No Small Matter

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780647035665

Category: Nanoscience

Page: 182

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A small revolution is remaking the world. The only problem is, we can't see it. Images and descriptions reveal the virtually invisible realities and possibilities of nanoscience. An introduction to the science and technology of small things. An overview of recent scientific advances that have given us our ever-shrinking microtechnology - for instance, an information processor connected by wires only 1,000 atoms wide. New methods are described that are used to study nanostructures, suggest ways of understanding their often bizarre behavior, and outline their uses in technology. The various means of making nanostructures are explained and speculated about their importance for critical developments in information processing, computation, biomedicine, and other areas. No Small Matter considers both the benefits and the risks of nano/microtechnology - from the potential of quantum computers and single-molecule genomic sequencers to the concerns about self-replicating nanosystems

No Small Matter

The Impact of Poverty, Shocks, and Human Capital Investments in Early Childhood Development

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Author: Harold Alderman

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 0821386786

Category: Psychology

Page: 183

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"Education is often seen as a fundamental means to improve economic prospects for individuals from low income settings. However, even with increased emphasis on basic education for all, many individuals fail to achieve basic skills to succeed in life. The book presents evidence that one core reason is that by the time a child is old enough to attend school, there is already a wide disparity in cognitive skills and in emotional and behavioral development among children from households of different socioeconomic backgrounds. Low levels of cognitive development in early childhood strongly correlate with low socio-economic status (as measured by wealth and parental education) as well as malnutrition. These disadvantages are often exacerbated by economic crises. Fortunately, however, as documented in this volume, there are programs that have proven effective in promoting a child's development through caregiver-child interaction and stimulation, and with well designed preschool programs. While preschool programs currently cover a modest share of low income children, expansion of such services to at risk populations is a cost-effective means of improving overall educational achievement. Thus, focused preschool programs can serve as a key investment in a strategy to reduce the transmission of poverty from poor parents to their children."

No Small Hope

Towards the Universal Provision of Basic Goods

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Author: Kenneth A. Reinert

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019049946X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

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With headlines focused on human suffering-civil wars, refugee flows, the spread of disease due to hunger and poor sanitation, population growth, climate change-it is easy to dive into despair. What is needed, instead, is a radical rethinking of global policy to realize the potential for improving the human condition. This book provides hope by examining the basic needs for a fundamental shift in thinking about development and human security for both practical and ethical reasons. Kenneth A. Reinert calls for a basic goods approach that focuses on the provision of nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, health services, education services, housing, electricity, and human security services. This approach bridges two perspectives: that of standard growth, which emphasizes increasing GDP per capita, and that of capabilities/human development, which puts priority on the realization of human potential. Reinert argues that only when growth leads to an increase in the broad-based provision of basic goods and services will the hoped-for expansion of human capabilities and development be achieved. No Small Hope places the basic goods approach on the firm foundation of objective human needs and subsistence rights. It offers a practical agenda for making progress towards human development by focusing on the real determinants of human well-being in an ethical system of moral minimalism. In a world of climate change, increased risk of natural disasters and increased refugee flows, the basic goods approach promises to help alleviate ongoing suffering and address vast deprivations in basic needs fulfillment.

Ethics and the Community of Inquiry

Education for Deliberative Democracy

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Author: Gilbert Burgh,Terri Field,Mark Freakley

Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia

ISBN: 9780170122191

Category: Deliberative democracy

Page: 235

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The first edition of this book is a follow up to 'Engaging with Ethics'. The new focus has been prompted by conceptual development based on recent research together with teaching experiences with the original book, including institutional teaching, course evaluations and book reviews. Ethics and the Community of Inquiry gets to the heart of democratic education and how best to achieve it. The book radically reshapes our understanding of education by offering a framework from which to integrate curriculum, teaching and learning and to place deliberative democracy at the centre of education reform. It makes a significant contribution to current debates on educational theory and practice, in particular to pedagogical and professional practice, and ethics education.

Fatal Justice

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Author: Faye Snowden

Publisher: Kensington Books

ISBN: 0758255381

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Sometimes the road to justice leads right back home. . . Two years after her mother's murder, Dr. Kendra Hamilton has returned to the mean streets of Dunhill County to bring the killer to justice--something the courts failed to do. When Luke Bertrand used his fortune to walk away a free man, Kendra walked away, too. Now she can no longer fight the ghosts of the past as they beckon her to make Luke pay for his crime--even if it costs Kendra her life. But she doesn't count on getting distracted by another troubling case--that of a stunning young woman with the mental capacity of a child and the sickly father who cannot care for her. When the man is accused of a heinous crime against his own daughter, Kendra knows only one person can help: the lover she left behind, former homicide detective, Richard T. Marvel. Since Kendra left, all Rich has wanted is peace--and the freedom to drink himself into oblivion. When she re-appears, asking for his help, he can barely hide his bitterness. But fate soon intervenes, and Rich and Kendra find themselves delving into a dangerous morass of lies and corruption. As they discover scandalous connections between the two cases, it becomes clear that all the unfinished business of the past--matters of life, death, and love--is about to come to an explosive finale. . .

A Dictionary of the English Language

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. To which are Prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar

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Author: Samuel Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English language

Page: N.A

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