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Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the September 2nd 2017 edition

This week: a bad joke becomes a bad President, how quantum entanglement could help keep conversations secret and the Great British Bake Off goes global.


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4.2.5 Choosing the best option

When you have collected a broad range of options, each possible solution should be assessed for its feasibility. As the feasible options are narrowed down, you may choose to analyse three or four in detail. Appraise the possible consequences of implementing each of these, against your criteria for cost, time and quality.


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1 Overview

A fundamental concept in mathematics is that of a function.

Consider, for example, the function f defined by

This is an example of a real function, because it associates with a given real number x the real number 2x2 − 1: it maps
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Fluid Interaction with Structures (Shoele)
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The Importance of Seeing the World in Shades of Grey
Executives who see the world in stark contrasts miss the nuances of situations and are less able to compromise to meet common interests.
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14.23 Government Regulation of Industry (MIT)
The objective of this course is to introduce you to the role of government in markets where competitive equilibria “fail.” In this course we will emphasize the importance of market structure and industrial performance, including the strategic interaction of firms. We will examine the behavior of individual markets in some detail, focusing on cost analysis, the determinants of market demand, investment behavior, market power, and the implications of government regulatory behavior. The
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Virtual Reality in Architectural Education: Defining Possibilities
Introduction: virtual reality in architecture Virtual Reality (VR) is an emergent computer technology for full 3D-simulations, which has a natural application in the architectural work, due that activity involves the complete definition of buildings prior to its construction. Although the profession has a long tradition and expertise in the use of 2D-plans for the design of buildings, the increasing complexity of projects and social participation requires better media of representation. However,
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14.54 International Trade (MIT)
This course is an introduction to the theory of international trade and finance with applications to current policy issues. In this course we will cover the basic tools to understand what determines the flow of goods across countries, i.e. international trade, and what determines the flow of savings and investments from one country to another, i.e. international finance. We will also cover applications to a number of topics of current interest, including the debate on globalization, free trade a
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21W.732-2 Intro to Tech Communication (MIT)
An information-based society necessitates good writing in all careers. Many scientists and technical professionals must write progress reports, analyses, literature reviews, or other documents to communicate within their workplaces, and many must also address more general audiences in grant proposals, conference papers, articles, and so on. This course is designed to serve as a basic introduction to the practice of technical writing for those who work as scientists and technical researchers. Bec
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Projectile Motion with Ordered Set Notation
Solving the second part to the projectile motion problem (with wind gust) using ordered set vector notation. This video, which is suitable for high school students, starts with a black screen because the instructor, in his conversational tone, uses it as a 'chalkboard.' Instructor uses different colors for clarification.
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Southern Renaissance Unit 13
"My subject in fiction," Flannery O'Connor tells us, "is the action of
grace in the territory held largely by the devil." One might do well to
ask what, if not the devil, haunts the American South in this era
between the wars. This program uncovers the revisioning of Southern
myths during the modernist era by writers William Faulkner and Zora
Neale Hurston.

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On Equality and Inequality
The audio version of the Mises Daily article for July 3, 2012. [30:01] Narrated by Harold Fritsche. Music by Kevin MacLeod.

Babbage: Of machines and men
Elon Musk's new venture Neuralink wants to meld computers with the human brain. We explore how this concept could lead to artificial memory. Also, a paralysed man is able to use his own arm again after chips were implanted in his brain. And a new glove lets people detect deadly toxins with touch alone
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2.994 MADM with Applications in Material Selection and Optimal Design (MIT)
This course begins with a comparative review of conventional and advanced multiple attribute decision making (MADM) models in engineering practice. Next, a new application of particular MADM models in reliable material selection of sensitive structural components as well as a multi-criteria Taguchi optimization method is discussed. Other specific topics include dealing with uncertainties in material properties, incommensurability in decision-makers opinions for the same design, objective ways of
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18.315 Combinatorial Theory: Hyperplane Arrangements (MIT)
This is a graduate-level course in combinatorial theory. The content varies year to year, according to the interests of the instructor and the students. The topic of this course is hyperplane arrangements, including background material from the theory of posets and matroids.
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Flight and Orbital Mechanics
Course Contents 1. Turning performance (three dimensional equations of motion, coordinate systems, Euler angles, transformation matrices) 2. Airfield performance (take-off and landing) 3. Unsteady climb and descent (including minimum time to climb problem) 4. Cruise flight and transport performance 5. Equations of motion with a wind gradient present 6. Equations of motion applied to various phases of space flight 7. Launch, Vertical flight, delta-V budget, burn out height, staging 8. Gravity pe
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Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this course:<
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7 Moving to a positive paradigm

Aaron Antonovsky (1984) has called the emphasis on illness and disease the pathogenic paradigm and has stated that this disease-focused paradigm has dominated our healthcare system. He claims that there are five important consequences of this domination:

  1. ‘We have come to think dichotomously about people, classifying them as either healthy or diseased’ (p. 115). Those categorised as ‘healthy’ are normal, those categorised as non-healthy or ‘d
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • assess the degree to which health pervades all aspects of contemporary life

  • identify views on what health means personally

  • review a range of meanings that health has for individuals and groups of individuals

  • discuss the social and cultural significance of this range of meanings

  • critically analyse the distinction between ‘lay’ and professional perspectives on health.
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3.016 Mathematics for Materials Scientists and Engineers (MIT)
This course covers the mathematical techniques necessary for understanding of materials science and engineering topics such as energetics, materials structure and symmetry, materials response to applied fields, mechanics and physics of solids and soft materials. The class uses examples from the materials science and engineering core courses (3.012 and 3.014) to introduce mathematical concepts and materials-related problem solving skills. Topics include linear algebra and orthonormal basis, eigen
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