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  • The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster Creative commons image Icon BBC World Service under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster

    By Dr J V Beer

    Fifty years ago [March 1967] the Torrey Canyon ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly, splilling over...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Mar 2017

  • The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster

    The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster Creative commons image Icon BBC World Service under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Fifty years ago [March 1967] the Torrey Canyon ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly, splilling over 100 million litres of crude oil into the...
  • The delivery service to fix your brain

    By Conor McQuaid

    How can we make sure drugs get to where they are needed in the body? Open University PhD student Conor McQuaid...

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    20 Mar 2017

  • The delivery service to fix your brain

    The delivery service to fix your brain New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Mar 2017
    How can we make sure drugs get to where they are needed in the body? Open University PhD student Conor McQuaid explains one way in which scientists can...
  • The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films

    The Hunt

    Another chance to enjoy the award-winning, ground-breaking OU/BBC natural history series The Hunt. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the...

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    18 Mar 2017

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    Updated 18 Mar 2017
    Another chance to enjoy the award-winning, ground-breaking OU/BBC natural history series The Hunt. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series...
  • Life In The Undergrowth - Fly On The Wall Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Life In The Undergrowth - Fly On The Wall

    By The OpenLearn team

    The Open University takes us behind the scenes of David Attenborough's Life In the Undergrowth.

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    16 Mar 2017

  • Life In The Undergrowth - Fly On The Wall

    Life In The Undergrowth - Fly On The Wall Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2017
    The Open University takes us behind the scenes of David Attenborough's Life In the Undergrowth.
  • The Secrets of Your Food Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Martha Swales - BBC

    The Secrets of Your Food

    'The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    10 Mar 2017

  • The Secrets of Your Food

    The Secrets of Your Food Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Martha Swales - BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Mar 2017
    'The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. 
  • Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: By The original uploader was TimVickers at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation

    By Sarah Needs

    What happens when our cells can’t get rid of the waste products they produce?  Working on a project inspired by...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation

    Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: By The original uploader was TimVickers at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Mar 2017
    What happens when our cells can’t get rid of the waste products they produce?  Working on a project inspired by the passion of the rare disease...
  • Using lanthanides as medical imaging tools Creative commons image Icon By Helmut Januschka (Helmut Januschka)CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Using lanthanides as medical imaging tools

    By Irene Villares Ojea

    Discover how an element belonging to the 'rare earth metals' is being used in medicine. Here's how lanthanides'...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 Mar 2017

  • Using lanthanides as medical imaging tools

    Using lanthanides as medical imaging tools Creative commons image Icon By Helmut Januschka (Helmut Januschka)CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Mar 2017
    Discover how an element belonging to the 'rare earth metals' is being used in medicine. Here's how lanthanides' magnetic properties are fantastic for medical...
  • Sugar coating biopharmaceuticals

    By Matthew Allen

    Many modern therapeutics, such as those used to treat anaemia and breast cancer, are proteins - but the...

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    06 Mar 2017

  • Sugar coating biopharmaceuticals

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Mar 2017
    Many modern therapeutics, such as those used to treat anaemia and breast cancer, are proteins - but the protein doesn't solely determine how...
  • Gold: Medicine for the Brain

    By Nayab Fatima

    Once used for decoration in the ancient world, discover why gold particles are now considered treasure in the world...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    27 Feb 2017

  • Gold: Medicine for the Brain

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Feb 2017
    Once used for decoration in the ancient world, discover why gold particles are now considered treasure in the world of medicine...
  • Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system Creative commons image Icon By Thomas Splettstoesser (www.scistyle.com) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system

    By Sonia Azeggagh

    Ever heard of CRISPR/Cas9? OU research student, Sonia Azeggagh, explains the impact of this genome editing technology...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    27 Feb 2017

  • Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system

    Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system Creative commons image Icon By Thomas Splettstoesser (www.scistyle.com) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Feb 2017
    Ever heard of CRISPR/Cas9? OU research student, Sonia Azeggagh, explains the impact of this genome editing technology on biology and medicine:

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  • Vaccination

    Vaccinations are now considered a part of everyday life, but how do they work? Vaccination is a free course that will help those with a background...

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    14 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    20 Mar 2017

  • Vaccination

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    Vaccination Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Updated content
    Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 20 Mar 2017
    Vaccinations are now considered a part of everyday life, but how do they work?...
  • Water and human health

    Water is a natural resource that is vital for human survival and health, although only a tiny fraction of the Earth's supply is available to humans...

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    9 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    15 Mar 2017

  • Water and human health

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    Water and human health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Mar 2017
    Water is a natural resource that is vital for human survival and health, although...
  • 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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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Gene therapy

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    Gene therapy Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Mar 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

    Updated on:

    24 Feb 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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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    06 Feb 2017

  • Hearing

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    Hearing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 06 Feb 2017
    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of...
  • 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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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    24 Jan 2017

  • Migration

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    Migration
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Jan 2017
    Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special...
  • Gene testing

    This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such...

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Aug 2016

  • Gene testing

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    Gene testing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Aug 2016
    This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing:...
  • Introduction to histopathology

    This free course provides an introduction to histopathology and outlines how the appearance of different tissues changes due to damage,...

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    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Jun 2016

  • Introduction to histopathology

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    Introduction to histopathology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Jun 2016
    This free course provides an introduction to histopathology and outlines how the...
  • The making of individual differences

    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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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    23 May 2016

  • The making of individual differences

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    The making of individual differences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 May 2016
    How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual...
  • Pain and Aspirin

    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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    9 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Mar 2016

  • Pain and Aspirin

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    Pain and Aspirin Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks...

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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 30 Mar 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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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Mar 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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    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Mar 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 30 Mar 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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    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Mar 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 30 Mar 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...

    Signals and perception: the science of the senses

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    Signals and perception: the science of the senses Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Investigate how we interact with our environment through our senses – using...

    Maths for science

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    Maths for science Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 23 Mar 2017
    This introductory course will develop your confidence in using mathematics as a...

    Molecules in medicine

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    Molecules in medicine Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    Examine the molecular basis of drug action in medicine, covering topics like...

    Practical science: biology and health

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    Practical science: biology and health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Study a range of practical activities in biology and health science – from...