Caplan on the Myth of the Rational Voter
Bryan Caplan, of George Mason University and blogger at EconLog, talks about his book, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies. Caplan argues that democracies work well in giving voters what they want but unfortunately, what voters want isn't particularly wise, especially when it comes to economic policy. He outlines a series of systematic biases we often have on economic topics and explains why we have little or no incentive to improve our understanding of the world
Lipstein on Hospitals
Steven Lipstein, President and CEO of BJC HealthCare--a $3 billion hospital system in St. Louis, Missouri--talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the economics of hospitals. They discuss pricing, the advantages and disadvantages of specialization in modern medical care, and culture and governance of non-profit hospitals vs. for-profit hospitals. At the end they talk about the positives and negatives of a national health board patterned after the Federal Reserve.
Brady on Health Care Reform, Public Opinion, and Party Politics
David Brady of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about American public opinion on changing the health care system. Brady discusses the impact of taxation on public opinion toward health care reform--if the poll includes a measure of the likely increase in taxes necessary to pay for expanding coverage, support for expanding coverage drops dramatically compared to generic polls that ignore costs. He also discusses the role of the party system and partisanship for the health
ESD.04J Frameworks and Models in Engineering Systems / Engineering System Design (MIT)
This class provides an introduction to quantitative models and qualitative frameworks for studying complex engineering systems. Also taught is the art of abstracting a complex system into a model for purposes of analysis and design while dealing with complexity, emergent behavior, stochasticity, non-linearities and the requirements of many stakeholders with divergent objectives. The successful completion of the class requires a semester-long class project that deals with critical contemporary is
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Dr Suzanne Franks
Suzanne Franks is Director of Research at Kent University’s Centre for Journalism. At the start of her journalism career she worked with the BBC as a researcher on documentaries and then joined the Television Current Affairs department, producing programmes such as Newsnight, Watchdog, The Money Programme and Panorama. In the 1990s she started an independent production company, Sevenday Productions, which was awarded the first outside contract for the televising of Parliament. She was based in
6.231 Dynamic Programming and Stochastic Control (MIT)
This course covers the basic models and solution techniques for problems of sequential decision making under uncertainty (stochastic control). We will consider optimal control of a dynamical system over both a finite and an infinite number of stages (finite and infinite horizon). We will also discuss some approximation methods for problems involving large state spaces. Applications of dynamic programming in a variety of fields will be covered in recitations.
Green business and green values: the CIBAM Global Business Symposium- Part 2
Corporations and governments are having to face up to the new challenges of how to operate in a global business environment where the financial sector is broken and needs fixing, and protecting the environment is a major concern for all. "Sustainable competitiveness" is the new catch phrase as business leaders and government's embrace a different language. Phrases like "business ethics", "environmental protection" and "wealth distribution" are being talked about in board rooms and cabinets aroun
Thailand in Crisis vodcast series: Episode 01
Thailand is a nation on the verge - from the Red Shirt protests that culminated in violence and loss of life, to ongoing issues about democratic accountability and political instability. Over the next six weeks, the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific will bring you Thailand in Crisis - a series of six vod and podcasts released each Friday and beginning on 28 May. The vodcast will be available for viewing on ANUchannel at YouTube, while the podcast will be available for download from this page a
13 - Banking: Successes and Failures
Banks, which were first created in primitive form by goldsmiths hundreds of years ago, have evolved into central economic institutions that manage the allocation of resources, channel information about productive activities, and offer the public convenient investment vehicles. Although there are several types of banking institutions, including credit unions and Saving and Loan Associations, commercial banks are the largest and most important in the banking system. Banks are designed to address t
Record and store data - Process and record data
Laboratory Technicians at SimuLab Laboratories must be able to record and store data, perform basic laboratory computations and accurately present and interpret information in tables and graphs, and charts. Covers record keeping procedures by collecting samples, recording data in accordance to document traceability requirements , transcribing it into a storage system, Rectifying errors in data using enterprise proced
Balancing : balancing of shafts : presentation transcript
This is a presentation about the balancing of shafts and supports the Edexcel HN unit – Design for Manufacture (NQF L4). The requirement to provide balance for rotating systems is a vital component in ensuring long, reliable service. This document describes a graphical method that can be used to determine the out of balance forces of such a system and the correct size and position of the balance weight required to do this. A worked example of the method is shown. This open educational resou
The Bacteriology of Faeces and Identification of Bacteria
An Articulate Engage interaction providing a comprehensive illustrated walk-through of the laboratory techniques required to analyse a faecal sample. Additionally there is a complete illustrated walk-through of the stages involved in the identification of a member of the genus bacillus. Finally, a walk-through showing the use of API 10 system for the identification of Enterobacteriaceae is included. A help file is provided and should be read first.
