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20,000 Leagues Under The Seabed of Tellurium

20,000 Leagues Under The Seabed of Tellurium

One of the limiting factors in the research and development of photovoltaic (PV) technology and the use of solar panels lies in the rare earth metal tellurium. This rare metal is generally produced as a byproduct of copper refining. With only a small amount being available, it is certainly what is is limiting research and development in the area of photovoltaic technology. However, it has been found that some deep undersea ridges are quite rich in tellurium.   Scientists just…

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Driving Into the Future

Driving Into the Future

It appears that self-driving vehicles will be here quicker than anticipated. There have been many test runs, but autonomous vehicles without any human backup will be sent out to roads potentially as soon as early 2018. This will take place in France through the cooperative effort of Delphi and the French transport company Transdev.   Two autonomous taxis and a shuttle van will be the first things used in the project. They will run small routes between a local rail…

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R&D Heating Up the Geothermal Industry

R&D Heating Up the Geothermal Industry

I am going to continue the topic of R&D’s role in the world of energy. Geothermal is becoming a popular means of energy production across the globe. While geothermal may be efficient, there are countless engineering-related obstacles that must be dealt with in order to efficiently offer such a luxury. Geothermal contains a near infinite supply of energy beneath the surface that is renewable and free of emissions. (Metcalfe, Tulley, & Vandermeer. 2017). Geothermal systems are able to offer both…

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R&D – Energized

R&D – Energized

Research and development regarding the distribution of stored solar energy has been a hot topic lately.  One of the largest national security threats lies in our power grid. This  was brought up in a reading for ICS 602, in addition to energy being a hot topic in my newsletters for ICS 642.     The technology for the distribution of stored solar energy is very accessible and is something that the US Military is now considering in order to make…

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ICS 698: Introduction

ICS 698: Introduction

Hello class, My name is Ryan Angel and I currently live in Muncie, Indiana. I am attending Ball State University to work on my Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences. I will be moving to the South Bend area next month to work in research compliance for a university and anticipate graduating in July of 2017. I studied Geology and Chemistry during my undergraduate education at Ball State University. Upon graduation I ended up working as a Chemist…

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Life in the Information Renaissance

Life in the Information Renaissance

Today we are in what is believed to be the Information Renaissance. Dr. Jay Gillette describes the information renaissance as, “a knowledge society driven by an information economy”  in his article titled Leadership for the Information Renaissance: Clarity, Challenges, Opportunity.   One of the key points Dr. Jay Gillette made regarding the Information Renaissance is the section titled, “Information Networks: The Key to the Information Renaissance”. This means that we are inherently a part of the network of information networks –…

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Components of Human Communication

Components of Human Communication

Human communication is the foundation upon which we as human beings express ourselves and converse with one another. Most people seem to have their own ideas about what human communication is or what it may mean to them based on their personal experiences and personality. Communication does not always have to be the spoken word; body language, visual cues, personal experience and a myriad of other components help piece together what we know as human communication. Body language is a…

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Plagiarism as a Scientist

Plagiarism as a Scientist

Plagiarism is not something that most science students seek out to intentionally do, however it is something that many students unintentionally do every year. When it comes to plagiarism, the old adage, “I would rather be safe than sorry” can be of the utmost importance. One of the key ways to avoid plagiarism is to properly site your sources according to whatever format the guidelines for your paper specify. Some of these include MLA, APA, and Chicago/Tiburian formats. It is very…

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CICS and what it offers

CICS and what it offers

The Center for Information and Communication Sciences is an intensive Master of Science degree offered by Ball State University. This degree consists of 38 graduate credit hours, whereas most degrees typically require around 30. In addition to this, the degree can be completed under a rigorous 11 month plan to expedite the process of getting the professionals they create in to the real world. The Center, as it is often called within the program, gives students the opportunity to flourish…

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