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OpenLearn Live: 15th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jul 2016
A pioneer in the sky, an expert in reading it, and preserving our journey into it. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 7th July 2016

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Updated 07 Jul 2016
Why an oxide that makes us giggle is no laughing matter; more Brexit viewpoints. Free learning from across the day.

A 19th century autopsy unmasks a poisoner

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
14 physicians gather at a graveside to untangle a tale of American settlers, poison, weak alibis, murder and suicide.

Florence Nightingale on what makes a good nurse

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
In the 1881 letter to trainee nurses at St Thomas' Hospital, Florence Nightingale outlines what she believes makes a good nurse - a woman without ...

A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Artificial Intelligence seems very much of our time - but as Jessica Riskin explains, history records many attempts to create machines that think.

OpenLearn Live: 25th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
The man who floated the idea of transport balloons. Then more learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 12th April 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
The birth of commercial spam, and the customer services stars you probably don't even notice. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 8th April 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
The attempt to drag cassette tapes into the late 20th Century that unspooled. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 6th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Apr 2016
When Microsoft tried to take on the iPod. Twice. And how Beethoven wrote music he couldn't hear. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 4th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Apr 2016
Making sense of the Panama Papers; and the handheld device that changed the way we live - although not straight away. Free learning from...

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The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

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Access to healthcare is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine in the twentieth century mean that everyone had access to good...

Forth Road Bridge

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 05 Feb 2016
Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth of Forth, but it is an incredible feat of engineering and is...

The incredible shrinking chip

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 18 Jan 2016
One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest. The microchip was invented in Scotland in 1947 and is now at the...

Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This free course, Science...

Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century

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This free course, Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century, examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the...