Royal Irish Academy

The Royal Irish Academy, based in Dublin, is an all-Ireland, independent academic body that promotes study and excellence in the sciences and social sciences. It is one of Ireland's premier learned cultural institutions; as of 2019 the RIA has around 600 members, regular members being Irish residents elected in recognition of their academic achievements, Honorary Members qualified but based abroad. The Academy was established in 1785 and granted a royal charter in 1786; until the late 19th century the Royal Irish Academy was the owner of the main national collection of Irish antiquities. It presented its collection of archaeological artefacts and similar items, which included such famous pieces as the Tara Brooch, the Cross of Cong and the Ardagh Chalice to what is now the National Museum of Ireland, but retains its significant collection of manuscripts including the famous Cathach of Colmcille, the Lebor na hUidre, the medieval Leabhar Breac, the Book of Ballymote, the Annals of the Four Masters.

The Academy defines itself as Ireland's leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities, its mission statement says "The Academy champions Irish academic research. One of it principal roles is to recognise Ireland's world-class researchers, it supports excellent scholarship and promotes awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society." The Academy is an all-island independent forum of peer-elected experts, which draws on Members' expertise to contribute to public debate and policy formation on issues in science and culture. In doing this it aims to bring together academia and industry to address issues of mutual interest, it leads national research projects in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage; the RIA represents Irish learning internationally, operates a major research library, is an academic publisher. Election to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy is a public recognition of academic excellence and is sometimes held to be the highest academic honour in Ireland.

Those elected are entitled to use the designation "MRIA" after their name. The criterion for election to Membership is a significant contribution to scholarly research as shown in the candidate's published academic work; however some of those elected to membership are not academics at all but receive the accolade in recognition of other contributions to society: these include former public servants, leaders in political and business life, others. To be elected to regular membership, a candidate has to be proposed and recommended by five Members, selection is made by a rotating committee of existing Members, their names not made known outside the Academy. Presently, up to 24 Members are elected each year divided between the sciences and humanities. Membership is open only to those resident in Ireland. Honorary Membership can be awarded to persons who have made outstanding contribution to their academic discipline, but who are resident outside the island of Ireland. At least two existing Members must recommend a candidate for Honorary Membership.

Honorary members are entitled to use the designation "Hon. MRIA" after their name; the Academy is one of the longest-established publishers in Ireland, having commenced in 1787. The Academy publishes six journals: Ériu, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Mathematical Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Section C, Irish Journal of Earth Sciences and Biology and Environment; the Academy's research projects regularly publish the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series, the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, Foclóir na nua-Ghaeilge, the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, the New Survey of Clare Island. In 2014 the Academy published the five-volume Architecture of Ireland; the Academy is committed to publishing work which not only influences scholarship, but the wider community, for example Flashes of Brilliance by Dick Ahlstrom, Judging Dev by Diarmaid Ferriter. Both of these publications have been accompanied by either a radio series. During the 1950s the Academy began forming national committees, each relating to a specific discipline.

Today the main focus of the Academy committees is to serve as a strategic vehicle for the disciplines they represent, to act as a national forum, providing input into policy, research priorities and issues of public concern, such as climate change. They organise public outreach activities, such as lectures and public interviews, award grants for research and travel; the Academy committees are made up of both Members and non-Members, including representatives from universities, research institutions, government agencies and, where appropriate, industry. Science Committees: Climate Change and Environmental Sciences. Standing Committees - Standing Committee for Archaeology. For more information on all of the Academy's committees and their work visit In 1852 the Royal Irish Academy moved from 114 Grafton Street to its current pre

China Hi-Tech Group Co., Ltd.

China Hi-Tech Group Co. Ltd. is a Chinese company engaged in the provision of educational technology. It was established by the Chinese Ministry of Education, it is held by the Chinese government through Founder Group. On 26 June 1992, China Hi-Tech Group Co. Ltd. initiated by 36 colleges and universities in China, was established at Pudong, Shanghai. In January 1993, the State Education Commission of the PRC approved the establishment of the Group through raising funds from targeted sources, a total of 174 higher education institutions and entities became shareholders. In April 1993, according to the Document of HTG No. 129 and the Document of HFJW No. 356, China Hi-Tech Corporation was restructured into China Hi-Tech Group Co. Ltd. through raising funds from targeted sources. On 27 June 1996, upon the approval from the documents of ZJFSZ No. 120 and No. 121 by the China Securities Regulatory Commission, China Hi-Tech Group issued A shares of domestic listing to the public. It issued 25,500,000 equity shares at an issue price of 4.8 yuan per share on Shanghai Stock Exchange on 8 July 1996.

On 26 July 1996, China Hi-Tech Group was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. In 2003, China Hi-Tech Group established a postdoctoral research station. In 2011, the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China became the controlling shareholder of the group. In 2013, the domicile and office of thegroup moved to Beijing. In 2015, the group set education as one core business for future development. In 2017, the Group acquired education and training provider Yingteng Education

The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain

The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain is the third installment of the educational Dr. Brain series, published by Sierra On-Line. Several new characters have been introduced: Dr. Brain's niece, Elaina is on hand to replace Dr. Brain as host, serves as a guide to Dr. Brain's mental pathways. Rathbone, Dr. Brain's laboratory rat, provides what limited verbal humor can be found in the game; as in the first two games, Lost Mind features science related puzzles. While the previous installments featured a large, semi-free-roaming environment, Lost Mind confines the player to a single area, with puzzles accessed from a central'map' screen. While the previous games' puzzles ranged across a variety of disciplines, Lost Mind focuses on the human brain, with puzzles related to spatial orientation and symbolic association. Due to the limited game environment, much of the humor, found in the first two games is missing in Lost Mind; the game was reviewed positively by Computer Shopper as entertaining in August 1995 and by PC Gamer having educational value in December 1996.

Next Generation reviewed the Macintosh version of the game, rating it three stars out of five, stated that "If you have a little kid try this out. At worst, you'll be drunk and watching cartoons." The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain at MobyGames The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain on IMDb