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Dr Manish Patel and Dr Stephen Lewis on Landing on Mars

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Dr Manish Patel and Dr Stephen Lewis on Landing on Mars Copyrighted image Copyright: ESA
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Oct 2016
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is about to land on the red planet. In this short video, our OU academics explain their role in the remarkable...

Explainer: What is autophagy?

Explainer: What is autophagy? Copyrighted image Copyright: Sarah Needs
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Oct 2016
The discovery of the mechanism for autophagy by Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - get the...

Free course: Histology

Free course: Histology Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Updated 30 Sep 2016
OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free courses, such as Histology is an...

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.

10 flabbergasting facts you'll find on OpenLearn

10 flabbergasting facts you'll find on OpenLearn Creative commons image By tanakawho from Tokyo, Japan (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
As we turn 10 this year, we bring to you our most outrageous bits of wisom from our free learning site. You never know, they might crop up in a pub...

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists Copyrighted image Copyright: RedLBC
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.

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. 

What is a scientific model?

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What is a scientific model? Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Introductory level Updated 29 Mar 2016
BBC Inside Science answers a listener question by discussing scientific models and how they are used.

What does scientific evidence tell us about making our homes energy efficient?

What does scientific evidence tell us about making our homes energy efficient? Creative commons image dunktanktechnician under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Mar 2016
There's lots of advice about how to save money by making your house more efficient. But how much of it is just - ho ho - hot air? Meet a man who...

Measure the Pulfrich Effect

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Measure the Pulfrich Effect Copyrighted image Copyright: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Mar 2016
Using the Pulfrich Effect, it's possible to calculate the difference in speed in how quickly your eyes communicate with your brain. Why not have a...

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Detecting Down’s syndrome in the unborn fetus

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Detecting Down’s syndrome in the unborn fetus Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
Downs syndrome is the condition that is screened for the most in pregnant women because of the increased risk with the increasing age of mothers....

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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 04 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 04 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 04 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 Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 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 04 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 04 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...

Diploma in Paramedic Science

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Diploma in Paramedic Science Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
If you’re already employed in a healthcare setting, the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences will help you develop the essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...

Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences

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Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units....