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Peer Pressure Dilemma

There’s a new kind of peer pressure on the block: digital peer pressure. CBS News published an article on August 22, 2012 entitled “Survey: ‘Digital peer pressure’ fueling drug, alcohol use in high school students” in which they discussed the results of National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University’s (CASAColumbia) 17th annual […]

Are You Less Popular Than Your Facebook Friends?

According to the Pew Center’s Internet and American Life Project, the average facebook user has 245 friends while the average facebook user’s friend has an average of 359 friends. Why is that? The reason could simply be that more people are likely to be friends with someone who is more popular than others, as the […]

Unlikely Tie Leads to Common Enemy: Fracking

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/01/14170780-hollywood-environmentalists-persian-gulf-oil-barons-have-common-foe-fracking?lite#__utma=238145375.970878798.1349229928.1349229928.1349229928.1&__utmb=238145375.3.10.1349229928&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1349229928.1.1.utmcsr=google|utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=%28not%20provided%29&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc|technology%20%26%20science|science=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=269182386   A recent movie, “Promised Land”, pictures a rural town in trouble from economic decline that is offered a lot of money for drilling rights in the area.  An activist in the town rallies opposition to the drillers because the drilling would have harmful effects on the environment.  This movie was produced “in association […]

Empirical Investor Networks

With the surge algorithmic trading, and the evolving structure of the stock market, it has become nearly impossible to achieve short term gains for individuals. While long term, value based, investment strategies proposed by Benjamin Graham and popularized by Warren Buffet, remain sound sources of gain, it is nearly impossible for small investors to make […]

Too Much Information

http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/30/revolution/ In the above article, Sarah Perez from Techcrunch discusses our connection with with the digital world and the effect it has has on individuals. She complains that our constant connection to the virual world is draining us and cannot be permanently maintained, that it will burn us out. Even though we often don’t realize how […]

Major Mobile Phone Companies in the Prisoner’s Dilemma

In today’s world, technology is an ever-growing part of the population’s daily lives.  Since Martin Cooper and Motorola invented the first mobile phone in 1973, mobile technology has been rapidly developing.  The last two decades have yielded rapid changes in mobile technology.  Research in Motion (RIM) dominated the mid-2000s with Blackberry smartphones, but in 2007, […]

Corporate Speed Dating

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/02/technology/02iht-network.4077677.html This article introduces a new strategy to the corporate world. To find a job, most people are used to “pounding the pavement”-persistently dropping off applications and going on interviews from one day to the next. However this article focuses on a type of business “speed dating”. Attendees who attend these events are first asked […]

Is Facebook The New Robocop?

Social networking sites are no longer just a way of killing time on the Internet.  Online social networking services like Facebook are an extension of our everyday lives, and the line that differentiates the goings-on of the real world from those of its virtual counterpart continues to blur.  With nearly a billion people on Facebook […]

Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You?

After committing a crime, offenders are faced with a simple decision once the police decide to actively engage: surrender and face the punishment for the committed crime or attempt to flee. If the criminal surrenders (which means the police do not have to actively pursue), then the criminal faces jail time for the one crime […]

Final Exam Scheduling and Bipartite Graph Matching

In March of 2005, two operations research professors at Cornell (Bob Bland and David Shmoys) developed a new method for determining final exam schedules that reduced the number of students scheduled for three exams in a 24-hour period by a whopping 85% from what the average had been in the past three spring semesters. Their […]

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