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Cover image of The Phonology of Lower Grand Valley Dani : A Comparative Structural Study of Skewed Phonemic Patterns
by H. Myron Bromley
Publication info: Dordrecht, Netherlands. 1961-. Springer Netherlands — Imprint: Springer
Series: Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde
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Cover image of Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident : Toward Social-Scientific Literacy and Engineering Resilience
edited by Joonhong Ahn, Cathryn Carson, Mikael Jensen, Kohta Juraku, Shinya Nagasaki, Satoru Tanaka
Publication info: Cham, Germany. 2015-. Springer International Publishing — Imprint: Springer
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Abstract: This book focuses on nuclear engineering education in the post-Fukushima era. It was edited by the organizers of the summer school held in August 2011 in University of California, Berkeley, as part of a collaborative program between the University of Tokyo and UC Berkeley. Motivated by the particular relevance and importance of social-scientific approaches to various crucial aspects of nuclear technology, special emphasis was placed on integrating nuclear science and engineering with social science. The book consists of the lectures given in 2011 summer school and additional chapters that cover developments in the past three years since the accident. It provides an arena for discussions to find and create a renewed platform for engineering practices, and thus nuclear engineering education, which are essential in the post-Fukushima era for nurturing nuclear engineers who need to be both technically competent and trusted in society. Read more
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Cover image of Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China
edited by Gert Brunekreeft, Till Luhmann, Tobias Menz, Sven-Uwe Müller, Paul Recknagel
Publication info: Wiesbaden, Germany. 2015-. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden — Imprint: Springer Vieweg
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Abstract: A series of reforms have greatly improved the efficiency, reliability, and environmental performance of the Chinese power sector. However, significant challenges remain: rapidly rising electricity demand, concerns about power system reliability and energy security, environmental degradation and climate change. China’s government explicitly set up the goal of accelerating the development of so-called smart grids which might help to overcome the challenges mentioned above.  Yet, considerable difficulties exist in adjusting the regulatory environment of China’s electric power system to enable an effective and efficient development of smart grids in China. Based on a detailed analysis of the Chinese and the German power system and regulatory environment as well as international experience, seven recommendations to promote smart grid development in China have been developed. The recommendations relate to a broad range of regulatory topics. In order to give an impression of how policy goal prioritization influences the timeline in which the recommendations should be implemented, the study outlines possible regulatory pathways for three specific energy policy goals. These roadmaps are intended to serve as blueprints for policy makers, who have to decide about proper regulation based on the individual Chinese prioritization of energy policy.    The content: ·         Detailed overviews of the existing electric power system, the envisaged development of smart grids, and the regulatory environment in China and Germany ·         Recommended approaches for smart grid development in China ·         Regulatory pathways for smart grid development in China    Editors: ►           Prof. Dr. Gert BRUNEKREEFT, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH ►           Dr. Till LUHMANN, BTC Business Technology Consulting AG ►           Dr. Tobias MENZ, BTC Business Technology Consulting AG ►           Dr. Sven-Uwe MÜLLER, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH ►           Paul RECKNAGEL, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH. Read more
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Cover image of The Onlife Manifesto : Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era
edited by Luciano Floridi
Publication info: Cham, Germany. 2015-. Springer International Publishing — Imprint: Springer
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Abstract: What is the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the human condition? In order to address this question, in 2012 the European Commission organized a research project entitled The Onlife Initiative: concept reengineering for rethinking societal concerns in the digital transition. This volume collects the work of the Onlife Initiative. It explores how the development and widespread use of ICTs have a radical impact on the human condition. ICTs are not mere tools but rather social forces that are increasingly affecting our self-conception (who we are), our mutual interactions (how we socialise); our conception of reality (our metaphysics); and our interactions with reality (our agency). In each case, ICTs have a huge ethical, legal, and political significance, yet one with which we have begun to come to terms only recently. The impact exercised by ICTs is due to at least four major transformations: the blurring of the distinction between reality and virtuality; the blurring of the distinction between human, machine and nature; the reversal from information scarcity to information abundance; and the shift from the primacy of stand-alone things, properties, and binary relations, to the primacy of interactions, processes and networks. Such transformations are testing the foundations of our conceptual frameworks. Our current conceptual toolbox is no longer fitted to address new ICT-related challenges. This is not only a problem in itself. It is also a risk, because the lack of a clear understanding of our present time may easily lead to negative projections about the future. The goal of The Manifesto, and of the whole book that contextualises, is therefore that of contributing to the update of our philosophy. It is a constructive goal. The book is meant to be a positive contribution to rethinking the philosophy on which policies are built in a hyperconnected world, so that we may have a better chance of understanding our ICT-related problems and solving them satisfactorily. The Manifesto launches an open debate on the impacts of ICTs on public spaces, politics and societal expectations toward policymaking in the Digital Agenda for Europe’s remit. More broadly, it helps start a reflection on the way in which a hyperconnected world calls for rethinking the referential frameworks on which policies are built. Read more
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Cover image of Rewilding European Landscapes
edited by Henrique M. Pereira, Laetitia M. Navarro
Publication info: Cham, Germany. 2015-. Springer International Publishing — Imprint: Springer
