Whenever we think of tornadoes, more often than not the image of an unstoppable natural engine of destruction wreaking havoc on unsuspecting farmers in rural America typically comes to mind -- that and the 1996 Bill Paxton vehicle Twister. Canadian entrepreneur and engineer Louis Michaud, on the other hand, sees a potentially eco-friendly new source of energy. Meddling with the most primal forces of nature, Michaud has outlined a method to create and harness these swirling vortexes of doom as a means of powering turbines that generate useable energy. The plan may sound like the dastardly machinations of a comic book super villain, but the project has actually piqued the interest of a high-profile financial backer.
From Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates, many of the world’s best, brightest and most successful tech all-stars were college dropouts who left school to pursue their wildest micro-chip dreams. Legendary early stage tech investor Peter Thiel, who gave Facebook its first major investment, thought it’d be a good idea for young aspiring moguls to follow in those footsteps. So he’s giving kids under the age of 20 $100,000 if they’ll drop out of college (or, in one case, the fourth year of a PhD program) and get to work on their start-ups. Badass, huh?
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In a comparatively tame social-networking-gone-bad story, Jim Breyer, a member of Facebook's board of directors, had his Facebook account hacked, and then used to send out a phishing e-mail. It's not that tame, though, considering that there are only four people on Facebook's board of directors, Breyer, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Andreessen, and Peter Thiel, so he's actually one of the bigger names in charge of the network. The hack wound up sending spam to some of his more than 2,300 friends.