White Paper Teaser: Innovation in Education


Recent studies have shown that students can learn more from videos, games, and other forms of interactive learning than they can in the traditional classroom. A student’s attention span is about 10-18 minutes before their mind begins to drift, suggesting 1 hour+ long lectures are very ineffective (Ripley). Students also can retain more from watching a documentary or a YouTube video on a topic rather than reading a 500+ page book on it. I believe replacing traditional, archaic forms of learning with an innovative form of online and interactive learning would not only help students learn more, but also could provide an option of lower costs and high availability. We would be replacing the traditional classroom with a virtual one. If implemented properly, online learning could revolutionize education and make a college degree much more affordable. Continue reading

The Future of Transportation

33,000. That’s the number of deaths resulting from car accidents in 2010. Now add the death tolls from wars involving territory and gasoline. Plus the side-effects of gas emissions from cars on the environment. That’s a lot of bad. Continue reading

Air Pollution!

Source : http://www.greenpeace.org/eastasia/campaigns/air-pollution/problems/pollutants/

This picture comes from greenpeace.org East Asia campaigns for air pollution. This picture embodies the extreme case of air pollution and uncontrolled carbon emission from industrial processes. The photo portrays a group of people having to protect their nose and mouth to make sure they don’t inhale harmful particles from the atmosphere and unable to have a nice day out, with the famous palace of the Forbidden City buried in the smog, set in the background. This can be a very strong message to the society that air pollution can significantly decrease quality of life and hence, it is a serious problem.

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Emission control and Government policies

According to EPA (environmental protection agency), gas emissions from the United States totaled 6,821.8 million metric tons CO2 in 2010 and rose by 3.2% from 2009 to 2010. In 2009, the Unites States account for 18% of the total green house gas emission in the world.

Currently, the two most popular emission control policies are cap-and-trade system and carbon taxes. Those approaches are not incompatible with each other and a number of countries use one or both across various business sectors to control emission. Hence, in my paper, I would like to investigate which approach is best suited to which sector and recommend an emission control for the next government. Continue reading


This Twitter exchange takes place between Michael Moore and Phil Knight, the CEO of NIke.  It is specifically referring to a clip in “The Big One” documentary during which Moore challenges Knight to a foot race.  The gist is that if Moore wins, then Knight has to construct a Nike factory in Detroit. Continue reading