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Human Evolution and the Atmosphere: A Return to the Pliocene?
  The evolution of Australopithecines and subsequently the Genus Homo from about 4.5 million years ago was intimately related to an overall cooling trend associated with orbital forcing of the Milankovic cycles, natural long-term rhythms of global climate change caused by changes in the position of Earth relative to the sun. These included extreme conditions which forced humans to migrate and adapt through development of sophisticated communications (language) and technological innovation,
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Closing the Gaps in Indigenous Mortality & Housing: Perspectives from the Social Sciences
In delivering an apology to the Stolen Generations the Prime Minister set a concrete target to halve the gap in infant mortality rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children within a decade. Related to this is a subsequent declared need to improve housing conditions for Indigenous Australians with the establishment of a housing policy commission as the first step. In this forum, leading academics discuss the scale and nature of the issues facing the new government as it attempts to achie
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The Future of East Timor
In his first visit to Australia as Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta discusses the current political situation in his country. Dr Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and accomplished diplomat, was handed one of the biggest challenges of his life on 10 July 2006, he became Timor-Leste’s second Prime Minister. He came to the position amid high expectations that he restore political stability, reconstitute the security forces, promote development, eradicate corruption a
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3.4 Managing across interfaces

Increasingly, operations management is seen as an interface discipline (Voss, 1995). Managing across interfaces, both internal and external to the organisation, is a particular challenge for managers and this is discussed further in this section.

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Accélérer l’exploration et l’analyse des textes des génomes
Le volume d’information stockée dans les banques de données génomiques double chaque année, alors que les performances des ordinateurs progressent moins vite. D’où la nécessité de mettre au point des architectures spécifiques dédiées à l’exploration de ces banques.
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2.2.3 Entertainment

The world of entertainment is constantly evolving with the advent of new technologies. Digital broadcasting has changed the way we experience television, with more interactive programming and participation. Digital cameras, printers and scanners have enabled more people to experiment with image production. Computer gaming has been an important influence in the development of graphical interfaces. Technology has been at the forefront of changes in the production and distribution of music, as w
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13 Post-compulsory science education

In a speech to the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2001, the then UK Secretary of State for Education said:

Young people choosing vocational study will be able to see a ladder of progression that gives structure, purpose and expectation to their lives, in the same way that a future pathway is clear to those who leave school to gain academic A-levels and enter university. Over-16s in full-time education will be abl
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6.1 Reliable information

Information is worthless if you have no trust in it. This has always been the case, but there are issues of trust that arise specifically in the context of modern information and communication technologies. Think about the following:

  • You do a search on the Web and get results from several different sites. Do you trust the information in them all? How do you decide which are the most trustworthy?

  • You get an email, a letter or a phone c
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5.14.3 Electrodialysis

Electrodialysis is an electrochemical process in which ion transfer separates salt from water. It is effective only for substances that can be ionized: for example, salt (NaCl) becomes, in solution, a mixture of Na+ and Cl ions. (Silica, on the other hand, does not ionize and hence is not removed by electrodialysis. It could, however, be removed by reverse osmosis.) When electrodes, connected to a suitable direct current supply, are immersed in a salt solution, curren
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1.2 The hard side of Glasgow

Prior to its currently projected image of dynamism, Glasgow was regarded as the place which best illustrated all that was wrong with the modern industrial city: ‘Once called the “second city of the British Empire” because of its size and industrial might, Glasgow had sunk so low that even the locals disdained it’ (Bryson, 1989).

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3.1 3.1 Introduction

Regionalism has grown remarkably since the high point of state centralism in the Second World War period. A succession of factors have come into play – uneven economic development, threats to regional cultures and languages, the decentralisation of some states, and more recently the impact of globalisation and European integration. The effects have been cumulative, with old factors continuing to operate while new ones were added, including, as we shall see
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the value of modelling the public policy–action relationship

  • explain the mechanical, organic, cultural and political models of the policy–action relationship.


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EN-6. Emerging risks and diseases (Vidéo)

Bernard Swynghedauw proposes an overview of the new medical landscape, marked by the emergence of several risks and diseases. He especially explores the age, the infectious risk and the immune risk, and underlines the necessity to take into account different factors to explain the public health issues.


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Investing in Cybersecurity: Northrop Grumman's Approach
2014 University of Virginia Investing Conference Kathy Warden, Corporate Vice President and President of Northrop Grumman Information Systems, joins Professor Richard Evans in the Darden School of Business studio to discuss the hot topic of cybersecurity. Ms. Warden spoke at the 7th Annual University of Virginia Investing Conference at the Darden School of Business, sponsored by the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management, one of Darden's 10 Centers of Excellence. The Center serves as a h
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4.1 Exploring the claims about crime

The claims of the common-sense story of crime that we unearthed in Section 3 were, broadly speaking, about the start of the story (how things were then) and the end of the story (how things are now). But most stories have a middle. A middle that gets you from the beginning to the end, that explains how one state of affairs is transformed into another. The former claims are primarily descriptive. The claim in the middle would be explanatory. It would need to address questions lik
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Minaret and dome DP148072

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Maidenhead Mosque, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, Berkshire. The minaret and dome, photographed in March 2012.
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Virtual Maths, Density formula simulation
Density, mass and volume interactive formula, simulation
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Economic Update: Housing, Cities, Suburbs
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2.5.1 The reductionist perspective

Although theology had been thought of as ultimate knowledge, in post-Enlightenment thought, religion came to be seen by many in the West as a hindrance to progress and the advancement of human knowledge. Some came to believe that a rational and scientific way of looking at the world, unconstrained by religious belief and ‘superstition’, would lead to religion becoming redundant.

In the nineteenth century, this idea was boosted by Darwinian theories of evolution. Charles Darwin’s <
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Introduction

The majority of people who sleep on the streets, and in hostels and night shelters are men. However, the number of women, particularly younger women, in these circumstances has increased (Anderson et al., 1993). They are often people with complex care and support needs, which go way beyond the provision of accommodation. But, as you will learn in this course, complex needs are both a cause and a product of homelessness.

In this audio course, you will hear from four people, who will each
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