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OpenLearn Live: 20th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 20th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jan 2016
Three mathematicians who made Berlin their home. Then more free learning through the day.

A Victorian Christmas: Charles Darwin in New Zealand

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Dec 2015
In 1835, Charles Darwin had what he hoped would be his last Christmas before returning to Britiain.

OpenLearn Live: 17th December 2015

OpenLearn Live: 17th December 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Dec 2015
The man who waved his arms and invented an internet. Then more free learning through the day.

What were Victorian pauper's graves like?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Nov 2015
An account of a tragedy in a London graveyard gives an insight into the way the poor were buried in 19th Century England.

Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity

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Updated 13 Nov 2015
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 -...

OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: The Engineer
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2015
The man who started a two-wheeled craze. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
How do you run a railway uphill? Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 11th November 2015

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OpenLearn Live: 11th November 2015 Creative commons image Michael Jefferies under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Nov 2015
The woman who swapped maths for plane safety; death at the end of the First World War; drinking water - and then more free learning through...

OpenLearn Live: 9th November 2015

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OpenLearn Live: 9th November 2015 Creative commons image Paul Ryan under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2015
The man who invented the flushing toilet - and it's probably not the one you're thinking of. Then management, hunting, and Cider.

OpenLearn Live: 6th November 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Nov 2015
The dog whose death led to a libel trial - and riots; tshirt ethics; whale suicides. Then more free learning through the day.

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Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Science in the Scottish Enlightenment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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...

Forth Road Bridge

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 11 Dec 2015
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 11 Dec 2015
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...

Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
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 history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

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

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
This free course, Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century, examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the...