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The science of chocolate

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us? 

Can dogs read their owners' emotions?

Can dogs read their owners' emotions? Copyright free image Copyright free: RobsonMelo
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2016
Does a dog know what you're thinking? Can your dog empathise? It's possible, suggests new research.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 15 Jan 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Oxygen, blood and the body

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains. 

Top tips for budding biologists

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
In this video discover top tips from experts in biology and get a feel for whether studying biology (and an eventual career in the field) is...

Why were David Bowie's eyes two different colours?

Why were David Bowie's eyes two different colours? Copyrighted image Copyright: Markwaters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
The short answer is that they weren't - but there's a lot more to it than that. Kevin Hunt explains.

Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses?

Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses? Creative commons image Scorpions and Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
Striped ponies and tuxedo cats might look gorgeous - but the mutation is a mild form of a much more serious cellular defect...

Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel

Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel Creative commons image savagecats under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2015
In the first Poirot book, the murderer's weapon of choice is the bitter poison strychnine. The scientist, writer and poison expert Deborah Blum...

How long will you live if you stop eating and drinking?

How long will you live if you stop eating and drinking? Creative commons image Jip under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
If you're stranded in the desert without food or water, how long can you survive for? As so often, the answer is "well, it depends..."

Talking turkey: 12 facts about turkey genetics

Talking turkey: 12 facts about turkey genetics Creative commons image smarman999 under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Nov 2015
The turkey is a fascinating bird - and demands more respect than a bit of stuffing and a spot of cranberry. Ricki Lewis explains more

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals Creative commons image © Adam Howarth in Flickr made available under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Jan 2016
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

The making of individual differences

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Sep 2015
How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each...

Diabetes care

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
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Migration

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 May 2015
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Understanding cardiovascular diseases

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
Your heart beats around 100,000 times every day and, in that time, pumps about 23,000 litres of blood around your body. But what happens when it...

What is the genome made of?

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What is the genome made of? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 19 Aug 2014
Genomes are composed of DNA, and a knowledge of the structure of DNA is essential to understand how it can function as hereditary material. DNA is...

Inheritance of characters

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Aug 2014
Genes are units of inheritance that contribute to a person's behaviour and health. In this free course, Inheritance of characters, you will learn...

Intracellular transport

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This free course, Intracellular transport, explains the function of the cytoskeleton and its role in controlling transport of vesicles between...

Proteins

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In this free course we explore proteins and how they are the 'doers' of the cell. They are huge in number and variety and diverse in structure and...

Nucleic acids and chromatin

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Mar 2014
This unit helps you understand the properties of nucleotides and how they contribute to secondary and tertiary structures of nucleic acids at the...

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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 13 Feb 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 of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 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 of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...

Signals and perception: the science of the senses

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Signals and perception: the science of the senses Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Investigate how we interact with our environment through our senses – using concepts from biology, chemistry, physics and psychology to explore the...

Investigative and mathematical skills in science

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Investigative and mathematical skills in science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
With this course you’ll develop your experimental, investigative and mathematical skills as well gaining a better understanding of the weather and...

Practical science: biology and health

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Practical science: biology and health Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Study a range of practical activities in biology and health science – from fundamental human and animal behaviour to the vital themes of...

MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science

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MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in science, and develop essential skills like report...