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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain invention, design, innovation and diffusion as ongoing processes with a range of factors affecting success at each stage

  • explain how particular products you use have a history of invention and improvement, and appreciate the role that you and your family, as consumers, have played in this history

  • define key concepts such as invention, design, innovation, diffusion, product champion, entrepre
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September: Crash or cure?
Sept. 3 - As evidence of a global slowdown increases we ask three financial industry experts how they see this month playing out and the key elements of risk.
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Reclaiming the Power
In this video segment from Cyberchase, Hacker has consumed most of the power-supplying Cosmic Crumpets. Only pieces of crumpets are left. The CyberSquad must help Shari Spotter to restore the Frogsnorts wizards’ power by putting the remaining pieces of crumpets together, which involves the addition of fractions and converting mixed numbers to improper fractions. Then they must share the pieces equally among the seven wizards.  (4:30)
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Money talks: Fudge-ocracy
This week: What a study about promotions in China might say about the country's GDP data, and stormy waters ahead for asset managers
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Wyoming Oil Shale Deposits - Description, Origin, and Exploitation
This video describes the Wyoming oil shales, origins, and methods of exploitation. There is some discussion of coal in western Canada. This is part of a geology course through Laurentian University in Ontario. "Understanding the Earth" originally aired on TVO Ontario in 1975 and re-broadcasted in 1986. Provided by mineguy101. Information is good but production quality of the video is quite dated. (06:12)
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3.2 The anatomy of the language system

Perhaps the best-known generalisation about the language system is that it is represented on one side of the brain – usually the left – more than the other. Many lines of evidence support this view. Specific impairments to linguistic abilities are known as aphasia, and aphasia results much more often from damage to the left hemisphere of the brain than from damage to the right. It is also possible to temporarily deactivate one or other hemisphere. This is usually done as an investi
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1 Observing the Moon

Activity 1

0 hours 30 minutes

Try to make out features on the surface of the Moon, even if you have no optical aid available. If you have the use of a pair of binoculars y
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5.3 Desktop search tools

Finding your paperwork or electronic files can be a problem. You may find that even if you do have some sort of filing system, your structure soon gets quite large with files in multiple locations, which can be hard to navigate. You may find yourself making arbitrary decisions about which folder to place a document in. It may make sense now but in the future, when you look where you think it should be, it's not there.

At times like this you may resort to the search command from the Wind
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6.006 Introduction to Algorithms (MIT)
This course provides an introduction to mathematical modeling of computational problems. It covers the common algorithms, algorithmic paradigms, and data structures used to solve these problems. The course emphasizes the relationship between algorithms and programming, and introduces basic performance measures and analysis techniques for these problems.
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Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • evaluate end-of-life care approaches in the UK and challenges to care delivery

  • evaluate the usefulness of theoretical models of death, dying and bereavement

  • recognise the relevance of critical social perspectives associated with death, dying and bereavement

  • critically reflect on policy and practice in order to promote the interests of dying and bereaved people.


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Lump-sum Pension Payments: Who Are the Winners and Losers?
Private corporations will cheer the U.S. Treasury department's move on lump-sum pension payments, but policy makers must weigh its impact on retirees and taxpayers.
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Photo Slideshow: The UA, a Local University with a Global Reach
Among other things, the University of Arizona is known for its scholarly research, the success of its athletics program and for having an active student body. But did you know that UA's community also has been praised in numerous other areas, such as community outreach, research abroad, expansive collections in the arts, the development of new technologies and methods and for its students who have gone on to become greatly successful alumni? There is so much more to know about this great institu
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1.1 The biological effects of ethanol

This section investigates some of the harmful effects that a high level of blood-ethanol can have on the body: both short-term problems such as ‘hangover’, and long-term health problems that are associated with regular heavy drinking. Whilst this section is primarily about the biological effects that ethanol has on various organs of the body, it is important to remember that the socioeconomic effects of heavy drinking are also very serious (Paton, 2005).
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X-ray tomography image of open cell polyurethane foam
If a gas is injected into a liquid it forms a cellular foam structure. When a thermoset prepolymer of low viscosity is foamed, the polymer can drain from the cell walls (driven by surface tension) before it sets at the cell edges, leaving an open-celled foam. The cell edges have three concave sides. The average co-ordination number for the nodes (where struts meet) is four, giving tetrahedral junctions. The deformation behaviour of the foam was observed by X-ray microtomography at the ESRF i
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Human Emotion 19.1: Happiness I (What is Happiness)
Human Emotion; Professor June Gruber, Yale University 00:00 Chapter 1. Introduction to Lecture 02:10 Chapter 2. What is Happiness? 11:19 Chapter 3. What Makes us Happy? 22:57 Chapter 4. How to Find Happiness? 28:23 Chapter 5. Take-Away Questions 29:01 Chapter 6. Expert Interview This course is part of a broader educational mission to share the study of human emotion beyond the boundaries of the classroom in order to reach students and teachers alike, both locally and globally, through the us
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Nicole Atkins and XPN | 07/06/10
Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins is performing at the XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Waterfront this weekend. State of the Arts producer Christopher Benincasa chats with the Jersey shore native about sharks, couch surfing, touring in mini-vans, and, of course, making music. For more information about the festival, check out jerseyarts.com/festivals and xpn.org.
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9.3 Linear notes

This is the most common form of note-taking. It involves writing in sequence the points you want to note. As with all note-taking, the aim is to pick out and record the most important points. Avoid simply writing out most or all of the text again.

Try to write your notes in your own words as this will help you understand what you have been reading about. Also add a reference to which page(s) of the text your notes refer so you can easily find your way back to the relevant part of the te
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Babbage: Game of drones
Robotic insects could help pollinate plants if bee numbers continue to decline. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on the pitfalls of crowdsourcing knowledge in an era of disinformation. And a protein's structure is key its function but hard to decipher; we explore how citizen science is solving the problem
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Lotte Reiniger - Pioneer of Silhouette Animation
The Search Engine Google is showing a Doodle in few countries for the Lotte Reiniger’s 117th birthday. Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger was a German film director and the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation, anticipating Walt Disney by over ten years. Reiniger made over 40 films over her career, all using her invention. (01:44)

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Germanwings confirms airbus crash
Germanwings CEO Oliver Wagner confirms the crash of an Airbus flight with 150 people on board. Rough cut (no reporter narration). 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, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reut
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