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  • 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

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    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.
  • Hallowain't III: Woodfrogs

    A block of ice melts away, and there sits a frog. Is this an ice monster of some sort? No.

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    5 mins

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    27 Oct 2017

  • Hallowain't III: Woodfrogs

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Oct 2017
    A block of ice melts away, and there sits a frog. Is this an ice monster of some sort? No.
  • Why going dairy-free can hit your iodine levels Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Lisa Redfern

    Why going dairy-free can hit your iodine levels

    By Professor Margaret Rayman, Dr Sarah Bath

    Replacing cows milk with non-dairy alternatives can put you at risk of not getting enough iodine. Here's why that...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Oct 2017

  • Why going dairy-free can hit your iodine levels

    Why going dairy-free can hit your iodine levels Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Lisa Redfern
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Oct 2017
    Replacing cows milk with non-dairy alternatives can put you at risk of not getting enough iodine. Here's why that matters - and what you can do about it.
  • What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean? Creative commons image Icon Medvedev under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Sep 2017

  • What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean?

    What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean? Creative commons image Icon Medvedev under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    In August 2017, a new convention governing the use of Mercury came into force (at least in the countries which have signed up). María Elena Hurtado explains...
  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Sep 2017

  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into the environment.
  • Plastic materials, pollution and recycling Creative commons image Icon epSos.de [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Plastic materials, pollution and recycling

    By Dr Simon Collinson

    What benefits do plastics offer society? What can we do with used plastic to avoid damage to the environment? ...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 Sep 2017

  • Plastic materials, pollution and recycling

    Plastic materials, pollution and recycling Creative commons image Icon epSos.de [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Sep 2017
    What benefits do plastics offer society? What can we do with used plastic to avoid damage to the environment? Simon Collinson investigates...
  • Challenge: Make paper and ink Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: qimono

    Challenge: Make paper and ink

    By The OpenLearn team

    Could our stricken scientists make their own paper and ink? It required undestanding of the processes involved. ...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Apr 2017

  • Challenge: Make paper and ink

    Challenge: Make paper and ink Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: qimono
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 12 Apr 2017
    Could our stricken scientists make their own paper and ink? It required undestanding of the processes involved.  
  • Separate coloured ink with this experiment

    By Dr Nicholas Turner

    Did you know your black biro isn't black and your green felt tip isn't green? Don't believe this? Try this...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Mar 2017

  • Separate coloured ink with this experiment

    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Did you know your black biro isn't black and your green felt tip isn't green? Don't believe this? Try this chromatography experiment.
  • Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation Creative commons image Icon Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation

    By Mike Jay

    When Humphry Davy wanted to explore the properties of nitrous oxide, he decided the best way would be to experiment...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Feb 2017

  • Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation

    Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation Creative commons image Icon Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Feb 2017
    When Humphry Davy wanted to explore the properties of nitrous oxide, he decided the best way would be to experiment upon himself.
  • Will burnt food give you cancer? Creative commons image Icon Matt Allworth under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Will burnt food give you cancer?

    By Simon Cotton

    Reports warn that burnt food - from overdone toast to too-crispy roast potatoes - can give you cancer. Simon Cotton...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jan 2017

  • Will burnt food give you cancer?

    Will burnt food give you cancer? Creative commons image Icon Matt Allworth under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jan 2017
    Reports warn that burnt food - from overdone toast to too-crispy roast potatoes - can give you cancer. Simon Cotton explains what we really know.

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  • Drug development process: combating pain

    Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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  • Introduction to polymers

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    This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and...
  • The molecular world

    From diamonds to dynamite, everything involves a chemical reaction. This free course, The molecular world, introduces you to the concepts and...

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    From diamonds to dynamite, everything involves a chemical reaction. This free...
  • What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?

    Do you want to know what’s in the water that you drink? This free course, What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?, examines the...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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  • What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?

    What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?
    Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
    Do you want to know what’s in the water that you drink? This free course, What...
  • Test kits for water analysis

    This free course, Test kits for water analysis, steps outside the laboratory to look at some examples of analytical procedures being carried out in...

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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...
  • Iron transport and storage

    This free course, Iron transport and storage, looks at the methods that have been developed by organisms for the uptake, transport and storage of...

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    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    02 Mar 2016

  • 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...
  • Birth of a drug

    The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This free...

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    4 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    02 Mar 2016

  • Birth of a drug

    Birth of a drug Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
    The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind...
  • The three-way catalytic converter

    This free course is concerned primarily with the chemistry that underpins the operation of the three-way catalytic converter that is placed in the...

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    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    02 Mar 2016

  • The three-way catalytic converter

    The three-way catalytic converter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
    This free course is concerned primarily with the chemistry that underpins the...

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 Dec 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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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Dec 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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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Dec 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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    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 04 Dec 2017
    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 04 Dec 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...