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  • 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

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    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
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    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.
  • The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films

    The Hunt

    An award-winning, ground-breaking OU/BBC natural history series The Hunt, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, explores the dynamic...

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    17 Oct 2016

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    An award-winning, ground-breaking OU/BBC natural history series The Hunt, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, explores the dynamic relationship between...
  • Global Handwashing Day Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Global Handwashing Day

    Global Handwashing Day

    By Rachel McMullan

    Take a look at the cultural, social and religious implications of washing hands while also learning more about the...

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    11 Oct 2016

  • Global Handwashing Day

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Oct 2016
    Take a look at the cultural, social and religious implications of washing hands while also learning more about the science of hygiene and sanitation. 
  • Biology Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Royal Society of Biology

    Biology Week

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    Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week, running over nine days from...

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    08 Oct 2016

  • Biology Week

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    Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week, running over nine days from 8th - 16th October. 
  • Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team

    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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    30 Sep 2016

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    David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.
  • Free course: Histology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Free course: Histology

    OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free...

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  • Free course: Histology

    Free course: Histology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
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    OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free courses, such as Histology is an ideal...
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    Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list

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    Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, as it reopens the debate...

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    22 Aug 2016

  • Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Aug 2016
    Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, as it reopens the debate over hyperadrogenic atheletes.
  • Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Icon Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

    By Michelle Dobrovolny

    Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit....

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    25 Jul 2016

  • Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

    Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Icon Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
    Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit. Should access to the rock become a basic...

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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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    25 Aug 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 2016
    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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    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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    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

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    23 May 2016

  • The making of individual differences

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 May 2016
    How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual...
  • 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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    31 Mar 2016

  • Hearing

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 31 Mar 2016
    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

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    24 Mar 2016

  • Pain and Aspirin

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    What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks...
  • Living with diabetes

    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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    24 Mar 2016

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    Living with diabetes is a free course that introduces the parts of the body and...
  • Inheritance of characters

    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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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Mar 2016

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    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    Genes are units of inheritance that contribute to a person's behaviour and health....
  • 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

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    24 Mar 2016

  • Early development

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    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    This free course, Early development, looks at the human being in the context of an...
  • 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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    24 Mar 2016

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

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    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 20 Jan 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Jan 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 20 Jan 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 20 Jan 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 20 Jan 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Investigate how we interact with our environment through our senses – using...

    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 20 Jan 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Study a range of practical activities in biology and health science – from...

    MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017 Register by 12 Oct 2017
    Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level...

    MSc project module

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017 Register by 12 Oct 2017
    Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level...