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British-led mission to moon’s south pole to kickstart new generation of lunar exploration

British-led mission to moon’s south pole to kickstart new generation of lunar exploration Copyrighted image Credit: Chad Baker/NASA New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Nov 2014
There are many reasons to be excited by the Lunar Mission One; Dr Mahesh Anand outlines why the project is unique. 

The people's project: The idea behind Lunar Mission One

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The people's project: The idea behind Lunar Mission One Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
Dr Mahesh Anand discusses how Lunar Mission One will not only go to the moon but will take the people along with it.

Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone

Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone Creative commons image Credit: Aleksander Markin under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
Find out about the most exciting Moon mission since the Apollo landings and discover how you can get involved. 

Order your free wild weather poster

Order your free wild weather poster Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 05 Nov 2014
Order your free wild weather poster to accompany the BBC series.

Why Rosetta is the greatest space mission of our lifetime

Why Rosetta is the greatest space mission of our lifetime Copyrighted image Credit: ESA
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Nov 2014
The Rosetta mission is just what's needed to inspire future astronauts and space scientists, writes Dr Natalie Starkey. 

The chemistry of fireworks

The chemistry of fireworks Creative commons image Credit: Jonathan Chen under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
Ever wondered about the science behind fireworks? 

Rosetta mission: The landing

Rosetta mission: The landing Copyrighted image Credit: Spacecraft: ESA–J. Huart, 2014; Comet image: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Updated 22 Oct 2014
On the 12th November 2014 the Philae lander is expected to detach itself from the Rosetta spacecraft and land on comet 67P/Churyumov...

Historical comet-landing site is looking for a name

Historical comet-landing site is looking for a name Creative commons image Credit: Cristiano Oliveira under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence
Updated 22 Oct 2014
Just as Rosetta is named for the Rosetta Stone, the comet-landing site is also looking for a name that will resonate through history.

Rosetta and Philae – Fabulous fables and tales of tails

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Rosetta and  Philae – Fabulous fables and tales of tails Copyrighted image Credit: European Space Agency/ESA
Updated 14 Oct 2014
On the 12th November 2014, Rosetta's Philae lander will attempt to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. We take a look at the history of comets.

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Oct 2014
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

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Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This unit introduces you to the techniques used by science students at residential...

Nutrition: Proteins

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Nutrition: Proteins Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This Unit studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up, the Unit moves on to look at the importance of protein and...

Test kits for water analysis

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Test kits for water analysis Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This unit steps outside the laboratory to look at some examples of analytical procedures being carried out in the field using commercial test kits....

Drug development process: combating pain

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Drug development process: combating pain
Masters level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jan 2014
The unit provides a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the...

Nutrition: Vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: Vitamins and minerals Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities.The term ‘vitamin’ was not coined until early in the 20th century, to...

Living with diabetes

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Living with diabetes Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

Finding information in science and nature

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Finding information in science and nature Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in Science and Nature, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with...

Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 13 Nov 2013
The unit will provide an opportunity for young people (18+) who are interested but unsure about entering the nuclear industry to develop their...

Pain and Aspirin

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Pain and Aspirin Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
What causes pain and how do we stop it? This unit looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain chemicals and as a result feels...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...