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  • Dolly The Sheep: What happened next? Creative commons image Icon Brian O'Donovan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Dolly The Sheep: What happened next?

    By Professor George Seidel

    Back at the start of the century, OpenLearn - or Open2.net as we were then known - investigated Dolly The Sheep and...

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    20 Feb 2017

  • Dolly The Sheep: What happened next?

    Dolly The Sheep: What happened next? Creative commons image Icon Brian O'Donovan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Feb 2017
    Back at the start of the century, OpenLearn - or Open2.net as we were then known - investigated Dolly The Sheep and the implications of cloning animals....
  • How to treat non-healing wounds Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: ID 2202461 © Sebastian Kaulitzki | Dreamstime.com

    How to treat non-healing wounds

    By Catriona Inverarity

    Chronic wounds affect 200,000 patients in the UK alone and cost the NHS £3bn a year to treat. This article...

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  • How to treat non-healing wounds

    How to treat non-healing wounds Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: ID 2202461 © Sebastian Kaulitzki | Dreamstime.com New content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Feb 2017
    Chronic wounds affect 200,000 patients in the UK alone and cost the NHS £3bn a year to treat. This article explains OU research into specialised...
  • Rare diseases are important too: Investigating Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) Creative commons image Icon By Sasha Wolff from Grand Rapids (Can't Concentrate: 14/365) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Rare diseases are important too: Investigating Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)

    By Ester Pascual-Baixauli

    Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), is a rare disease prevalent in obese women of child-bearing age; this...

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    17 Feb 2017

  • Rare diseases are important too: Investigating Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)

    Rare diseases are important too: Investigating Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) Creative commons image Icon By Sasha Wolff from Grand Rapids (Can't Concentrate: 14/365) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Feb 2017
    Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), is a rare disease prevalent in obese women of child-bearing age; this article explores The Open University's...
  • How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: National Institutes of Health

    How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics?

    By Madhukara Putty

    Indian researchers have taken inspiration from nature to develop a way of protecting replacement hips and joints from...

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    16 Feb 2017

  • How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics?

    How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: National Institutes of Health New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Feb 2017
    Indian researchers have taken inspiration from nature to develop a way of protecting replacement hips and joints from infection - without the need for...
  • How our brain changes as we grow old: the Blood Brain Barrier breakdown  Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Shutterstock

    How our brain changes as we grow old: the Blood Brain Barrier breakdown

    By Eduardo Frias-Anaya

    What's the Blood Brain Barrier and how does studying this help us to find out more about diseases associated...

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    03 Feb 2017

  • How our brain changes as we grow old: the Blood Brain Barrier breakdown

    How our brain changes as we grow old: the Blood Brain Barrier breakdown  Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Shutterstock
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Feb 2017
    What's the Blood Brain Barrier and how does studying this help us to find out more about diseases associated with ageing such as Alzheimer’s? ...
  • Does counting calories work? Creative commons image Icon Mike Mozart under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Does counting calories work?

    By Nicola Twilley, Cynthia Graber

    If you're finding your new diet frustrating because you can't make the calories add up, you're not alone. ...

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    01 Feb 2017

  • Does counting calories work?

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    Does counting calories work? Creative commons image Icon Mike Mozart under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Feb 2017
    If you're finding your new diet frustrating because you can't make the calories add up, you're not alone. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley investigate...
  • Shift working – does it change how we think? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Martinmark | Dreamstime.com - Tired nurse yawn at work

    Shift working – does it change how we think?

    By Emily Breese

    How does sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm affect shift workers' cognition? Emily Breese, a...

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  • Shift working – does it change how we think?

    Shift working – does it change how we think? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Martinmark | Dreamstime.com - Tired nurse yawn at work
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Feb 2017
    How does sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm affect shift workers' cognition? Emily Breese, a postgraduate student at The OU, explains the...
  • How do I pitch an idea to a science editor? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Kaboompics

    How do I pitch an idea to a science editor?

    If you've got a story about science, you'll want to get it read. The first step is getting an editor to want to...

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    11 Jan 2017

  • How do I pitch an idea to a science editor?

    How do I pitch an idea to a science editor? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Kaboompics
    Updated 11 Jan 2017
    If you've got a story about science, you'll want to get it read. The first step is getting an editor to want to publish it... but how do you persuade the...
  • What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Erika Wittlieb

    What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear?

    Research into brain activity when we're scared may point the way to overcoming fear.

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    22 Nov 2016

  • What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear?

    What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Erika Wittlieb
    Updated 22 Nov 2016
    Research into brain activity when we're scared may point the way to overcoming fear.
  • The Great British Year Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    The Great British Year

    The definitive portrait of the spectacular nature of the country over the course of one year.

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    21 Oct 2016

  • The Great British Year

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    The definitive portrait of the spectacular nature of the country over the course of one year.

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    This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing:...
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    How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each...

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    How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual...
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    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...

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    What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks...
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    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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    Living with diabetes is a free course that introduces the parts of the body and...
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    Genes are units of inheritance that contribute to a person's behaviour and health. In this free course, Inheritance of characters, you will learn...

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    Genes are units of inheritance that contribute to a person's behaviour and health....
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    This free course, Early development, looks at the human being in the context of an individual life cycle, examining some of the processes that...

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    This free course, Early development, looks at the human being in the context of an...
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    What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this free course, Alcohol and human health, looks at the harmful effects...

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    What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this...

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...

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