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1.2.3 The physiological and behavioural levels

Anticipation of winter

If organisms are to survive winter, they must be well prepared for cold weather and sometimes for reduced supply of food. Physiological changes such as shedding leaves and building up fat reserves, and behaviours such as hoarding food, must be completed before winter begins. In order to be prepared, organisms need to anticipate the onset of winter, which is done in two ways, each of which has its own associated physiological mechanisms. First, they could re
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When Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett refused to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling demanding desegregation at the University of Mississippi and the admittance of James Meredith, President John F. Kennedy was forced to intervene. In his address to the nation on September 30, 1962, Kennedy explains his decision to federalize the state national guard in order to maintain law and order while Meredith registers at the college. (03:18)
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"Great Composers of Classical Music," Part 2
This video shows the photograph of the composer, the date of birth and death, and the country they are from. Each composer's most famous piece of music is playing as these facts are on the screen. Some of the composers include  Beethoven,  Herold, Rossini and Schubert.
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Culture File: Mexico #13 - The Serenades
Learn essential Mexican cultural information with SpanishPod101.com! In this 25-lesson English-language series, you’ll hear about cultural topics ranging from important economical activities and tourist destinations to history, influential figures, and traditions in Mexico. You’ll know more about Mexico than the locals in no time! In this lesson, you’ll learn about The Serenades, while building your Spanish [...]
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Learning how to learn
Learning how to learn: a process we all engage in throughout our lives, but no single method of learning guarantees success. This free course, Learning how to learn, aims to make the process of learning much more explicit by inviting you to apply various ideas and activities to your own study as a way of increasing your awareness of your own learning. Most learning has to be an active process and this is particularly true of learning how to learn.Author(s): Creator not set

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Unmanned Aerial Systems
GEOG 897G is an elective course for the MGIS and GEOINT online degree programs, geared towards students who are able to study only part time and at a distance. This General Education course will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how Unmanned Aerial Systems are used in geomatics.
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L'Alphabet
Presenting the fundamentals of a foreign language! Watch and learn how to correctly pronunciate the different letters of the French alphabet. Fun-times with tricky letters. 
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12.3 Market pull

The alternative market pull model suggests that the stimulus for innovation comes from the needs of society or a particular section of the market (Figure 55). These might be needs perceived by an entrepreneur or manufacturer like Shaw and his cat's-eyes or they might be clearly a
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How to Pronounce the Alphabet in French
Simply a cute green frog pronouncing the letters of the alphabet in French as they come on screen. What you see in the preview is pretty much what the whole video looks like. Run time 02:08.
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Our People: John Reynolds
An interview with Dr John Reynolds, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology.
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15.414 Financial Management (MIT)
Financial Management studies corporate finance and capital markets, emphasizing the financial aspects of managerial decisions. It touches on all areas of finance, including the valuation of real and financial assets, risk management and financial derivatives, the trade-off between risk and expected return, and corporate financing and dividend policy. The course draws heavily on empirical research to help guide managerial decisions.
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HTML5 localstorage
Hannes Hirzel
HTML5 capable browsers provide a storage of data for each web site or web application. For many years cookies have been used for this but the amount of data is limited. Under the property name […]

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1 Crossing boundaries: a case study

A number of situations put a strain on the idea that caring is just an extension of 'being ordinary'. These include times when people are giving intimate care. Since the normal rules do not apply in these circumstances, we have to develop a set of special rules to guide practice, thinking very carefully about the core question: 'How can boundaries be respected in situations where intimate care is being given?’'

This question will be explored through a fictional case study set in a res
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ALPS Competency in Practice Assessment (CIPA) Tool
One of the key aims of ALPS is to improve the assessment of competence in practice across 16 professions, increasing the confidence of new graduates and their employers. The CIPA tool has been developed to establish measures of new graduate confidence in their ability across a number of areas of professional competence. Initially it is being piloted as a self-rating tool with new graduates with the intention of extending its use by employers of new graduates. The tool offers a way of establishin
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Job interviews
Job Interviews is one of several Futures workbooks which help students choose and prepare for their careers. Like the other workbooks in the series you can dip in and out doing the exercises which are most relevant to you. You might want to include the exercises or the output in your personal development plan or e-portfolio. Interviews are still the most commonly used method for assessing a person’s suitability for a job. In the UK 99 per cent of employers use selection interviews to recruit
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1.5.5 Social bookmarks

If you find you have a long unmanageable list of favourites/bookmarks you might like to try social bookmarks as an alternative.

Activity 14 - what you need to know about social bookmarks

Read 7 things you shou
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11.945 Katrina Practicum (MIT)
In the wake of Katrina the entire gulf coast is embroiled in a struggle over what constitutes "appropriate" rebuilding and redevelopment efforts. This practicum will engage students in a set of work groups designed to assist local community based institutions and people in shaping the policy and practices that will guide the redevelopment and rebuilding efforts in the city of New Orleans.
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#355: Hello, Pet!: Our love can hurt our animal friends

Bioethicist Peter Sandøe discusses our complicated relationship with animals and associated moral dilemmas, including how our love for companion animals can actually cause harm and the difference between society’s treatment of pets and production animals. Presented by Peter Clarke.


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2.2 Positive feedback and change

Simple positive feedback loops are easily illustrated since they are the mechanism through which anything changes rapidly. Take for example the explosion of water hyacinth when introduced into new environments:

Water hyacinth is a floating plant that has spread from South America to waterways around the world. It can cover the water so completely that it obstructs the movement of boats. Imagine a lake that is 10
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OU Human Physiology: Accessory Organs in Digestion: The Liver, Pancreas, and Gallbladder
Heather Ketchum, Eric Bright
By the end of this section, you will be able to: State the digestive roles of the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder Discuss the composition and function of bile […]
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