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  • How do rules on contamination limit our ability to explore space? Creative commons image Icon NASA Goodard Space Flight Center under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    How do rules on contamination limit our ability to explore space?

    By Professor David Rothery

    For good reasons, there are rules about how we run the risk of introducing Earth microbes onto other planets. Dave...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Jul 2017

  • How do rules on contamination limit our ability to explore space?

    How do rules on contamination limit our ability to explore space? Creative commons image Icon NASA Goodard Space Flight Center under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jul 2017
    For good reasons, there are rules about how we run the risk of introducing Earth microbes onto other planets. Dave Rothery suggests we might need to relax...
  • Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team

    Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

    David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.

    By The Darwin web team

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    14 May 2016

  • Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

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    Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team
    Updated 14 May 2016
    David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.
  • Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator Creative commons image Icon International Transport Forum under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator

    By Geoff Watts

    The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease....

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    27 Apr 2016

  • Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator

    Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator Creative commons image Icon International Transport Forum under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
    The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who...
  • How are scientists testing for the growth of antibiotic resistance? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Janice Haney Carr / Center For Disease Control and Prevention

    How are scientists testing for the growth of antibiotic resistance?

    By Lunatic Laboratories

    Is following the evolution of bacteria going to help us find a solution to the growing problem of antibiotic...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2016

  • How are scientists testing for the growth of antibiotic resistance?

    How are scientists testing for the growth of antibiotic resistance? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Janice Haney Carr / Center For Disease Control and Prevention
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2016
    Is following the evolution of bacteria going to help us find a solution to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance?
  • The History of Money

    Where did money come from? How did people trade before inventing money? Was it a masterstroke or madness (or both) to let banks create money? ...

    By The iTunes U team

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    25 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Nov 2015

  • The History of Money

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    The History of Money Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
    Where did money come from? How did people trade before inventing money? Was it a...
  • Past-Time Lover: Charles Darwin Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Neil Arnold

    Past-Time Lover: Charles Darwin

    This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Feb 2015

  • Past-Time Lover: Charles Darwin

    Past-Time Lover: Charles Darwin Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Neil Arnold
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
    This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?
  • The Antikythera Mechanism Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    The Antikythera Mechanism

    Our animation unpacks the antikythera mechanism.

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    15 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    28 Jan 2015

  • The Antikythera Mechanism

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    The Antikythera Mechanism Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Jan 2015
    Our animation unpacks the antikythera mechanism.
  • 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. 
  • Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone Creative commons image Icon Aleksander Markin under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license

    Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone

    Find out about the most exciting Moon mission since the Apollo landings and discover how you can get involved. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Nov 2014

  • Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone

    Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone Creative commons image Icon Aleksander Markin under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
    Find out about the most exciting Moon mission since the Apollo landings and discover how you can get involved. 
  • Feminine Beauty: A social construct? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Feminine Beauty: A social construct?

    Our animation unpicks DeBeauviour's views on beauty from The Second Sex.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Nov 2014

  • Feminine Beauty: A social construct?

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    Feminine Beauty: A social construct? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2014
    Our animation unpicks DeBeauviour's views on beauty from The Second Sex.

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  • Life in the Palaeozoic

    Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike. This free course, Life in the Palaeozoic, will introduce you to the...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 Jul 2016

  • Life in the Palaeozoic

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    Life in the Palaeozoic Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Jul 2016
    Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike....
  • An introduction to biological systematics

    This free course, An introduction to biological systematics, is concerned with macroevolution the patterns and processes of evolution above the...

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    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    24 Mar 2016

  • An introduction to biological systematics

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    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    This free course, An introduction to biological systematics, is concerned with...
  • Studying mammals: Food for thought

    Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this free course, Studying...

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    16 Mar 2016

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the...
  • Studying mammals: Return to the water

    Some of the most unusual and versatile of all the mammals are the groups that live, feed and reproduce underwater. In this free course, Studying...

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    16 Mar 2016

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    Some of the most unusual and versatile of all the mammals are the groups that live...
  • Studying mammals: The opportunists

    Many mammals are food specialists, with complex adaptations that gear them toward a particular food source. So how do the omnivores survive and...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    16 Mar 2016

  • Studying mammals: The opportunists

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    Many mammals are food specialists, with complex adaptations that gear them toward...
  • Studying mammals: Meat eaters

    The powerful and majestic carnivores are the focus of many television documentaries. In this free course, Studying mammals: Meat eaters, we will...

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  • Studying mammals: Meat eaters

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    The powerful and majestic carnivores are the focus of many television...
  • Studying mammals: Plant predators

    From the mouse-deer to the elephant, plant eaters come in all shapes and sizes. But how do they manage to flourish on a salad diet? In this free...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    16 Mar 2016

  • Studying mammals: Plant predators

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    Studying mammals: Plant predators Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    From the mouse-deer to the elephant, plant eaters come in all shapes and sizes....
  • Studying mammals: Chisellers

    Ever wondered why rats, mice and squirrels seem to reproduce at such an alarming rate? Rodents are among the most successful of all the mammal...

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    16 Mar 2016

  • Studying mammals: Chisellers

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    Ever wondered why rats, mice and squirrels seem to reproduce at such an alarming...
  • Studying mammals: The insect hunters

    From pygmy shrews to armadillos, a wide range of mammals survive on a diet made up largely of insects. Many of these have fascinating adaptations...

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    16 Mar 2016

  • Studying mammals: The insect hunters

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    From pygmy shrews to armadillos, a wide range of mammals survive on a diet made up...
  • Studying mammals: A winning design

    The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what makes a mammal a mammal? This free course, Studying mammals: A...

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  • Studying mammals: A winning design

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    The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what...

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    If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course...

    The relativistic Universe

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    This module considers the structure, origin and evolution of stars, galaxies and...

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