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"Almost Broken Spirits": Farmers in the New South
In the decades following the Confederacy's 1865 defeat and the abolition of racial slavery, white southern landowners, entrepreneurs, and newspaper editors heralded the coming of a "New South" economic order. Freed from the plantation system, the South would enter the modern age, building factories to turn its cotton into cloth, its tobacco crop into finished cigars and cigarettes, and its growing coal and iron ore output into steel. But not all southerners benefited from a prosperous and indust
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"A Sweepstakes Attracts Attention": Corporate Executives Defend Sweepstakes Promotions
In the 1960s, lottery-like contests designed to publicize products through sweepstakes competitions spread rapidly. In the 19th century, every state banned lotteries--defined as competitions in which chances to win prizes were sold÷to protect citizens. In 1868, Congress prohibited the distribution of lottery materials through the mail. The mid-20th century sweepstakes, however, did not require contestants to purchase tickets or products to win prizes and were thus considered legal. In 1966, the
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Statistics Online Computational Resource for Education and Research
The goals of the Statistics Online Computational Resource (www.SOCR.ucla.edu) are to design, validate and freely disseminate knowledge. Specifically, SOCR provides portable online aids for probability and statistics education, technology based instruction and statistical computing. SOCR tools and resources include a repository of interactive applets, computational and graphing tools, instructional and course materials. The core SOCR educational and computational components include: Distribution
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Mark Twain Project Online
Mark Twain Project Online applies innovative technology to more than four decades' worth of archival research by expert editors at the Mark Twain Project. It offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents.
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Global Development Policies and Social Injustice
The Sixth Goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases such as tuberculosis. In Bolivia, a country with a population of over 8,000,000 people, it was claimed in 2006 that there were 2366 confirmed cases of HIV. According to the World Health Organization, Bolivia is considered to be a country with a low incidence of the virus affecting 0.10% of the adult population. In contrast, it has been estimated that 50% of the population is infected
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Social:Learn Introduction
An introduction to the Open University's social:learn project.
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Searching for Meteorites
Water balloons filled with flour and pebbles help students model the distribution of materials after meteorite impacts. The flour simulates the ejected crater material and the pebbles represent the meteorite fragments. Students will use the model to draw conclusions about where it would be easiest to find meteorites.
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LC/GC magazine
LC/GC magazine is a very good source for relatively short articles about fundamental chromatographic issues as well as applications. The content is appropriate for both introdcutory analytical courses (e.g. quant) and for instrumental analysis courses.
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Tunisia traders' protest anger
Shopkeepers and street protesters clash in Tunis over business hardship brought on by political upheaval.
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Discovering Important Statistical Concepts Using Spreadsheets (DISCUS)
DISCUS is a set of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets designed for teaching first year undergraduate level statistics. Students can use them on their own and do not need prior knowledge of Excel. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, binomial distributions, and regression etc. This page has links to more info about each topic, an independent review of DISCUS, and a DISCUS download. It also links to information on the creation of a Spanish version of DISCUS called Tutorial para el Aprendi
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Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory: Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group makes ongoing discrete measurements from land and sea surface sites and aircraft, and continuous measurements from baseline observatories and tall towers. These measurements document the spatial and temporal distributions of carbon-cycle gases and provide essential constraints to our understanding of the global carbon cycle. This website is an interactive atmospher
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Electronic Case File (Linux version)
The eCase file program is an electronic log book to organize and record findings in a scientific investigation or case study, with linked sections on locations, people, items, tests etc. All inputs are automatically date/time stamped (to preserve integrity, the user cannot change these). The facility to Save as… RTF is also provided.
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Calibrated Peer Review: Petroleum Geology of the Persian Gulf Region
In this assignment, students explore the origin and distribution of oil and gas in a region of global significance. Also included are the geologic history and the socio-political and environmental issues associated with hydrocarbon exploration and production. Students then walk through an online case study and write an essay addressing important points that they have learned. The Calibrated Peer Review interface is then used to give feedback on the essays. On this Starting Point page, users can
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Black Politics
Feelings of exclusion from the political process in the African American Community. Program analyzes why African American candidates were unable to win appointment to either Boston's School Committee or City Council in the 1975 elections. Guest host James Rowe of WILD Radio News speaks with Clarence Dilday (attorney and unsuccessful candidate for City Council), John O'Bryant (Director of the Dimock Community Health Center and unsuccessful candidate for School Committee), Richard Taylor (John O'B
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Aviation Memories
'Aviation Memories' is described as a 'virtual multi-channel video installation.' The work begins as an introduction to possible installations of video work, showing (with diagrams and animation) how monitors and related objects would be placed in a gallery setting. As the content of the video itself is described and presented, the work blurs the line between art object and planning document. Many of the images presented are derived from the illustrations of Jan Vredeman de Vries (1527-1604). Ar
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
The NOVA documentary Search for a Safe Cigarette recounts the tobacco industry's decades-long attempt to engineer a safer cigarette. This companion Web site offers a number of interesting and informative features, as well as a lesson plan for grades 5-8 and 9-12. The interactive feature titled Anatomy of a Cigarette offers a fascinating tour of the conventional cigarette and two safer versions. The Web site also includes: a review of the safer cigarette's checkered pedigree; an animated introduc
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The Golden Ratio
This Web site provides a basic introduction to one of the most amazing discoveries in mathematics: the Golden Ratio. Created by David L. Narain, this site offers a particularly engaging way to bring together math and the natural sciences in the classroom. Seven straightforward activities have students construct a golden rectangle and spiral, and also explore the Golden Ratio in nature and in other contexts. The site also includes a quiz; answers are not provided, though. The activities are desig
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
The MathPARTNERS web site contains instructional materials that include background mathematics and pedagogical information arranged in four grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 8-9 algebra). Materials are designed for use by instructors or mentors in after-school programs and other informal education situations. In each grade band, there are four units focused on topics such as number and operation, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability, and patterns and functions. Units within grade b
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This online activity opens with a map that illustrates three intersecting airport runways. The introduction calls students' attention to the numbers present at both ends. One runway number is missing, and students are challenged to determine what the number should be. This activity is one of 80 applied mathematics challenges featured on the FigureThis! web site. The importance of navigation to pilots, explorers, and scouts is noted. Students are encouraged to begin the activity by adding a zero
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
In this activity, students are asked to decide which would melt faster: a large block of ice or the same block cut into three cubes. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the FigureThis! web site. The animated introduction to this activity notes that surface area and volume are important to the work of architects, interior designers, and chemists. Students are encouraged to compare the surface area of the ice cubes to the larger block. The complete solution demonstrates h
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