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Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the August 13th 2016 edition
This week: Ethiopia goes overboard on football facilities, how a good surf can bring economic success and why Spain is out of sync with the sun
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Words ending in "ight"
A poem illustrating "ight" words like might, light, tight... This video has 3 small British children reciting the poem and could be used as a tool for rhyming beginners. (1:30)
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The Declaration of Independence: Jefferson's Role
The 2nd Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence. Good details about how Jefferson came up with some ideas for the Declaration using theme of an unjust King. Students need to have a copy of this document is go along with the video as well as a timeline of events that resulted in this work.
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6.2 The hypothalamus as central regulator

Research in the past 30–40 years has established that the hypothalamus, which lies below the thalamus and above the optic nerve chiasma and the pituitary gland in the brain, fulfils all of the functions listed above, at least in part. The main function of the hypothalamus is homeostasis. Factors such as blood pressure, body temperature, fluid and electrolyte balance, and body weight are held to constant values called the set-points. Although set-points can vary over time, from day to
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NeuroKnowledge App for iPad
'Think you know everything neuro?Push your mind to the limit and bring out your inner brainiac in this quiz with 90 randomized questions. Time counts!'This is a free app
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Understanding cancer: News from the frontline
This Oxford at Said seminar was dedicated to cancer research. Three researchers from the University of Oxford give insights into recent advances in the field of cancer cell biology, therapy and epidemiology. One in three people develop cancer, and one in five in Europe and North America die of the disease. Although environmental and lifestyle factors, for example smoking or sun exposure, affect the incidence of some cancer types, all human populations and many types of animal suffer from this di
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Sesame Street-Bowling Subtraction
Catchy little number from the good old days on Sesame Street with a bowling ball demonstrating subtraction. (0:55)
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1.4.3 Structures that both enable and constrain

Life within a society is made possible by structures. They operate at many levels, from the details of daily life (e.g. the routines of getting up in the morning, or the ritual greetings we use when we meet people) to the broader organisation of society (e.g. the channels through which mass media ‘news’ is generated, or the rules under which benefit payments are made). Even the language through which I am communicating now is a structured system of written symbols. But structures not only
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2.2 Reading techniques: skimming

You might want to find information about the effectiveness of the child curfew scheme in Hamilton but be less interested in some of the other issues that are raised in The Scotsman piece. One way of extracting this kind of specific information is to skim the article for key words – such as ‘research’ – and statistics which may give you evidence of the effectiveness or otherwise of the scheme. This method is also especially useful when you are searching for something particular
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HIS348 Session 4 Summer 2012 rev02
Labor in American Society with Mike Fraga 06/02/12
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The Biggest Dinosaurs Of All Time
Dinosaurs are one of the biggest land-dwelling animals to ever exist on Earth. When you picture a dinosaur, you might imagine a 13-meter long T. rex or a Titanosaur the size of an airplane. But, the first dinosaurs would have only come up to your knee. It turns out that sauropods, like Brontosaurus, developed special adaptations that allowed them to tower over the competition. (03:19)

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HST.523J Cell-Matrix Mechanics (MIT)
Mechanical forces play a decisive role during development of tissues and organs, during remodeling following injury as well as in normal function. A stress field influences cell function primarily through deformation of the extracellular matrix to which cells are attached. Deformed cells express different biosynthetic activity relative to undeformed cells. The unit cell process paradigm combined with topics in connective tissue mechanics form the basis for discussions of several topics from cell
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1.3.4 Diagrams for connectivity

Relationship diagrams offer one way of putting more order into your understanding of a situation. Each element of a situation is named in an oval and lines between ovals indicate that there are relationships between the particular elements – but no more than this!

Systems maps are another way of developing one's understanding of a situation. Systems maps are essentially ‘structure’ diagrams. Each element or sub-system is contained in a circle or oval and a line is d
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Why Emotional Blind Spots Can Hurt Your Finances
Emotional blind spots lead to common mistakes in managing your money, according to a new book by former Wall Street trader and current CBS News analyst Jill Schlesinger.
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2.5 Non-Linearity

A linear system can be defined in two ways: (1) one which obeys the principle of superposition, and (2) one possessing the frequency-preservation property.

If we consider an optical fibre with electromagnetic field as the input and output, then provided that the power level of the input signal is not too great (less than 1 mW, which is 0 dBm), the fibre may be well modelled by a linear system for most purposes.

When fibre is used for a single point-to-point link to convey a digita
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4.3 Reconstituting older people's personal lives in uncertain times

The multiplicity of different ‘work-endings’ at the close of the twentieth century, combined with the increasing mobilisation of older people through pensioner and ‘third age’ movements, effectively destabilised the institution of retirement and the associated orthodoxy that older age began at the age of 60 or 65 years.

However, voices from within the pensioner movement were marginalised in the process of reconstitution that ensued. A neo-liberal redrawing of the boundari
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3.5 Summary of Section 3

The developing organism is nudged onto different developmental paths by the environment in which it finds itself. Thus the experience of being premature, or of experiencing only horizontal visual stimuli, or of experiencing testosterone affects the kind of individual the organism becomes. And the effect of the environmental factors is both profound and enduring; the individual will, quite literally, never be the same again.


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Critical social work practice
This series of tracks looks at social work practice around the world and compares attitudes and management techniques within the social work field. Material is taken from The Open University Course K315 Critical social work practice. The iTunes U team.
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"What Comes After" by Steve Watkins--The Pick of the Week from 60 second Recap®
In this video, teenage students will be introduced to "What Comes After" by Steve Watkins. Iris Wight has it rough. Her father's dead. Her best friend's family has decided they can't keep her. Alone and hurting, Iris ends up at horrible Aunt Sue's where her only solace is the goats ... and even those, Iris discovers, can be taken from her in an instant. The first half of "What Comes After" is a particularly tough read, but Iris is a compelling protagonist whose falling-apart life still has
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Andy Lane, author and course chair to December 1999

John Martin, author and course chair from January 2000

Amber Eves, course manager

Laurence Newman, course manager

Pat Shah, course secretary

Susan Carr, author

Eion Farmer, author and critical reader

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John Naughton, author

Roger Spear, author

Karen Shipp, senior software designer and author

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