The real-life housing market might be in the dumps, but a Hollywood real estate mogul is making a killing in the virtual world. Jon Jacobs, aka "Neverdie" in the massively multiplayer Entropia Universe, just sold a virtual nightclub for the actual price of $635,000.
Proceeds from the sale will fund Jacobs' virtual planet-building ventures, which could in turn create actual revenue streams for Hollywood, the recording industry and traditional media sources. Really.
A task force commissioned by Florida Governor Rick Scott has an idea that the state will be putting to a vote soon: Giving a tuition discount to students majoring in STEM fields. Part of a college overhaul in the state, the law would freeze tuition for "high-demand" majors (engineering, physics, and similar fields), while letting poetry majors' cut sail away like so many diplomas in the wind. The Atlantic's Jordan Weissmann has some good thoughts on why this might be a bad idea. They're practical ones, too, for the folks who don't have a bleeding heart for aspiring sculptors. [The Atlantic]