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Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it?

Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it? Creative commons image John Flannery under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
Some people can be fatally allergic to tiger moths - and lepidopterism can often be misdiagnosed. New research might have a solution.

OpenLearn Live: 23rd August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 23rd August 2016 Creative commons image Adapted from R-41 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Why are fascists attracted to lightning bolts? NASA reconnects with a sun observatory. Free learning from across the day.

Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list

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Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list Creative commons image Citizen59 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Aug 2016
Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, at it reopens the debate over hyperadrogenic atheletes.

OpenLearn Live: 19th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Aug 2016
The poles that allow athletes to vault; and 25 years on from the Soviet Coup. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 17th August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 17th August 2016 Creative commons image troy_williams under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2016
Why swimcaps? Why TWO swimcaps? Then more free learning through the day.

The Perseid meteor shower 2016

The Perseid meteor shower 2016 Creative commons image Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 10 Aug 2016
The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on 11th August and 12th 2016. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and what meteors have to do with...

10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born)

10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born) Copyrighted image Copyright: Imgur
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Aug 2016
OK, so 2006 wasn't as relentless as 2016, but the year still had some huge news stories. As part of our ten year anniverary celebrations we look at...

BBC Inside Science - 2016/2017 series

BBC Inside Science - 2016/2017 series Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 01 Aug 2016
Adam Rutherford returns with guests in this new series to illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2016 Creative commons image EDDIE under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
When politicians get on the bus; the Ice Bucket Challenge money; Philae fades and newspapers must forget. Learning from across the day.

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Infection and immunity

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Infection and immunity
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Jun 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...

Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Hearing

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Hearing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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...

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 30 Mar 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...

The making of individual differences

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each...

Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Young people (18+) who are interested in but unsure about entering the nuclear industry will find assistance in this free course, Unclear about...

Predictive medicine

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Predictive medicine Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
In this free course, Predictive medicine, you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed....

Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

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Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course, Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology, introduces you...

Pain and Aspirin

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain...

An overview of active galaxies

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the Universe. This free course gives an overview of active galaxies,...

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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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 2016
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...