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OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA New content
Updated 01 Dec 2016
Pressure ridges in ice - and the danger they present; an Aids vaccine undergoes trial and a range of advent calendars. Learning and research...

OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2016

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Updated 30 Nov 2016
Look, we're calling them ice unicorns. What makes ice spikes happen? Plus Obama's record on climate change considered, and how the Big Mac was born...

Methods in Motion: A view from a train

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Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Nov 2016
What has physics ever done for psychology? Paul Stenner, Professor of Social Psychology, investigates the history of movement in Physics, and...

OpenLearn Live: 28th November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 28th November 2016 Creative commons image Sally Wilson under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Updated 28 Nov 2016
Strange circular chunks of ice - what's the story of ice pancakes? And religious shrines by the side of Lithuanian roads. Learning and research...

OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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Updated 25 Nov 2016
Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016

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Updated 23 Nov 2016
What's the Autumn Statement? Apollo 11's coder honoured. Plus learning & research from around the web across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 21st November 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2016
Are we enjoying a wet autumn, or a soggy fall? Plus, NASA's new weather satelitte, patent boxes and champagne science. Learning and research from...

OpenLearn Live: 11th November 2016

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Updated 11 Nov 2016
The worst president of all time plus Nasa on small satellites. Then more learning and research across the day.

What missing lander means for Europe’s quest to find life on Mars

What missing lander means for Europe’s quest to find life on Mars Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Nov 2016
Loss of the Mars lander from its recent probe is diappointing, but the search for life on Mars goes on.

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Infection and immunity

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Infection and immunity
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Oct 2016
In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 13 Sep 2016
Young people (18+) who are interested in but unsure about entering the nuclear industry will find assistance in this free course, Unclear about...

Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 2016
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Earth's physical resources: petroleum

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Earth's physical resources: petroleum Creative commons image Used with permission under Creative-Commons license
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Aug 2016
The discovery of the world's first major underground oil field in Pennsylvania, USA in 1859 sparked the continuing era of the world's reliance on...

Finding information in science and nature

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Finding information in science and nature Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in science and nature, will help you to identify and use information in Science and Nature, whether for your...

Gene testing

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Gene testing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Aug 2016
This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such...

Introduction to histopathology

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Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Jun 2016
This free course provides an introduction to histopathology and outlines how the appearance of different tissues changes due to damage,...

Introduction to polymers

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Introduction to polymers Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and demonstrates how their properties are controlled by their molecular...

The making of individual differences

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The making of individual differences Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 May 2016
How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each...

Hearing

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 31 Mar 2016
Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This free...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
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 in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
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 Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma in Paramedic Science

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Diploma in Paramedic Science Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...