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  • Are robots about to take jobs from the poor? Creative commons image Icon Steve Jurvetson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Are robots about to take jobs from the poor?

    By Aisling Irwin

    A new generation of robots could be expanding their career options - and that could be catastrophic news for the...

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    20 Mar 2017

  • Are robots about to take jobs from the poor?

    Are robots about to take jobs from the poor? Creative commons image Icon Steve Jurvetson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Mar 2017
    A new generation of robots could be expanding their career options - and that could be catastrophic news for the poorest in the world, says Aisling Irwin.
  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us about the world...

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    09 Mar 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Mar 2017
    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us about the world and how it...
  • How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: National Institutes of Health

    How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics?

    By Madhukara Putty

    Indian researchers have taken inspiration from nature to develop a way of protecting replacement hips and joints from...

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  • How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics?

    How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: National Institutes of Health
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Feb 2017
    Indian researchers have taken inspiration from nature to develop a way of protecting replacement hips and joints from infection - without the need for...
  • How are drones keeping track of songbirds? Creative commons image Icon Henry T. McLin under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How are drones keeping track of songbirds?

    By Mary Bates

    Keeping track on bird populations? It's the perfect task for a drone. Mary Bates reports.

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    16 Feb 2017

  • How are drones keeping track of songbirds?

    How are drones keeping track of songbirds? Creative commons image Icon Henry T. McLin under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Feb 2017
    Keeping track on bird populations? It's the perfect task for a drone. Mary Bates reports.
  • City in The Sky Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    City in The Sky

    This three-part OU/BBC co-production on BBC Two investigates the 'City in the Sky'. You will never look at your time aloft in the same way...

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    29 Jan 2017

  • City in The Sky

    City in The Sky Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
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    This three-part OU/BBC co-production on BBC Two investigates the 'City in the Sky'. You will never look at your time aloft in the same way again…
  • It's 1892, and the future's bright for gas lighting Creative commons image Icon Andrew Davidson at en.wikipedia under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    It's 1892, and the future's bright for gas lighting

    The new electric lighting will never be more than a luxury product, stockholders in the Gas Light & Coke...

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    26 Jan 2017

  • It's 1892, and the future's bright for gas lighting

    It's 1892, and the future's bright for gas lighting Creative commons image Icon Andrew Davidson at en.wikipedia under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2017
    The new electric lighting will never be more than a luxury product, stockholders in the Gas Light & Coke Company are reassured at the company's ...
  • Can we overcome cyber-fatigue to secure ourselves online? Creative commons image Icon marwho under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Can we overcome cyber-fatigue to secure ourselves online?

    By Dr Richard Forno

    Richard Forno says focusing on short-term fixes might make us too exhausted to shape a long term solution to the...

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    24 Jan 2017

  • Can we overcome cyber-fatigue to secure ourselves online?

    Can we overcome cyber-fatigue to secure ourselves online? Creative commons image Icon marwho under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jan 2017
    Richard Forno says focusing on short-term fixes might make us too exhausted to shape a long term solution to the challenges of cybersecurity.
  • How do planes survive lightning strikes? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    How do planes survive lightning strikes?

    As planes carry us through the sky, they can - and do - come under attack from lightning strikes. Good design keeps...

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    18 Jan 2017

  • How do planes survive lightning strikes?

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    How do planes survive lightning strikes? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2017
    As planes carry us through the sky, they can - and do - come under attack from lightning strikes. Good design keeps us safe, though, in the City In The Sky.
  • Why do planes get dumped in the desert? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Why do planes get dumped in the desert?

    Our series City In The Sky travelled to Arizona to see a plane come to its final destination.

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    16 Jan 2017

  • Why do planes get dumped in the desert?

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    Why do planes get dumped in the desert? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jan 2017
    Our series City In The Sky travelled to Arizona to see a plane come to its final destination.
  • How do I pitch an idea to a science editor? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Kaboompics

    How do I pitch an idea to a science editor?

    If you've got a story about science, you'll want to get it read. The first step is getting an editor to want to...

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  • How do I pitch an idea to a science editor?

    How do I pitch an idea to a science editor? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Kaboompics
    Updated 11 Jan 2017
    If you've got a story about science, you'll want to get it read. The first step is getting an editor to want to publish it... but how do you persuade the...

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  • Technological innovation: a resource-based view

    This free course, Technological innovation: a resource-based view, aims to provide you with an overview and introduction to a range of related...

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    This free course, Technological innovation: a resource-based view, aims to provide...
  • Introduction to structural integrity

    The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

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    The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13...
  • Technology Evaluation

    The aim of this free course, Technology Evaluation, is to provide you with the knowledge you need to develop and work with forms of evaluation that...

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  • Creating musical sounds

    How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something whether a piano or a vacuum cleaner is...

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    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
    How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we...
  • Sound for music technology: An introduction

    Whether you're a professional musician, play music with your friends on the weekends or just like to listen to CDs, music technology affects your...

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    Whether you're a professional musician, play music with your friends on the...
  • Theories in Technology Evaluation

    This free course, Theories in Technology Evaluation, is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and...

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    This free course, Theories in Technology Evaluation, is devoted to exploring and...
  • Finding information in technology

    The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This free course, Finding information in technology,...

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    The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are...
  • Tay Bridge disaster

    The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was...

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    The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail...
  • Technology, innovation and management

    Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide...

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    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
    Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This...
  • Structural devices

    Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete control over the electrical characteristics of each component...

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    29 Mar 2016

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    Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete...