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Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Copyrighted image Credit: Production team New content
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 Credit: 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?...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Archaeologist Matt Pope on tools and human evolution

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Archaeologist Matt Pope on tools and human evolution Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Jan 2015
Our animation unpacks the antikythera mechanism, while on radio, Matt Pope claims our ability to create tools is the key to our evolutionary...

Science Orange Pathway

Science Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: Aleksander Markin under CC-BY-SA licence
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. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Beauty and evolution

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Beauty and evolution Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2014
Our animation unpicks DeBeauviour's views on beauty from The Second Sex, while on radio science historian, Simon Schaffer, draws on Charles Darwin...

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 Credit: 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 Credit: 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...

How did teeth evolve?

How did teeth evolve? Creative commons image Credit: lincolnblues under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Feb 2011
My dear, what big teeth you have... but how did you (or, indeed, fish) come to have them?

Milk: The secrets of the dairy

Milk: The secrets of the dairy Copyrighted image Credit: Dvkorn | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Dec 2010
Never mind pots of gold - it should be udders of gold. Vicky Taylor salutes the dairy cow, and reveals why some scientists think mammals might not...

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 May 2015
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

The science of evolution

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The science of evolution Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 31 Aug 2012
This unit debates the issues surrounding the science of evolution and religion.

Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment

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Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
The incidence of obesity is on the increase in affluent societies, and the phenomenon commands increasing attention from health professionals,...

Studying mammals: Meat eaters

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
The powerful and majestic carnivores are the focus of many television documentaries. In this unit we will delve into the lives of these fearsome...

Studying mammals: Plant predators

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
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 unit we...

Studying mammals: Chisellers

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
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: A winning design

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Studying mammals: A winning design Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what makes a mammal a mammal? This unit explores some of the features,...

Evolution through natural selection

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 09 Jun 2011
In this unit, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in his book, first published in 1859, On The...

Studying mammals: Return to the water

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 08 Jun 2011
Some of the most unusual and versatile of all the mammals are the groups that live, feed and reproduce underwater. In this unit we will see how...

Studying mammals: The opportunists

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 08 Jun 2011
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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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 26 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...

Understanding the continents

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Understanding the continents Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This wide-ranging course develops your knowledge of the continents, plate-tectonic processes and related issues in depth: its theme is crustal...

Infectious disease and public health

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Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
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 27 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This introductory astronomy course looks at the structure of stars and their life cycles, galaxies and quasars, and the origin and evolution of our...