NASA brings heat to hovering robotic lander test
June 27 - Infrared video released by the U.S. space agency, NASA, shows how future robotic landers might hover and land autonomously on asteroids or lunar surfaces. The agency has been testing the compact vehicles for missions to airless environments where parachutes will not work. Rob Muir reports.
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IDS June 2010 Podcast
1 June 2010
Each month we speak to two people working on development issues across the world, finding out a bit about their work and asking them 'What do you think is the big question that Development Studies needs to answer?'
In it's new programme the UK's coalition government declares that 'business is the driver of economic growth and innovation, and that we need to take urgent action to boost enterprise, support green growth and build a new and more res
ICSE 2011: Danny Dig - Retrofitting Parallelism into a Sequential World Dr. Danny Dig is a Principal Investigator at the Universal Parallel Computing Research Center (UPCRC Illinois). UPCRC's stated mission is to make parallel programming synonymous with programming. Dr. Dig leads research on refactorings that retrofit parallelism into existing sequential code. How do you retrofit parallelism into a seq
Dr. Danny Dig is a Principal Investigator at the Universal Parallel Computing Research Center (UPCRC Illinois). UPCRC's stated mission is to make parallel programming synonymous with programming. Dr. Dig leads research on refactorings that retrofit parallelism into existing sequential code. How do you retrofit parallelism into a seq
Hot Apps: Sonic 4, Robozzle, Career Tips, Chicken Implosion, TatZooom Hot Apps will feature 5 of the hottest apps each week for the Windows Phone 7. In this episode Laura takes a look at: Please leave suggestions for hot apps that should be featured in the comments section, thanks!
Hot Apps will feature 5 of the hottest apps each week for the Windows Phone 7. In this episode Laura takes a look at:
Please leave suggestions for hot apps that should be featured in the comments section, thanks!Author(s):
Public Space and the Body [Audio]
Speaker(s): Antony Gormley, Darian Leader; Renata Salecl | Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has revitalised the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation. Antony Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999. Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. Renata Salecl is centennial professor of law at LSE and a senior researcher in criminology at the University of Ljubljana, Slov
Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor Danny Quah [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Quah | In this new series of lunchtime lectures, nine of LSE's most senior academics explain the latest thinking on how social scientists work to address the critical problems of the day. They survey the leading ideas and contributions made by their discipline, explain the types of problems that are addressed and the tools that are used, and explore the kinds of solutions proposed. Danny Quah is head of the Economics Department at LSE.
Children's Media: More Harm than Good? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Sonia Livingstone | Public policy is scrutinising potential media harms, given rapid expansion of the internet, fears over 'toxic' childhood, and pressing dilemmas for media regulation. But is the media the problem or the solution?
Measuring American Power in Today's Fractured World [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Kennedy | The United States today is undoubtedly the 'number one' power in world affairs, but it also faces the challenges that our fast changing and fractured world throws up. This has caused enormous debate among scholars of international strategic affairs about how best to measure relative American power.
The Logic of Life [Audio]
Speaker(s): Tim Harford | From teenage sex to the scourge of racism, Tim Harford explains why economics can provide the answers other disciplines cannot reach.Tim Harford is the author of The Undercover Economist, is a member of the Financial Times editorial board and writes a regular column for the FT magazine.
Global Financial Regulation: The Essential Guide [Audio]
Speaker(s): Howard Davies, David Green, John McFall, Sir Steve Robson, Gillian Tett | As international financial markets have become more complex, so has the regulatory system which oversees them. The Basel Committee is just one of a plethora of international bodies and groupings which now set standards for financial activity around the world, in the interests of investor protection and financial stability. These groupings, and their decisions, have a major impact on markets in developed and dev
Finance in East Asia: from crisis to integration - challenges of second generation reforms [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Sheng | The lecture will look at structural changes in the financial landscape in East Asia, and issues being faced by reformers and regulators, including in China, on raising the game of globalising Asia. Andrew Sheng is chief adviser to the China Banking Regulatory Commission.
Commodity Prices, Capital Flows and the Financing of Investment [Audio]
Speaker(s): Supachai Panitchpakdi, Heiner Flassbeck; Professor Robert Wade | The report, which is under embargo until 4 September 2008, highlights the implications of commodity price volatility and one of the major paradoxes of globalization, namely that the "capital poor" developing world is exporting capital to the "capital rich" developed countries. Moreover, those developing countries that are the largest capital exporters tend to invest more domestically and to grow faster than those that s
Human Rights in United Nations Action: Norms, Institutions and Leadership [Audio]
Speaker(s): Navanethem Pillay | Navanethem Pillay is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she took up office on 1 September 2008. Ms. Pillay, a South African national, was the first woman to start a law practice in her home province of Natal in 1967. Over the next few years, she acted as a defense attorney for anti-apartheid activists, exposing torture, and helping establish key rights for prisoners on Robben Island.
Revisiting Marx: is Marxism still relevant? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor David Harvey; Professor Leo Panitch | This event brings together leading social and political thinkers to debate the contemporary meaning and relevance of Marx's legacy on the occasion of the republication of The Communist Manifesto, with an introduction by David Harvey. Meghnad Desai is emeritus professor of economics at LSE. David Harvey is professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Leo Panitch is pro
Designing Policies for Growth - 20 January 2009 [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Aghion | In Tuesday's lecture Professor Aghion will discuss how policies inducing directed technical change can be designed to maximise sustainable growth. Philippe Aghion is Robert C Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University.
The Shifting Distribution of World Economic Activity: China and global imbalance [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Quah | China has, single-handedly, brought more people out of poverty than the rest of the world combined, and faster than anywhere else has been able to achieve. How can this continue? Danny Quah is professor of economics and head of the Department of Economics at LSE.
"Russian Railways" as the locomotive of the Russian Economy" [Audio]
Speaker(s): Vladimir Yakunin | Vladimir I. Yakunin, president of "Russian Railways" will deliver a speech covering three main topics in the context of his company: economic science, market awareness and development.
The Global Economic Crisis - Meeting the Challenge [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Tim Besley, Professor Francesco Caselli; Professor Chris; Professor Danny Quah | A panel discussion on the current global economic crisis: its origins, transmission, and possible impact and resolution. Tim Besley, Francesco Caselli, Chris Pissarides and Danny Quah are all economics professors at LSE.
LSE Literary Weekend - The Founders' Tradition: literature as social commentary [Audio]
Speaker(s): Mohsin Hamid, David Hare; Boyd Tonkin | This event marks the launch of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Weekend, the LSE's first ever Literary Festival, celebrating the completion of the New Academic Building. A discussion about not only the links between the social sciences and the arts, but the role of the arts in the LSE's past, present and future. Is literature relevant today?