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OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016

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Updated 01 Dec 2016
Pressure ridges in ice - and the danger they present; an Aids vaccine undergoes trial and a range of advent calendars. Learning and research...

OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2016

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Updated 30 Nov 2016
Look, we're calling them ice unicorns. What makes ice spikes happen? Plus Obama's record on climate change considered, and how the Big Mac was born...

Methods in Motion: A view from a train

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Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Nov 2016
What has physics ever done for psychology? Paul Stenner, Professor of Social Psychology, investigates the history of movement in Physics, and...

OpenLearn Live: 28th November 2016

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Updated 28 Nov 2016
Strange circular chunks of ice - what's the story of ice pancakes? And religious shrines by the side of Lithuanian roads. Learning and research...

OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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Updated 25 Nov 2016
Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016

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Updated 23 Nov 2016
What's the Autumn Statement? Apollo 11's coder honoured. Plus learning & research from around the web across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 21st November 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2016
Are we enjoying a wet autumn, or a soggy fall? Plus, NASA's new weather satelitte, patent boxes and champagne science. Learning and research from...

OpenLearn Live: 11th November 2016

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Updated 11 Nov 2016
The worst president of all time plus Nasa on small satellites. Then more learning and research across the day.

What missing lander means for Europe’s quest to find life on Mars

What missing lander means for Europe’s quest to find life on Mars Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Nov 2016
Loss of the Mars lander from its recent probe is diappointing, but the search for life on Mars goes on.

Dr Manish Patel and Dr Stephen Lewis on Landing on Mars

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Dr Manish Patel and Dr Stephen Lewis on Landing on Mars Copyrighted image Copyright: ESA
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Oct 2016
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is about to land on the red planet. In this short video, our OU academics explain their role in the remarkable...

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An overview of active galaxies

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the Universe. This free course gives an overview of active galaxies,...

The Sun

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The Sun Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
The Sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and understand about it? This free course will help you to explore the...

Galaxies, stars and planets

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course is a general introduction to galaxies, stars and planets, including scale of the universe from the very large to the very small;...

Motion under gravity

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
From the moment that Galileo dropped two cannonballs of different sizes and weights from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa mankind has been...

Jupiter and its moons

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Jupiter has long been an object of wonder, with its dramatic Great Red Spot, its numerous and varied satellites and the stunning collision of the...

Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere

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Intermediate level Duration 17 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
The new discipline of astrobiology that is, the science of searching for extraterrestrial life is not only rapdly growing, but has also captured...

Introduction to active galaxies

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But how do we know there are different kinds of galaxy? What are active...

Comparing stars

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour free course that introduces the HertzsprungRussell diagram, an...

Describing motion along a line

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Motion is vital to life, and to science. This free course, Describing motion along a line, will help you to understand why classical motion is...

The restless Universe

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 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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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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) Mathematics and Physics

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
This degree covers an equal amount of topics in mathematics and science, specialising in applied mathematics and physics at Level 2 and Level 3....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 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...

Electromagnetism

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Electromagnetism Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Explore the electromagnetic fields and radiation that pervade the world around you, their encapsulation in Maxwell's equations, and how they...