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  • Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners

    Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.

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    Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.
  • Are selfies a terrible thing? Creative commons image Icon Ellen De Vos under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Are selfies a terrible thing?

    By Rose Capdevila, Dr Lisa Lazard

    Is the rise of the selfie a sign of a culture collapsing into narcissism - or is there something positive in the...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Are selfies a terrible thing?

    Are selfies a terrible thing? Creative commons image Icon Ellen De Vos under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Is the rise of the selfie a sign of a culture collapsing into narcissism - or is there something positive in the trend of arm's length self portraiture?
  • Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it? Creative commons image Icon amish.patel under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it?

    By Dr Gemma Briggs

    Using a hands free phone while driving is as dangerous as holding a phone - and yet they're marketed as a desirable...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it?

    Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it? Creative commons image Icon amish.patel under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Using a hands free phone while driving is as dangerous as holding a phone - and yet they're marketed as a desirable extra. Dr Gemma Briggs wonders why.
  • Why are many African governments wary of social media? Creative commons image Icon Sarah under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Why are many African governments wary of social media?

    By Charlotte Cross

    Much as in Europe, governments in Africa are nervous about how social media might influence the population. Charlotte...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Why are many African governments wary of social media?

    Why are many African governments wary of social media? Creative commons image Icon Sarah under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Much as in Europe, governments in Africa are nervous about how social media might influence the population. Charlotte Cross explores an difficult...
  • Earth from above, 18th Century style Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Carrington & Bowles

    Earth from above, 18th Century style

    By Dr Lily Ford

    Hot air ballooning gave people the first chance to gaze down on the planet from the heavens - and quickly became a...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Earth from above, 18th Century style

    Earth from above, 18th Century style Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Carrington & Bowles New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Hot air ballooning gave people the first chance to gaze down on the planet from the heavens - and quickly became a battleground between science and spectacle...
  • How can authorities plan for an unexpected terrorist tactic? Creative commons image Icon DAVID HOLT under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    How can authorities plan for an unexpected terrorist tactic?

    By Patrick Dunleavy

    Parliament’s security is under review following the attack in Westminster. But, when pedestrians could be hit next to...

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    28 Mar 2017

  • How can authorities plan for an unexpected terrorist tactic?

    How can authorities plan for an unexpected terrorist tactic? Creative commons image Icon DAVID HOLT under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Mar 2017
    Parliament’s security is under review following the attack in Westminster. But, when pedestrians could be hit next to Big Ben, there may be more to review...
  • 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
    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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    16 Feb 2017

  • 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.

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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    The aim of this free course, Technology Evaluation, is to provide you with the...
  • 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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    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
    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

    As part of a review of content, this course will be deleted from OpenLearn on 18 May 2017. If you are interested in similar courses, go to the ...

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    As part of a review of content, this course will be deleted from OpenLearn on 18...
  • 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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    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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    Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete...