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Smart factories create competitive advantage for global manufacturers
A new model for understanding how multinationals can gain a competitive edge from their manufacturing networks has been created as a result of a recent study by Professor Arnoud De Meyer, Director of Judge Business School, and Professor Ann Vereecke and Professor Roland Van Dierdonck of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium.
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Looking at, describing and identifying objects
This free course, Looking at, describing and identifying objects, will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret objects and work towards writing your own object life cycle. You will also work with, and understand artefact databases. First published on Wed, 06 Jan 2016 as
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Special Exhibition: Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York
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4.5 David Hume

This unit examines David Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of 1755, ‘Of the immortality of the soul’. More generally, they examine some of the shifts in attitude concerning death and religious belief which were taking place in Europe at the end of the eighteenth century, through examination of this and other short essays.

Hume was a pivotal figure in the Scottish Enlightenment and his death in 1776 was widely anti
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Detail of cladding at Stonehenge Visitor Centre DP163137

Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Wiltshire. Detail of cladding.
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Thomas Cech - A Brief History of Noncoding RNAs: from Ribozymes to Epigenetic lncRNAs
Thomas Cech "A Brief History of Noncoding RNAs: from Ribozymes to Epigenetic lncRNAs" April 15, 2015 A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, Kahn Auditorium Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Why the Role of the Developer Matters [Audio]
Speaker(s): Francis Salway | One of the industry's most influential figures will give his views on the vital importance of property developers in strained economic times. Francis Salway is chief executive of Land Securities, Britain's largest commercial property company.
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2.1 Communication technologies

With the Industrial Revolution the idea of 'news' developed rapidly, and these days most people in the UK and other developed countries have concept of 'the news'. We expect to be kept up to date with the news through various sources, and to satisfy this expectation we have the businesses of newsgathering and dissemination of news.

In this section you will be learning about the development of the technologies used for newsgathering and dissemination by reading extracts from a paper writ
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Tasting menu: Audio highlights from the February 17th 2018 edition

How can the world prevent Africa’s worst war from reigniting? Also, the inbuilt prejudice of the algorithms that can dictate whether you get a credit card or a place at university. And why the myth of “Frankenstein” is still electrifying after 200 years. Sarah Maslin hosts


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Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist [Audio]
Speaker(s): Kate Raworth, Professor Oriana Bandiera | Economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools we use to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then – or more like disaster – that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date, but still dominate decision-making for the future. Instead of criticising the past, this book takes the long view forwards, identifying seven insights
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5.5 Vibrating string: pitches of notes produced by stringed instruments

When a string is bowed, plucked or struck, energy is supplied that starts the string vibrating. The string doesn't just vibrate in one single mode; instead, it vibrates in a combination of several modes simultaneously. The displacement along the string is the superposition of the standing-wave patterns corresponding to those modes. For example, if the string vibrated only in the first and second modes, the displacement at a given instant of time might appear as shown in Author(s): The Open University

3.3 The Irish anti-smoking law

You now know what the Irish Government's arguments for introducing the smoking ban were, and have read some of the reactions to it. We are now going to turn to the law itself. The passage I want you to read is from the Irish Government Public Services website and explains the new law in simple language. Read the passage in Box 4 carefully and answer the questions in the activity which follows. The questions ask you to interpret the rules, something we will be looking at in more detail later i
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2.6.3 Re-working Hansa's essay

Now we have looked at Philip's and Hansa's essays in such detail, what have we learned? Perhaps the best way to answer that is to write another version of the essay, building on all the things we have discussed. In fact, I have taken the basic content of Hansa's essay, tidied it up and shuffled it about a little to bring out her argument more strongly. (However this is not the only possible way of structuring an argument in answer to this question.) I have also woven in some of Ellis's terms,
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The Worst Form of Government? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Beatrix Campbell, Professor Peter Hallward, Dr Edward Kanterian | Winston Churchill famously described democracy as ‘the worst form of government except for all the others that have been tried’. While not exactly a resounding endorsement, something like this sentiment is strongly held by most people in Western societies. Those who challenge it are branded ‘extremists’ or ‘ideologues’, with special suspicion reserved for those who incorporate unfamiliar cultural or religio
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Introduction to Division, Part 1
This is part 1 of a series by Professor Lawrence Perez at Saddleback College. This 'live action' movie has an interesting perspective: the people are very small and the interactive white board is very large.

Professor Perez teaches a single student, Charlie.  While designed for college, the explanations are simple and clear.   It shows the different ways division is indicated, then uses the number line to show division, and long division. This video shows many different examples u
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The Changing Face of Private Equity in Emerging Markets
Brazil reflects the changing fortunes of emerging market investment and how private equity firms are adapting.
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6.1 Knowledge and society

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.

Sir Isaac Newton (Letter to Robert Hooke, 1676)

At the foreground of this final part of the course is one of its more important themes – that knowledge is something held, developed and perpetuated both by and in the context of communities, societies and cultures. Newton's declaration to Hooke (abo
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3.1 Overview

Scattering calculations using wave packets are so laborious that they are generally done numerically, using a computer. However, in many cases, scattering phenomena can be adequately treated using a procedure based on stationary states. This approach can give valuable insight into the scattering process without the need for computer simulations.

Session 3 introduces the stationary-state approach to scattering. The discussion is mainly confined to one dimension, so a stationary-state sol
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