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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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  • How do I pitch an idea to a science editor?

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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

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

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    Remembering a published 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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    31 Aug 2016

  • 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 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

    Amatrice Earthquake: 24th August 2016 - first reactions

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    The OU's Dave Rothery shares what we know so far about this morning's Earthquake in Italy

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    24 Aug 2016

  • Amatrice Earthquake: 24th August 2016 - first reactions

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    The OU's Dave Rothery shares what we know so far about this morning's Earthquake in Italy
  • The Perseid meteor shower 2016 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 2016

    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on 11th August and 12th 2016. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and...

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    10 Aug 2016

  • The Perseid meteor shower 2016

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    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 10 Aug 2016
    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on 11th August and 12th 2016. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and what meteors have to do with ancient Egypt...
  • 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...

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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...
  • How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Yana Ray

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

    By Jon Tennant

    Carefully, if you find yourself trying to determine the sex of a live T-Rex. But when all you have is fossils... how...

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    16 Jun 2016

  • 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 Icon Copyright free: Yana Ray
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    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?
  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd March 2016 Creative commons image Icon David Rix under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 23rd March 2016

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    Cutting open a thunderegg, and the mystery of Shakespeare's missing head. Free learning from across the day.

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    23 Mar 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd March 2016

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    Cutting open a thunderegg, and the mystery of Shakespeare's missing head. Free learning from across the day.
  • Glenariff to Fermanagh Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Glenariff to Fermanagh

    A look at Glenariff, one of the 9 Glens of Antrim, investigating how certain geological features managed to find...

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    A look at Glenariff, one of the 9 Glens of Antrim, investigating how certain geological features managed to find their way to places they would not...
  • OpenLearn Live: 24th November 2015 Creative commons image Icon Liz & John Wesley Barker under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license

    OpenLearn Live: 24th November 2015

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    Part of Ireland that started out by the South Pole. Then more free learning through the day.

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    24 Nov 2015

  • OpenLearn Live: 24th November 2015

    OpenLearn Live: 24th November 2015 Creative commons image Icon Liz & John Wesley Barker under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Nov 2015
    Part of Ireland that started out by the South Pole. Then more free learning through the day.

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  • 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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    Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course,...
  • 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...
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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 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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    Some of Britain's most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands....

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

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    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

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