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  • Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning? Creative commons image Icon Based on an original artwork by Chris Andrew under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning?

    By Hugh McLachlan

    Human cloning is currently banned under EU law. Brexit should allow the UK to dump this rule, believes Hugh McLachlan.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Feb 2018

  • Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning?

    Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning? Creative commons image Icon Based on an original artwork by Chris Andrew under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Feb 2018
    Human cloning is currently banned under EU law. Brexit should allow the UK to dump this rule, believes Hugh McLachlan.
  • Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Sophie Lanfear

    Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

    David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.

    By The Darwin web team

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    01 Feb 2018

  • Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

    Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Sophie Lanfear
    Introductory level Updated 01 Feb 2018
    David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.
  • The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films

    The Hunt

    Narrated by Sir David Attenborough this lavish series explores the relationship between predator and their prey.

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    31 Jan 2018

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films
    Updated 31 Jan 2018
    Narrated by Sir David Attenborough this lavish series explores the relationship between predator and their prey.
  • What is a Tunisian dig telling us about female mobility of the Phoenicians? Creative commons image Icon Norbert Nagel under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    11 Jan 2018

  • What is a Tunisian dig telling us about female mobility of the Phoenicians?

    What is a Tunisian dig telling us about female mobility of the Phoenicians? Creative commons image Icon Norbert Nagel under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2018
    DNA and archaology are coming together to reveal how multicultural a great Empire was.
  • 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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    09 Jan 2018

  • Life In Cold Blood

    Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 09 Jan 2018
    David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.
  • Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Life In The Undergrowth

    David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

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    08 Jan 2018

  • Life In The Undergrowth

    Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Updated 08 Jan 2018
    David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.
  • Putting algae and seaweed on the menu could help save our seafood Creative commons image Icon By Ewan Munro from London, UK (Sapporo Ichiban, Catford, LondonUploaded by tm) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Jan 2018

  • Putting algae and seaweed on the menu could help save our seafood

    Putting algae and seaweed on the menu could help save our seafood Creative commons image Icon By Ewan Munro from London, UK (Sapporo Ichiban, Catford, LondonUploaded by tm) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Jan 2018
    Sticking with our traditional salmon and tuna diet isn’t sustainable, Pallavi Anand and Daniela Schmidt explain why eating algae could...
  • Can eating seaweed and algae keep the world fed? Creative commons image Icon Ewan Munro under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Can eating seaweed and algae keep the world fed?

    By Daniela Schmidt, Dr Pallavi Anand

    As the planet has ever-more mouths to feed, could increasing the consumption of seaweed and algae be the answer?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Dec 2017

  • Can eating seaweed and algae keep the world fed?

    Can eating seaweed and algae keep the world fed? Creative commons image Icon Ewan Munro under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2017
    As the planet has ever-more mouths to feed, could increasing the consumption of seaweed and algae be the answer?
  • Sunlight powered food: key for life on Earth Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA.

    Sunlight powered food: key for life on Earth

    By Dr Pallavi Anand

    One chemical process, with energy from sun, is responsible for nearly all life on Earth. Pallavi Anand explains...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Nov 2017

  • Sunlight powered food: key for life on Earth

    Sunlight powered food: key for life on Earth Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA.
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Nov 2017
    One chemical process, with energy from sun, is responsible for nearly all life on Earth. Pallavi Anand explains why that is the case.
  • Life Story Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah

    Life Story

    With Life Story, David Attenborough takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch...

    By The OpenLearn team

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Nov 2017

  • Life Story

    Life Story Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2017
    With Life Story, David Attenborough takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

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  • 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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    6 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 Feb 2018

  • Alcohol and human health

    Alcohol and human health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Feb 2018
    What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this...
  • Addiction and neural ageing

    This free course, Addiction and neural ageing, takes its title from two topics that are of immense worldwide social, economic, ethical, and...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    13 Feb 2018

  • Addiction and neural ageing

    Addiction and neural ageing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Updated content
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 13 Feb 2018
    This free course, Addiction and neural ageing, takes its title from two topics...
  • 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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    29 Jan 2018

  • Vaccination

    Vaccination Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 29 Jan 2018
    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

    Updated on:

    29 Jan 2018

  • Water and human health

    Water and human health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 29 Jan 2018
    Water is a natural resource that is vital for human survival and health, although...
  • Early development

    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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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    25 Jan 2018

  • Early development

    Early development Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Jan 2018
    This free course, Early development, looks at the human being in the context of an...
  • 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:

    11 Jan 2018

  • Hearing

    Hearing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Jan 2018
    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of...
  • 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:

    06 Dec 2017

  • Pain and Aspirin

    Pain and Aspirin Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 06 Dec 2017
    What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks...
  • Gene manipulation in plants

    Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and controversy. This free course, Gene manipulation in plants, covers some of...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    27 Oct 2017

  • Gene manipulation in plants

    Gene manipulation in plants Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Oct 2017
    Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and...
  • 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:

    07 Sep 2017

  • Migration

    Migration
    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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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • Meiosis and mitosis

    Meiosis and mitosis Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 2017
    This free course, Meiosis and mitosis, looks at how units of inheritance are...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

    Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Creative commons image Icon Milosz1 under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 19 Feb 2018
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...