6.973 Communication System Design (MIT)
This course presents a top-down approach to communications system design. The course will cover communication theory, algorithms and implementation architectures for essential blocks in modern physical-layer communication systems (coders and decoders, filters, multi-tone modulation, synchronization sub-systems). The course is hands-on, with a project component serving as a vehicle for study of different communication techniques, architectures and implementations. This year, the project is focuse
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Ep.1 ,PBS Napoleon (To Destiny) Part 3
This excellent PBS series, filled with historical re-enactments and narrated by David McCullough, starts with Napoleon receiving the crown of France. This documentary is suitable for high school students.
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The Diffusion of the Renaissance (Christian Humanism)
This video describes the emergence of the Renaissance in Italy in the introduction. Then the video proceeds to discuss the growth and causes of the Northern European Renaissance.
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4.1 Introduction

Nuclear power generation involves concentrated fissionable fuels which, after fission, leave significant quantities of fission-product isotopes, some of which are highly radioactive. Much of the criticism levelled against the industry falls under four main headings to which we have alluded in preceding sections:

  1. the operational safety of nuclear reactors;

  2. the biological effects of abnormal radiation levels arising from fuel transport,
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5.3 Mitochondrial adaptations

During the winter months, whilst hibernating vertebrates maintain a very low metabolic rate, major reorganization of mitochondrial metabolism occurs. The phenomenon has been studied in some detail in frogs which, although not hibernators in the true sense, can endure very low water temperatures under the conditions of profound hypoxia that exist when they lie dormant for long periods below the surface. In contrast to normoxic conditions, the muscle mitochondria of dormant frogs depress their
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STS.011 American Science: Ethical Conflicts and Political Choices (MIT)
We will explore the changing political choices and ethical dilemmas of American scientists from the atomic scientists of World War II to biologists in the present wrestling with the questions raised by cloning and other biotechnologies. As well as asking how we would behave if confronted with the same choices, we will try to understand the choices scientists have made by seeing them in their historical and political contexts. Some of the topics covered include: the original development of nuclea
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2.3 Environmental regulation of breeding

As pointed out in Section 1.1, primary plant productivity occurs for only a few months in the summer, so the reproductive physiology of most arctic animals, particularly herbivorous species, is tightly synchronized with the seasons. On Svalbard (Figure 2b), more than 90% of the reindeer fawns are born in the first week of J
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2008.01.16 - DIY iSync Phone Plugin (Audio)
If you or your staff/faculty have a cell phone model that currently isn't supported on Apple's list of supported iSync devices, you can create your own iSync Phone Plugin for your unsupported cell phone to allow you to sync contacts, and calendars.
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Romanticism in the American Short Story
Power point presentation about Romanticism in the American short story. This presentation explains the literary movement known as romanticism and authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Washington Irving from that era. 
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Transjuicer 2 / Boo Chapple

Transjuicer 2 / Boo Chapple. In "Images & mirages @ nanosciences", colloque international organisé par le Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Solidarités, Sociétés, Territoires (LISST) de l'Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail, le Centre d'Élaboration de Matériaux et d'Études Structurales (CEMES) rattaché à l'Institut de Physique du CNRS et le Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de Nano-Objets (LPCNO) de l'INSA Toulouse. Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail / La Fabr
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HST.722J Brain Mechanisms for Hearing and Speech (MIT)
An advanced course covering anatomical, physiological, behavioral, and computational studies of the central nervous system relevant to speech and hearing. Students learn primarily by discussions of scientific papers on topics of current interest. Recent topics include cell types and neural circuits in the auditory brainstem, organization and processing in the auditory cortex, auditory reflexes and descending systems, functional imaging of the human auditory system, quantitative methods for relat
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Cory Doctorow on Why it's a Bad Idea to Regulate Computers
Big Ideas presents Cory Doctorow on Why it's a Bad Idea to Regulate Computers the Way We Regulate Radios, Guns, Uranium and Other Special-Purpose Tools
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2.3.2 Fast breeder reactors

If fast neutrons produced in the chain reactions are not moderated or absorbed, the rate of conversion of uranium-238 into plutonium-239 (Equation 3) can exceed the fission rate of plutonium-239. Reactors that use fast neutrons in this way are called fast breeder reactors.

Their main fuel is
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3.2 Uranium occurrence and ore deposits

In igneous rocks, uranium is more abundant in granites (~3.5 ppm) than in basalts (~1 ppm). The large size of the uranium atom prevents it from easily entering the structures of common rock-forming minerals, so it is an incompatible element that tends to remain in magmas until a late stage of crystallisation, when it enters minor minerals, or even the uranium oxide, uraninite (UO2). In suitable circumstances, following fractional crystallisation of uranium-rich granitic magm
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2010 Kohn Lecture Series - Cell cycle control
2010 Kohn Lecture Series - Cell cycle control
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Virtual Maths, Shapes, Space and Measure, Demonstration of a Theodolite Survey in action
Using a theodolite to calculate the height of a building, demonstration 'in the field', includes interactive simulation tools and formulae
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the meanings of the newly defined (emboldened) terms and symbols, and use them appropriately

  • distinguish between perfect conduction and perfect diamagnetism, and give a qualitative description of the Meissner effect

  • explain how observation of a persistent current can be used to estimate an upper limit on the resistivity of a superconductor, and perform calculations related to such estimates<
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Koto Music - Sakura
Koto Music - Sakura.  One image, of cherry blossoms, appears on the screen as the music plays.  (03:53)
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7.8 Summary of Section 7

This section has sought to illustrate the formation of connections between neurons and their targets by exploring a few examples. The picture that emerges is one of cells at different stages of development subjected to a vast array of signals. These signals are the medium through which environmental factors exert their effects. To some of these signals, some cells respond; to other signals, other cells respond. What a cell, a neuroblast, a growth cone actually does is dependent on the combina
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18.417 Introduction to Computational Molecular Biology (MIT)
This course introduces the basic computational methods used to understand the cell on a molecular level. It covers subjects such as the sequence alignment algorithms: dynamic programming, hashing, suffix trees, and Gibbs sampling. Furthermore, it focuses on computational approaches to: genetic and physical mapping; genome sequencing, assembly, and annotation; RNA expression and secondary structure; protein structure and folding; and molecular interactions and dynamics.
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