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Repairing Economic Governance
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and internationally renowned economic advisor, talks about the need to take a systematic long view in repairing international economic governance structures. Professor Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 t
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The End of Business as Usual
Distinguished Public Lecture: The end of business as usual by Dr Mohamed El-Erian, Co-CIO of PIMCO. In the wake of last year's financial crisis, businesses, economists, policy makers and analysts around the world are asking if the events of 2008 mean the end of business as usual for the global financial system. Dr Mohamed El-Erian, Co-CIO of PIMCO, the world's biggest bond fund, and one of the world's most respected economic analysts, certainly thinks that it does.
Author(s): Mohamed El-Erian

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Bottom billion or bottom zero? Policies for international poverty reduction
Some developing countries have achieved rapid economic growth and poverty reduction while others have stagnated. This talk will review the determinants of success and the prospects for lagging regions to improve performance and eliminate poverty. Achieving an end-state of "zero" has emerged as an important policy goal for a number of 21st Century challenges. The most prominent example is the "Global Zero" campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons. Yet, in a century of globalization, when the life of
Author(s): Tony Venables

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A New Approach to Nuclear Disarmament: Learning from International Humanitarian Law Success
Achieving an end-state of "zero" has emerged as an important policy goal for a number of 21st Century challenges. The most prominent example is the "Global Zero" campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons. Few issues are more appropriate subjects of humanitarian concern and international humanitarian law than the choice, possession, use and misuse of weapons. A body of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Disarmament Treaty Law has been built up over the last century to control and prohibit a ra
Author(s): Patricia Lewis

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Anticipating Future Complexity: Are Systems Such as Cities Getting More Complex?
Cities are getting more complex as their residents acquire more and more ways in which they can interact with one another. New technologies enable individuals to repackage their time and space in countless different combinations, and the flexibility afforded by such innovations makes possible many new ways in which individuals might react to this complexity. Behavioural change is considerably greater in the modern city than the medieval. Delivered by Professor Mike Batty: Director, Centre for A
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The Cork in the Bottle: The Changing Climate of U.S. Politics
Professor David Orr discusses US climate policy and in particular the President's Climate Action Project which he helped to launch and fund. This project aims at the initial climate actions in the first 100 days of the next US administration.
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Nick Perkins speaking at the conference 'Globalising Development Studies'
This clip is from a discussion event in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which is part of a project being coordinated by the Institute of Development Studies in the UK and funded by the Ford Foundation, entitled ‘Globalising Development Studies’. The project aims to investigate the barriers that prevent local and alternative voices being heard in global development debates, drawing on examples of ‘counter practice’ and innovation in development to see how these can inform international
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Simulation Center Ribbon Cutting
Media Coverage from the opening of the IISC on the Health Science Campus
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Digital Signal Processing-DSP
R.G. (Dick) Baldwin
Over the years, Prof. Baldwin has published a large number of DSP tutorials. This collection, which is a work in process, gathers the more significant of those tutorials into a common location to […]

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Episode 37: Reinvigorating the World Trade Organization

Political scientist and Warwick Commission member Prof Ann Capling demystifies the World Trade Organization (WTO), and suggests how it might reinvigorate itself in a changing global trade environment. With podcast host Eric van Bemmel.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this unit you should be able to:

  • recognise and discuss selected library texts from the Renaissance to the present;

  • know how to approach literary texts in terms of genre, gender and the canon;

  • understand and be able to apply technical analytical terms;

  • engage in close analysis of narrative and poetic language;

  • recognise performance is an interpretation of dramatic texts;

  • engage in comparative
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1.5 The problem of power: policy as political
Much literature on the public policy process focusses narrowly on the policy-making part. This unit widens the focus to examine the implementation phase, and how change happens as a result of new policies: that is, policy – action relationship. It does this by looking at four different models of how this relationship can work through examples from varying fields. The unit will be of interest to public sector managers, their staff and the general reader.
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NASA | Show Me the Water
Freshwater seems abundant, but when accounting for all the water on Earth, it's in limited supply. Just three percent of the water on our planet is freshwater. A majority of this water, about two percent of the world total, is contained in glaciers and ice sheets or stored below ground. The remaining one percent is found in lakes, rivers and wetland areas or transported through the atmosphere in the form of water vapor, clouds and precipitation. Rain and snowfall replenish freshwater source
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21A.338J Gender, Power, and International Development (MIT)
After decades of efforts to promote development, why is there so much poverty in the world? What are some of the root causes of inequality world-wide and why do poverty, economic transformations and development policies often have different consequences for women and men? This course explores these issues while also examining the history of development itself, its underlying assumptions, and its range of supporters and critics. It considers the various meanings given to development by women and
Author(s): Walley, Christine

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Street-fighting mathematics
The website for this course (18.098 Street-Fighting Mathematics, January (IAP) 2008) has been made available by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Mathematics as part of the MIT OpenCourseWare project. "This course teaches the art of guessing results and solving problems without doing a proof or an exact calculation. Techniques include extreme-cases reasoning, dimensional analysis, successive approximation, discretization, generalization, and pictorial analysis. Applic
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Trajectoire d’une bille de billard, effets de l’effet (Vidéo)

Quand une bille de Billard est choquée autrement que sur son axe principal horizontal (passant par son centre), on dit qu’on l’anime d’un effet latéral. Cette bille de billard acquiert alors un mouvement de rotation autour de son axe vertical. Si cette bille choque une bande, pouvez-vous imaginer la direction ...
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Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Daniel Dennett | In this lecture, one of the world's most original thinkers will show how he designs, uses, and dismantles the thinking tools that have illuminated his theories of meaning, mind, and evolution. The big difference between human minds and the minds of other animals is our equipping ourselves with literally hundreds of thinking tools-cultural software that we install in our brains much the way we download Java applets to our laptops and smart phones. Some of th
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16.89J Space Systems Engineering (MIT)
In 16.89 / ESD.352 the students will first be asked to understand the key challenges in designing ground and space telescopes, the stakeholder structure and value flows, and the particular pros and cons of the proposed project. The first half of the class will concentrate on performing a thorough architectural analysis of the key astrophysical, engineering, human, budgetary and broader policy issues that are involved in this decision. This will require the students to carry out a qualitative and
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Eye-tracking wheelchair helps the severely disabled steer new course
Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Scientists in London have developed an algorithm-based decoder system that enables wheelchair users to move around simply by looking to where they wish to travel. The researchers at Imperial College London say the system is inexpensive and easy to use and could transform the lives of people who are unable to use their limbs. Jim Drury has more. More Innovations: http://smarturl.it/Innovations Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters
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Spring 2014 Commencement
The College of Southern Maryland celebrated 598 candidates for 943 degrees and certificates during its 55th spring commencement ceremony held May 15 at the La Plata Campus. For the complete story and pictures, please visit http://www.csmd.edu/news/archive/2014/71f71b03a691f57ef6080c08f696a102428d308e.html
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