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Why would you want to make a bee wear a backpack?

Why would you want to make a bee wear a backpack? Creative commons image Gilles San Martin under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
It's not the first time that researchers have put tiny backpacks on bees... but this time, the technology has improved.

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
How do you run a railway uphill? Then more free learning through the day.

Are NHS-recommended mental health apps actually doing any good?

Are NHS-recommended mental health apps actually doing any good? Creative commons image Sebastiaan ter Burg under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
The NHS has endorsed a number of apps promising better mental health. Trouble is, says Simon Leigh, there's no real evidence they can deliver.

Are women under-represented at tech accelerators?

Are women under-represented at tech accelerators? Creative commons image Kevin Hale under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
Tech accelerators are successful at helping start-ups power forward - but are they just creating new boys' networks?

What can you do with leftover coffee grounds?

What can you do with leftover coffee grounds? Copyright free image Copyright free: Skitterphoto
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
If your office is anything like the OpenLearn one, you'll be generating a load of waste coffee grounds everyday. Maybe we shouldn't be throwing it...

Never trust a pirate: Christiaan Huygens’s Longitude Clocks

Never trust a pirate: Christiaan Huygens’s Longitude Clocks Creative commons image The Royal Society under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Oct 2015
As a tribute to the historian Lisa Jardine, who died on October 25th, we're republishing her essay on the shady history of 17th Century timekeeping.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd October 2015

OpenLearn Live: 22nd October 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Ifcar
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
A car which warns against innovating for the sake of it; the rise of Bernie Sanders; then more free learning through the day.

Do people need Peeple?

Do people need Peeple? Copyright free image Copyright free: Couples by Olessya
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Oct 2015
Assuming it's not all some marketing prank, the Peeple app looks set to create a new way for people to be mean to each other. Ansgar Koene says you...