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Whizzing in all directions: A history of cycling in Ireland

Whizzing in all directions: A history of cycling in Ireland Copyright free image Credit: via Wikimedia Commons
Updated 29 Apr 2014
The Giro D'Italia's Big Start in Ireland is a fitting event for a place always quick to adopt the latest cycling trends.

OU on the BBC: Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search For Modern Medicines

OU on the BBC: Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search For Modern Medicines
Introductory level Updated 24 Jan 2014
Pain, Pus and Poison tells the extraordinary story of how mankind learnt to look at the world around him and use it to heal his body

The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger

The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger Copyright free image Credit: National Library of Medicine
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Nov 2013
Fredrick Sanger was a double Nobel laureate and expert in all things DNA. What impact has his work had on our lives?

Light: Wave-particle duality

Light: Wave-particle duality Creative commons image Credit: By Douglas Hofstadter [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Sep 2013
One of the most confusing concepts in physics, wave-particle duality is unlike anything we see in the ordinary world.

Elements of the Periodic Table

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Elements of the Periodic Table Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2013
Explore the impact of chemical elements on our bodies, our world, and see how they changed the course of history

Sir Bernard Lovell: An appreciation

Sir Bernard Lovell: An appreciation Creative commons image Credit: Robert Alexander & doramusic.com under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2012
Sir Bernard Lovell died on August 7th, 2012. Stephen Serjeant celebrates his contribution to science - and to the war effort.

Putting the elements in order

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Putting the elements in order Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2011
See how patterns and trends between the chemical elements helped to shape the Periodic Table

Does glass flow downwards?

Does glass flow downwards? Creative commons image Credit: Lawrence OP under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2011
Is it true that glass is a liquid, slowly trickling downwards - and is this why old stained glass panels are thicker at the bottom?

From PCs to iPads: What makes an Open Platform?

From PCs to iPads: What makes an Open Platform? Copyrighted image Credit: tatsunorikodamaさんの最新情報 under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Feb 2011
It might sound like a schoolyard riddle: when is an open platform not an open platform? But it can be far from funny when millions of pounds hang...

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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 Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Nov 2013
This unit examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the developments in healthcare during the nineteenth century. The radical...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
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 health care

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
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...

The incredible shrinking chip

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 12 Jul 2011
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...

Forth Road Bridge

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 04 Jul 2011
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...

Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Jun 2011
How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This unit examines the...