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  • The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed

    Discover the amazing journey we all make from the most helpless to the most sophisticated organism on earth. 

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  • The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed

    The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC New content
    Introductory level Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Discover the amazing journey we all make from the most helpless to the most sophisticated organism on earth. 
  • Order your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Order your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster

    Order your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster to accompany the OU/BBC series 'The Human Body: Secrets of your...

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    21 Sep 2017

  • Order your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster

    Order your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2017
    Order your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster to accompany the OU/BBC series 'The Human Body: Secrets of your Life Revealed'.
  • Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods Creative commons image Icon Katrina Harrison under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods

    By Helen King

    Professor of Classical Studies Helen King takes a look at historic beliefs around menstrual periods.

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    13 Sep 2017

  • Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods

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    Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods Creative commons image Icon Katrina Harrison under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    Professor of Classical Studies Helen King takes a look at historic beliefs around menstrual periods.
  • What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean? Creative commons image Icon Medvedev under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean?

    By María Elena Hurtado

    In August 2017, a new convention governing the use of Mercury came into force (at least in the countries which have...

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    12 Sep 2017

  • What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean?

    What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean? Creative commons image Icon Medvedev under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    In August 2017, a new convention governing the use of Mercury came into force (at least in the countries which have signed up). María Elena Hurtado explains...
  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into...

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    12 Sep 2017

  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into the environment.
  • What happens to the human body in space? Creative commons image Icon The Open Univeristy under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    What happens to the human body in space?

    By The OpenLearn team

    It’s been a year since Tim Peake returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). But what happens...

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    30 Aug 2017

  • What happens to the human body in space?

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    What happens to the human body in space? Creative commons image Icon The Open Univeristy under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2017
    It’s been a year since Tim Peake returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). But what happens to astronauts' bodies as a result...
  • Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you? Creative commons image Icon John Graner/Terrence R. Oakes/Louis M. French/Gerard Riedy under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you?

    By Lisa Claydon, Paul Catley

    If brain scans can reveal when someone is lying, should they become part of the court process? The OU's Paul Catley...

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    25 Aug 2017

  • Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you?

    Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you? Creative commons image Icon John Graner/Terrence R. Oakes/Louis M. French/Gerard Riedy under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    If brain scans can reveal when someone is lying, should they become part of the court process? The OU's Paul Catley and Lisa Claydon consider the case.
  • The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films

    The Hunt

    This lavish co-production from the OU and the BBC gets close to tales of survival. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series explores the...

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    This lavish co-production from the OU and the BBC gets close to tales of survival. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series explores the dynamic...
  • Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Life In Cold Blood

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

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  • Life In Cold Blood

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    David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.
  • How are Ethiopian coffee growers responding to climate change? Creative commons image Icon Owen Barder under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How are Ethiopian coffee growers responding to climate change?

    By Baraka Rateng’

    As the climate changes, Ethiopia's coffee industry is under threat. But faced with a mountain to climb, climbing a...

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    01 Aug 2017

  • How are Ethiopian coffee growers responding to climate change?

    How are Ethiopian coffee growers responding to climate change? Creative commons image Icon Owen Barder under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2017
    As the climate changes, Ethiopia's coffee industry is under threat. But faced with a mountain to climb, climbing a mountain might provide a solution. Baraka...

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  • Migration

    Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

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    07 Sep 2017

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    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2017
    Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special...
  • Meiosis and mitosis

    This free course, Meiosis and mitosis, looks at how units of inheritance are transmitted from one generation to the next. First you will look at...

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    This free course, Meiosis and mitosis, looks at how units of inheritance are...
  • Alcohol and human health

    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...
  • Introduction to histology

    This free course provides an introduction to histology, the study of tissues. It also describes how histology can aid in the diagnosis of disease...

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    02 Aug 2017

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    This free course provides an introduction to histology, the study of tissues. It...
  • What do genes do?

    This free course, What do genes do? explores how information contained in DNA is used, explaining the flow of information from DNA to RNA to...

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    01 Aug 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Aug 2017
    This free course, What do genes do? explores how information contained in DNA is...
  • Influenza: A case study

    This free course, Influenza: A case study, explores the biology of influenza, covering a range of topics including: the virus, infection,...

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    6 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    26 Jul 2017

  • Influenza: A case study

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    Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 26 Jul 2017
    This free course, Influenza: A case study, explores the biology of influenza,...
  • Gene therapy

    Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this free course, Gene therapy, looks at the possibilities for...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    19 Jun 2017

  • Gene therapy

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    Gene therapy Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 19 Jun 2017
    Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing,...
  • Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

    Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 May 2017

  • Hearing

    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...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    16 May 2017

  • Hearing

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 May 2017
    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of...
  • Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment

    The incidence of obesity is on the increase in affluent societies, and the phenomenon commands increasing attention from health professionals,...

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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    29 Mar 2017

  • Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment

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    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    The incidence of obesity is on the increase in affluent societies, and the...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...