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  • What part did citizen science play in hurricane disaster relief? Creative commons image Icon DFID under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    19 Oct 2017

  • What part did citizen science play in hurricane disaster relief?

    What part did citizen science play in hurricane disaster relief? Creative commons image Icon DFID under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2017
    The Caribbean was hit by two powerful hurricanes in quick succession - Irma and Maria. Citizen scientists were amongst those who swung into action to help,...
  • How does earthquake science help us track North Korea's nuclear tests? Creative commons image Icon Hitchster under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    04 Sep 2017

  • How does earthquake science help us track North Korea's nuclear tests?

    How does earthquake science help us track North Korea's nuclear tests? Creative commons image Icon Hitchster under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2017
    Scientists more used to tracking natural threats can help shed light on what North Korea is up to. Neil Wilkins explains how.
  • Should Houston prepare for more Hurricanes like Harvey? Creative commons image Icon The National Guard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Should Houston prepare for more Hurricanes like Harvey?

    By Andrew King

    It's been an event described as "historic" and "once in a thousand years" - but Andrew King explains why a changing...

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    29 Aug 2017

  • Should Houston prepare for more Hurricanes like Harvey?

    Should Houston prepare for more Hurricanes like Harvey? Creative commons image Icon The National Guard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    It's been an event described as "historic" and "once in a thousand years" - but Andrew King explains why a changing climate might mean Harvey may be a...
  • Mars: A collection Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: NASA

    Mars: A collection

    OpenLearn has been covering the scientific research into our neighbour in space for nearly twenty years. Dip into our...

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  • Mars: A collection

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    OpenLearn has been covering the scientific research into our neighbour in space for nearly twenty years. Dip into our archive...
  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017 Creative commons image Icon Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    The Perseid meteor shower 2017

    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this year on the nights of 11th-13th August. Find out more about meteors,...

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    11 Aug 2017

  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017

    The Perseid meteor shower 2017 Creative commons image Icon Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2017
    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this year on the nights of 11th-13th August. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and what meteors have to do with...
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    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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  • How do I pitch an idea to a science editor?

    How do I pitch an idea to a science editor? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Kaboompics
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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...
  • OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Copyright

    OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Remembering a publisher who shaped the lives of authors and readers alike; how Marie Tharp helped us understand the...

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  • OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Copyright
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    Remembering a publisher who shaped the lives of authors and readers alike; how Marie Tharp helped us understand the planet and the price of planes. Learning...
  • Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars

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    In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a...

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  • Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars

    Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
    In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a tour of his laboratory and shows how he...
  • Amatrice Earthquake: 24th August 2016 - first reactions Creative commons image Icon Paolo Serra under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    24 Aug 2016

  • Amatrice Earthquake: 24th August 2016 - first reactions

    Amatrice Earthquake: 24th August 2016 - first reactions Creative commons image Icon Paolo Serra under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
    The OU's Dave Rothery shares what we know so far about this morning's Earthquake in Italy
  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust...

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  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

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    Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust an ethicist? Free learning from across...

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  • Geological processes in the British Isles

    The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the history of the Earth, from shallow sea to desert to the familiar...

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    The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the...
  • Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

    Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course, Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology, introduces you...

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    This free course, Volcanic hazards, discusses the various hazards posed by...
  • Minerals and the crystalline state

    Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological world is mostly a crystalline world. This free course, Minerals...

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    Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological...
  • Earthquakes

    Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger...

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    Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt...
  • Plate Tectonics

    Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest, given that it a topic very often featured in popular science...

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  • Plate Tectonics

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    Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest,...
  • Mountain building in Scotland

    Some of Britain's most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands. The sight of mighty Ben Nevis, the desolate plateau of the...

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  • Mountain building in Scotland

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    Some of Britain's most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands....

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    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...