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Innovation under Austerity - Transcript - Software Freedom Law Center

Innovation under Austerity - Transcript - Software Freedom Law Center | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
The Software Freedom Law Center provides legal representation and other law related services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software.
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A Dialogue Of One

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Same here ;-)
The ORACLE database just does not work , TOO much Java and Microsf ?

Linked wants us to be connected come hell or high water
They’re facing a massive complaint

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What Is The Time Difference between Brazil and UK? - Brazil Time to UK Time

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Time difference between Brazil and UK. Convert time in Brazil to time in UK.
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Latest Football News, Transfer Rumours & More | Goal.com

Latest Football News, Transfer Rumours & More | Goal.com | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
Get all the latest football news, scores, results, rumours, fixtures and live action from the Premier League and around the world with Goal.com
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International Rivers

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Climate change is real and it’s happening now. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is our best chance to help developing countries transition to clean energy. Now is the time to let decisionmakers know we clean energy in the GCF!

Send your letter now →World Rivers Review

The June issue shines a spotlight on creative and couragous campaigns to protect the world's rivers, with excellent first-hand reporting from dam hotspots around the world.
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European Central Bank Takes a Radical Step

European Central Bank Takes a Radical Step | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
The central bank, trying to kick-start the sluggish euro zone economy and hold off deflation, will charge commercial banks to store their money.

Via TechinBiz
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The so-called negative deposit rate has never been tried on such a large scale and is a bid to push down the value of the euro and encourage banks to invest excess cash rather than hoard it in central bank vaults.

The European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate to 0.15 percent from 0.25 percent, and the deposit rate to minus 0.10 percent from zero. The rate cuts will take effect next week, on June 11.

The central bank will also begin offering four-year loans to banks at the benchmark interest rates, under conditions meant to ensure that lenders use the money to issue loans to businesses. For example, the central bank loans will be designed to discourage banks from using the money to buy government bonds.

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Five Truths for Tomorrow's Marketer - Campaigns are Extinct | SDL

Five Truths for Tomorrow's Marketer - Campaigns are Extinct | SDL | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
Today’s customers orchestrate their own experiences from exposure to conversion to advocate. The conventional marketing funnel is now irrelevant and traditional campaigns are extinct.
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White Paper: Campaigns are Extinct

Millennial consumers orchestrate their own brand experiences on their time, across channels and devices with brands that they trust. As a result, campaigns no longer start with a contact list and stop with an email blast – they are continuous exercises, consistent across channels. Brands must break through personal junk filters with relevant, valuable and non-promotional interactions, for a longer-term view of building brand advocacy.

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Linked Data, Open Data and Big Data: Understanding the need for all three

Linked Data, Open Data and Big Data: Understanding the need for all three | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it

Via Irina Radchenko, Lucia Vilar
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The term "Big Data" was coined by Haseeb Budhani, presently founder and CEO of BubblewrApp, in 2008 while at Infineta Systems. "Big Data" caught on quickly as a blanket term for any collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database

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Linked Data, Open Data and Big Data: Understanding the need for all three - Slides

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Password, PIN? Banks may soon identify you this way

Password, PIN? Banks may soon identify you this way | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
You may never have to remember your mother's maiden name, your first pet, or the name of your first concert again.
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The software is able to identify a person calling the bank within 15 seconds, just by their voice, with more than 90 percent accuracy, Sharir said.

A customer service representative wouldn't even necessarily have to ask your name, as the bank would be able to identify you after just a few seconds, she said.

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She declined to identify any companies now using the technology, but said that "several global financial services" were currently using it, as well as a few telecommunications companies.

In addition to helping prevent fraud, the technology is designed to improve customer experience, and make call centers more efficient, she said.

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Home - CEA

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The Consumer Electronics Association supports the consumer technology industry through market research, education and public policy representation.
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CEA Launches New Standards Project on Energy Consumption from Small Network...Senate Refusal to Act is a Happy Day for Trolls, Sad Day for Innovators and...CEA Announces New Working Group on Home Automation Device InteroperabilityCEA Announces New Standard to Help CE Devices Communicate and Manage Power...CEA Unveils "Troll Toll" to Track the Growing Cost of Patent Reform...CEA and National Sleep Foundation to Collaborate on Next Generation Sleep...
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Learn more about Lucas Wyrsch (SOHU) on Empire Avenue

