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Digital Signal Processing: The Essentials that You Need to Know. Theory to Practice book cover

Digital Signal Processing: The Essentials that You Need to Know. Theory to Practice

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Author(s): Dwight Day

Subject(s): The Arts

Institution(s): Kansas State University

Publisher: New Prairie Press

Last updated: 28/05/2024

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Transformaciones

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Author(s): Laura Kanost, Isabel Asensio

Subject(s): Translation and interpretation

Institution(s): Kansas State University, Weber State University

Publisher: New Prairie Press

Last updated: 30/04/2024

Designed for students with proficiency of at least advanced low in Spanish and English; does not assume prior translation experience. Provides a basic introduction to selected techniques for translating written narratives, subtitling videos, and localizing videogames. Through these activities, students develop their bilingual communication skills as well as creative problem solving and critical thinking. Activities build in complexity.
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Cyber Domain

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Author(s): C. M. Carter, H.C. Mumm, J.P. Hood, R. K. Nichols, W.D. Lonstein

Subject(s): Aerospace and aviation technology

Institution(s): Kansas State University

Publisher: New Prairie Press

Last updated: 15/04/2024

Unmanned Aircraft Systems are an integral part of the US national critical infrastructure. The authors have endeavored to bring a breadth and quality of information to the reader that is unparalleled in the unclassified sphere. This textbook will fully immerse and engage the reader / student in the cyber-security considerations of this rapidly emerging technology that we know as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The first edition topics covered National Airspace (NAS) policy issues, information security (INFOSEC), UAS vulnerabilities in key systems (Sense and Avoid / SCADA), navigation and collision avoidance systems, stealth design, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms; weapons systems security; electronic warfare considerations; data-links, jamming, operational vulnerabilities and still-emerging political scenarios that affect US military / commercial decisions.

This second edition discusses state-of-the-art technology issues facing US UAS designers. It focuses on counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) – especially research designed to mitigate and terminate threats by SWARMS. Topics include high-altitude platforms (HAPS) for wireless communications; C-UAS and large scale threats; acoustic countermeasures against SWARMS and building an Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) acoustic library; updates to the legal / regulatory landscape; UAS proliferation along the Chinese New Silk Road Sea / Land routes; and ethics in this new age of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence (AI).

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El español en mi entorno

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)  176 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Andie Faber

Editor(s): Andie Faber, Yasmin Gavigan

Subject(s): The Arts

Institution(s): Kansas State University

Publisher: New Prairie Press

Last updated: 11/04/2024

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Cyber-Human Systems, Space Technologies, and Threats

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Author(s): Professor Randall K. Nichols, Candice M. Carter, Jerry V. Drew II, Max Farcot, Captain John-Paul Hood, Dr. Mark J. Jackson, Peter D. Johnson, Dr. Siny Joseph, Dr. Saeed Kahn, Wayne D. Lonstein, Dr. Robert McCreight, Trevor W. Muehlfelder, Dr. Hans C. Mumm, Carter Diebold, Dr. Julie J.C.H. Ryan, Dr. Suzanne M. Sincavage, William Slofer, John Toebes

Editor(s): Professor Randall K. Nichols

Subject(s): Astronautics, Aerospace and aviation technology, Robotics, Warfare and defence, Artificial intelligence, Agriculture, agribusiness and food production industries

Institution(s): Kansas State University

Publisher: New Prairie Press

Last updated: 09/04/2024

CYBER-HUMAN SYSTEMS, SPACE TECHNOLOGIES, AND THREATS  is our eighth textbook in a series covering the world of UASs / CUAS/ UUVs / SPACE. Other textbooks in our series are Space Systems Emerging Technologies and Operations; Drone Delivery of CBNRECy – DEW Weapons: Emerging Threats of Mini-Weapons of Mass Destruction and Disruption (WMDD); Disruptive Technologies with applications in Airline, Marine, Defense Industries; Unmanned Vehicle Systems & Operations On Air, Sea, Land; Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technologies and Operations;  Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Cyber Domain: Protecting USA’s Advanced Air Assets, 2nd edition; and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Cyber Domain Protecting USA’s Advanced Air Assets, 1st edition. Our previous seven titles have received considerable global recognition in the field. (Nichols & Carter, 2022) (Nichols, et al., 2021) (Nichols R. K., et al., 2020) (Nichols R. , et al., 2020) (Nichols R. , et al., 2019) (Nichols R. K., 2018) (Nichols R. K., et al., 2022)

Our eighth title takes on a new purview of Cyber Human Systems and Space Technologies.

