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OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016 Creative commons image dancing_stupidity under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
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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60 second adventures: Behind the scenes Creative commons image Julianlim, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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...

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.

What's so exciting about gravitational waves being discovered?

What's so exciting about gravitational waves being discovered? Creative commons image Werner Benger under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
Scientists are thrilled by the discovery of gravitational waves, in part because it proves one of Einstein's theories - but also because what it...

Why were David Bowie's eyes two different colours?

Why were David Bowie's eyes two different colours? Copyrighted image Copyright: Markwaters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
The short answer is that they weren't - but there's a lot more to it than that. Kevin Hunt explains.

How to build a real lightsaber

How to build a real lightsaber Creative commons image JD Hancock under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Dec 2015
Creating a light yet powerful tool that uses a blade of energy to defeat the Dark Side and also act as an effective shield against laser...

Do Christmas lights interfere with your wifi signal?

Do Christmas lights interfere with your wifi signal? Creative commons image Roger W under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Dec 2015
Beware: Britain's communication regulator warns that your twinkling festive lights might be blocking your wifi signal. Really? Andrew Smith...

Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity

Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 13 Nov 2015
In Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force -...