Learn more about Lucas Wyrsch (SOHU) on Empire Avenue | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
Grow your Social Audience. Run and complete Missions to grow your audience and discover new content and people. Earn Rewards for being social and redeem for Gift Cards, Music, Movies and more!
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Bio: Entrepreneur, Connector, Networker, Consultant, Enterprise Risk Management Adviser, Swiss Business Club, Ravens Power AG, TGC-Consultants, Future Power Generation Ltd., SwissNet, Inc., GTEM Ltd., Networking, Risk Management, Campaign Management, Social Media, Ads and Advising: How to Build a Strong Enterprise Risk Management Culture to Achieve Business Success! Operational Risk Consultant Basel II Consulting in Operational Risk Credit Risk Tool Selections Market Development Activities, Relationship Management High Level IT and Strategic Project Management Activities My Tags: "Enterprise Risk Management, operational risk, actuarial sciences, transparent communication, business continuity planning, success, opportunities, risk appetite, virtual communities, guanxi, contacts, Online, Community, Share, Ideas, Peers, Participate,"

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Encrypted Web Traffic More Than Doubles After NSA Revelations | Enterprise | WIRED

Encrypted Web Traffic More Than Doubles After NSA Revelations | Enterprise | WIRED | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
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Google search guru Matt Cutts says we should encrypt the entire internet. And he’s not alone. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations of widespread internet eavesdropping by the NSA, the human rights organization Access is also campaigning for all websites to encrypt their connections to internet users, a pretty good way of thwarting interlopers.

We’re still long way from ubiquitous encryption, but according to new research conducted by network equipment company Sandvine, we’re at least making progress.

Early last year–before the Snowden revelations–encrypted traffic accounted for 2.29 percent of all peak hour traffic in North America, according to Sandvine’s report. Now, it spans 3.8 percent. But that’s a small jump compared to other parts of the world. In Europe, encrypted traffic went from 1.47 percent to 6.10 percent, and in Latin America, it increased from 1.8 percent to 10.37 percent.

We’re still long way from ubiquitous encryption, but we’re at least making progress.

The increases were first noticed by Ernesto Van Der Sar, the pseudonymous founder of the Torrent Freak blog. “Since overall internet traffic increased as well, the increase is even greater for the absolute bandwidth that’s consumed,” Van Der Sar wrote. Adjusting for overall increase in bandwidth, encrypted traffic in North America likely doubled.

Much of the change is probably due to Facebook and Google turning on HTTPS encryption in more places last year. Although you could already use Facebook and Google search over HTTPS if you used a browser plugin like HTTPS Everywhere, it wasn’t the default for most users. Facebook made HTTPS the default for everyone in July and Google switched its search engine over to HTTPS-by-default in September, though it already used HTTPS by default for logged-in users and for Gmail.

Van Der Sar also points out that demand for VPN services, which offer a way of routing all of your internet traffic through someone else’s servers, have also increased since the Snowden revelations.

There are good reasons that some sites–especially ones without interactive features–won’t adopt HTTPS-by-default for all of their traffic. But there are plenty of reasons that most sites, including those with nothing but static content, should encrypt their traffic, including making it harder for eavesdroppers to see what users are browsing online, and verifying that you’re visiting the site you think you are, and not a fake site planted by an attacker. It’s good to see that more sites are taking this precaution.

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Five Essential Tips for Small Business Data Security

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Business 2 Community
Five Essential Tips for Small Business Data Security
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It's National Small Business Week.

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Dear FCC, | Dear FCC, It's Our Internet, and We'll Fight to Protect It

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Russia’s Skolkovo Project Back On Track | TechCrunch

Russia’s Skolkovo Project Back On Track | TechCrunch | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
The pace of change in Russia would appear slow at the moment. Recent and ongoing events in the Crimea and Ukraine suggest an inward-looking country that has..
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The Russian Startup Tour began in March and included startup pitch-offs in 27 cities before culminating in a one-day, showcase event held at the Skolkovo Foundation‘s Moscow technology incubator. The event is indicative of the growth Russia’s nascent technology startup scene; the foundation plans to bring the Startup Tour to more Russian cities in 2015.

The Skolkovo Foundation is Russia’s state-sponsored push to jumpstart the country’s tech ecosystem. It’s not just promoting startups through the multi-city tech tour and competition. It’s also building a 400-hectare site on the outskirts of Moscow. That site will be a hub for up to 30,000 workers when the project is completed in 2020.

At the finale of the startup tour held earlier this month, the spotlight was on Russian robotics. Presentations ranged from glorified Meccano creations with an emphasis on Heath Robinson machines to a much more impressive kickboxing robot.

The winner of the $26,000 nationwide startup competition was ExoAtlet, an ambitious robotics company that not only aims to improve the quality of life for disabled people (an area where Russia has certainly not led the world), but also to provide disaster relief in affected zones.

There were also two second prizes. One went to Radio Gigabit, a resident of Skolkovo’s Space Technologies and Telecommunications Cluster, and the other to Nanooptic Devices, a resident of the Nuclear Cluster. The Jury’s Choice Award (as well as the Open Stage special audience award) went to Ivideon, a designer of digital planar holography.

