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The science of chocolate

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us? 

Stories of Change - Dr Jean-Francois Soussana

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Updated 10 Dec 2015
Dr Jean-Francois Soussana, Scientific Director, INRA, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'. 

Tamsin Edwards - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 04 Dec 2015
Tamsin Edwards, Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at the Open University, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Camille Parmesan - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 30 Nov 2015
Professor Camille Parmesan, School of Biological Sciences, Plymouth University is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Michael Jacobs - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 30 Nov 2015
Professor Michael Jacobs, special adviser to Gordon Brown from 2004-10, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Joe Smith - Overview of Projects

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Introductory level Updated 20 Nov 2015
Joe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society at The Open University, gives us an overview of his current projects. 

Stories of Change Introduction

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Introductory level Updated 20 Nov 2015
Joe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society at the Open University, introduces Stories of Change. 

Professor Andrew Watson - Stories of Change

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Updated 19 Nov 2015
Professor Andrew Watson, head of Exeter Marine and Atmospheric Science group, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Lord John Browne - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 19 Nov 2015
Lord John Browne, Engineer, Businessman and former Chief Executive of BP is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'. 

Dr Benny Peiser - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 18 Nov 2015
Dr Benny Peiser, the Director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

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The frozen planet

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The frozen planet
Introductory level Duration 7 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the...

Seeing the light

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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 restless Universe

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The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route...

Future energy demand and supply

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Intermediate level Duration 13 hours Updated 19 Aug 2014
When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of...

Biofuels

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This free course, Biofuels, investigates what is meant by a biofuel and covers the advantages of using biofuels compared with fossil fuels. The...

Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 13 Nov 2013
Young people (18+) who are interested in but unsure about entering the nuclear industry will find assistance in this free course, Unclear about...

Living without oil

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2013
Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. It is vital in the manufacture of many modern materials. But the worlds supply...

Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability

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This free course, Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision...

Why sustainable energy matters

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Access to safe, clean and sustainable energy supplies is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity during the twenty-first century. This free...

An introduction to sustainable energy

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The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This free course, An introduction to sustainable energy, provides an...

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level if you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

Renewable energy

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Renewable energy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
You’ll review the eight main renewable energy technologies and develop your ability to practically apply this knowledge – especially for solar...

Science: nuclear energy

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Science: nuclear energy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 01 Feb 2016
Explore the scientific and technological background to nuclear energy, radiation and the cost of producing electricity.

Energy and sustainability

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Energy and sustainability Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Can nuclear power, carbon capture and storage or renewable energy sources provide solutions to the problem of global warming? Explore the issues...

Cell biology

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Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Cell biology explores the origins of cells and the generation of cell diversity, as well as the common features of cellular structure and function ...