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Learn about Christmas Trees
Christmas trees are a beautiful addition to many of our home this time of year. Did you know that the tree was original decorated with large, red apples as a symbol of Adam and Eve? Learn more about the origins of the Christmas tree with this video.  Allen Smith shares more on this symbol of the holiday. (01:39)
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Learn Spanish Online - Cartoon 3
This video has substitles in English and Spanish (and the narration is only in Spanish) and is suitable for intermediate learners. This tutorial features a vintage cartoon.
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Episode 26 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish

It’s time for another episode in our series for advanced Spanish learners. Join Mark and Carmen as they discuss the latest developments in our story featuring María, her Scottish boyfriend Rory and his Argentinian friend Alejandro as they embark upon the search for sunken treasure off the coast of the island of Mallorca. The text, as ever, is rich in idiomatic expressions, complex grammar points, and useful vocabulary which you’ll be able to put into use in your own speaking and writing.
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Texas A&M: Wildfires Scorch Texas
http://www.tamu.edu/ Over three and a half million acres - more land than the entire state of Connecticut - completely scorched. When the worst wildfire in the state's history erupted, the governor enlisted the help of the Texas A&M University system team including the Texas Forest Service, Texas Task Force 1, the Texas Engineering Extension Service, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. Video contains actual footage from the battle to gain control of even the most devastating fir
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9 Part H Consolidation

The purpose of this part is to bring together your knowledge of law making in the English legal system. Through a series of activities you will be provided with the opportunity to review and consolidate your knowledge of the English legal system gained so far.

Activity 18 Common law

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define and use, or recognize definitions and applications of, each of the terms in bold in the text

  • understand the complexity of the interdependence between organisms and their environment

  • describe some of the consequences for health of pollution

  • explain why it is difficult to gain international agreements to secure biodiversity and reduce pollution.


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1.1.1 Genetic counselling

In the UK and many other countries, genetic testing is provided by the National Health Service (NHS) or its equivalent, only after patients have undergone genetic counselling. This is defined as the provision of information and advice about inherited disorders, and includes helping people to:

  • Understand medical facts;

  • Appreciate the way in which inheritance contributes to the disease in question;

  • Understand the opti
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2.2 Energy flow in ecosystems

You are about to meet some very large numbers, expressed in scientific notation, and some new units. The new units are those that are used to measure the amount of solar energy received by a part of the Earth's surface. Since plants are dependent on light for photosynthesis, the amount of plant material that ca
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3.5 Images

Images can also be found online. Some useful image databases are:


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8.2 An acrimonious debate

Fitzpatrick, M. (2004) Chapter 8 ‘The Lancet Paper’ taken from MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know, London, Routledge. Copyright © 2004 Michael Fitzpatrick.

There were two unusual aspects to the publication of the Wakefield paper and both contributed to the subsequent furore. The first was that it was accompanied by a critical commentary by Robert Chen and Frank DeStefano, two American vaccine specialists (Chen, DeStefano 1998). The second was that it was
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2.1 Processors

Figure 2 shows an advertisement for a laptop. The main features of the computer are listed in this advert. One item on the list is ‘Processor: AMD E450 1.65 GHz’. So this computer uses an AMD E450 processor, running at a speed of 1.65 GHz. A processor is an essential component of a computer; it carries out, or executes, the instructions that make up the computer program. PCs use one main processor and several other ‘supporting’ processors, and adverts for PCs often specify what main p
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Het weer : De wetenschap vertelt
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Dit dossier van EOS wetenschap bundelt artikels over het weer. Volgende onderwerpen komen in dit dossier onder meer aan bod:

  • betrouwbaarheid van buienradar;
  • hittegolf;
  • ontstaan van onweer en regen;
  • ontstaan van wolken;
  • ontstaan van …

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17.424 International Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Societies (MIT)
This graduate class is designed as a Ph.D.-level overview of international political economy (IPE), with an emphasis on the advanced industrial countries. It also serves as preparation for the IPE portion of the International Relations general exam. An important goal of the course is to use economic theories to identify the welfare effects, distributional consequences, and security implication of foreign economic policy decisions, and to use the tools of political science to analyze how interest
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Geometrical Shapes in the Real World
How many shapes can you find???  This slide show presentation shows several pictures and asks the learner if the can find shapes in these pictures.

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9 Notes to help you complete your assessment

To complete your assessment portfolio you must include a contents page indicating how your reflective commentary in Part A and your evidence in Part B are related. An example of a suitable format for the contents page is in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1  (PDF, 1 page, 0.1MB)

Although the requirements of Parts A and B are listed sep
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2.1 Simplification and modelling

Everyday experience teaches us that unconfined objects are free to move in three independent directions. I can move my hand up or down, left or right, backwards or forwards. By combining movements in these three directions I can, at least in principle, move my hand to any point in space. The fact that there are just three independent directions, and that these suffice to reach any point, shows that the space in which my hand moves is three-dimensional.

The motion of a large objec
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A thirsty world: the future of water

Fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, as climate change and population growth puts greater pressure on resources. But the problem is one of mismanagement, rather than supply. When Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s president in January, he spoke of a national effort to fix the country’s economy and to tackle crime and corruption. Can he deliver on those promises? And how a big-budget Chinese film reflects the philosophy of the country’s leader.


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