The most eloquent of cuts

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My students were asked to comment on which of the areas of film language they found most attuned to and which they found most difficult to get to grips with, many remarked on how difficult it seems that lighting is to read, others editing.. The truth is that even your teachers will also have difficulty with some texts. Textual analysis requires closely focused attention, and one has to be in the right frame of mind to do it. While it is difficult to ...

Services just got leaner and meaner

Operations management has not been the most popular topic with students in terms of classroom practice or examination question selection over the years. However, like accounting and finance, it offers excellent opportunities for you to prepare well-structured answers that are less 'woolly' and general than marketing and human resources. Indeed, for businesses themselves, it is in this area that the largest competitive advantage and cost savings can be found. As the new Business Management guide says: Operations management returns to the fundamental ...

Changing business landscapes – new routes to success

China’s economic growth tumbled to its lowest rate in more than three years last month. The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.4% in the three months ending in September 2012, down from the previous quarter’s 7.6%. This was the lowest growth for Beijing since the first quarter of 2009. The Chinese economy has been stumbling for months, due largely to government lending and investment controls imposed to cool an overheated economy and inflation. However, the downturn worsened sharply last year after ...

Potassium Production (2)

The previous blog post dealt with the amount of potassium produced annually. As promised, this posting delas with the industrail method behind its production. Essentially, there are three methods open to the chemist. 1, Electrolysis of potassium hydroxide (as developed by Davy who first isolated the metal). This is not very practical for a whole variety of reasons - why? 2, Industrially, by the 'Thermal method'. Here, Potassium Chloride is reacted with Sodium in a displacement or redox reaction: KCl + Na --> K + ...

A micro revolution falls below the radar

If you were to ask your students to identify the big issues affecting businesses at the present time, they would probably include the effects of the recession, the impact of the social media, the growth of emerging economies such as India and China, e-commerce and new technology. However, if pressed on new technologies, it is unlikely that they would mention nanotechnology; yet developments in this field are set to revolutionise the nature and production of the goods and services we ...

Mercury rising?

If anyone eats swordfish they will know how tasty it is. Its steaks are similar to tuna steaks but maybe a little more 'meaty'. Unfortunately, swordfish has a tendency to accumulate high levels of mercury as methyl mercury. As in humans, the fish has no way of excreting the metal once it is absorbed. Image kindly reproduced according to the licence at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Xiphias_gladius1.jpg The mercury gets into the water through a variety of sources, from coal burning power stations to chlorine producing plants. Unfortunately, ...