 
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Van Gaal, Robben and Van Persie confound critics to produce World Cup performance for the ages

Van Gaal, Robben and Van Persie confound critics to produce World Cup performance for the ages | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
Netherlands demolished the European and world champions 5-1 on Friday night in an incredible display as they got revenge for the World Cup final defeat four years ago
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HillaryClintonOffice.com

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Contact the Office of Hillary Clinton.
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Lord North Street Limited - Private Investment Office - a new way of investing

Lord North Street Limited - Private Investment Office - a new way of investing | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
Lord North Street Limited is a Private Investment Office. We create and manage global, multi-asset class portfolios tailored for our clients.
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Our clients deserve the fiercely objective approach, analytical focus and excellent results one would expect from a world-class professional service operation. We believe that this objectivity is diluted or compromised in most wealth management firms, banks and multi-family offerings.Our clients deserve the guidance and support of experts whose central concern is always to safeguard and advance their clients’ particular interests - that is, the provision of investment advice of the same calibre and integrity as the specialist counsel they seek out in other important and sensitive areas of their lives, such as legal or medical matters.
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Home - Dutch CAA Foundation

Home - Dutch CAA Foundation | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
Live as if it’s your last day.. People who know they have CAA live with a ticking time bomb. As a result, they live intensely. What makes them happy, what do they want to avoid? Actually, everyone should regularly be on their toes, so that you get everything out of life. Live as if it’s …
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The disease is incurable, but it need not be. There is a solution. One that we want to find quickly since the enormity has become increasingly clear: 1 in 4 people over 60 get CAA. Unnecessary personal suffering that could be prevented.

People with the hereditary variant are the key to the solution. This group has the sad certainty of getting the disease at a young age. Because they can be examined before the onset of the disease, a cause can be discovered. A solution for them is a solution for everyone with CAA.

There is not enough money for research on this group. This is why the CAA Foundation was established, to remove this unnecessary ticking time bomb from many lives.

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The Disturbing Effects of Technology on Your Relationships - Clinton Power + Associates

The Disturbing Effects of Technology on Your Relationships - Clinton Power + Associates | Semantic Gnosis Web | Scoop.it
Technology in our lives is exponentially growing in the amount of time we use it and what parts of our lives are helped by it. Technology has made our lives easier, helped us be more effective in our work and allowed us to connect with friends, family and colleagues across the world. However, often with …
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A recurring question at BNLY Film that we've dealt with after 5 years

All are ONE ;-)

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Gallaudet University

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Gallaudet University leads the world in undergraduate liberal arts education, career development, and outstanding graduate programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students. The University also enjoys international renown for its research on the history, language, and culture of deaf people.
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Just ask Lisa van der Mark ;-)

http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wswimming/2012-13/releases/vandermark-presentation

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Human Evolution 'Definitely Not' Over, Expert Says

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Is human evolution over? That’s the question Briana Pobiner, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, asked an audience at the Future is Here festival.
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The human brain represents only about 2 percent of the body’s weight, but consumes 20 percent of its energy. The biggest evolutionary changes have occurred in the neocortex, the brain’s outer wrapping that processes abstract thinking, long-term planning, empathy and language, Pobiner said.

As human brains continue to evolve, will humans eventually develop gigantic heads and scrawny bodies, as depicted in some sci-fi films? Historically, the birthing process has limited brain size, because babies’ heads had to fit through the birth canal.

Today, however, Caesarian sections circumvent that process. As many as 46 percent of babies born today in China are delivered via C-section, Pobiner said. With advances in fertility and better postnatal medical care, she asked, "Are we screwing with natural selection?"

The world population is growing, and a bigger population also evolves faster, Pobiner said. But, with rising sea levels and less land available, waterborne and airborne illness could spread more easily, Pobiner said.

The largest virus ever found was a virus thawed from permafrost, known as Pithovirus. While this parasite doesn’t infect humans, what if other ancient viruses thaw out that are harmful? For example, the smallpox virus was eradicated in 1979, according to the World Health Organization, but some experts say it has only been eradicated from the Earth’s surface, surviving instead in frozen form.

And human evolution persists in other areas too, such as sexual selection. A recent study found that beards become more attractive when they’re rare in a population. When “peak beard” is reached, they become less attractive, the study found. Economic conditions may also influence beardedness, as unemployed men may use beards as a sign of masculinity, Pobiner said.

So is human evolution over? "Definitely not," Pobiner said. "As long as there are humans, there will be human evolution."

