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Life In Cold Blood

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Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Life Story

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Life Story Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Life Story takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 22nd April 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
Tributes to Prince from around, and beyond, the world; plus a TV institution that has lasted longer than Corrie. Then more free learning through...

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists Copyrighted image Copyright: RedLBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
Latin American scientists are coming together to promote their work more widely. Felix Moronta explains how.

OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016 Creative commons image dancing_stupidity under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The shower curtains which stuck together and changed the world; why the 'gay' lions aren't; and a trip inside the large hadron collider. Free...

Can the way research is reported play into sexist assumptions?

Can the way research is reported play into sexist assumptions? Copyright free image Copyright free: Geralt
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Apr 2016
The way much research on sexual differentiation is conducted and communicated has come under intense criticism from scholars in both the natural...

What effect does increasing noise pollution have on mammals?

What effect does increasing noise pollution have on mammals? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2016
A researcher explains how prairie dogs appear to have developed strategies to keep alert in noisier environments - but there might be a downside.

10 facts about the number ten

10 facts about the number ten Creative commons image Photo: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/MOD [OGL], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2016
OpenLearn is 10 this year, so to mark this occasion we're taking a look at 10 facts on our age. 

The Wonder of Dogs

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Introductory level Updated 08 Apr 2016
From the BBC and The Open University, a celebration of all things canine.

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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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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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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,...

Living with diabetes

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Living with diabetes Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Living with diabetes is a free course that introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

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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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 2016
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...