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  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Sep 2017

  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into the environment.
  • Plastic materials, pollution and recycling Creative commons image Icon epSos.de [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Plastic materials, pollution and recycling

    By Dr Simon Collinson

    What benefits do plastics offer society? What can we do with used plastic to avoid damage to the environment? ...

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    06 Sep 2017

  • Plastic materials, pollution and recycling

    Plastic materials, pollution and recycling Creative commons image Icon epSos.de [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Sep 2017
    What benefits do plastics offer society? What can we do with used plastic to avoid damage to the environment? Simon Collinson investigates...
  • BBC Inside Science 2017/2018 series Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    BBC Inside Science 2017/2018 series

    Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

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    Radio Programme

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Aug 2017

  • BBC Inside Science 2017/2018 series

    BBC Inside Science 2017/2018 series Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 15 Aug 2017
    Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
  • British Science Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: British Science Week

    British Science Week

    Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!

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    1 hour 30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Mar 2017

  • British Science Week

    British Science Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: British Science Week
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!
  • Will burnt food give you cancer? Creative commons image Icon Matt Allworth under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Will burnt food give you cancer?

    By Simon Cotton

    Reports warn that burnt food - from overdone toast to too-crispy roast potatoes - can give you cancer. Simon Cotton...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jan 2017

  • Will burnt food give you cancer?

    Will burnt food give you cancer? Creative commons image Icon Matt Allworth under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jan 2017
    Reports warn that burnt food - from overdone toast to too-crispy roast potatoes - can give you cancer. Simon Cotton explains what we really know.
  • Brady’s Rogue Reagent? Creative commons image Icon Ccroberts at English Wikipedia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Brady’s Rogue Reagent?

    By Dr Nicholas Power

    Why are schools inviting the bomb squad to explode chemicals in their cupboards? The OU's Nick Power explains.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Nov 2016

  • Brady’s Rogue Reagent?

    Brady’s Rogue Reagent? Creative commons image Icon Ccroberts at English Wikipedia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Nov 2016
    Why are schools inviting the bomb squad to explode chemicals in their cupboards? The OU's Nick Power explains.
  • What is polonium - and why is it so dangerous? Creative commons image Icon thierry ehrmann under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What is polonium - and why is it so dangerous?

    By Martin Boland

    A report has been published today into the poisoning by polonium of Alexander Litvinenko. Writing at the time of...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Jan 2016

  • What is polonium - and why is it so dangerous?

    What is polonium - and why is it so dangerous? Creative commons image Icon thierry ehrmann under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jan 2016
    A report has been published today into the poisoning by polonium of Alexander Litvinenko. Writing at the time of another high-profile death in which the...
  • Oxygen, blood and the body Creative commons image Icon Maurizio De Angelis. Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Oxygen, blood and the body

    By Dr Simon Collinson

    How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains.

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Jan 2016

  • Oxygen, blood and the body

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    Oxygen, blood and the body Creative commons image Icon Maurizio De Angelis. Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
    How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains.
  • Science Orange Pathway

    Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

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    21 Jan 2015

  • Science Orange Pathway

    Updated 21 Jan 2015
    Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 
  • Influential women scientists in chemistry Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Influential women scientists in chemistry

    By Dr Simon Collinson

    Women have played a significant role in the areas of chemistry, the environment and health. Here are just a few...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    02 Oct 2014

  • Influential women scientists in chemistry

    Influential women scientists in chemistry Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Oct 2014
    Women have played a significant role in the areas of chemistry, the environment and health. Here are just a few examples.

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  • Basic science: understanding experiments

    This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Jun 2017

  • Basic science: understanding experiments

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    Basic science: understanding experiments
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Jun 2017
    This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

    Course Course
    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Creative commons image Icon Natural Resources Conservation Science under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

    Course Course
    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Creative commons image Icon Milosz1 under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...

    Science project course: frontiers in chemistry

    Course Course
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    This is a project module for the BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences. You'll undertake...

    Questions in science

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    Questions in science Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    This introductory science module encompasses astronomy and planetary science;...

    Molecules, medicines and drugs: a chemical story

    Course Course
    Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017 Register by 29 Mar 2018
    Explore the discovery and development of a range of drugs and medicines that...

    Living without oil: chemistry for a sustainable future

    Course Course
    Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017 Register by 29 Mar 2018
    Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. This module...

    MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

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    MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017 Register by 12 Oct 2017
    This masters-level project module, which is entirely online, is an opportunity for...
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