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The Herculean task of tackling hepatitis C continues

The Herculean task of tackling hepatitis C continues Copyright free image Credit: Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, The Rockefeller University New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2015
The scale of the task featuring scientists working to make hepatitis C a thing of the past would be familiar to the ancient Greeks.

Do cephalopods have consciousness?

Do cephalopods have consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: Maia Valenzuela under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
If we accept that some animals have consciousness, why should we extend that to include squid and octopus?

Do any animals have consciousness?

Do any animals have consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Before arguing for cephalopod consciousness, the Cephalover explores arguments for any animals being conscious.

What is MERS coronavirus?

What is MERS coronavirus? Creative commons image Credit: NIAID under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Middle East Respitory Syndrome is a form of coronavirus. But what does that actually mean?

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older?

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older? Creative commons image Credit: Paul Joseph under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Bugs Bunny normally has a New York accent - but, when he's depicted as an old rabbit, his accent changes completely. What's up with that, Doc?

Africans tell Obama: Don't go to Ethiopia

Africans tell Obama: Don't go to Ethiopia Copyright free image Credit: US Military / Public domain New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
President Obama's visit to Ethiopia starts today [28th July 2015] - but, say some Africans and others, it's a visit that should never have happened...

Some Nigerans were delighted by Obama's "snub"

Some Nigerans were delighted by Obama's Creative commons image Credit: Pete Souza / Official White House photo under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
While crowds came out in force for President Obama's visit to Kenya, some Nigerians were pleased that he'd decided not to add their nation to his...

Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school

Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
In a unique experiment, five teachers from China take over the education of 50 teenagers in a Hampshire school to see whether the high-ranking...

OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2015

OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2015 Creative commons image Credit: Sue Adair under CC-BY-SA New content
Updated 27 Jul 2015
We're spending some time in the park this week - plus, all the free learning, research and insight we can fit in.

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink Copyrighted image Credit: © Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy Updated content
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, Beginners’ Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and...

Seeing the light

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Seeing the light Copyrighted image Credit: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it...

The body in antiquity

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The body in antiquity Copyright free image Credit: Science Museum, London Updated content
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, The body in antiquity, will introduce you to the concept of the body in Greek and Roman civilisation. In recent years, the body...

Facilitating group discussions

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Facilitating group discussions Copyrighted image Credit: Rawpixel/iStockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jul 2015
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course you will look at some of the behaviours effective...

Writing what you know

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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Jul 2015
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world...

The oceans

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The oceans Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 20 Jul 2015
The oceans cover more than 70 per cent of our planet. In this free course, The oceans, you will learn about the depths of the oceans and the...

Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth

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Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth Copyrighted image Credit: iStock Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Jul 2015
Health means different things to different people, and this is reflected in the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in this free course,...

Minerals and the crystalline state

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Minerals and the crystalline state Copyrighted image Credit: courtesy of Peter Sheldon
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Jul 2015
Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological world is mostly a crystalline world. This free course, Minerals...

What is strategy?

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 09 Jul 2015
Thinking about strategy generates many controversial questions. This free course, What is strategy?, focuses on practitioner views of strategy. You...

Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Jul 2015
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...