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OpenLearn Live: 3rd March 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 3rd March 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: US Government
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Mar 2016
The superbugs that could destroy us all; the first decade of The Bottom Line - and then more free learning across the day.

The History of Money

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The History of Money Copyrighted image 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 masterstroke or madness (or both) to let banks create money? ...

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Updated 17 Jul 2015
David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.

Past-Time Lover: Charles Darwin

Past-Time Lover: Charles Darwin Copyrighted image 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

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The Antikythera Mechanism Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Jan 2015
Our animation unpacks the antikythera mechanism.

Science Orange Pathway

Science Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
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

Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone Creative commons image 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?

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

OU on the BBC: Charles Darwin And The Tree of Life - ARCHIVE

OU on the BBC: Charles Darwin And The Tree of Life - ARCHIVE Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2014
David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.

Evolution of human rights

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Evolution of human rights Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 08 Oct 2013
What are the differences between individual and minority rights? How did the League of Nations and United Nations attempt to address the topic of...

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

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 macroevolution the patterns and processes of evolution above the...

Life in the Palaeozoic

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
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...

Studying mammals: Food for thought

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Studying mammals: Food for thought Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
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...

Studying mammals: Return to the water

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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, feed and reproduce underwater. In this free course, Studying...

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 a particular food source. So how do the omnivores survive and...

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 documentaries. In this free course, Studying mammals: Meat eaters, we will...

Studying mammals: Plant predators

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
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...

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 rate? Rodents are among the most successful of all the mammal...

Studying mammals: The insect hunters

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Studying mammals: The insect hunters Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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 largely of insects. Many of these have fascinating adaptations...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Infectious disease and public health

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Infectious disease and public health Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course approaches infectious disease from several perspectives and explores the underlying biology, epidemiology, ecology and evolution of...

Astrophysics

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Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explore the astrophysics of stars and exoplanets – planets beyond our solar system – examining their properties, structure, evolution and the...

Astronomy

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Astronomy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This introductory astronomy course looks at the structure of stars and their life cycles, galaxies and quasars, and the origin and evolution of our...