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OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2016 Creative commons image Erik Wilde under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Updated 30 Nov 2016
Look, we're calling them ice unicorns. What makes ice spikes happen? Plus Obama's record on climate change considered, and how the Big Mac was born...

OpenLearn Live: 22nd November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 22nd November 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Frankieboy New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2016
Should you just let fallen leave lie - and why do trains have problems with them? Learning and research from across the day.

The Great British Year

The Great British Year Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 21 Oct 2016
The definitive portrait of the spectacular nature of the country over the course of one year.

The Hunt

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The Hunt Copyrighted image Copyright: Silverback Films
Updated 17 Oct 2016
An award-winning, ground-breaking OU/BBC natural history series The Hunt, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, explores the dynamic...

Life In Cold Blood

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Updated 30 Sep 2016
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

OpenLearn Live: 24th August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 24th August 2016 Creative commons image Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
A Bolt under pressure from a European invader. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 9th August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 9th August 2016 Creative commons image Paulo Roberto de Souza under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Aug 2016
The Brazilian who reclaimed native plants for tropical gardens; what went wrong with the Australian census; and mapping cyclists data. Free...

OpenLearn Live: 18th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 18th July 2016 Creative commons image Dusty Yao-Stamets under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jul 2016
The man who sees the power of fungus; the Foreign Secretary's country pile and your brain and pain. Free learning from across the day.

How do ruminants digest?

How do ruminants digest? Copyrighted image Copyright: Adapted from The New Encyclopedia of Mammals, Oxford University Press
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jul 2016
A quick introduction to how ruminants break down the plant matter they eat - equally useful as a quick revision aid on ruminants.

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 2016
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Life in the Palaeozoic

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Jul 2016
Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike. This free course, Life in the Palaeozoic, will introduce you to the...

An introduction to biological systematics

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
This free course, An introduction to biological systematics, is concerned with macroevolution the patterns and processes of evolution above the...

Animals at the extremes: Polar biology

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Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations. This free course,...

Animals at the extremes: Hibernation and torpor

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Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Hibernation is an ingenious adaptation that some animals employ to survive difficult conditions in winter. This free course, Animals at the...

Neighbourhood nature

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Neighbourhood nature Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 21 Mar 2016
There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know how to look for it. Wherever you live, be it in a city or the...

Surviving the winter

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organisms environment. We consider how organisms...

Studying mammals: Food for thought

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this free course, Studying...

Studying mammals: The social climbers

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Monkeys have long fascinated us because of their similarities to the human race. In this free course, Studying mammals: The social climbers, you...

Studying mammals: Life in the trees

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
David Attenborough looks at life in the trees: examining how species have evolved to cope with arboreal living. In this free course, Studying...