The Use of the Smart Geometry through Various Design Processes: Using the programming platform (para
The emergence of parametric generative design tools and prototyping manufacturing technology led to radical changes in architectural morphologies. This change increased the opportunity to develop innovative smart geometries. Integrating these algorithms in the parametric softwares led to variations in building design concepts increasing alternatives and decreasing the repetitive work previously needed in conventional CAD software. The chosen software in this research is Generative Components (GC
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Estimation Skills
This video shows how to do an estimation activity with pre-school children. Put items in a ziplock bag and have children estimate the total number of items in the bag.  Then have children count the items and see how close the estimate was to the real number.  (2:44)

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Energy efficiency: hospitals
What strategies can hospitals adopt to reduce their impact on the local and global environment? How might they reduce the carbon footprint of vehicles transporting patients, visitors and goods? This album visits three hospitals which have adopted green approaches to energy efficiency, by cutting electricity consumption, reducing traffic volume, and even generating their own renewable energy. This material forms part of The Open University course T206 Energy for a sustainable future.Author(s): The iTunes U team

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5.1 Overview

This section deals with the history of Scotland and is designed to stimulate thinking on some of the major events and themes which have shaped Scotland over a period covering the seventeenth century to the present day.

These selected units introduce learners to Scotland's rich heritage and also to its wider European and international context.

If you are interested in learning more about Scottish history, The Open University runs a collaborative scheme with the University of Dundee
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Can renewable energy sources power the world?
We ask the question ‘Can renewable energy sources power the world?’ as a response to the growing awareness that increased use of renewable energy technologies is making a major contribution to global efforts to limit anthropogenic climate change. The course begins by examining the environmental concerns that have caused a rise in interest in renewable energy, introducing the main sources and technologies, and describing global efforts to increase the share of renewables. The course then look
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Test et vérification automatique pour systèmes musicaux interactifs (Vidéo)

Le rôle d’un système musical interactif est de jouer d’égal à égal avec des musiciens humains. Pour cela, il doit réagir en temps réel au flux audio produit par les musiciens, suivant une « partition augmentée » écrite dans un langage spécialisé qui décrit en particulier des aspects temporels, des ...
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Normative Positions in Architectural Design - Deriving and Applying Design Methods
This paper presents a recently finished course of eight weeks where CAAD skills, design methodology, and architectural theory are combined to discuss possible perspectives on the use of the computer in design, and its influence on architecture. In the course, three contemporary architects were studied; Peter Eisenman, Ben van Berkel, and Greg Lynn. Each was discussed on aspects of ontology (which are the elements of discourse), design method (design process and organization of the process), and
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3.3 Time-series graphs: summing up

So time-series graphs must be read with care. Adopt a questioning attitude when you are faced with a graph. Look carefully at the vertical axis to see just what the range of variation is, and at the horizontal axis to see what time intervals have been chosen. Ask yourself about the significance of this choice – what might be going on between each plotted point?

You might question whether the plotted variation is significant or whether it is the result of expected fluctuations. What ab
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'Tomorrow' at SUNY Oswego: Our Students and Graduates
From SUNY Oswego's 'Tomorrow' strategic plan: Our graduates are nimble, resilient, resourceful and inventive. They become active and loyal alumni with high levels of personal fulfillment and economic security. SUNY Oswego students and graduates provide their communities with intellectual capital, professional expertise and ethical service. For more information, visit http://oswego.edu/tomorrow/impact1.html
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Brown Bear vs Pacific Salmon
In this short video clip, the Kamchatka brown bear charges through a rushing river in to grab slippery Pacific salmon, and high-speed cameras capture the action. Each summer, the brown bears wait for the moment where the rivers team with salmon during the annual salmon spawn. A bear may catch and eat a salmon every 20 minutes, 90 lbs of fish in a single day. Shows predator/prey relationships.  Run time (02:11)
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Obama Visit 2012.
President Barack Obama addresses a large crowd about funding for higher education at the University of Michigan's Al Glick Field House on January 27, 2012.
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Cardiac muscle cells
Cardiac muscles are found only in the heart. They work together to bring deoxygenated blood in and push oxygenated blood out into the body. Essentially, they keep your heart pumping and your body alive.
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Acknowledgements

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Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this course:

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19 Conclusion

In sections 15–18, we examined the components and processes of an ICT system that is used for an everyday activity: shopping. We started by looking at a system map of the 'checkout system' before exploring the processes involved at the checkout. We considered some examples of networks and discussed the processes involved in a networked supermarket ICT system. Finally, we looked briefly at another way in which ICT systems can be used for shopping: e-commerce.


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8 How to protect yourself against spam

People and organisations can only send spam if they have a collection of email addresses to send to. They 'harvest' these addresses:

  • from legitimate company databases;

  • from web pages;

  • from chat rooms;

  • by guesswork;

  • from people who use an unsubscribe option.

To minimise the spam you receive:

  • Check whether you can set rules on y
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2.1 Introduction

In this section, we explore how experiences of being an older person in the nineteenth century were constituted through the operation of the 1834 New Poor Law Act and the processes of industrial change that ran parallel to it. We examine the way this constructed the lives of older people as ‘other’ to the emergent ‘normal’ (adult, relatively youthful, male paid worker) and trace its legacy to reveal points of continuity and change.


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1.2.2 Content

School mathematics curricula often focus on lists of content objectives in areas like number, arithmetic, statistics, measurement, geometry, trigonometry, and algebra. A typical list of content objectives might contain over one hundred objectives to be introduced or revisited and learned each year. These can be seen as hierarchical in nature but many textbooks do not attempt to organise the objectives in ways that enable the bigger underpinning ideas to become apparent to the pupils. In addit
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Harry Potter-POA Ch.7 The Boggart In The Wardrobe-part3
Reading of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban By: J. K. Rowling. 

In this video Chapter 7: The Boggart in the Wardrobe is read.

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4.2.2 The significance of the average energy

The average thermal energy of the atoms in a solid indicates how much they are 'rattling' or vibrating around their mean positions. Since the atoms are close together, virtually touching, and because atoms are almost incompressible, they cannot get much closer. But they can get further apart. So, since thermal energy is manifested in the vibrations of the atoms, bigger vibrations mean that the atoms must spend more time further apart. On average then, there is a tendency for a solid to expand
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2.1.1 Ian Traenor

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Ian Traenor

Ian Traenor used to be a former employee of Scottish Hydroelectric. At the time of the recording, he had ‘crossed over to
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