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Back bench rebels
 Philip Cowley, Reader in the University’s School of Politics and International Relations, was recently nominated for the Times Higher young researcher of the year award. In this podcast, Philip discusses his research into back bench rebellions within the British parliament. Philip describes his research as practical politics, linking academic research to the real world of political debate.

Since the British Labour party’s re-election with a reduced majority of 66
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M&A Is Back -- But This Time, It's Different
If the past month is any indicator, acquisitions are not only thawing but heating up. In October, Comcast made a bid to merge its operations with NBC Universal to create a cable programming giant. In early November, Kraft Foods announced a $16.5 billion bid for U.K.-based chocolate maker Cadbury -- also being sought by confectioners Hershey and Ferrero. The activity spans several sectors, including technology, with Hewlett Packard's agreement to purchase 3Com for $2.7 billion, and Google's $750
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The Road to China: Fresh Insights into the World's Fastest-growing Economy
Earlier this year, Harbir Singh, Wharton’s vice-dean for Global Initiatives, launched a series of trips to foreign countries as a way for faculty to gain a deeper understanding of international economies and then use this knowledge in their teaching and research. Six professors recently visited the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, and met with executives from Lenovo, Haier and Huawei, among other companies. Knowledge@Wharton asked three of the participants – Singh, m
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Jeremy Siegel on 2010: Good for Stocks, Bad for Bonds -- and Why Interest Rates Will Go Up
U.S. stocks boomed in the last nine months of 2009, but remained well below earlier highs. Indeed, many people referred to the first 10 years of the 21st century as "the lost decade," because stocks returned virtually nothing while investors had been conditioned to expect 10% a year. Meanwhile, bonds and commodities experienced a stunning run. Have the rules of investing changed? What's ahead for 2010? Knowledge@Wharton talked with Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel, who sees some hazards,
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Using appropriate technology
 Dr Mike Clifford from the School of Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Engineeringat the University of Nottingham has been working on simple, appropriate technologies to address some of the problems in the developing world.

In this podcast, Dr. Clifford touches on what “appropriate technology” means and discusses some of the engineering projects they have developed for use in countries such as Tanzania.
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Crisis in Haiti: Where Do We Go from Here?
The earthquake that rocked Haiti last week has caused unimaginable death and destruction, a reminder that catastrophes are usually unforeseeable and therefore almost impossible to prepare for. Can any country or region of the world, rich or poor, take meaningful steps to avoid the destruction caused by catastrophes ranging from earthquakes and hurricanes to terrorist attacks and pandemics? Knowledge@Wharton asked professors Howard Kunreuther and Michael Useem, authors of a new book titled, Learn
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Bruised but Not Out: A Bullish View on the Future of Financial Innovation
The Great Recession has given a black eye to the tools of financial innovation. Collateralized debt obligations, synthetic derivatives and other once-arcane investment vehicles are now the poster boys of what went wrong -- toxic players in the boom-and-doom scenario of the housing implosion and market rout. But these highly opaque and complex instruments are not representative of real financial innovation, which stresses transparency and responsible management of risk, argues Wharton finance pro
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026 Hydrogen part 2 Emission Spectra
Twenty sixth lecture in Professor James Binney's Quantum Mechanics Lecture series given in Hilary Term 2010
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What Is A Desert?
Approximately one-third of the Earth's land surface is desert, arid land with meager rainfall that supports only sparse vegetation and a limited population of people and animals. Deserts are also fragile environments. The misuse of these lands is a serious and growing problem in parts of our world. This web page, produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, describes how deserts are defined and classified. It features text, photographs, and a map showing the distribution of non-polar arid land.
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Sound Advice
 Rosemary Gibson

Studying abroad can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences, as record numbers of international students are discovering at The University of Nottingham.

At the University you will get a truly world class education, in a culturally diverse environment, but where do you start?


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Patricia Johnston Sings "I See the Sun"
This beautifully done video sings about the sun, moon, stars, ...Some of the lyrics include "I see the sun-a big round sun. I see the moon-a big round moon. I see the stars-the little, little stars---smiling just for me". These videos by Patricia Johnston were designed for young French children to begin to learn English. This is a great teaching resource for early childhood learners and/or special education students and would work well in conjunction with a unit on Earth and to help build backgr
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Obama - euphoria or relief?
 In this podcast Professor Peter Ling looks at the inauguration of Barack Obama as US President.

An expert on the civil rights movement and Dr Martin Luther King, Professor Ling weighs up the significance of the inauguration for America, the world and the history books.


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Upping the ante
 In this podcast reaction to Russian plans to enhance military and "strategic nuclear" capabilities.

Professor Stefan Wolff looks at the motives for this announcement and what implications it has for the region and for the rest of the world.

Professor Wolff is Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and International Relations and Director of the Centre for International Crisis Management
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Science: from the lab to Second Life and across the world
We talk to Sue Stocklmayer from the Australian National University about the joys and pitfalls of international science communication; and to Rough Science's Dr Jonathan Hare about his research into Buckmeinsterfullerene. We also return to the SCHOME project (from Programme 5) and meet the students involved - in the real world! The interviews are recorded by OU staff and the programme is hosted by Dr Mike Bullivant, also from the OU/BBC television series Rough Science.
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Lichen World 3 : Raw Data
This package contains the raw data sets that are used in the Biodiversity Simulator (found in the full version of 'Lichen World'), which samples the gravestones by 'throwing' quadrats of different sizes, and which provides data that are used to plot a variety of different species diversity indices and abundance models. Background information is supplied on the area of Yorkshire and the churchyards where the original study was carried out.
Author(s): Biodiversity Consortium / Bryan Shorrocks

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The scanning electron microscope
This is a third edition of the Electron Microscopy and Analysis textbook, which was published by Taylor and Francis Books UK in 2001 (ISBN 0748409688). It deals with several sophisticated techniques for magnifying images of very small objects by large amounts - especially in a physical science context. Consisting of seven chapters, presented as separate files the resource incorporates questions and answers in each chapter for ease of learning. Equally as relevant for material scientists and bio
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aluMATTER: Softening Mechanisms in Aluminium
Alloys that develop their shape and properties by cold-working often have to be re-softened at regular intervals before further deformation can take place. This selection of interactive Flash movies from the award-winning aluMATTER website available to download presents examples of softening including recovery, recrystallization & grain growth.
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Biology of Water and Health
This course encourages and trains students to think outside the box when addressing water-related problems. Our interdisciplinary approach is designed, for example,to give the health professional an introduction to the engineering components involved in the provision of safe water and sanitation. While at the same time providing the engineer an ecological framework for understanding the place of water in health, it also gives a voice to the ways in which water is involved in social interactions,
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Agent Based Modeling of Complex Adaptive Systems (Basic)
Our human society consists of many intertwined Large Scale Socio-Technical Systems (LSSTS), such as infrastructures, industrial networks, the financial systems etc. Environmental pressures created by these systems on Earth’s carrying capacity are leading to exhaustion of natural resources, loss of habitats and biodiversity, and are causing a resource and climate crisis. To avoid this sustainability crisis, we urgently need to transform our production and consumption patterns. Given that we, as
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Geomatics
Our world is driven by information. Think about how much we use Google Earth, TomTom, GPS, and satellites. In our globalised world it becomes more and more important to have an overview. Geo-information is crucial for this and people who can deal with this information as well. ‘Geo-information’ – the geographical coordinates of buildings, roads, property boundaries, water pipes, and even trees – is considered as an essential resource by both government and industry, where it is consta
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