Here’s our book’s breakdown:

SECTION 1: Cyber Human Systems (CHS): Eight chapters in this section cover a wide birth of issues and questions. We start at the technological future where machines are merged with humans. CHS has a legal framework, and it is addressed sensors and consumer products. Next, we cover the artificial brain. Chapter 4 is our Hope for Humanity and Positive Global Change. Just think if the AI/ ML/ Space technologies we discuss, when put into responsible hands, could increase food production by 1-2%. How many more millions of families could have food on their tables? Cyborgs are real and here. But where is the future? Turing gave us a legacy of machines hacking machines, but the question is will CHS be hackable? We consider the management of human-AI teams. We end the section with the powerful threats of Neurostrike, impaired metaverse and CHATGPT

SECTION 2: Space Threats :We cannot underestimate technologies that create threats in or out of space. Chapter 9 presents biological threats and growth in space. Space EW is next on the menu followed up by space systems modeling and simulation tools. Chapter 12 argues for a space navy to conduct deep space warfare and exert space dominance.

SECTION 3: Space Warfare, Hypersonics, & Materials: Our resident expert on hypersonics opines on updates to space defenses based on new capabilities in hypersonic missiles. Cyber threats in space cannot be ignored and they are presented in an evolutionary format. Strategy of materials manufacturing in space and their economics are addressed.  Quantum technologies will have a significant impact on space operations and are presented. The final chapter is innovative research for wireless power in space applications.

State-of-the-Art research by a team of eighteen SMEs is incorporated into our book! We trust you will enjoy reading it as much as we have in its writing. There is hope for the future.

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EDSEC 477 Content Area Literacy and Diverse Learners

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Author(s): Lori Goodson

Subject(s): Education

Institution(s): Kansas State University

Publisher: New Prairie Press

Last updated: 09/04/2024

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Space Systems: Emerging Technologies and Operations

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Author(s): Prof. Randall K. Nichols, Candice M. Carter, John Paul Hood, Mark J. Jackson, Siny Joseph, Haley Larson, Wayne D. Lonstein, Randall Mai, Robert McCreight, Hans C. Mumm, Michael Oetken, Michael J. Pritchard, Julie J.C.H. Ryan, Suzanne M. Sincavage, William Slofer

Editor(s): Prof. Randall K. Nichols

Subject(s): Aerospace and aviation technology, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Industrial processes

Institution(s): Kansas State University

Publisher: New Prairie Press

Last updated: 09/04/2024

SPACE SYSTEMS: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND OPERATIONS is our seventh textbook in a series covering the world of UASs / CUAS/ UUVs. Other textbooks in our series are Drone Delivery of CBNRECy – DEW Weapons: Emerging Threats of Mini-Weapons of Mass Destruction and Disruption (WMDD); Disruptive Technologies with applications in Airline, Marine, Defense Industries; Unmanned Vehicle Systems & Operations On Air, Sea, Land; Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technologies and Operations;  Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Cyber Domain: Protecting USA’s Advanced Air Assets, 2nd edition; and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Cyber Domain Protecting USA’s Advanced Air Assets, 1st edition. Our previous six titles have received considerable global recognition in the field. (Nichols & Carter, 2022) (Nichols et al., 2021) (Nichols R. K. et al., 2020) (Nichols R. et al., 2020) (Nichols R. et al., 2019) (Nichols R. K., 2018)

