11.380J Urban Transportation Planning (MIT)
This class is an introduction to planning transportation in metropolitan areas. The approach, while rooted on the analytical tools which estimate outcomes and alternatives, is holistic. This means starting from a scan of the site, its history and its current trends, in order to frame properly the problem, including the relevant actors, institutions, roles and interests. The design and evaluation of alternatives considers this complexity, in addition to construction, operation and maint
The Grand Strategy of Detente
'Nixon goes to China' shattered the façade of Communist unity and dug the United States out of the hole it found itself in at the end of the 1960s. Critics have seen Nixon and Kissinger's policy as morally compromised, but was it actually the key to America's victory in the Cold War? Niall Ferguson is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2010-11.
From the vault: Captain Beefheart's paintings
Ihor Holubizky, senior curator at the McMaster Museum of Art, talks about two paintings by recently deceased experimental rocker Don Van Vliet, also known as Captain Beefheart. The works are currently stored in the Museum's vault, and one, "Lycanthrope's Pig", will be included in the exhibition Autoplasmic, running from March 12 to May 28, 2011.
The American Civil War
Changing Europe: 1919-1945
Intelligent Agents for Distance Learning
Distance learning involves a lot of work of human assistants. These assistants need to be connected for answering student doubts and questions. Intelligent agents can do part of this repetitive work because they can observe students interacting with educational courses, detect learning troubles of these students, and then suggest them some way for overcoming those troubles. However, a design problem appears with this promised possibility: how to connect educational applications with these agents
1.011 Project Evaluation (MIT)
1.011 examines methodologies for evaluating civil engineering projects, which typically are large-scale, long-lived projects involving many economic, financial, social, and environmental factors. Topics covered include: basic techniques of engineering economics including net present value analysis, life-cycle costing, benefit-cost analysis, and other approaches to project evaluation; resource and cost estimation procedures appropriate for large-scale infrastructure systems; and incorporating ser
The Pulse of Scientific Freedom in the Age of Biotech Industry
A conversation with: Arpad Pusztai, John Losey, Tyrone Hayes, and Ignacio Chapela. Introduced by Michael Pollan. Moderated by Mark Dowie. The four participants in this conversation have performed simple, yet dramatic discoveries in Biology that question the wisdom of a quarter century of commitment to an agenda of agricultural development based on intensive technological dependence. As a consequence of the publication of their research, each of the participants has encountered not only controv
The Busy World of Richard Scarry-Play it Safe - Signs
Huckle and Lowly roam around Busytown looking at various signs (pedestrian, bicycle, red line across it, walking, etc.). This is a great resource to emphasize the importance of understanding street signs especially for our younger students or special education students (1:10).
ISS Update - Jan. 28, 2011
The International Space Station video update for Jan. 28, 2011.
Phases of the Moon 3D Animation
This brief video is a full photo realistic animation of the complete cycle of the moon. There is no narration or music but could easily be used while discussing a waxing and waning moon. (01:33)