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The Science behind Corporate e-learning

If you’ve grown up before the dawn of the digital age and your idea of education is a group of students sitting in a classroom learning from a teacher holding a textbook and writing notes on a chalk board, then you’re in for a surprise. The new technology surrounding education has literally connected thousands of people together virtually through the internet. There is a growing industry of education for companies using learning management software to keep everyone on the cutting edge of company news and advances.


Corporate LMS (Learning Management Systems) and the Connection Myth

Corporations have long prided themselves on keeping their employees and leadership of the company on the same page – so to speak. In reality, the way they historically did this was through newsletters mailed home or to have perhaps monthly team meetings with managers, who in turn would disseminate the information at the employee level. This was a good attempt to do exactly what corporate elearning software is now capable of. The big idea behind this industry is to connect employees at a more meaningful level than just a monthly company letter in the mail or some other outdated and archaic form of communication. To learn more about the kind of software that can provide this kind of connectedness to your organization, visit:

When getting plugged in to the bigger picture with an organization, studies have shown that when people feel this connection, and they experience the collaboration during an LMS session with other coworkers or stakeholders of the company, there comes an added and hidden benefit – loyalty.

In the digital age when employees land jobs it seems like the next day they’re looking for another. This is surely due to the discontentedness that comes with some greed, but it’s also a symptom of a deeper lack of feeling fulfilled in one’s work. If a job comes down to a commodity for an individual, then that company has failed to inspire, connect and educate. Fail to do these things, and your enterprise is going to become a thing of internet past. Why not use the internet to gather the most important people in your company together for weekly or bi-weekly meetings? Who knows what might happen when brains start meeting together. Did you know that one meeting like this is where Gmail was born? Google set up labs for their employees to meet and discuss one-day projects where each participant would spend the entire day working on a new concept to bring to the discussion table. And thank goodness! Where would any of us be without gmail?

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The Science of Life: Electromagnetism and Lightning

Lightning is an amazing study of science, visible to the naked eye and observable all over the world. In fact, with as many science experiments there are to study the nature of the universe, none can be replicated to the scale of natural lightning found in a large thunder cloud. The largest Tesla coil comes close, and is found in Oklahoma.

So in order to test something like a lightning conductors, it can only happen in real-life during an actual electrical storm. The science of lightning is one that is elusive yet exact. Since we can’t “see” electricity when studying it aside from the light given off because of the effects of electricity, then it must be dealt with cautiously.

Lightning Conductors

Lightning conductors and lightning protection systems have been in place for years, but there is no real way to test the efficacy of such an installation except for during an actual electrical storm when lightning strikes. Lightning has its beginnings in the atmospheric changes which include condensation and evaporation. To better understand the phenomena, here is an infographic that should shed some light on the topic:

lighting cycle

Lightning strikes the earth about 100 times per second and usually goes unseen by humans. But when it comes too close to home, the effects can be disastrous. The anatomy of a thunder cloud can be studied and we know what types of clouds are accompanied by lightning, so really the best way to gauge when and where lightning will strike will be looking at the sky in order to get a radius several miles wide. This is the only way for us to really “know” when and where lightning will strike so it’s not an exact science by any means.

Practical Uses for Lightning

This natural occurrence is probably the most powerful untapped resource known to man.  There is ongoing research as to how lightning can be harnessed for the common good of humanity. To this end, we are calling all would-be scientists to do some thinking around:

  • How to harness lightning
  • What would you do with it
  • Is it sustainable
  • Can it strike in the same place over and over again

If you want to take the challenge on using lightning conductors to harness the raw electrical power of a lightning bolt, then please do you research, put on your thinking hat and come up with some ideas. We are looking forward to your reply on the powerful effects of lighting and how they can be harnessed to help humanity. Thanks for reading and good luck!