This learning object addresses the competency required to establish and maintain a cash or an accrual accounting system. You will find out more about Balance day adjustments, Chart of accounts, Contra entries, General journals, Posting to ledgers, Source documents, Subsidiary ledgers, Control accounts, and Trial balance.
Geometric tolerancing : Design for Manufacture : agreed by ISO 1001 included in BS 308 (drawing stan
This is a presentation about geometric tolerancing. Geometric tolerancing is a method which is widely used in industry when the more basic systems of tolerancing component features does not provide the required accuracy. The system of geometric tolerancing is detailed together with the particular features of the system. This open educational resource was released through the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre Open Engineering Resources Pilot project. The project was funded by
Mini project : stepper motor control : presentation transcript
This is a Mini Project presentation about stepper motor control. It is part of the 2009/10 BEng in Digital Systems and Computer Engineering (course number 2ELE0065) from the University of Hertfordshire. All the mini projects are designed as level two modules of the undergraduate programmes. The objectives of this project are to design, develop and test software for an embedded system that will smoothly control the rotation of a stepper motor, taking into account the physical constraints on th
Mini project : USB temperature logging : presentation transcript
This is a Mini Project presentation about USB temperature logging. It is part of the 2009/10 BEng in Electrical Engineering (course number 2ELE0066) from the University of Hertfordshire. All the mini projects are designed as level two modules of the undergraduate programmes. The aim of this project is to develop a temperature logging system based on USB development Kit. The temperature logging system should collect ambient temperature samples, sample manipulation and display the data in a tex
Mini project : stepper motor control : document transcript
This is Mini Project documentation about stepper motor control. It is part of the 2009/10 BEng in Digital Systems and Computer Engineering (course number 2ELE0065) from the University of Hertfordshire. All the mini projects are designed as level two modules of the undergraduate programmes. It contains a project introduction and tasks for days 1 and 2. The objectives of this project are to design, develop and test software for an embedded system that will smoothly control the rotation of a
TALAT Lecture 1203: Phase Diagrams
This lecture aims at developing a qualitative understanding of binary phase diagrams by reference to the model systems Cu-Ni, Ni-Pt, Au-Ni and Ag-Cu, and also by reference to the Phase Rule. It applies the basic concepts of phase diagrams to binary aluminium alloys; it also aims at extending the discussion to an outline of ternary phase diagrams, and at showing how a so-called pseudo-binary section can be applied with benefit to the Al-Mg-Si system for alloys balanced in Mg2Si.
TALAT Lecture 3206: The Feeding of Castings
This lecture provides an introduction to the techniques used to compensate for the solidification shrinkage of castings. The students will be able to understand the basic principles of how to design a feeder system to produce a shrinkage-free casting. Basic knowledge of castings production, basic physics and metallurgy background is assumed.
Glass ceramic, heat treated at 750°C for 3 hours
Glass ceramics are materials that are cooled from the melt in the form of a glass, and then heat treated to induce controlled crystallisation of the glass. Heterogeneous nucleation is carried out at a temperature to maximise the nucleation rate (common nucleating agents include TiO2 and ZrO2), and the temperature is then raised sufficiently to cause the nuclei formed to grow rapidly. Glass ceramics are strong, reasonably tough, transparent to IR radiation, have a low coefficient of thermal expan