Lecture 16 - 11/18/2010
12.753 Geodynamics Seminar (MIT)
In this year's Geodynamics Seminar, we will explore the depth and breadth of scientific research related to Earth's present and past ice-sheets, glaciers and sea-ice, as well as extraterrestrial planetary ice. Invited speakers have been chosen from experts in the current frontiers in ice-related research, including planetary ice, climate records from polar and tropical ice cores, the Snowball Earth, subglacial volcanoes, ice rheology, ice sheet modeling, ice microkinetics, glacial erosion and t
Lecture 16 - 11/18/2010
1. Darwin's Legacy: Course Introduction (September 22, 2008)
history, science, biology, social science, humanities, philosophy, education, religion, astrobiology, nature, evolution literacy, origin of species, natural selection, life, organism, environment, DNA, double helix, molecule, theory, evidence, religious i
2 Different conceptions of learning
How do we learn? Understanding ‘how’ is the key to learning more effectively. This unit looks at the three main categories of theories: the acquisitive, constructivist and experiential models of learning. There is no right way to learn but developing an active approach will ensure that you are open to new ideas.
Verso la scuola modulare: modulazione degli apprendimenti e organizzazione degli insegnamenti (ottav
Verso una scuola modulare. Coerenza verticale per un curricolo flessibile? Coerenza orizzontale per un curricolo flessibile? Adottare un approccio sistemico. Sviluppare il curricolo come una rete di basi di conoscenza.,Toward a modular school: modulation of learning and organization of teachings (eight lesson).Toward a modular school. Vertical consistence for a flexible curriculum? Horizontal consistence for a flexible curriculum? To adopt a systemic approach. To develop the curriculum like a ne
24.111 Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics (MIT)
Quantum mechanics--even in the ordinary, non-relativistic, "particle" formulation that will be the primary focus of this course--has been a staggeringly successful physical theory, surely one of the crowning achievements of 20th century science. It's also rather bizarre--bizarre enough to lead very intelligent and otherwise sensible people to make such claims as that the universe is perpetually splitting into many copies of itself, that conscious minds have the power to make physical systems "ju
Identification of deafblind dual sensory impairment in older people
Identification of deafblind dual sensory impairment in older people was published as briefing 21, by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in August 2007, and compiled by Keele University. It "focuses on issues relating to the identification of people over the age of 60 in the UK who have dual sensory loss in the form of a combined hearing and sight impairment (deafblind)." SCIE "Research briefings provide a concise summary of research knowledge on a particular topic. They summarise re
Magical Nature Journey sample
Magical Nature Journey DVD is an innovative learning experience for your child inspired by perhaps the wisest parent of them all - Mother Nature.
A diverse range of patterns, shapes, colors, textures and sounds found exclusively in nature are utilized in a gentle and soothing way to help enhance the development of your baby's brain.
Exciting close encounters with a wealth of wonderful animal and plant life and
multiple color, counting and naming sequences delight
Lecture 26 - 11/22/2010
Open Wide and Trek Inside
Open Wide and Trek Inside has several objectives. The first is to help students understand major concepts related to oral health. By focusing on the science of the oral environment, the module goes beyond the traditional "brushing and flossing" curriculum and presents to students the ways science has helped people understand how to take proper care of their mouths and the structures within. The second objective of the module is to engage students in the nature of science through inquiry. As st
Media effect on architectural design
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Hacia una RV de Representaci?n Hiperrealista (Towards a VR of Hyper-realistic Representation)
The objetive of the proyect is the hiperrealistic simulation of scenarios on standard PCs. We use the same tools that are used by the entertainment industry (3d graphics engines) to get the highest level of realism possible in 3d worlds. By now, we are exploring only the audio and visual areas. The potencial of this 3d enviorments construction tools let us to create exploration enviorments for academic and professional implementation like commerce, tourism, education, communication, etc.
Artificial Worlds, Virtual Generations
The progress in the scientific understanding/simulation of the evolution mechanisms and the first technological realizations (artificial life environments, robots, intelligent toys, self reproducing machines, agents on the web) are creating the base of a new age: the coming of the artificial beings and artificial societies. Although this aspect could seems a technological conquest, by our point of view it represent the foundation of a new step in the human evolution. The anticipation of this cha
Beach marks on a polystyrene fracture surface
The fracture surfaces are generally very sharp and angular, indicating fast, brittle fracture with little ductile tearing. 'Beach marks', can be seen where the fracture has grown at a speed comparable to the speed of sound in the material. This results in periodic, momentary arrests in the crack propagation and periodic ridges in the fracture surface as it advances. There is also evidence of the fracture surface branching onto different planes as it progresses.
Fracture surface in polystyrene
The fracture surfaces are generally very sharp and angular, indicating fast, brittle fracture with little ductile tearing. Parabolic 'beach marks', can be seen where the fracture has grown at a speed comparable to the speed of sound in the material (and has thus been periodically arrested) and indicate the direction in which the fracture has occurred. In places, there is evidence of ductile tearing, and also a finely fibrous surface which is the remnant of crazes. There is also some evidence o
Cu 90, Sn 10 (wt%) bronze, cast annealed
Subsequent to casting this sample was subject to an annealing treatment which served to recrystallise the sample. Evidence of this can be found in the annealing twins visible in several of the grains. These are a consequence of growth accidents during recrystallisation. Their shape is determined by the need to minimise interfacial energy. There is no strain energy associated with such twins and hence they do not have pointed ends.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Our lives are getting busier and busier and it can often seem that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. For many of us this means we are cutting down on the amount of time we are asleep. There is plenty of evidence, however, that in doing so we are increasing the risk of serious health problems, such as obesity and heart disease, as well as the problems associated with daytime sleepiness. Professor Franco Cappuccio, Chair of Warwick Medical School's sleep research group
Film in history/history in film
This is a module framework. It can be viewed online or downloaded as a zip file. As taught in Autumn Semester 2009 This module explores the inter-relations and interactions of film and history in 20th century Europe and the United States (with a few classic films from elsewhere). It considers how films have appropriated past events as their core subject matter or setting, for purposes of nostalgic entertainment or didactic drama, for social commentary, philosophical enquiry or political protes
21L.448J Darwin and Design (MIT)
In the Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin gave us a model for understanding how natural objects and systems can evidence design without positing a designer: how purpose and mechanism can exist without intelligent agency. Texts in this course deal with pre- and post-Darwinian treatment of this topic within literature and speculative thought since the eighteenth century. We will give some attention to the modern study of feedback mechanisms in artificial intelligence. Our reading will be in