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Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image 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...

OpenLearn Live: 22nd July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2016
A biochemist with a fearsome reputation; how drones are helping ferrets and keeping your workers involved. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 8th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2016
The pretty pigment that packs a poisonous punch; George Eliot on Brexit; Jupiter's wife and why Nottingham Forest have got a problem. Free learning...

OpenLearn Live: 7th July 2016

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Updated 07 Jul 2016
Why an oxide that makes us giggle is no laughing matter; more Brexit viewpoints. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 5th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jul 2016
The oxide that nearly fried us all; the psychology of Brexit and what do we do when we die? Free learning from across the day.

A 19th century autopsy unmasks a poisoner

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
14 physicians gather at a graveside to untangle a tale of American settlers, poison, weak alibis, murder and suicide.

How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex?

How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex? Copyright free image Copyright free: Yana Ray
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
Carefully, if you find yourself trying to determine the sex of a live T-Rex. But when all you have is fossils... how do you go about it?

60 second adventures in microgravity

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60 second adventures in microgravity Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how we recreate microgravity...

The world around us - Perfume

The world around us - Perfume Copyrighted image Copyright: Thinkstock
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Mar 2016
Our noses aren't very good. So how do the experts set about making perfume?

Ever Wondered About... Berries?

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Ever Wondered About... Berries? Creative commons image Steph L under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
Paul Merrett and David Shuker discuss the science and significance of berries.

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The molecular world

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
From diamonds to dynamite, everything involves a chemical reaction. This free course, The molecular world, introduces you to the concepts and...

What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?

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What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Do you want to know whats in the water that you drink? This free course, What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?, examines the...

Test kits for water analysis

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
This free course, Test kits for water analysis, steps outside the laboratory to look at some examples of analytical procedures being carried out in...

Drug development process: combating pain

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Drug development process: combating pain
Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification...

Iron transport and storage

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
This free course, Iron transport and storage, looks at the methods that have been developed by organisms for the uptake, transport and storage of...

Birth of a drug

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This free...

The three-way catalytic converter

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
This free course is concerned primarily with the chemistry that underpins the operation of the three-way catalytic converter that is placed in the...

Introduction to polymers

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Jul 2012
This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and demonstrates how their properties are controlled by their molecular...

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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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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...

MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

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MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Sep 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in medicinal chemistry, developing essential skills...

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 27 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
With this course you’ll develop your experimental, investigative and mathematical skills as well gaining a better understanding of the weather and...

Concept to clinic

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Concept to clinic Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Sep 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course provides an overview of the drug discovery and development process from a modern and historical perspective and introduces you to a...

MSc project module

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MSc project module Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Sep 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...