard Branson – The man who showed me that life can be awesome

The Virgin Way written by no other than the founder of the Virgin Group, Mr. Richard Branson. As he prefers to be called just Richard (because Mr. Branson is his father), is one of those men who I genuinely admire. In the world of business, he is among the most famous and influential people, especially because of his unique way of doing things, known as the Virgin Way. If you don’t know him then let me tell you a bit about him.

Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.

At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. His Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980’s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

In March 2000, he was knighted at Buckingham Palace for “services to entrepreneurship”. In July 2015, Forbes listed Branson’s estimated net worth at US $5.2 billion.

I first came to know about him through twitter, when I saw his display picture first time he seemed pretty cool. Then I immediately clicked on his page and started to go through his posts. I was impressed by it, some of them were very funny and interesting. After that I used read his posts every single day, and the more I read, the more I admired him.

One day I was in the library looking for my next read, I suddenly saw a book with his picture on it.(It was The Virgin Way). I was insanely curious, so I bought the the book right then and there. At home, once I started reading, I couldn’t stop, the things he wrote, his philosophies, they some how really touched me. I felt like, “Hey! I always thought the same things too!”. We just seemed to agree on a different level. After I finished it, I decided he was the most awesome person I know.

You see, people always ask me things like who is my idol, or who inspires me the most. My reply is usually a blank look, because I can’t think of anyone. Now I can clearly say, “Oh, it is Richard  Branson”.

I was born in a middle class family in a third world country, with two amazing parents who I couldn’t thank more. As a 17 year old boy with undying passion, love and an adventurous spirit, I decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. My father always told me thing like  ‘life is not easy’, ‘life is serious’, ‘passion is just a fancy word used in movies’, ‘you can’t have fun doing your job’. As a result I was always bummed out and was often demotivated. I just couldn’t accept the fact that my life was going to be ‘no fun, just work’.

Then I learned about Richard and his works, how he enjoyed his path to success. It wasn’t always happy I guess, but how he was always positive is truly amazing. He showed me a totally different aspect to life, and specifically business. I just love this man, he is my star, my perfect silence.

“Life’s too short, don’t enjoy it? Don’t do it!” – Richard Branson

 

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