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When it comes to Halloween, do Christians and Pagans have anything in common?Read now ❯The history of Halloween
Why is Halloween, an evening traditionally used to honour the deceased, now associated with all things spooky and gruesome?Read now ❯Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it?
Has your local supermarket taken on a sinister appearance lately? Are you confronted by animated witches and goulish sound effects as you try to find your way to the bread aisle? Why are seasonal displays becoming more elaborate each year and how do they benefit business?Read now ❯Invasion of the killer pumpkins
What is it about zombies that send the shivers up our spines? Stephane Lay explores the psychology behind this with this article and video.Read now ❯Why the fear of zombies? Look at the eyes
According to mathematics we'd all die in a zombie apocalypse but nature and computer science offer us more optimistic outcomes.Read now ❯What are your chances during a zombie apocalypse?
From The Walking Dead to Call Of Duty WWII, zombies are everywhere. Join us on an exploration of the undead amongst us...Read now ❯Can you resist zombification?
project fear and the science behind it
An uncertain world. Can systems thinking free us from fear? Simon Bell & Charles Cutting's graphic novel asks the question.Take part now ❯Project Fear: Order your free graphic novel
Research into brain activity when we're scared may point the way to overcoming fear.Read now ❯What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear?
Recoil at the number 13? Scream at spiders? At some point, we all get scared. But why, and how? Dr Mike Leahy and Dr Bundy Mackintosh discuss the science behind fear.Read now ❯The Science of Fear
Whether you find spiders fearful or fascinating, they are to be admired for their web-spinning and prey-catching techniques, and the remarkable methods they use to move from one place to another. In this album, researchers in Denmark and the United States use an 8-legged robot and a virtual spider, high-speed photography, a hot air balloon and a rowing boat to explore the biophysics of spiders. In the audio track, Dr David Robinson of The Open University explains how advances in technology allow advances in scientific knowledge and understanding. This material forms part of The Open University course S204 Biology: uniformity and diversity.Listen now ❯Investigating spiders: life on a thread
Are you a fan of ‘Frankenstein’ or a devotee of ‘Dracula’? Do you shiver at the graveyard scene in ‘Great Expectations’? Explore the surge of Gothic fiction, in the second half of the eighteenth centuryRead now ❯It was a dark and stormy night: The rise of Gothic fiction
What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written? This free course, Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, will help you to discover the intricacies of the play and recognise how a knowledge of the historical and political background of the time can lead to a very different understanding of the author's intended meaning.Learn more ❯Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
In this free course, Delacroix, you will be introduced to a variety of Delacroix's work and will see how his paintings relate to the cultural transition from Enlightenment to Romanticism. You will study Delacroix's early career, his classical background, the development of Romantic ideas and their incorporation into his work. You will have the opportunity to study some of his most important paintings and compare them to works favouring a Neoclassical approach. You will also be able to see how his themes, subjects and style were influenced by Romantic ideas, the exotic and the Oriental. Through this you will develop an understanding of the classicRomantic balance that shows how his work was influenced by cultural change of that period and to some extent contributed to the progression from Enlightenment to Romanticism.Learn more ❯Delacroix
This free course, Art in Renaissance Venice, considers the art of Renaissance Venice and how such art was determined in many ways by the city's geographical location and ethnically diverse population. Studying Venice and its art offers a challenge to the conventional notion of Renaissance art as an entirely Italian phenomenon.Learn more ❯Art in Renaissance Venice