Our seventh title takes on a new purview of Space. Let’s think of Space as divided into four regions. These are Planets, solar systems, the great dark void (which fall into the purview of astronomers and astrophysics), and the Dreamer Region. The earth, from a measurement standpoint, is the baseline of Space. It is the purview of geographers, engineers, scientists, politicians, and romantics. Flying high above the earth are Satellites. Military and commercial organizations govern their purview. The lowest altitude at which air resistance is low enough to permit a single complete, unpowered orbit is approximately 80 miles (125 km) above the earth’s surface. Normal Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite launches range between 99 miles (160 km) to 155 miles (250 km). Satellites in higher orbits experience less drag and can remain in Space longer in service. Geosynchronous orbit is around 22,000 miles (35,000 km). However, orbits can be even higher. UASs (Drones) have a maximum altitude of about 33,000 ft (10 km) because rotating rotors become physically limiting. (Nichols R. et al., 2019) Recreational drones fly at or below 400 ft in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, E) and are permitted with prior authorization by using a LAANC or DroneZone. Recreational drones are permitted to fly at or below 400 ft in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace. (FAA, 2022) However, between 400 ft and 33,000 ft is in the purview of DREAMERS.

In the DREAMERS region, Space has its most interesting technological emergence. We see emerging technologies and operations that may have profound effects on humanity. This is the mission our book addresses. We look at the Dreamer Region from three perspectives:1) a Military view where intelligence, jamming, spoofing, advanced materials, and hypersonics are in play; 2) the Operational Dreamer Region; which includes Space-based platform vulnerabilities, trash, disaster recovery management, A.I., manufacturing, and extended reality; and 3) the Humanitarian Use of Space technologies; which includes precision agriculture wildlife tracking, fire risk zone identification, and improving the global food supply and cattle management.

Here’s our book’s breakdown:

SECTION 1 C4ISR and Emerging Space Technologies. C4ISR stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and  Reconnaissance. Four chapters address the military: Current State of Space Operations; Satellite Killers and Hypersonic Drones; Space Electronic Warfare, Jamming, Spoofing, and ECD; and the challenges of Manufacturing in Space.

SECTION 2: Space Challenges and Operations covers in five chapters a wide purview of challenges that result from operations in Space, such as Exploration of Key Infrastructure Vulnerabilities from Space-Based Platforms; Trash Collection and Tracking in Space; Leveraging Space for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Bio-threats to Agriculture and Solutions From Space; and rounding out the lineup is a chapter on Modelling, Simulation, and Extended Reality.

SECTION 3: Humanitarian Use of Space Technologies is our DREAMERS section. It introduces effective use of Drones and Precision Agriculture; and Civilian Use of Space for Environmental, Wildlife Tracking, and Fire Risk Zone Identification.

SECTION 3 is our Hope for Humanity and Positive Global Change. Just think if the technologies we discuss, when put into responsible hands, could increase food production by 1-2%. How many more millions of families could have food on their tables?

State-of-the-Art research by a team of fifteen SMEs is incorporated into our book. We trust you will enjoy reading it as much as we have in its writing. There is hope for the future.

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Social Justice in a Family Context

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Author(s): Joyce Baptist, Elizabeth B. Pearce

Subject(s): Family and health

Institution(s): Kansas State University

Publisher: Linn-Benton Community College

Last updated: 09/04/2024

This textbook is an amalgamation of material licensed under Creative Commons and publicly available resources. Materials include online textbooks, YouTube videos, and other materials published online. The text focuses on issues that impact families in the U.S.

The intent of the material presented is to provide information regarding the inequities that exist in the U.S, and their impact on families. Having an awareness of these issues and reflecting on them, especially in regards to our role in dismantling these inequities and promoting and advocating for social justice is crucial when working with families.

It is imperative that we approach the material presented with an open mind and -heart, listen for and feel the struggle of the disenfranchised, and allow ourselves to be impassioned to go beyond being an ally and instead serve as an accomplice. Being an accomplice means using one’s privileged position to create space for the marginalized, working alongside them to effect systemic change.

It further means being willing to bear the cost of discomfort because real advocacy is not restful. And until we know what the oppressed are up against and how it affects them, and the role we play in perpetuating oppression, we can’t honestly begin to effect change. I thank the authors whose contributions provide us the opportunity to explore, learn and grow.

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Principles of Biology EText

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Author(s): Carolyn Jackson

Last updated: 09/04/2024

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Introduction to Social Work

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Author(s): Carolyn Jackson

Last updated: 09/04/2024