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Life with the lions: Why relocating South African lions to Rwanda might create its own problems

Life with the lions: Why relocating South African lions to Rwanda might create its own problems Creative commons image Credit: David Berkowitz under a CC-BY licence New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
The reintroduction of lions to Rwanda after twenty years might seem like a conversation success story - but it's a little more compliacted,...

Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Updated 27 Aug 2015
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
After nearly a century, the BBC has announced it's looking for a new weather partner. That's bad news for the Met Office.

Why would you want your own web domain?

Why would you want your own web domain? Creative commons image Credit: Warrenski under CC-BY-SA New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
New services are making it easier to have your own home, under its own address, on the internet. But why would you want to do that? Tony Hirst...

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack?

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack? Creative commons image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Hackers have exposed the details of millions of users of a site designed to help married people cheat. Nobody comes out of the story looking...

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do?

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do? Creative commons image Credit: Maurizio Pesce under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Indian-born Sundar Pichai has been appointed CEO at Google. How did India react to the news? Like anything, with jokes and Wikipedia edit wars.

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India Creative commons image Credit: Rahul M under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
How do you spread healthcare messages amongst people too poor to access the for-profit health system in India? One doctor found a low-tech approach...

The world's busiest railway - Mumbai, India and rail

The world's busiest railway - Mumbai, India and rail Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2015
Find out more about the world's busiest railway network - Mumbai in India.

The world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

The world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Copyrighted image Credit: Kevin Nunes ©BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2015
Find out more about the world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, India.

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals Creative commons image Credit: © Adam Howarth in Flickr made available under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 18 Aug 2015
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

Seeing the light

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Seeing the light Copyrighted image Credit: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it...

The oceans

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 20 Jul 2015
The oceans cover more than 70 per cent of our planet. In this free course, The oceans, you will learn about the depths of the oceans and the...

Minerals and the crystalline state

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Minerals and the crystalline state Copyrighted image Credit: courtesy of Peter Sheldon
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Jul 2015
Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological world is mostly a crystalline world. This free course, Minerals...

Basic science: understanding experiments

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Basic science: understanding experiments
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry and biology experiments.

Introduction to cyber security

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Introduction to cyber security
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, Introduction to cyber security, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at...

Moons

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Following on from Succeed with maths – Part 1 this course will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples....

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level if you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of...

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...