Secure Our Students

The late 1990s and early 2000s saw a shocking rise in school violence. Some parental and educational groups attributed this rise in violence to the violence depicted in video games. These type of statements had parental groups and gaming companies at each other’s throats. Fortunately, for everyone involved, a new study released would suggest that school violence is dropping rapidly. Top notch security teams and security measures have been implemented in the majority of American schools. This isn’t to say that school violence is everywhere, but it does go to show that parenting groups and children’s advocates would rather be safe than sorry.

In 2009, 74 percent of schools were recorded to have been involved in violent incidents. Qnet data shows these incidents dropped 9 percent this year alone and the numbers keep getting lower. Studies show that 94 percent of the incidents include bullying of some form, which would suggest that physical violence is at a record low of 6 percent or less. School administration has implemented more measures to make sure these numbers steadily decline. These methods include: advance security cameras, well trained security personnel, local police, identification systems for students and teachers, and regular programs to keep students up to date with quality safety procedures. Many of these methods are being implemented in high schools before middle schools or elementary schools. Studies showed that 90 percent of the nation’s high schools reported acts or threats of violence. Middle schools and elementary schools only reported that 53 percent of their schools was responsible for the same actions. Local PTA’s and school boards are happy about these numbers but want to strive to eliminate school violence completely.

Wrong turn leads physicist to antimatter discovery

Physicist Joseph Dwyer of the University of New Hampshire in Durham has been sitting on an amazing piece of data he recorded in 2009 as he was unable to explain why he discovered evidence of antimatter in thunderstorm clouds, Nature reports. The physicist had been looking into the existence of atmospheric y rays, which are seen as evidence of positrons and antimatter being present in the atmosphere when he fitted a particle detector to a small plane. Embarking on a flight the pilot believed he was heading for the coast of Georgia when he accidentally turned in the opposite direction and into a sever thunderstorm.

Within the thunderstorm the y particle levels spiked to a level that indicates a one to two kilometer cloud of antimatter known as positrons were colliding with electrons in the cloud in a rare occurrence that has been theorized about for decades. Dwyer believes this shows the presence of antimatter in thunderclouds while other believe the positrons could have been formed by the wings of the aircraft becoming charged during the thunderstorm. Thanks to my buddy Brad Reifler of MarketWire for sending me this new information, antimatter is out there 🙂