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OpenLearn Live: 22nd April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 22nd April 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
Tributes to Prince from around, and beyond, the world; plus a TV institution that has lasted longer than Corrie. Then more free learning through...

OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The shower curtains which stuck together and changed the world; why the 'gay' lions aren't; and a trip inside the large hadron collider. Free...

What effect does increasing noise pollution have on mammals?

What effect does increasing noise pollution have on mammals? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2016
A researcher explains how prairie dogs appear to have developed strategies to keep alert in noisier environments - but there might be a downside.

60 second adventures in microgravity

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60 second adventures in microgravity Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how we recreate microgravity...

60 second adventures: Behind the scenes

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
Go behind the scenes with the 60-second adventures team to learn how OU academic content is transformed into informative and entertaining short...

What's space expanding into?

What's space expanding into? Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA
Updated 23 Mar 2016
You can try imagining curved four-dimensional spacetime, but it might be a bit easier to start with some ants.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd March 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 22nd March 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: J. Hester & P. Scowen (ASU), HST, NASA
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Mar 2016
The eggs in space, and the fish which appear to know how mirrors work. Free learning from across the day.

Light And Dark

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Light And Dark Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 18 Mar 2016
In this mind-bending series, Professor Jim Al-Khalili shows how by uncovering its secrets, scientists have used light to reveal the universe.

The Beginning and End of the Universe

The Beginning and End of the Universe Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 09 Mar 2016
In this 2-part series, Prof Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all: the universe. 

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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 31 May 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 31 May 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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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 May 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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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explore the electromagnetic fields and radiation that pervade the world around you, their encapsulation in Maxwell's equations, and how they...