Rabu, 17 September 2014

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3-D printing creates unusual alliances
Dateline: 26 August 2016
Five years ago, it would have seemed an unlikely partnership. But the alliance announced today between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining group, and printing technology company Hewlett Packard, makes perfect sense.
And the reason? 3-D printing has gone mainstream as an industrial production technique, and HP-BHP wants to corner the market.
There's hardly an industry within which 3-D printing is not hard at work, from construction to aerospace. And the demand for the specialized metal powders - like titanium, chrome, and molybdenum - to feed the printers has skyrocketed.
Thus BHP (and a few innovative other mining houses) quickly recognized the potential of this new market, and bought into startup companies producing printable powders, to develop new markets for the metals they mine.
Meanwhile, HP was pouring tens of millions into becoming a leading player in producing 3-D printers, from tiny home gadgets to massive, high-end industrial machines. It was a marriage made in... well, made in a 3-D printer! Just like ink-jets, consumer metal printers are sold below cost; the profits are made in the high tech, high priced metal powder refills.
Experts are predicting virtually unlimited demand for the new powders, as everything from jewelry to turbine blades are churned out of the metal printers. And one side effect is that traditional manufacturing has gone into a slump, as the cost of 3-D printing falls lower and lower.
Published 18 September 2014
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1. Metals industry realises potential of 3-D printers - BDLive, 25 August 2014
2. How to Build 3-D Printing - MIT Technology Review, 16 September 2014
3. Why businesses should adopt 3-D printing now - SmartPlanet, 26 March 2013
4. MindBullet: THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR (Dateline 18 September 2023, Published 6 June 2013)
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Growing Up in Poverty - News from Young Lives

Young Lives - An International Study of Childhood Poverty. We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty
Young Lives e-newsletter September 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter featuring the latest news and events from Young Lives. We are just about to start releasing preliminary findings from Round 4 of our survey – so keep an eye on the website for further details.

Growing Up in Poverty: Findings from Young Lives

This new book brings together the latest findings from Young Lives on how poverty affects children's development and how children and their families respond to poverty in their daily decisions and daily lives. The book shows how many poor children are being left behind despite, the promises of the Millennium Development Goals. While the universalisation of education now means that most children attend school, at least for a while, children from disadvantaged backgrounds often experience poor-quality education and learn least in school, creating inequality of opportunity. Changing values, and the growing belief in education as a route of out poverty, raise questions about how children's early circumstances and experiences, and the choices open to them, affect their later outcomes and well-being in adolescence and early adulthood.

Growing Up in Poverty - new book from Young Lives
Latest research and analysis

Recently published Young Lives papers include:
Young Lives Working Paper 134 Emergence and Evolution of Learning Gaps across Countries: Panel Evidence from Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam
Child Marriage and FGM Child Marriage and FGM/C: Evidence from Ethiopia, Young Lives Policy Brief 21
Climate Shocks, Food and Nutrition Security Climate Shocks, Food and Nutrition Security, Oxfam Research Report
All available online at the Young Lives site.

Lives in Translation: Life Course Research and Social Policies
Date: 9-11 October 2014
Venue: SLLS Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland

Launch of preliminary findings from Round 4 survey
Date: 18 September 2014
Venue: Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

Priorities for Equity and Inclusion? Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education
Date: 10 September 2014
Venue: University of Bath, UK

School Effectiveness and Inequality
Date: 15 July 2014
Venue: London International Development Centre

Other news

Release of preliminary findings from Round 4 survey

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing preliminary findings from the Round 4 survey carried out in all 4 study countries in late 2013. We are producing a series of short fact sheets - focusing on Education and Learning; Nutrition and Health; and Youth and Development. The fact sheets aim to give a brief overview of children's outcomes at age 12 and age 19 looking at differences by poverty level, rural/urban location and gender.

World Bank Microdata Library: The Young Lives data are now catalogued in the World Bank Micro Data Library, as well as being available through the UK Data Service.
Gender Poverty and Transitions to Adulthood: We are pleased to announce funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for a new programme of work on the dynamics of gender inequality among young people as they enter adulthood.
Children's well-being and work in Sub-Saharan-Africa: Policy Brief co-published with Save the Children and African Child Policy Forum.
Recommended reading: Steps to Engaging Young Children in Research (includes a case study and methods from Young Lives in Peru).

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