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1. To be able to function successfully. When do you think this new software will be able to go critical?
2. Of a nuclear reactor or power station, to be able to sustain a nuclear chain reaction. What protections do we have if the nuclear power plant goes critical?

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1. If a project or organization goes critical, it reaches a stage of development where it can operate smoothly and successfully. The programme confirmed its initial impact in week two, and really `went critical' with the third edition on 8 December. Bristol airport is about to go critical. That will come when more than a million passengers a year pass through the terminal.
2. When a nuclear power station goes critical, it reaches a state in which a nuclear fission chain reaction can sustain itself. Monju went critical last year, and produced its first electricity in August this year.
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Such questions point to a tension in critical care practice: whereas staff and patients may be aware of the importance of creating healing environments, they nevertheless find themselves in a culture in which an empirical approach to disease--one that focuses primarily on measurable, predetermined outcomes--is the standard.
Due to the complex nature of critical thinking and difficulty in assessing it, few empirical studies investigating critical thinking development in undergraduate students exist (Pithers, 2000).
Interviews with involved officers have revealed some deficiencies or gaps in training programs related to the aftermath of critical incidents.
4) The field is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from the areas of religious studies, including comparative religions, theology, sociology of religion, and religious education, as well as philosophy of education, peace education, critical and cultural studies and community organizing.
For example, Locke (1977) concluded that students recorded a greater percentage of critical points from a lecture when points were written on the blackboard as opposed to being presented by spoken word alone.
The ESA, the agency argues, already provides a range of programs promoting cooperation with landowners, while regulatory measures like critical habitat only consume its dwindling budget without getting results.
Critical illness policies pay a percentage of the face amount--usually 25% to 100%--upon diagnosis of a covered disease and survival for some stipulated amount of time.
Mission Critical Linux offers high-availability cluster solutions for the most common environments including Web servers, database servers, mail servers, and Windows file and print (Samba) servers.
The Endangered Species Act prohibits any destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat,'' said David Hogan, Rivers Program coordinator for the Center for Biological Diversity.
attitude: a willingness to recognize critical thinking as a skill and use it; it does take effort and is worth the investment of energy
The nursing director of the Neuroscience Center suggested the development of a critical pathway as a framework for coordinating care across the continuum and as a tool for program development.
There are five excellent reasons why doctors should start learning about, creating, and implementing outpatient critical pathways:
He goes on to warn that few students understand what it means to think analytically through the content of a subject; few use critical thinking as a tool for acquiring knowledge.
Critical Therapeutics exclusively licensed its HMGB1 patent estate for the treatment and prevention of diseases to MedImmune in 2003.
College and university programs are continually striving to graduate individuals who are experienced and adept in critical thinking (Brown & Meuti, 1999; Halpern & Riggio, 1996).