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10 Amazing Facts About The Brain
This 1:40 video has some interesting facts about the brain that is sure to get students interested. Moves rapidly and it can be used for a good discussion or future study of the brain.
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Wall St. hopes for last minute deal
July 25 - Stock prices fell, bond yields rose and gold hit a record high, but the market's response to the threat of a U.S. default or credit downgrade was not as severe as feared. Conway G. Gittens reports.
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Europe Day Ahead: U.S. debt standoff supports safe haven bid
July 25 - The bid is back behind safe havens as the US debt standoff between Democrats and Republicans continues. Meanwhile, oil slides on concern over the economic impact of any US default.
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Weymouth gears up for 2012 Olympics
July 25 - Yachting teams from around the world descend on Weymouth the English seaside town hosting the sailing events of the 2012 Olympics, to begin training. Nick Rowlands reports.
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Breakingviews: Beware the Greek rescue deal
A deal was better than a disaster, but the new Greece rescue deal has the astonishing by-product of increasing its debts and doesn't even mark the end of the crisis, says Hugo Dixon of Breakingviews.
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Andy Home on Chinese aluminum trade data
Reuter Base Metals Columnist Andy Home analyses the latest trade data out of China and its impact on the aluminium market.
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"Night Journey" by Theodore Roethke (poetry reading)
The Locomotive is Fort Wayne's Nickel Plate Road 765. Did Roethke ride this train? I don't know, but he might have done. He was from Saginaw, Michigan. Here's a quotation from their site "This is the historic steam locomotive no. 765: a high-stepping, fourteen wheeled magnificent machine that stands 15 feet tall, weighs 404 tons, and goes over 60 miles an hour; restored to the way it looked and sounded when it was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1944. Celebrated for pulling passenger e
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Distance Rate Time Rap
Full "Distance Rate Time" music video from Mr. Q-U-E's "Mind of a Mathman" DVD.   (2:40)
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Sports Turfgrass Management - Workforce Development @ CSM
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World Through Stamps: Aviation History (1957)
An interesting combination - Great moments in aviation history as told through postage stamps. (18min)
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Hemova Vascular Access Device
Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering Design Day project presentation.
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Rotating around the Tharsis Rise (True Color)
Push in and spin around Tharsis rise on a flat map of Mars MOLA topography with Viking true color
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Documenting Brown 4: Mendez v. Westminster
This 1946 federal court ruling marked a victory for Mexican Americans and chipped away at the separate but equal doctrine, declaring segregated schools based on national origin unconstitutional.
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8.1 Loose ends

Before moving into a discussion of the missing element of the rich picture, I want to direct your attention to all the thoughts and ideas I have encouraged you not to put into your rich picture. I imagine you might have collected quite a list of loose ends. The next activity will involve some of these.

Expect to take about half an hour to do the next activity.


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7.5 Summary

I hope that, by now, you have a rich picture you are pleased with. This is a considerable achievement because, despite the informality of the rich picture's style, a rich picture that effectively captures the complex situation takes a lot of effort to achieve. It depends crucially on being prepared to enter into the experience of the situation of interest and to interrogate that experience thoroughly. Noticing is not enough. Each feature of the situation has to be carefully captured by repres
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2.4 Appreciating epistemological issues

Common sense tells me my experience and understanding of the world are limited. I am 173 cm in height. That limits my view of the world. It may not matter much that I cannot see what my house looks like from above but it does mean there will be things going on in the roof I may not notice until they impinge on areas that I can experience.

More significantly, there is a real limitation on understanding the experiences of other people. You might tell me about your experience but your desc
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2.3 Taking responsibility for your own learning

Not much of this unit conforms to the traditional pattern I mentioned earlier – the theory-example-exercise pattern. In particular, you will find you are expected to discover much of it for yourself. Why is this? This is a legitimate question and deserves a full answer. One year, a student at a residential summer school complained I had not taught him properly. I was, he told me, an expert and so why did I not demonstrate how to tackle the problem he was working on and pass my expertise on
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2.2 The nature of systems thinking and systems practice

There are no simple definitions for either systems thinking or systems practice. It's difficult to find definitions that capture all the perspectives that the ideas carry for people who think of themselves as systems thinkers and systems practitioners. Most systems practitioners seem to experience the same kind of difficulty in explaining what they do or what it means to be systemic in their thinking. Through experience I've developed some criteria by which I characterise systems thinking, bu
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Pure water versus blue colored water
A controlled experiment allows an investigator to conduct the experiment by changing only one single factor while keeping all other variables constant. The factor that was changed in this experiment, called the independent variable, was the water color.
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Mexican clowns give thanks
June 28 - Hundreds of colourfully dressed clowns march towards the Basilica of Guadalupe to show appreciation for employment and health. Tara Cleary reports.
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