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Funny concept to grasp, but the Dow Jones can be predicted 87.6% of the time based off the moods people twitter about. “Twitter Mood Predicts The Stock Market,” A blog on technologyreview.com, describes how about 10 million tweets can do this phenomenon. Researches have concluded that based on the calmness levels of people who twiter, the Dow Jones will have a direct correlation. Many other people may believe this is an ad hoc argument, but statistics back this up, mostly. Researchers are trying to find other variables to eliminate out of there current algorithm to try to find out why exactly this relationship happens.

This article may intrigue math majors, economists, and investors. The serious tone throughout the blog will help portray these statistics as a plausible  way to estimate the growth of the economy. The reason I was interested in it was because it seemed to me like an abstract statement, and also that it is a balance between my classes of statistics and economics.

(http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/25900/?p1=Blogs)

What is the most important thing you have learned? Why?

The most important thing I learned was that people’s moods are directly related to the economy. I would never have expected the mood calm to be the most corresponding, I probably would have guessed either happy or sad/depressed. Although it seems illogical, the economic text books do teach that people’s moods will effect our economy’s output.

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Adrienne Selko informed readers about new technological advancements in solar panels in his article “New Low Cost Solar Panels Ready for Mass Production”. Professor Sampath has been designing a new way to create a solar cell that decreases production cost by almost two fold, as well as resources in manufacturing being efficiently use to reduce excess materials. The new technology will render cheaper energy costs from solar plants and cheaper consumer solar panels.

 

Selko’s article will promote readers interested in solar power to have hope for soon¬† more affordable solar power for homes. You can tell Selko was not just regurgitating information by all the research he had to accumulate in order to provide statistics on the topic. The reason I read this article was for my interest in new technologies, and I have fascination with solar cells for personal use.

 

(http://www.industryweek.com/articles/new_low_cost_solar_panels_ready_for_mass_production_14932.aspx)

 

How can you use this information in your life?

I may not be able to directly use the particular information that the article supplied, but It does give me examples that I will need to major in chemistry for my goals in life of becoming an inventor and entrepreneur.

Jonah Goldberg wrote an editorial “Ameria’s list for assassination”, which is about the stereotypical hit list. I guess the hit list is not such a big secret after all, although very controversial. The President of the US approves a known al-Qaida propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki, on the CIA hit list as a national security. Controversy about whether or not this list is right to do is the other side to the argument.

 

I believe that the hit list is for the citizens protection, especially considering al-Awlaki stated he wanted to kill US citizens including babies, he should just be executed. Goldberg’s editorial was geared towards justifying the hit list (In Texas this would not be controversial). I chose to read this article because I knew little to nothing about the hit list or if it even existed or not.

(http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/10/07/2109378/jonah-goldberg-americas-list-for.html)

 

What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you?

I did not know that the hit list was real or not, and how public it is. It surprised me that people are not in favor of killing national threats to this country considering that people are always want to feel safe when walking the streets.