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Abstract: Some European lands have been progressively alleviated of human pressures, particularly traditional agriculture in remote areas. This book proposes that this land abandonment can be seen as an opportunity to restore natural ecosystems via rewilding. We define rewilding as the passive management of ecological successions having in mind the long-term goal of restoring natural ecosystem processes. The book aims at introducing the concept of rewilding to scientists, students and practitioners. The first part presents the theory of rewilding in the European context. The second part of the book directly addresses the link between rewilding, biodiversity, and habitats. The third and last part is dedicated to practical aspects of the implementation of rewilding as a land management option. We believe that this book will both set the basis for future research on rewilding and help practitioners think about how rewilding can take place in areas under their management. Read more
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Cover image of Responsive Open Learning Environments : Outcomes of Research from the ROLE Project
edited by Sylvana Kroop, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Martin Wolpers
Publication info: Cham, Germany. 2015-. Springer International Publishing — Imprint: Springer
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Abstract: This book presents the outcomes of four years of educational research in the EU-supported project called ROLE (Responsive Online Learning Environments). ROLE technology is centered around the concept of self-regulated learning that creates responsible learners, who are capable of critical thinking and able to plan their own learning processes.  ROLE allows learners to independently search for appropriate learning resources and then reflect on their own learning process and progress. To accomplish this, ROLE´s main objective is to support the development of open personal learning environments (PLE's). ROLE provides a framework consisting of “enabler spaces” on the one hand and tools, content, and services on the other. Utilizing this framework, learners are invited to create their own controlled and preferred learning environments to trigger and motivate self-regulated learning. Authors of this book are researchers, developers and teachers who have worked in the ROLE project and belong to the ROLE partner consortium consisting of 16 internationally renowned research institutions, including those from 6 EU countries and China.  Chapters include numerous practical tutorials to guide the reader in creating innovative and useful learning widgets and present the best practices for the development of PLE's. Read more
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Cover image of Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants : A Concise Guide
by Eduard Shantsila, Gregory YH Lip
Publication info: Cham, Germany. 2016-. Springer International Publishing — Imprint: Adis
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Abstract: This book is an essential guide to the medical treatment of thrombosis and presents core principles of anticoagulant therapeutics as well as drug recommendations. Written by recognized experts in the field, this concise, accessible handbook provides a unique and valuable resource in the cardiovascular field, both for those currently in training, and for those already in clinical or research practice.  . Read more
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Cover image of Ranaviruses : Lethal Pathogens of Ectothermic Vertebrates
edited by Matthew J. Gray, V. Gregory Chinchar
Publication info: Cham, Germany. 2015-. Springer International Publishing — Imprint: Springer
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Abstract: The first book of its kind, this work discusses the global extent of ranaviruses, principles of ranavirus ecology and evolution. The research included provides guidance on designing ranavirus surveillance studies to determine risk. Ranaviruses are are double-stranded DNA viruses that cause hemorrhagic disease in amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Ranaviruses have caused mass die-offs of ectothermic vertebrates in wild and captive populations around the globe. Ranaviruses: Lethal Pathogens of Ectothermic Vertebrates serves an urgent need to assemble the contemporary information on ranaviruses, and provide guidance on how to assess this threat in populations. Read more
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Cover image of Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools
edited by Frans Van Assche, Luis Anido, David Griffiths, Cathy Lewin, Sarah McNicol
Publication info: Cham, Germany. 2015-. Springer International Publishing — Imprint: Springer
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Abstract: This book reports on a novel and comprehensive approach to the uptake of ICT in Schools. It focuses on key questions, pedagogically sound ways of introducing ICT, new technical artifacts supporting the approach, the evaluation in a large-scale validator, and future work. While many innovations in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) have emerged over the last two decades, the uptake of these innovations has not always been very successful, particularly in schools. The transition from proof of concept to integration into learning activities has been recognized as a bottleneck for quite some time. This major problem, which is affecting many TEL stakeholders, is the focus of this book which focuses on developing a more effective and efficient approach based on more than 2500 pilots in European classrooms. Teachers, head teachers, and policy makers may benefit from reading how novel learning scenarios can be elaborated, adapted to a local context, and implemented in the classroom; how new technologies can support this process for teachers and their national/regional communities; how teachers and other stakeholders can be educated in such a re-engineering process; how the approach can be scaled up through MOOCs, ambassador schemes, and train-the-trainer programs; how future classroom labs can inspire teachers, head teachers, and policy makers; how teachers and, above all, learners can become more engaged in learning through the adoption of the iTEC approach. Readers with a more technical focus may also be interested in the discussion of recommender systems, the flexible provision of resources and services, the deployment of the cloud in schools, and systems for composing technological support for lesson plans. Read more
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Cover image of Quantum Gravity, Quantum Cosmology and Lorentzian Geometries
by Giampiero Esposito
Publication info: Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany. 1992-. Springer Berlin Heidelberg — Imprint: Springer
Series: Lecture Notes in Physics, New Series m: Monographs; 12
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Abstract: The first aim of this book is to describe recent work on the problem of boundary conditions in one-loop quantum cosmology. The motivation is to understand whether supersymmetric theories are one-loop finite in the presence of boundaries. The second aim of the book is to present a recent, entirely new study of the singularity problem for space-times with torsion. The book is written in self-con- tained form. In many cases problems have been initially formulated in the simplest possible way, and finally presented and solved at increasing levels of complexity. Readerswill find here a detailed and updated study of quantum cosmology, its motivation, and application to perturbative quantum gravity. Moreover, this is the first book which enables the reader to learn techniques used in classical gravity and quantum cosmology. Read more