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OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016 Creative commons image Brocken Inaglory under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jan 2016
When the sun turns rectangular, and an update on the US Presidential election. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 27th January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 27th January 2016 Creative commons image NASA Goddard Space Flight Center under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2016
The straight-edge storm that's like a sideways tornado. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 26th January 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2016
What causes sudden, instant leaps in temperature? Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 25th January 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jan 2016
How extreme winters following extreme summers bring misery to Mongolia, and a first attempt to understand how common fat shaming is. Then more free...

Download your free wild weather poster

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Updated 17 Dec 2015
Download your free wild weather poster to accompany the BBC series.

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks Creative commons image Kate Ausburn under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
Communities across the UK (and beyond) have come together to protest against fracking in their areas. But there are strong economic imperatives...

Researching Antarctic ice sheets

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Researching Antarctic ice sheets Creative commons image By Jason Auch [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Nov 2015
Dr Tamsin Edwards discusses her research on climate change and the instability of Antarctic ice sheets.

BBC Inside Science

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BBC Inside Science Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2015
Adam Rutherford returns with guests in this new series to illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

Power to the People

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Updated 04 Nov 2015
This three-part OU/BBC series looks at SSE, one of the Big Six energy companies, and how they are battling to keep electricity flowing to our homes...

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The frozen planet

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The frozen planet
Introductory level Duration 7 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the...

Eutrophication

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Aug 2015
Managing eutrophication is a key element in maintaining the earths biodiversity. Eutrophication is a process mostly associated with human activity...

Future energy demand and supply

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Intermediate level Duration 13 hours Updated 19 Aug 2014
When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of...

Energy resources: Alternative energy in perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 01 Aug 2014
Alternative energy sources are seen by many people as potential solutions to the many economic and environmental challenges posed by the current...

Watching the weather

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 19 Mar 2014
This free course, Watching the weather, describes how meteorological observations are made looking upwards from the surface of the Earth, looking...

Energy resources: An introduction to energy resources

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
Energy resources are essential for any society, be it one dependent on subsistence farming or an industrialised country. There are many different...

Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 13 Nov 2013
Young people (18+) who are interested in but unsure about entering the nuclear industry will find assistance in this free course, Unclear about...

Transport and sustainability

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Apr 2013
This free course, Transport and sustainability, explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can...

Global water resources

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Dec 2012
Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is essential to human survival. Understanding the global water cycle...

Water in the UK

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 03 Dec 2012
Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is essential to human survival. Understanding the global water cycle...