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What is the zika virus?

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What is the zika virus? Creative commons image Andre Borges / Agency Brasilia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jan 2016
The discovery of the zika virus near the venues for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil has caused alarm at the risk to athletes and the rest of the circus...

Oxygen, blood and the body

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Oxygen, blood and the body Creative commons image Maurizio De Angelis. Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains. 

How long will you live if you stop eating and drinking?

How long will you live if you stop eating and drinking? Creative commons image Jip under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
If you're stranded in the desert without food or water, how long can you survive for? As so often, the answer is "well, it depends..."

World Diabetes Day 2015

World Diabetes Day 2015 Copyrighted image Copyright: Kheng Ho Toh | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2015
14th November is World Diabetes Day, introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to raise...

Breaking bad: The science of flatulence

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Oct 2015
It can be hard to talk about with a straight face, but there are as many drugs which can cause bad gas as offering to cure them. If you can stop...

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day Creative commons image Alessandra Khumana under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Updated 09 Oct 2015
Break the stigma surrounding mental health issues and increase your understanding with our free content and courses, as part of World Mental Health...

How can knowing how DNA repairs itself help defeat cancer?

How can knowing how DNA repairs itself help defeat cancer? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Oct 2015
DNA can repair itself. Which is great news for most cells - but if we know how it pulls off the trick, we can stop cancer cells from fighting...

How can a genetic mutation shared by many Brazilians help in the fight against cancer?

How can a genetic mutation shared by many Brazilians help in the fight against cancer? Creative commons image Richard Wheeler under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Oct 2015
The startling discovery that hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have a genetic mutation that undermines their ability to resist cancer is helping...

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Health and environment

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Health and environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 26 Jul 2011
To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment...