Posts by Kendrick Nafus

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Elon Musk and his new factory

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Thu, 2014-02-27 15:22 with 1 comments

I have done more research on Elon Musk, especially on his company Tesla. They are going to guile the world largest battery factory. It will produce more batteries than are currently in production today. Tesla is going to release some more plans about the factory this week. It also caused the stock of Tesla to surge over 20% and it is projected to reach around $320. This will be over billion dollar project and could revolutionize transportation as we knows it. It could also revolutionize the utilities industry which needs batteries to store energy from solar cells. This is going to be big.

Tesla and SpaceX

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Thu, 2014-02-13 15:17 with 1 comments

I've learned a lot about Elon Musk recently especially his personality and his companies. One thing I found out was that he has proposed a new form of transportation called the Hyperloop system which speeds these pods along a vacuum tube. He proposed it in order to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco. After the California high speed rail initiative was passed. Elon was upset over the fact that it was going to be over $100 billion and slower than it would be if you drove. His proposal is said to cost between $6-$7 billion vs $100+ billion.

Research Topic Findings

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Tue, 2014-02-11 16:09 with 0 comments

I learned a couple of interesting things about Elon Musk's companies. SpaceX was the first private space company to send supplies to the ISS. The only four other countries have been able to do this. That means a single company is more advance than some of the worlds space programs. The average age at SpaceX is about 30. SpaceX had two failed missions in 2008. If they would have had one more the company would have gone bankrupt. Elon Musk's other company Tesla Motors had a huge year in terms of its stock.

Who is Elon Musk and why does he matter to our future?

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Thu, 2014-02-06 15:10 with 0 comments

I learned a lot about Elon Musk through my research through EBSCO. As a kid he was bullied a lot and read a lot of books. He always had these big dreams of going to america and becoming a citizen. He made these dreams come true while attending the University of Pennsylvania. I learned that he wanted to originally send a green house to Mars to raise awareness about the possibility of sending humans there. He found out though that the problem wasn't due to a lack of interest, but a lack of funds and technology. I also learned that he almost went bankrupt twice.

Elon Musk, Developing a Working Knowledge

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Thu, 2014-01-30 15:21 with 0 comments

I am doing a research project on Elon Musk. He grew up in South Africa, moved to Canada because it made it easier to get into America, and attended the University of Pennsylvania. After college he became a co founder of PayPal. He sold it for a couple billion and started two companies, a space exploration company and a car company. Both companies have become huge successes. His falcon 9 rocket became the first private space vehicle to go to the international space station. SpaceX is the name of this rocket company and is the leader in private space enterprise.

How North Korea is the new 1984

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Tue, 2013-11-26 14:13 with 0 comments

Brainwashing is something that is very prominent in 1984. The entire part 3 is dedicated to Winston's brain washing and making him believe everything Big Brother says. A parallel to today's society would be North Korea and how they truly have brainwashed people. Especially since the majority of its people have been born under the rule of the dictatoriship. Like in 1984 there is only one party, the workers party of Korea. North Korean citizens are also taught to worship their supreme leader, who currently is Kim Jong-un. This is similar to the worship of Big Brother.

Education reform

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Wed, 2013-11-13 23:49 with 0 comments

So education today is essentially a one size fits all approach which really isn't that effective. Policies like no child left behind were a failure, and we really don't know how to reform the system. I believe that through the use of the internet as well as a resigned curriculum we would be able to reach those who are poor and not as likely to seek education as a means out of poverty. One great idea I cam across was based on this man name Sugata Mitra.

Can we have politics without spin

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Tue, 2013-10-29 15:22 with 0 comments

After reading the book UnSpun I was wondering if we could have a functioning political system without spin. One of the points in the book was misnomers. An example from 2013 of a misnomer would be something like the Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare. I don't think it is possible to have politics without it but i am not totally sure why that is. I also feel that not enough people up to date on current issues to really see anything with an open mind. Maybe that's just the times we live. I, but could it ever be possible to eliminate the worst types of spin.

What is our Human Nature

Discussion by: Kendrick Shawn on Tue, 2013-10-08 14:56 with 0 comments
Lord of the flies island

One of the most prominent themes in "Lord of the Flies" is the idea of human and what we are really like when we are not influenced by an outside world. Golding, it's author, seems to take a negative and almost violent approach to what we are like. Do you agree with him and if not, what do you think are human nature is like if not influenced by outside forces?

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