Keynote Presentation: Academic Perspectives
Very simply stated, systems biology attempts to “capture the dynamic nature of living systems.” To accomplish this, says Hood, you “have to bring together the flavors of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering and physics,” among others. It’s a vast area to tackle. But with tools like the internet and digital
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Final Journey to the Hubble Space Telescope
Astronaut Mike Massimino returns to MIT and shares his experience on the Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-125). Topics include the challenges of space walking while repairing the Hubble, having the right tools on hand for high stakes repairs, and the long hours of practice that lead up to the task.

Welcomed back to MIT by Aer

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Autism: What Do We Know? What Do We Need?
“I’ll give you the 30,000 foot view of autism.”

Remarking that autism today, in terms of interest and funding, is like cancer was 20 years ago,
Dr. Thomas Insel provides the latest medical and scientific views on this complex developmental brain disorder. The formal definition of autism includes three main componen

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Iraq: What Now?
The gloves come off in this biting review of Bush Administration policy in “post-war Iraq.” Juan Cole believes the administration acted on a fundamental misunderstanding, imagining that by toppling the Hussein regime, all Iraqis “would be happy.” After the U.S. destroyed Hussein’s security apparatus, preexisting constituen
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Bill Porter in Conversation with Howard Anderson
Some of the lessons Bill Porter picked up as a 13-year-old ranch hand in Colorado seem to have lasted a lifetime. When his boss told him to drive over a treacherous mountain pass into town for some chicken feed, Porter said he could not yet drive. He was told, “Just do it.” And when he faced taking a team of horses out to pas
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El Sistema: Social Support and Advocacy Through Musical Education
Even in the confines of a panel discussion,
Gustavo Dudamel radiates so much passion and ebullience that it requires little imagination to see him at the podium with a baton in hand. MIT’s 2010 McDermott Award in the Arts winner is, at the tender age of 29, one of the world’s top conductors and music disseminators.

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Is This the Libertarian Moment?

Earlier this month the New York Times wondered aloud if the “libertarian moment” had arrived. A good question, to be sure.

To answer it, though, Times reporter Robert Draper sought out not quite the top libertarian thinkers in the world, but instead those people most easily reached within a ten-minute walk from the Capitol or the Empire State Building.


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6.1.2 Essay planning

Carefully read the following short essay. Try to identify its strengths and weaknesses in terms of planning. Take your time, but don't think you need to be familiar with the content, you are trying to find what provides the writing's framework.

Then try to answer the questions that follow in Activity 13.

There are
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Microeconomic theory III
The website for this course (14.123 Microeconomic Theory III, Spring 2009) has been made available by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Economics as part of the MIT OpenCourseWare project. This course discusses decision theory and topics in game theory including models of individual decision-making under certainty and uncertainty. Topics covered include preference orderings, expected utility, risk, stochastic dominance, supermodularity, monotone comparative statics, b
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5.2 Where can we go from here?

As this discussion has unfolded we have progressively shifted the focus from a description of crime, either through the common-sense story or through the detailing of statistical evidence, to competing explanations. But this is not the end of the story, well not quite.

Crime is an important area of social scientific inquiry in its own right. But looking at crime has allowed us to connect with many other important topics which are of concern to all social scientists.


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3D game lets you see through an animal's eyes
An online simulation mimics the vision of five animals as a player steers them through Place Vendôme in Paris Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24716
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Woman with flowers on a table
An older woman is posed seated with two windows in the background. She is wearing a long sleeved blouse with ribbon woven into the lace around the collar and down the front. She is reaching toward a vase of flowers on the table next to her.
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What Is the Difference Between Hubs & Routers?
A hub is basically a port replicator, meaning it turns one jack into multiple jacks, and a router adds protection measures, deciding which computers can access certain devices. Discover how hubs do not prioritize what they receive with help from an IT professional in this free video on hubs and routers. (1:32)
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9.5 Debate 2: use of language
Sunset Song was written in the early 1930s and is still one of the best-known and most-debated Scottish novels. In this unit, we discuss whether Sunset Song succeeds as critique of capitalism and whether it has value as a work of literature separate from its propagandistic ambitions.
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DfES attempt to end cookery as a purely spectator sport
Pupils up to the age of 16 will be entitled to 24 hours of cookery instruction from 2008. This will take the form of a licence to cook that will include planning and preparing healthy affordable meals, diet, nutrition and hygiene.
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Sleep yoga – state between relaxation and meditation
By: mdanderson Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sleep-yoga-state-between-relaxation/... Yoga nidra (sleep yoga) is the state of sleep with awareness that is executed in the asana (lying down) position. Achieving restful sleep is a primary aid in helping patients get through cancer treatment. For many, slowing down the mind at bedtime is difficult. Yoga nidra retains your system to reach states of deep relaxation after stressful periods. Smitha Mallaiah, mind/body interve
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1.5.1 Different ways of working

Composing for an entire film is an intense and intensive experience, which must usually be completed in a very short time. Composers are always the last people to work on a film, and cannot begin writing the score until the final edit of the film is ready, often only a few weeks before the film is to be released.

Composers work in many different ways: David Arnold (the current James Bond composer) uses an electronic keyboard and computers to record and manipulate his ideas, which are or
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The Plundered Planet
Paul Collier, Oxford Professor and author of The Bottom Billion, launched a discussion based on his latest publication, The Plundered Planet. Building on his work in developing countries and the poorest populations, Collier argued for proper stewardship of natural assets as a matter of planetary urgency. His arguments charted a course between unchecked profiteering on the one hand, and environmental romanticism on the other to offer realistic and sustainable solutions to these dauntingly complex
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4.7 Rectangular hyperbola (e = √2)

If the eccentricity e of a hyperbola is equal to √2, then e2 = 2 and b = a. Then the asymptotes of the hyperbola have equations y = ±x, so they are at right angles. A hyperbola whose asymptotes are at right angles is called a rectangular hyperbola.


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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,This segment shows a strategy to identify students' ideas about how the surface of the earth has changed over time. The interviewer probes to elicit the idea that the organisms in the fossil came from water. He then challenges a student's thinking about fossils forming in water by showing a map of the location where the fossil was found. This creates dissonance as the student struggles to try and figure out how
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