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2016's Economy Begins with a Whimper

January was the winter of our discontented stock market. It was the worst January since 2008, when the Great Recession officially began. It was, in fact, the worst January in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. According to Citigroup, Inc., it was also the worst January ever for credit markets.

During many Fed tightenings, the stock market and overall economy improved for years afterward because the Fed stimulus had actually brought a temporary form of economic recovery. But rar
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The emerging SSME agenda
Services science has become one of the major areas of research into the nature of innovation within organisations and within national economies. Judge Business School, in conjunction with IBM, a leading organisation at the vanguard of services science research, recently designed an elective on services sciences for its current MBA class. Key speakers Kevin Bishop, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Northeast Europe, IBM, Michael Lyons, Manager, BT Group Chief Technology Office, and Da
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3.3.1 Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

This is the highest appeal court in the UK and was created by the Constitutional Reform Act 20045. The court became operational on 1 October 2009. Generally permission to appeal must be sought before a case can be brought to the UK Supreme Court.

As the highest court of appeal it hears matters which involve points of law of general public importance and concentrates on cases of the greatest public and constitutional importance. Its decisions are binding on all courts lower in the court
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The science of breakfast in weight management and health
In this lecture, Dr James Betts from the Department of Health will examine the importance of eating breakfast for overall good health, and whether missing breakfast could increase a person's risk of becoming overweight or suffering from heart disease or diabetes.
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2 Why study languages?

This section aims to demonstrate the importance of learning languages and give you a taste of a variety of different languages.

Activity 7

You should allow 10 minutes

Before we
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9.3 Summary

The nominal frequency range of human hearing is 20 Hz to 20 kHz, though most people cannot hear to 20 kHz. However, the pitches used in music correspond roughly to frequencies in the range from 20 Hz to 2.5 kHz. Generally, musical tones are not pure sine waves but are mixtures of sine waves with frequencies that can extend well beyond 2.5 kHz. However, although they are mixtures of sine waves, they are usually heard as having a single pitch.

The dynamic range of human hearing refers to
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4.2 ATM layers

In this section I shall briefly review some of the main functions of the ATM layers but I shall not go into too much detail because at this stage we are interested in only the general points about protocols.


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Objectives for Section 2

After studying this section you should be able to do the following.

  • Recognise and use the terminology: real number; set; element or member of a set; empty set; length of a sequence; empty sequence, ordered pair, n-tuple, Cartesian product.

  • Appreciate that use of precise notation such as the use of different types of bracket conveys important information when using formal notation. For example, square brackets [ and ] d
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1.2 Values, ethics and anti-oppressive practice

As a profession, social work requires a specific qualification and registration with a professional regulatory body. Without this, people cannot call themselves ‘social workers’. Each of the four nations of the UK has a different regulatory body, each with its own set of standards and codes of practice that all registered social workers have to adhere to. In Wales, for example, social care workers must ensure their practice is informed by the Author(s): The Open University

2.4.2 Holism and ideas about the body

Reductionist medical approaches have been criticised for providing a fixed, mechanistic view of the body, which fails to capture the patient's experience. The power associated with biomedical diagnoses and expertise means that patients’ explanations for their illnesses are often overlooked or dismissed. Does holism, which seeks to treat the mind, body and spirit, fare any better in giving patients a sense of control or ownership of what their illness means? This question is often reframed i
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Intelligent Life: A walk on America's wild side
Having journeyed through South Dakota's Badlands in countless westerns, Simon Barnes was determined to hear the coyote chorus for himself. He talks to Matthew Sweet about the history of the National Parks, their impact on American culture, and how they are now wilder than ever
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3.4.1 A computer system is the combination of:

  • the computer (with its processor and storage);

  • other equipment such as a scanner or printer,

  • the software programs that make it all work (software programs that are designed to help with some human task are often referred to as applications).


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2.1 Introduction

In all the analysis of stellar properties discussed so far we have made an implicit assumption - that light emitted by a star is not changed between its emission and its arrival outside the Earth's atmosphere, except by the inverse square law (i.e. it is reduced by a factor of d2, where d is the distance to the star) and by the Doppler effect. However, this may not be the case.

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7.2.3 Chemical composition

As outlined in Table 2, some deposition techniques are best suited to conducting materials, whereas others come into their own only for chemical compounds. In either case, chemical composition may be an important consideration. Impurities can interfere with the conduction properties of the material (notably in t
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References

Hartley, T.C. (1998) The Foundations of European Community Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 11–13.
Tempest, M. (2004) ‘EU leaders sign constitution’, Guardian, 29 October.
Wright, G. and Jeffrey, S. (2004) ‘Q&A: the European constitution’, Guardian, 26 March.

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2.1.3 Activités 10 et 11

Activité 10

1. You want to know if there is satellite TV, free parking, Internet connection and a gym in your hotel. Listen to the prompts in Extract 45 and ask the questions, making sure you use the correct intonatio
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References

Collins, S., Ghey, J. and Mills, G. (1989) The Professional Engineer in Society, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Foster, J., with Corby, L. (illustrator) (1996) How to Get Ideas, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Haaland, J., Wingert, J. and Olson, B. A. (1963) 'Force required to activate switches, maximum finger pushing force, and coefficient
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2.9 The failure of CAM therapeutic relationships: creating dependency to satisfy practitioners' emot

Although a failed therapeutic relationship is often assumed to involve a patient not returning, the case of a patient who attends repeatedly can also be highly problematic. This phenomenon can be seen as a breach of boundaries in that an inappropriately extended therapeutic relationship changes from being a healing encounter into a dependency relationship or friendship. Unlike the timescale contracts that may be negotiated in counselling and psychotherapy, there are no fixed timescales for mo
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1 Superconductivity

Superconductivity was discovered in 1911 by Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (Figure 1) as he studied the properties of metals at low temperatures. A few years earlier he had become the first person to liquefy helium, which has a boiling point of 4.2 K at atmospheric pressure, and this had opened up a new range of temperature to experimental investigation. On measuring the resistance of a small tube filled with mercury, he was astonished to observe that its resistance fell from ~0.1 Ω at a temper
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Nearly 50 killed, 200 wounded in Yemen mosque bombings
Four suicide bombers blow themselves up in two mosques in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, leaving at least 46 dead and 200 wounded. Mana Rabiee 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, financial, national, and international news. For ove
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