What is vermiculite?
What is Vermiculite? Vermiculite is a hydrated basaltic mineral with some unusual properties. It has a unique physical structure, which takes the form of crystalline layers, like mica. Secondly, there is water trapped inside vermiculite. When the vermiculite is heated the water turns to steam, forcing the mineral to expand and the layers fold out like an accordion. Before 1990 much of the world's supply of vermiculite came from a mine near Libby, Montana. This mine had a natural deposit of asbes
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Literary Festival 2011 - Science Fiction and International Orders
The study of popular culture has always been a feature of the social sciences as well as of the humanities – indeed, the social sciences have often been in advance of the humanities in this area, more willing to recognise the importance of genres that are frowned upon by the arts establishment. This event will bring together a number of writers of imaginative fiction and academics who have written in this field. Jon Courtney Grimwood is an award-winning author, recently novels include Felaheen
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Literary Festival 2011 - Writing Across Borders: Empathy in the Age of Conflict
Storytelling is an ancient and universal art at the heart of which lies the need to imagine and the ability to empathize with others. In a world beset with cultural clashes, misunderstandings and invisible ghettoes, stories keep connecting us across worlds, across words. Women have always been great storytellers in my country, and yet the written culture is still "a man's world". Why do fewer women write even though they compose the majority of fiction readers today? How can stories connect us a
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Prezi : Handleiding
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Deze bijdrage bevat een uitgebreide handleiding over de online presentatietool Prezi

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Behind the scenes with The Wizard of Oz
MSU junior Taylor Benson takes us behind the scenes of MSU Department of Theatre's The Wizard of Oz, on stage Feb. 18-20, and Feb. 23-27. More info at http://theatre.msu.edu/Productions/Shows/Sp2011-WizardOz/. Dorothy Gale is transported to the magical land of Oz where she meets characters both endearing and terrifying in her quest to return home. This stage version of the movie classic promises to combine the expected elements of the classic score and story with the unexpected use of digital
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A Year in Focus - Assessing Gordon Brown Part 3
 Steven Fielding

In this podcast Doctor Steven Fielding takes a look back at Gordon Brown's first half-term in office.

In the third and final part of this podcast Doctor Fielding looks ahead to 2008 and what political issues could possibly dominate in the New Year.

Doctor Fielding works in the University's School of Politics and International Relations. He i
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Watching the gatekeepers
 In this podcast find out why the recession may just be one of the best things to happen to British politics in years.

BBC Political Journalist John Hess speaks to the UON Podcast about his career, on the heels of a talk he gave for the Centre for British Politics, in the School of Politics and International Relations.

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Northern Ireland - return to violence?
 Reflecting on the recent killings of soldiers and a policeman in Northern Ireland, Professor Stefan Wolff assesses the fallout.

He breaks down the Republican dissident groups - the Continuity and Real IRA - who have separately claimed responsiblity for the killings, their possible motives and what this will mean for the future of the Northern Ireland peace agreement.

Professor Wolff is Professor of Polit
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The manifesto
 With continued talk of an imminent general election, we talk to Paddy Tipping MP on what it takes to draft a manifesto in preparation.

Mr Tipping talks about the importance of the manifesto and of making sure everyone has their input.

Mr Tipping was speaking in the seminar series hosted by the Centre for British Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations.


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Why politics matters
 In this podcast, Professor Gerry Stoker explains why he is disturbed by the lack of engagement with politics and why we should care.

Prof Stoker recently spoke in the Spring Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for British Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations.

Professor Stoker is based at the University of Southampton.www.nottin
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Dissatisfied With the Lives They Live: Farm Women Describe Their Work in a 1913 U.S. Department of A
Statistics on women's work in the early 20th century were invariably misleading: most women worked but only a minority were formally in the wage labor force. Nowhere was the discrepancy between the domestic ideal and the reality of women's work lives wider than in rural America. In 1913 the U. S. Department of Agriculture decided to investigate and document the lives of farm woman they discovered a vast reservoir of discontent. The report, reproduced here, was culled from letters responding to a
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Glidden's Patent Application for Barbed Wire
This lesson presents the drawing and description that helped Joseph Glidden, a farmer from De Kalb, Illinois, win a patent for barbed wire in 1874. Glidden's design remains today the most familiar style of barbed wire. This site also examines the considerable impact of barbed wire on the economy, society, and politics in the West.
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1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
The documents selected for this exhibit are primary sources that historians and other researchers study when they write about historical events. They are a selection from the files created or received by Federal agencies in or near San Francisco at the time of the disaster. They contain eyewitness testimony of the damage of the earthquake, the ensuing fires, and the desolation that was left in their wake.
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Digital Government 1: Information Technology and Democratic Politics, Winter 2009
Course is the first in a two-part sequence exploring contemporary practices, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of information technology and democratic governance. Whereas the second course focuses on challenges and innovations in democratic administration, this first course focuses on theories and practices of democratic politics and the shifting role of information technologies in supporting, transforming, and understanding these. The first half of the course seeks to ground co
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Digital Government I: Information Technology and Democratic Politics, Winter 2007
This seven-week course is the first in a two-part sequence exploring contemporary practices, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of information technology and democratic governance. This first half of the course focuses on theories and practices of democratic politics and the shifting role of information technologies in shaping, transforming, and understanding these. The course seeks to ground contemporary discussions around IT and politics in various flavors of democratic, polit
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The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food
This course encompasses the study of eating as it affects the health and well-being of every human. Topics include taste preferences, food aversions, the regulation of hunger and satiety, food as comfort and friendship, eating as social ritual, and social norms of blame for food problems. The politics of food discusses issues such as sustainable agriculture, organic farming, genetically modified foods, nutrition policy, and the influence of food and agriculture industries. Also examined are prob
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Poker and Strategic Thinking
In this course we will work from the idea that there is merit in a poker way of thinking when analyzing real life situations. We think the skills important to playing winning poker, and ideas behind these skills, have merit in other fields. The goals of the course are to introduce the use of ideas from the poker world in skills of life, business, politics and international relations. We will specifically delve into the use of poker in: 1.Strategic thinking 2.Game Theory, Risk and Business 3.So
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Introduction to Cyberpunk Literature
This course covers the works of the four major writers of cyberpunk: William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson, and Pat Cadigan. Other theoretical and scholarly texts that articulate cyberpunk as a site of intellectual and literary investigation will be read and will inform discussions . Popular films (Blade Runner and The Matrix) which are good examples of cyberpunk films are will also be referred to. The thematic concerns of cyberpunk, that speak directly to contemporary issues like gl
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John Higgins on William Blake
On Thursday 22 October the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Great Texts Big Questions lecturer is John Higgins a highly respected Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town (UCT) who will discuss a lyric by William Blake "Never seek to tell thy love love that never told can be." Higgins will show how readings of a single poem can also serve to exemplify some of the main intellectual and analytic currents of the past forty years including
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Fanaticism
Alberto Toscano will be debating his counter-history of fanaticism, in which he argues that fanaticism has played a critical role in forming modern politics. Robert Eaglestone is professor of contemporary literature and thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. Alberto Toscano is senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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