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  • Can high blood pressure protect the over-80s from dementia? Creative commons image Icon Morgan under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Can high blood pressure protect the over-80s from dementia?

    By Dr Cheryl Hawkes

    New research apparently contradicts what we thought we knew about blood pressure and dementia. Cheryl Hawkes explains...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Can high blood pressure protect the over-80s from dementia?

    Can high blood pressure protect the over-80s from dementia? Creative commons image Icon Morgan under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    New research apparently contradicts what we thought we knew about blood pressure and dementia. Cheryl Hawkes explains why we might all want to stick in the...
  • Interdisciplinarity: A collection Creative commons image Icon Professor Efraïm Rodriguez Cobos / epSos.de under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Interdisciplinarity: A collection

    Bringing together the best of interdisciplinary resources from across OpenLearn – could an "Open" qualification be...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Interdisciplinarity: A collection

    Interdisciplinarity: A collection Creative commons image Icon Professor Efraïm Rodriguez Cobos / epSos.de under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Bringing together the best of interdisciplinary resources from across OpenLearn – could an "Open" qualification be right for you?
  • An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers Creative commons image Icon Yurly Akopov under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers

    By Daniel McCulloch, Dr Victoria Cooper

    You can judge a society by how it treats those most in needs. The last 200 years or so of criminalisation of the...

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  • An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers

    An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers Creative commons image Icon Yurly Akopov under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    You can judge a society by how it treats those most in needs. The last 200 years or so of criminalisation of the homeless doesn't reflect that well on the UK.
  • Has Donald Trump's strike on Syria rewritten international law? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Shealah Craighead

    Has Donald Trump's strike on Syria rewritten international law?

    By Jan Lemnitzer

    There doesn't seem to be a legal justification for the US strike on Syria, but nor has there been much negative...

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  • Has Donald Trump's strike on Syria rewritten international law?

    Has Donald Trump's strike on Syria rewritten international law? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Shealah Craighead
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    There doesn't seem to be a legal justification for the US strike on Syria, but nor has there been much negative reaction. Has Trump's actions shifted the law?
  • The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films

    The Hunt

    Spend Easter Sunday with the award-winning, ground-breaking natural history series The Hunt. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the...

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    Spend Easter Sunday with the award-winning, ground-breaking natural history series The Hunt. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series explores...
  • Badges come to OpenLearn Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Main image © Wavebreakmedia Ltd | Dreamstime.com / Badges and montage Open University

    Badges come to OpenLearn

    Using our free courses and want to show others what you've learned? We've got great news for you...

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    Using our free courses and want to show others what you've learned? We've got great news for you...
  • Challenge: Make paper and ink Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: qimono

    Challenge: Make paper and ink

    By The OpenLearn team

    Could our stricken scientists make their own paper and ink? It required undestanding of the processes involved. ...

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  • Challenge: Make paper and ink

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    Could our stricken scientists make their own paper and ink? It required undestanding of the processes involved.  
  • Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity

    In Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force -...

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  • Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity

    Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
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    In Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force - electricity.
  • Timewatch: The Princess Spy Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    Timewatch: The Princess Spy

    Timewatch tells the tale of "Nora Baker"'s wartime bravery. Meet the princess spy.

    By The Timewatch team

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    Timewatch tells the tale of "Nora Baker"'s wartime bravery. Meet the princess spy.
  • Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Richard Thomas | Dreamstime.com

    Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter?

    By Professor Graham Harvey

    Have you ever wondered what's the connection between Easter and chocolate? In this article Graham Harvey looks at the...

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  • Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter?

    Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Richard Thomas | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Apr 2017
    Have you ever wondered what's the connection between Easter and chocolate? In this article Graham Harvey looks at the origins of our appreciation of...

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  • Early years team work and leadership

    This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of...
  • A tour of the cell

    This free course, A tour of the cell, contains a blend of text and a multimedia interactive component to look at the uniformity and diversity...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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  • A tour of the cell

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 22 Mar 2017
    This free course, A tour of the cell, contains a blend of text and a multimedia...
  • Global water resources

    Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is essential to human survival. Understanding the global water cycle...

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    Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is...
  • Investment risk

    Risk, in a financial context, is a synonym for uncertainty. This free course will allow those with some background knowledge of the area to explore...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    20 Mar 2017

  • Investment risk

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    Risk, in a financial context, is a synonym for uncertainty. This free course will...
  • Vaccination

    Vaccinations are now considered a part of everyday life, but how do they work? Vaccination is a free course that will help those with a background...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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  • Vaccination

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    Vaccinations are now considered a part of everyday life, but how do they work?...
  • Fundamentals of accounting

    Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for accounting. This free course, Fundamentals of accounting, will explain the...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Mar 2017

  • Fundamentals of accounting

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    Fundamentals of accounting Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Eugenio Marongiu/iStockphoto.com
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Mar 2017
    Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for...
  • Language in the real world

    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a knowledge about how language works (i.e. ‘linguistics’) is helpful –...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    16 Mar 2017

  • Language in the real world

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    Language in the real world Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Courtesy © Neil Mitchell
    Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017
    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a...
  • Understanding musical scores

    This free course, Understanding musical scores, provides a general introduction to how to understand a musical score, and insights into what...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    15 Mar 2017

  • Understanding musical scores

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    Understanding musical scores Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Emir Memedovski/iStockphoto.com
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Mar 2017
    This free course, Understanding musical scores, provides a general introduction to...
  • Water and human health

    Water is a natural resource that is vital for human survival and health, although only a tiny fraction of the Earth's supply is available to humans...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    15 Mar 2017

  • Water and human health

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    Water is a natural resource that is vital for human survival and health, although...

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    Certificate in End-of-Life Care

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    Certificate in End-of-Life Care Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    How do we approach death and dying at an individual level? How do we understand it...

    Certificate in Physics

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    Certificate in Physics
    Duration 900 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age –...

    Foundation Degree in Engineering

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    Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly...

    Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice

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    Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging,...

    BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree is a unique practice-based learning route for...

    BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also...

    Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

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    Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2017
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...
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