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  • How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom Creative commons image Icon James / The Being Frank Movie under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom

    By Rhys James Jones

    Rhys James Jones traces the legendary Frank Sidebottom's roots back to the early days of home computing. (When ...

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    19 Apr 2017

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    How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom Creative commons image Icon James / The Being Frank Movie under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2017
    Rhys James Jones traces the legendary Frank Sidebottom's roots back to the early days of home computing. (When "computing" was a thing you did, and doing it...
  • Earth from above, 18th Century style Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Carrington & Bowles

    Earth from above, 18th Century style

    By Dr Lily Ford

    Hot air ballooning gave people the first chance to gaze down on the planet from the heavens - and quickly became a...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Earth from above, 18th Century style

    Earth from above, 18th Century style Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Carrington & Bowles Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Hot air ballooning gave people the first chance to gaze down on the planet from the heavens - and quickly became a battleground between science and spectacle...
  • Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Rudolph Ackermann

    Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view

    By Dr Lily Ford

    Across the late 18th and 19th centuries, the public embraced the magic of the panorama - a clamour which owed a lot...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view

    Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Rudolph Ackermann Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Across the late 18th and 19th centuries, the public embraced the magic of the panorama - a clamour which owed a lot to the popularity of hot air ballooning.
  • Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity

    In Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force -...

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  • Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity

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    Updated 12 Apr 2017
    In Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force - electricity.
  • The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster Creative commons image Icon BBC World Service under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster

    By Dr J V Beer

    Fifty years ago [March 1967] the Torrey Canyon ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly, splilling over...

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    29 Mar 2017

  • The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster

    The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster Creative commons image Icon BBC World Service under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Fifty years ago [March 1967] the Torrey Canyon ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly, splilling over 100 million litres of crude oil into the...
  • Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BBC

    Canals: The Making of a Nation

    Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second...

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    16 Mar 2017

  • Canals: The Making of a Nation

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2017
    Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second World War.
  • Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation Creative commons image Icon Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation

    By Mike Jay

    When Humphry Davy wanted to explore the properties of nitrous oxide, he decided the best way would be to experiment...

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    03 Feb 2017

  • Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation

    Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation Creative commons image Icon Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Feb 2017
    When Humphry Davy wanted to explore the properties of nitrous oxide, he decided the best way would be to experiment upon himself.
  • The Bletchley Park connection Creative commons image Icon By Draco2008 from UK (Bletchley Park) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    The Bletchley Park connection

    By Dr Chris A. Williams

    The once-hidden connection between Asa Briggs, Mary Siepmann, Alan Turing and many others—an estate used by...

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    23 Jan 2017

  • The Bletchley Park connection

    The Bletchley Park connection Creative commons image Icon By Draco2008 from UK (Bletchley Park) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2017
    The once-hidden connection between Asa Briggs, Mary Siepmann, Alan Turing and many others—an estate used by British codebreakers during the Second World...
  • The Star of Bethlehem: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Openclipart-vectors

    The Star of Bethlehem: An OpenLearn reading list

    By The OpenLearn team

    The star which led the Magi to the manager might have some factual truth to it - but nobody really knows which truth...

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    21 Dec 2016

  • The Star of Bethlehem: An OpenLearn reading list

    The Star of Bethlehem: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Openclipart-vectors
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    The star which led the Magi to the manager might have some factual truth to it - but nobody really knows which truth to back.
  • OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Copyright

    OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Remembering a published who shaped the lives of authors and readers alike; how Marie Tharp helped us understand the...

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  • OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016

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    Remembering a published who shaped the lives of authors and readers alike; how Marie Tharp helped us understand the planet and the price of planes. Learning...

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  • The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

    In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

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  • The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly...
  • Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

    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...

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    14 Apr 2016

  • Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

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    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    Access to healthcare is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine...
  • Forth Road Bridge

    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...

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    05 Feb 2016

  • 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...
  • The incredible shrinking chip

    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...

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    18 Jan 2016

  • The incredible shrinking chip

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    The incredible shrinking chip Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 18 Jan 2016
    One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest....
  • Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

    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...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    15 Jan 2016

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

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

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    20 Feb 2014

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

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    Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
    This free course, Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th...