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Is Your Handshake As Dangerous As Smoking? - CBS Denver

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A new report in the JAMA says handshakes should be banned in a health care setting -- that the contact between hands should be treated like smoking: Prohibited. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida takes a look at the
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 Is Your Handshake As Dangerous As Smoking?May 20, 2014 7:59 AM 

(credit: Dr Dave Hnida)

Related Tags:Germs, Greeting, handshake, JAMA, UCLA By Dr. Dave HnidaCBSDenver.com BloggerRead MoreRecent Blog Entries From Dr. Dave Hnida

 

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It’s a fairly standard greeting … the “hello” handshake. Whenever I meet a new patient, I say Hi, introduce myself, and stick my hand out for a shake. And if it’s someone I have seen before, there’s a Hi, how have you been, with a simultaneous handshake.

But if infectious disease experts from UCLA have their way, my handshake may go the way of leeches and bloodletting — replaced by a long distance wave or salute.

A commentary in the Journal Of The American Medical Association says it’s time to say goodbye to the handshake greeting in a health care setting. Or for that measure, goodbye to the goodbye handshake as well.

Sure, a firm handshake can be seen as a sign of greeting and compassion, but it’s also believed to be one of the easiest methods to transmit germs. We’ve actually believe this for a long time but perhaps there is new urgency in the mysterious new world of diseases like MERS.

So the recommendation is to treat handshakes like smoking. In other words, since there are a lot of places that simply have smoke free zones, it seems like a good idea to have handshake free zones.

That means educational programs, signage (I guess a stencil of a handshake with a big “X” through it), and perhaps penalties for violating the no-handshake policy.

The authors write: “Removing the handshake from the healthcare setting may ultimately become recognized as an important way to protect the health of patients and caregivers, rather than a personal insult to whoever refuses another’s hand.”

They recommend we develop an alternate greeting that doesn’t involve touching. And one that won’t insult someone.

A text? A phone call? A megaphone hello from down the hallway?

It all makes me wonder, if no contact is allowed, how am I supposed to do an exam?

I mean, that involves actually touch someone to figure out what’s wrong. Perhaps I’m supposed to use a glove attached to the end of an 8 foot long stick. From the hallway.

Now that’s insulting.

In the meantime, I will continue to wash my hands between patients. Use soap. Hand sanitizer. Whatever.

I still think with common sense proper hygiene, personal contact with your doctor creates a bond that aids a key relationship. I’m not ready to toss it away quite yet.

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Hampshire Collegiate School > Home

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Welcome

Education should have in view the realisation of all aspects of a pupil’s potential and at Hampshire Collegiate School it is crucial to us that we reflect a respect for a pupil’s uniqueness.  We strive to seek out and celebrate the achievements of all, not just a select few, through a myriad of pursuits and endeavours.

 

Surrounded by historic grounds of unrivalled beauty, HCS is wonderfully placed to create a supportive and harmonious environment where each individual can flourish in a wide range of challenges supported by extensive facilities to aid learning in its broadest sense.

 

There is a strong commitment to providing your children with an inspiring academic experience through imaginative teaching that stimulates and inspires intellectual curiosity.  Staff share a desire to foster relationships of mutual trust and respect with their classes and are relentless in their pursuit of enabling all pupils to achieve their potential.

 

We can boast of a pastoral system which infiltrates the entire fabric of the school to encourage the development of self-awareness, self discipline, compassion and tolerance. 

 

Our school motto ‘vita studia una’, life and learning are one, or life is for learning, encompasses our desire to develop in our pupils personal autonomy and responsibility, the ambition to achieve personal levels of excellence, a sense of service to others and the self confidence to think for oneself.  Whether boarder or day pupil here, each individual is valued and encouraged to prepare themselves fully for life after school.

 

Please do come and discover all that HCS has to offer your family.  You are most welcome to visit on one of our Open Days or at any other time that is convenient.

 

Emma-Kate Henry
Principal

Hampshire Collegiate School is regulated by the Department for Education and the relevant contact details can be found on the DfE website:
(www.education.gov.uk).

Hampshire Collegiate School is also noted on the Edubase register which is available at:

 

www.education.gov.uk/edubase

 

 

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10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

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Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years. Here are 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that should appear by the 2030s.
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1. Artificially Intelligent Personal Assistants

I’ve been impatiently waiting for this one for quite some time now. Microsoft got the ball rolling on this concept with Clippy, the office assistant that proved to be more annoying than useful. More recently, Apple developed SIRI for its iPhone, an intelligent assistant that can respond to specific language cues and access the Internet. But this is nothing compared to what’ll be available two decades from now.

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The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation is the scientific bureau of the Party for the Animals. The NGPF’s goal is to conduct scientific research and increase public knowledge and awareness of social issues, most particularly with regard to animal welfare, animal rights, sustainability and nature.

The NGPF explores and presents alternatives that can contribute to the realisation of a more pleasant, animal-friendly and sustainable society. In so doing, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation endeavours to make existing scientific research and knowledge far more accessible to the broader public and to stimulate societal and political debate on such themes. In addition, the NGPF also initiates scientific research studies itself.

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