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OpenLearn Live: 31st August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 31st August 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
The brothers who started the mass production of aircraft. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 30th August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 30th August 2016 Creative commons image Birmingham Museums Trust under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
He made reflecting telescopes, and he made them well. Meet James Short. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Claudio Elias
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
The twelve bolts that ensured divers could continue to breathe; a brief history of gay soaps; and the end of conflict in sight in Colombia. Free...

OpenLearn Live: 15th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 15th July 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
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.

A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence

A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence Copyright free image Copyright free: Archive.org
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

OpenLearn Live: 25th April 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
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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OpenLearn Live: 12th April 2016 Creative commons image brownpau under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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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OpenLearn Live: 6th April 2016 Creative commons image Bwkparadox under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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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OpenLearn Live: 4th April 2016 Creative commons image Windell Oskay under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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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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...