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  • Is it true that the poorer you are, the more likely you are to eat junk food? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: GinniDeVille

    Is it true that the poorer you are, the more likely you are to eat junk food?

    By Professor Patricia Smith, Jay L Zagorsky

    New American research suggests that - perhaps aptly - there's an bulge in the middle of income strata when it comes...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Jul 2017

  • Is it true that the poorer you are, the more likely you are to eat junk food?

    Is it true that the poorer you are, the more likely you are to eat junk food? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: GinniDeVille
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jul 2017
    New American research suggests that - perhaps aptly - there's an bulge in the middle of income strata when it comes to tucking into fast food.
  • Britain's Great War: The darkest hour - guide & clips Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Dave Williams

    Britain's Great War: The darkest hour - guide & clips

    By The OpenLearn team

    How Germany's attempts to starve Britain into submission edged the nation close to defeat.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Jul 2017

  • Britain's Great War: The darkest hour - guide & clips

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    Britain's Great War: The darkest hour - guide & clips Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Dave Williams
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jul 2017
    How Germany's attempts to starve Britain into submission edged the nation close to defeat.
  • An American Classic: How Spam became a success Creative commons image Icon Brent Moore under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    An American Classic: How Spam became a success

    By Dr Ayalla A. Ruvio

    Fritter away a few minutes with the story of how chopped meat in a tin became a branding success. What can we learn...

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    Updated on:

    11 Jul 2017

  • An American Classic: How Spam became a success

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    An American Classic: How Spam became a success Creative commons image Icon Brent Moore under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Updated 11 Jul 2017
    Fritter away a few minutes with the story of how chopped meat in a tin became a branding success. What can we learn from the constant reinvention of a...
  • Cakes and Baking Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    Cakes and Baking

    By The OpenLearn team

    Ever Wondered About Food explores the history of cakes and baking

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Apr 2017

  • Cakes and Baking

    Cakes and Baking Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Apr 2017
    Ever Wondered About Food explores the history of cakes and baking
  • Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: AMISOM Public Information

    Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought?

    By Rob Marchant

    Countries across East Africa are in the grip of a murderous period of drought. It's been caused by the dipole. Rob...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Mar 2017

  • Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought?

    Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: AMISOM Public Information
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Countries across East Africa are in the grip of a murderous period of drought. It's been caused by the dipole. Rob Marchant explains how the 'Indian Nino'...
  • The Secrets of Your Food Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Martha Swales - BBC

    The Secrets of Your Food

    'The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. 

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    TV Programme

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Mar 2017

  • The Secrets of Your Food

    The Secrets of Your Food Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Martha Swales - BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Mar 2017
    'The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. 
  • What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses? Creative commons image Icon thefoodplace.co.uk under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses?

    By Emily Falconer

    Rules limiting inwards migration from outside the EU is having a harsh effect on independent restaurants up and down...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Feb 2017

  • What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses?

    What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses? Creative commons image Icon thefoodplace.co.uk under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Feb 2017
    Rules limiting inwards migration from outside the EU is having a harsh effect on independent restaurants up and down the country, explains Emily Falconer.
  • Behind the scenes of 'The Secrets of Your Food' with James Wong Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Behind the scenes of 'The Secrets of Your Food' with James Wong

    James talks to us about his experience working on the programme, extreme temperatures in Peru and why rice is so...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Feb 2017

  • Behind the scenes of 'The Secrets of Your Food' with James Wong

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    Behind the scenes of 'The Secrets of Your Food' with James Wong Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Feb 2017
    James talks to us about his experience working on the programme, extreme temperatures in Peru and why rice is so important in the Philippines.
  • Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Science Photo

    Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope?

    By Dr Hilary MacQueen

    Can you tell blue cheese from dental plaque? Try our interactive quiz to find out and learn more about food with...

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    Activity

    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Feb 2017

  • Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope?

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    Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Science Photo
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Feb 2017
    Can you tell blue cheese from dental plaque? Try our interactive quiz to find out and learn more about food with fascinating facts from James Wong!
  • Does counting calories work? Creative commons image Icon Mike Mozart under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Does counting calories work?

    By Nicola Twilley, Cynthia Graber

    If you're finding your new diet frustrating because you can't make the calories add up, you're not alone. ...

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    Video

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Feb 2017

  • Does counting calories work?

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    Does counting calories work? Creative commons image Icon Mike Mozart under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Feb 2017
    If you're finding your new diet frustrating because you can't make the calories add up, you're not alone. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley investigate...

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  • Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

    This free course, Beginners' Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and...

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Aug 2017

  • Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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    Beginners’ Italian: food and drink Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Aug 2017
    This free course, Beginners' Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and...
  • Beginners’ French: food and drink

    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: Food and...

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Apr 2017

  • Beginners’ French: food and drink

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video Audio Audio
    Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Ian Shaw/Alamy.
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Apr 2017
    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and...
  • Beginners’ German: Food and drink

    This free course, Beginners' German: Food and drink, provides materials at German for beginners level that support the development of listening,...

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    Free course

    6 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Apr 2016

  • Beginners’ German: Food and drink

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    Beginners’ German: Food and drink Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Rocky69/Getty Images
    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Apr 2016
    This free course, Beginners' German: Food and drink, provides materials at German...
  • Imperial Rome and Ostia

    The splendidly evocative ruins of ancient Rome have long been a challenge to historians and archaeologists in reconstructing how it looked and functioned. It...

    By The iTunes U team

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    1 hour

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Aug 2009

  • Imperial Rome and Ostia

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    Imperial Rome and Ostia Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University 2009
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 23 Aug 2009
    The splendidly evocative ruins of ancient Rome have long been a challenge to...

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    Science and society

    Course Course
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This interdisciplinary science module extends the scientific understanding and...

    Environment: sharing a dynamic planet

    Course Course
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    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Environmental issues pose challenges. What are the biophysical and social causes...

    Living in a globalised world

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    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    It is commonplace now to say that the world has gone global. Whenever we buy food...

    Engineering: mechanics, materials, design

    Course Course
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Engineering is about extending society's horizons by solving technical problems ?...

    Chemistry: essential concepts

    Course Course
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Aug 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Chemistry is fundamental to our modern world, touching all aspects of our lives;...
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