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3.3.2 China

When the medieval Italian traveller, Marco Polo (1254–1324), returned from China, he shocked Europeans with the news that the Chinese used not metal but paper money; indeed, European resistance to representative money based on paper notes stretched into the nineteenth century (de Soto, 2000, p. 222). While China might have had a few centuries away from the global limelight, it is currently staging the biggest economic boom in the history of the planet. In common with Japan, China runs a sub
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) visits Palestinian refugees who have fled fighting in Yarmouk camp and says the agency will assist people wishing to leave. Nathan Frandino reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business,
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Matt talks about Azure HDInsight - Hadoop running on Azure, that allows customers process big data.

Areas covered in this video:

  •  Understanding examples of using Hadoop in Azure
  •  Understanding big data
  •  Using Azure to create a data cluster
  •  Writing a hive query

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20.181 Computation for Biological Engineers (MIT)
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Introduction to Work with Examples
An introduction to the physics equation for work, including a few basic examples of positive vs. negative work. (07:09)
Want Lecture Notes? This is an AP Physics 1 topic.

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0:45 Physics work is not what you normally think of as work
2:07 Example #1
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5:05 Joules, J, the units for work
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Leadership in learning contexts is not confined to those who have it as part of their job title. Everyone has opportunities for leading - be it of learners, of colleagues in curriculum or project development, or more formally. Everyone also has the opportunity for learning. This free course, The interplay between leading and learning, explores the complex set of interactions between those involved for example, teachers and pupils, trainers and trainees, youth workers and young people.
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2.6 Making notes

Turning ideas you learn from this unit into your own words through taking notes can help sharpen your understanding and focus your thinking. The key to successful note taking is to create notes that capture the key points of what you are reading, watching or listening to, rather than writing pages and pages that are boring to write and even more boring to read! You will probably come across many new scientific terms as well as new concepts and so making notes is a good way to make sure you un
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8.1 Balanced argument

In many instances, we are not just concerned with arguing a particular case or taking a particular point of view, we are interested in looking at all sides of an issue and producing a balanced argument. This can be helpful in drawing conclusions on an issue.

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2.2 Analysing communication problems

Below are two very different responses to Case Study 1.

  1. The main cause of the ‘communication problem’ was the Bangladeshi woman’s poor grasp of spoken English, which meant she was unable to communicate her needs clearly or to understand what was being said to her during her stay in hospital. She probably lacked confidence in herself, either because of her language difficulties or because of her cultural background. Perhaps the hospital could hav
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1.6.4 Blogs

The founder of Technorati claims that the number of ‘blogs’ doubles every five months and that the creation rate is approaching two per second. One estimate I read in July 2010 put the number at 400 million ‘blogs’. Because these online diaries offer instant publishing opportunities, you potentially have access to a wealth of knowledge from commentators and experts (if they blog
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