BBC Tomorrow's World has partnered with leading UK science institutions, including The Open University, to discover how our lives will be inspired and changed by science. To celebrate this, we've curated some of our most popular learning resources - from articles on whether robots should have rights, to explainers on how gene editing could improve our health in future, to OU research that's landed us on a comet - we've got it covered.
We're also co-producing a number of programmes with the BBC for Tomorrow's World, including Britain's Greatest Invention and Horizon: 10 Things You Need to Know about the Future. In the meantime, enjoy an abundance of FREE learning on the ever-changing world of science:
How is my life changing?
Dr James Warren gives us the lowdown on three unsung inventions and the stories behind the ingenious inventors. Vote for your favourite in our poll.Take part now ❯Three Unsung Inventions: Tarmac, Time and Propellers
Ever tried to picture how many neurons we have inside our brain but can't envisage it? Use this busy beach analogy to help you understand the brain:Read now ❯Beachbrains
Why do robots that look human (but not quite human enough) make us uncomfortable?Read now ❯Uncanny valley: why we find human-like robots and dolls so creepy
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We might end up being looked after by robots. How do we prepare for that?
As old age approaches, Geoff Watts confronts an inevitable future in the care of robots. But that doesn’t mean he likes it.Watch now ❯We might end up being looked after by robots. How do we prepare for that?
The issue "should robots have rights?" opened proceedings at a Walking With Robots (WWR) dialogue event.Read now ❯Should robots have rights?
Artificial Intelligence seems very much of our time - but as Jessica Riskin explains, history records many attempts to create machines that think.Read now ❯A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence
One goal of artificial intelligence is to build machines that can operate in the real world, with all its noise and uncertainty. Much of what we want machines to do (see, recognise, navigate, move, coordinate) is already done very well by simple creatures. In this free course, Natural intelligence, we look at how such creatures achieve these goals and start to understand how we can build machines with the same capabilities.Learn more ❯Natural intelligence
Nick Bingham discusses 'smart cities' and how digital technologies are changing the ways in which cities are planned and maintained.Read now ❯Digital urban infrastructures: Smart cities in the making
This free course will help you to navigate your own path through the complex landscape of smart cities. You’ll hear from smart city innovators and entrepreneurs, city leaders, communities and business, connecting with learners from around the world to reflect on issues facing smart cities of different sizes and situations.Learn more ❯Smart cities
The internet of things brings numerous advantages as our towns and cities become smarter - but there are also security risks. Brian Nussbaum is reassured that we're already talking about the potential downsides.Read now ❯What are the security risks of living in a Smart City?
With so many researchers all over the world producing information, is there a way for other scientists to look at large sets of results and use them to make new discoveries?Read now ❯Big data and bioinformatics: Powerful tools for decoding DNA
In an animated fashion, Hans Rosling shows us the correct way to display data on health across the world.Watch now ❯Hans Rosling: Unveiling data on the world's health
How is my world changing?
What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how we recreate microgravity conditions on Earth, and why they are beneficial to scientific research.Watch now ❯60 second adventures in microgravity
Loss of the Mars lander from its recent probe is diappointing, but the search for life on Mars goes on.Read now ❯What missing lander means for Europe’s quest to find life on Mars
The Rosetta mission is just what's needed to inspire future astronauts and space scientists, writes Dr Natalie Starkey.Read now ❯Why Rosetta is the greatest space mission of our lifetime
Dr Tamsin Edwards discusses her research on climate change and the instability of Antarctic ice sheets.Watch now ❯Researching Antarctic ice sheets
The Arctic climate is changing so quickly that science can barely keep track of what is happening and predict the global consequences, the UN says.Read now ❯Speed of Arctic changes defies scientists
How is my health changing?
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Rewriting DNA: An introduction to genome editing
Why would scientists want to alter the DNA of organisms or cells? One OU Ph.D. student explains all you need to know about genome editing...Read now ❯Rewriting DNA: An introduction to genome editing
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Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system
Ever heard of CRISPR/Cas9? OU research student, Sonia Azeggagh, explains the impact of this genome editing technology on biology and medicine:Read now ❯Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system
What are the links between mood disorders and a type of pesticide called Organophosphates? One OU PhD student explains their research...Read now ❯Investigating Links Between Pesticides and Mental Health
Indian researchers have taken inspiration from nature to develop a way of protecting replacement hips and joints from infection - without the need for antibiotics.Read now ❯How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics?
How does sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm affect shift workers' cognition? Emily Breese, a postgraduate student at The OU, explains the importance of her research on this:Read now ❯Shift working – does it change how we think?
BBC Two takes us inside the Science Museum vaults and asks the nation to vote for Britain's Greatest Invention.Learn moreBritain's Greatest Invention
Level: 1 Introductory
...About the Future. Hannah Fry delves into the data we have today to give an evidence-based vision of tomorrow.Learn moreHorizon: 10 Things You Need to Know...
Level: 1 Introductory
Brian Cox discovers whether the space billionaires can make mass space flight a reality.Learn moreThe 21st Century Race for Space
Level: 1 Introductory