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Harvard computer system fuels our understanding of the brain
Faculty and researchers are using big data to answer society’s most challenging questions, and doing it with the help of FAS Research Computing (FASRC). Founded in 2007, FASRC had one goal: to provide Harvard faculty, students, and staff with leading-edge computational resources. By building a centralized, high-performance computing environment called Odyssey, FASRC gave researchers the keys to unlock the information inside big data. Users have access to more than 60,000 CPUs and 15 petabytes
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Design Tool Integration: Model Flexibility for the Building Profession
The development of ICAtect, as discussed in the Building Systems Automation and Integration Symposium of 1991, provides a way of integrating simulation tools through a common building model. However, ICAtect is only a small step towards the ultimate goal of total integration and automation of the building design process. In this paper we investigate the next steps on the path toward integration. We examine how models structured to capture the physical attributes of the building, as required by s
Author(s): Amor, R., Hosking, J., Groves, L. and Donn, M.

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Trees
David Strong
The premise of this resource is to create a page that is about trees. A view point of Majesty.
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Digitizing Heritage or reconstructing Imagination [Digitalizando la herencia o reconstruyendo la ima
To advance the theme of digital conservation of heritage and tie it to museums, we report on two case studies of digitising archaeological sites; the first is the remains of a typical Scottish Crannog typical of the sixth-century BC., and the second is a UNESCO protected site in the Middle East (the desert castle of Qusayr Amra, Jordan), which dates back to early 8th century. Then we relate both to our investigation into embodiment, interaction and metaphor in virtual environments.
Author(s): Al-Attili, Aghlab; Rosa Mar?a Mendoza Robles

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4.17.1 Software agents

A software agent is a program that displays a certain minimum level of autonomy – it acts as a surrogate for a human user. An agent does something for the user automatically, when given instructions. The more sophisticated the agent is, the fewer instructions it needs, and the more capable it is of making decisions on its own – the more ‘agent-like’ it is. An agent can be run on a client (the user's machine) or on a server (for example, a web server). It can also be anchored (stationa
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • give a definition of crime (in terms of society)

  • state the steps and factors that lead from a crime to conviction

  • illustrate how society views crime ‘with fear and fascination’

  • give examples of the relationship between crime rates and the evidence to support these claims.


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Leveraging Communities to Create Social Media Momentum
As social networks become increasingly ingrained into brands’ communication strategies, organisations need to take a more global and creative approach to understanding the dynamics and cultural fabric of their target communities
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Why is 2 °C such an important number? The case for radical mitigation -- Alice Bows-Larkin
Conway Hall, London, 1 October 2014, with: Friederike Otto, post-doctoral research fellow, University of Oxford Alice Bows-Larkin, reader, University of Manchester, UK Peter Stott, head of climate monitoring and attribution, UK Met Office One of the irritating things about climate change is that its effects are often unpredictable and invisible. These factors only increase controversy. But scientists are working to expose its impacts: to understand whether the extreme weather events we're s
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Clooneys celebrate wedding for third time with UK bash
George Clooney and wife Amal Alamuddin hold a lavish party outside London so friends and family who couldn't attend their Venice wedding can celebrate their marriage. Mana Rabiee reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial,
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3.3 Integration of anatomical features and biochemical and physiological strategies in evaporators

Birds and larger desert mammals that use evaporative cooling risk dehydration because of the difficulty of finding sufficient drinking water. For mammals, evaporative heat loss includes panting and sweating.

In small mammals and birds the temperature of exhaled air is often lower than T b, resulting in condensation of water on the nasal mucosa. Small desert mammals rely on this mechanism for water conservation, while resting in their cool burrows during the heat of the
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Defining a process of design and learning of digital graphics by means of distance education
This paper describes and analyses the teaching/learning approach which progressively is being established in the context of the Digital Graphics Post-Graduation Course. The method used has, basically, generated educational situations able to increase the self-learning capacity of the students; develop skills for collaborative activities to build the knowledge and overtake the limits of time and space imposed by traditional educational systems. The theoretical references adopted to draw the didac
Author(s): Almeida da Silva, Adriane Borda; Ana L?cia Pinho L

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Eco Design - Lifecycle Assessment of Plastic and Paper bags
Life cycle assessment (LCA) example case study of plastic bags compared to biodegradable and paper bags provided by LCA expert Tim Grant. This video is part of the Design Victoria Eco-Design How to Kit and prepared by the Centre for Design at RMIT.
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Spanish in 3 Minutes #2 - Spanish Manners
Unlock Hundreds of Lessons at SpanishPod101.com!
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Upgrading to Windows 10 | WinHEC Shenzhen 2015

This session reviews the processes to upgrade and test your hardware to ensure we are ready for Windows 10. Customers will be upgrading from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. To deliver the best experience, we need our partners including OEMs, ODMs, IHVs and ISVs to help ensure firmware, drivers and applications are ready for the upgrade experience. Topics include: Why you should care, Upgrade is free, Millions of Win10 users will be live the first day, Tools and engineering efforts, and Partner
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15.466 Functional and Strategic Finance March 4, 2015
Prof. Robert C. Merton
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Attachment in the early years
This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood. In the 1950s, John Bowlby was the first person to develop a theory about the significance of early attachments between caregivers and very young children. His work has stimulated a massive and very productive field of research with important implications for childcare. This OpenLearn course describes Bowlby's theory and the work that has built on it, illustrated with video re
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Laboratory Techniques - Microscopy: Gram Stain
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, which are usually maintained in culture. Pure cultures of microbes are crucial to the success of studies in this area. Good, repeatable results must rely on good aseptic technique being used at all times, and on the correct use of related techniques.
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Laboratory Techniques - Staining: Gram Stain
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, which are usually maintained in culture. Pure cultures of microbes are crucial to the success of studies in this area. Good, repeatable results must rely on good aseptic technique being used at all times, and on the correct use of related techniques.
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Newbie Lesson #21 - Come here! I’ll be right there!
Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com! In today’s lesson, Lisy and Alan open the door even further to show us how “mandatos” or “commands” are used in the Spanish language. What’s interesting about commands in Spanish is that they can be either singular or plural, and either formal or informal. This means that there are four ways [...]
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