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A lecture by Mirek Topolánek, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
Mirek Topolánek has been Prime Minister of the Czech Republic since September 2006. He has been chairman of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) since November 2002. Mr Topolánek will speak about the priorities of the forthcoming Czech Republic's EU Presidency.
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Why Did Nobody Tell Us? Reporting the Global Crash of 08'
This event will discuss the reporting leading up to the global credit crash of 2008. Alex Brummer has been City Editor for the Daily Mail since 2000. He has over thirty years' experience in the media. Vincent Cable is the Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and speaks for his party on issues of Finance, European Economic and Monetary Union and the City. Evan Davis is a presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme. He was the BBC's Economics Editor from 2001-2008. This event is in p
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LSE Literary Weekend - The Financial Crisis, Climate Change and Energy
Political action and intervention, on local, national and international levels, is going to have a decisive effect on whether or not we can limit global warming, as well as how we adapt to that already occurring. At the moment, however, Anthony Giddens argues controversially, we do not have a systematic politics of climate change.
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LSE Literary Weekend - I Shall Die by Inches: Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying
'All but death' wrote Emily Dickinson 'can be adjusted', and yet, the cold fact that bodies must eventually die only serves to hide the reality of death as a contested cultural domain, where competing notions of public and private, tradition and innovation, individual and collective, are played out, and discourses within literature, art, jurisprudence, medicine, religion, and politics all stake their claim to knowledge of the great unknown. This talk will illuminate the social aspects of death
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An EU 'Fit for Purpose' in the Global Age
An interdisciplinary, cross-party investigation of policy options for the EU post-2009, involving 50 experts from all over Europe. The final report will be presented to national governments and the EU institutions in spring 2009.
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Howard Davies in Conversation with Lord Goldsmith QC
The separation of powers idea is at the heart of all legal democracies. Yet within those democracies there will often be positions of high office which require their holders to perform functions which are both legal and political. In this series of events senior figures who hold or have held positions of this type talk about their lives in the law, the nature of their office, the institutions which they serve, their roles and responsibilities within those institutions, the role of lawyers in gov
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A Broken Middle East: a wasted decade of war on terror
Today's Middle East is broken. The crisis of prolonged authoritarianism and failed economic policies have caused chronic poverty, pervasive corruption and the rise of extremism in Arab societies. A wasted decade of war on terror has reinforced widely held perceptions that the West is waging a crusade against Islam and Muslims. Fawaz Gerges is a professor of Middle Eastern politics and international relations at LSE.
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Living in an era of global terror
In this podcast, Professor Richard Aldrich from the School of Politics and International Relations, discusses the impact of globalisation, the opportunities this affords to global terrorists and the challenges faced by the intelligence services. Globalisation has led to a free flow of money, people and ideas, which has benefited many people in the West in recent years and enhanced our standard of living, but the price paid is a reduction in security. As we see a shift towards a de-regulated glob
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Disrupting the Single Use Disposable Cup Industry
Thanks to a team of researchers led by Vipin Kumar, UW associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the UW Microcellular Consortium, innovative UW start-up MicroGreen Polymers has secured deals with several airlines to provide in-flight hot beverage cups that are environmentally friendly: cups made from plastic that can be recycled repeatedly. Kumar's research focuses on microcellular composites, a family of novel cellular materials expected to be used in a variety of applicat
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2.3 Trojans

The term Trojan comes from the Greek legend about the fall of the city of Troy. The story goes that, during the seige of the city by the Greeks, a huge, hollow wooden horse was left in front of the gates. The inhabitants thought that it was a peace offering from the Greek army and dragged it into the city. Unknown to them, it was being used to conceal Greek soldiers, who were thus able to use this Trojan horse to enter the city and open the gates for the rest of their army.

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iPad Basics
Tutorial Video designed for the user to watch on a PC or Mac and follow along with their iPad. Covers the basic functions of the iPad2, how to select apps, scroll through screens, zoom and shrink, drag and flick, plus the four most commonly used apps, Settings, Mail, Calendar, and App Store. Work at your own pace and become familiar with the basic functions.
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Middle School Florida All-State Major Scales -- Xylophone
http://www.youtube.com/user/StPetersburgCollege John Shaw of the Florida Orchestra gives tips and demonstration for Florida All-State Ensemble Audition preparation. Film Location: St. Petersburg College www.spcollege.edu/music www.floridaorchestra.com Percussionist: John Shaw Audio/Video: Nathan Muehl www.nathanmuehl.com About St. Petersburg College: In 1927, St. Petersburg College (then known as St. Petersburg Junior College) became Florida's first private, non-profit, two-year school of
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What About Women?
Women’s votes will determine the result of this closely fought election and all the parties have mounted a media charm offensive to win their support. But is there any policy substance behind their spin? What would the parties' policies in key areas such as the economy, the family, crime and reforming politics mean for women’s lives and which party would best progress women’s equality and human rights?
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3.2 Using mental images
The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change in different contexts. When answering the question ‘What makes us who we are?’, psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do. Just when psychologists seem to understand one bit of ‘who we are’
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1.2.2 Choosing Keywords

Keywords are significant words which define the subject you are looking for. The importance of keywords is illustrated by the fact that there is a whole industry around providing advice to companies on how to select keywords for their websites that are likely to make it to the top of results lists generated by search engines. We often choose keywords as part of an iterative process; usually if we don't hit on the right search terms straight off, most of us tweak them as we go along based on t
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Brand Aid? Development finance and African agriculture (Inaugural Lecture Series)
In a global system that seems to be remorselessly concentrating capital into fewer hands, this lecture will examine efforts to move money the other way in order to promote food security, with particular reference to Ethiopia. In this lecture, Professor James Copestake will highlight the growing business-orientation of aid and explore scope for being more transparent about its impact.
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Workshop 5 - Foundations of Pure Mathematics - Dr Joel Feinstein
The fifth workshop in Dr Joel Feinstein's G11FPM Foundations of Pure Mathematics module covers a worksheet based on applications of the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic. Counting the number of different positive factors (divisors) of a positive integer. Divisibility. Highest powers of primes dividing a given positive integer. Another way to prove that certain real numbers are irrational.. These videos are also available for download on iTunes U at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/foundati
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Why Mega-Projects Seem to Fail
Mega-projects come with big expectations. But a project’s success is often in the eye of the beholder. Can managers avoid the conflict – and cost – when competing stakeholders seek to influence large scale development?
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Beirut Normal.
Is there anything to say about Beirut beyond the obvious, and by now exhausted, lessons of post-war reconstruction and identity politics? What is a "Beirut normal"? Is it worth examining? The lecture puts forward these questions not in order to diminish the city's architectural output but to reveal aspects of the city that have been overwhelmed by the discourses of war and politics. Through a series of specific architectural and urban analyses, the lecture proposes that a certain urbanism could
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Acknowledgements

This unit was written by Dr Alan Wilson

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