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1.4 Nature matters in terms of a critical systems literacy
This unit explores conceptual tools for assisting our thinking and deliberation on what matters. The notion of ‘framing’ nature is introduced and three readings provide an understanding of systems thinking for explicitly framing issues of environmental responsibility.
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7.2.1 Trap 1: representing the problem and not the situation

This trap is one of the most fundamental mistakes you can make in systems thinking. There are lots of metaphorical phrases in English that can entice you into the trap. We can talk about ‘the nub of the problem’, ‘the key issue’, ‘the basic problem’, ‘the real difficulty’ and so on.

Like all traps, once it has sprung, it can be very difficult to get out. The trap seriously limits one's ability to think about the situation in its full complexity. This
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Ecological Pyramids
An ecological pyramid (or trophic pyramid) is a graphical representation designed to show the biomass or productivity at each trophic level in a given ecosystem. Biomass pyramids show the abundance or biomass of organisms at each trophic level, while productivity pyramids show the production or turnover in biomass. Ecological pyramids begin with producers on the bottom (such as plants) and proceed through the various trophic levels (such as herbivores that eat plants, then carnivores that eat he
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Digital projectors merge real and virtual worlds
July 26 - Move over virtual reality, researchers at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are taking spatially augmented reality to the next level with "dynamic projection surfaces." The system moves projected images out into the real world, enabling multiple users to interact with their physical and virtual environments simultaneously. Sharon Reich reports.
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The Career Expo at California College of the Arts is a private job fair aimed specifically at CCA's emerging student and alumni populations of artists, writers, designers, and thinkers, and the potential employers who value them. Attendees receive invaluable information about potential internships, part- and full-time positions, freelance work, and more! Video produced by Edward Hayden (BFA Film Program, 2011) Design by CCA Graphic Design student Matt Delbridge (Sputnik Design Studio) Learn m
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Boiler Bytes: ev Grand Prix comes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Purdue University conducted the first Collegiate evGrandPrix May 7 as part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Emerging Tech Day. Thirty teams from 10 universities were expected to compete on a course built on the Speedway grounds. Emerging Tech Day is part of the Speedway's 100th anniversary celebration. It is designed to continue IMS's legacy as an incubator and proving ground of automotive innovation. http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/events/2011/110505ShelbyIMSgrandprix.html http://www.evgrand
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The Story of Movies: Understanding Films and Filmmaking
This well-produced video introduces a curriculum designed to introduce middle school students to the practice of critically analyzing film and other forms of visual storytelling. It features classroom scenes, as well s interviews with Martin Scorsese, classroom teachers, and the curriculum writer.

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July 28 - Two suicide bombers killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30 in Iraq's Tikrit city. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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July 28 - Chilean students clash with police in latest in a series of protests over education budgets. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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July 28 - The woman accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault defends her story and her credibility. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Digital Library Object - Duke of Wellington and the supply system during the Peninsula War.
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Subtraction Across Zeros
In this video, a student shows how to subtract with regrouping using place value manipulatives.  The student explains the problem step-by-step, writes the problem, and shows the problem with manipulatives. ( 1:34)
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This video explains how to identify figures of speech and figurative language through a series of questions.  (01:35)
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Enzyme Catalysis, Kinetic Analysis of Enzyme Activity from the course Survey of the Principles of Bi
Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Fall 2006. This course is a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of biological chemistry, including the properties of intermediary metabolites, the structure and function of biological macromolecules, the logic of metabolic pathways (both degradative and biosynthetic) and the molecular basis of genetics and gene expression.
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The Holloway Series in Poetry: Aaron Kunin
A rising star in the poetry world, Kunin is also a literary critic and a novelist. His formally innovative work has been described as "tragicomic," and it is with a certain thrill that one realizes his poems have managed to bundle shame with hilarity, high tension with the highly ridiculous, sharp wit with ominous portents. His first book, Folding Ruler Star (Fence Books, 2005), was devised as a "value-neutral Paradise Lost" in which the structures of belief, shame, and hierarchy are explored b
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Cars and power plants that burn fossil fuels release smoke that is full of chemicals. These chemicals float into the atmosphere, get trapped in clouds, and make the rain more acidic. This is known as acid rain.
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