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  • The distance between us

    By Matthew Cole, Kate Stewart

    Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart on how society ‘helps’ us to rationalise the exploitation of other animals, giving us a ‘license to harm’.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Dec 2020

  • The distance between us

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Dec 2020
    Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart on how society ‘helps’ us to rationalise the exploitation of other animals, giving us a ‘license to harm’.
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    The unique relationship between the fig and the fig wasp

    By Dr Phil Wheeler

    Figs and fig wasps depend on each other to reproduce and this is a fantastic example of co-evolution. Dr Philip Wheeler tells us their fascinating story in this article…

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    Article

    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Nov 2020

  • The unique relationship between the fig and the fig wasp

    The unique relationship between the fig and the fig wasp Creative commons image Icon JMK, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 04 Nov 2020
    Figs and fig wasps depend on each other to reproduce and this is a fantastic example of co-evolution. Dr Philip Wheeler tells us their fascinating story in...
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    How the atmosphere sustains life on Earth

    By Stephen Lewis

    Why does the Earth’s atmosphere make it the perfect home for life? Professor Stephen Lewis explores...

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    Article

    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Nov 2020

  • How the atmosphere sustains life on Earth

    How the atmosphere sustains life on Earth Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © NASA
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 02 Nov 2020
    Why does the Earth’s atmosphere make it the perfect home for life? Professor Stephen Lewis explores...
  • Studying Mammals

    Welcome to OpenLearn’s ‘Studying Mammals’ series. This collection of 10 free courses covers everything from the largest to the smallest of mammals, their eating habits and social interactions.

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Aug 2020

  • Studying Mammals

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Aug 2020
    Welcome to OpenLearn’s ‘Studying Mammals’ series. This collection of 10 free courses covers everything from the largest to the smallest of mammals, their...
  • World Environment Day

    Friday 5th June is World Environment Day. Check out our FREE courses, articles and other content related to the environment and nature.

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    Article

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Jun 2020

  • World Environment Day

    Introductory level Updated 02 Jun 2020
    Friday 5th June is World Environment Day. Check out our FREE courses, articles and other content related to the environment and nature.
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    Age of the Image

    Art historian James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world.

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    TV Programme

    10 mins

    Updated on:

    25 Feb 2020

  • Age of the Image

    Beginner level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2020
    Art historian James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world.
  • Our Coast

    Join Adrian Chiles and Mehreen Baig, as they explore four spectacular coastlines linked by the Irish sea.

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    TV Programme

    10 mins

    Updated on:

    04 Feb 2020

  • Our Coast

    Beginner level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Feb 2020
    Join Adrian Chiles and Mehreen Baig, as they explore four spectacular coastlines linked by the Irish sea.
  • Why do birds eat plastic?

    By Dr Miranda Dyson

    The photos of birds killed by bellies full of plastic waste are harrowing - but why do they eat the stuff in the first place? The OU's Miranda Dyson explains.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Why do birds eat plastic?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    The photos of birds killed by bellies full of plastic waste are harrowing - but why do they eat the stuff in the first place? The OU's Miranda Dyson...
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    How do ruminants digest?

    By The OpenLearn team

    A quick introduction to how ruminants break down the plant matter they eat - equally useful as a quick revision aid on ruminants.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • How do ruminants digest?

    How do ruminants digest? Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Adapted from The New Encyclopedia of Mammals, Oxford University Press
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    A quick introduction to how ruminants break down the plant matter they eat - equally useful as a quick revision aid on ruminants.
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    Sperm counts

    By Prof Hilary MacQueen, Dr Mike Leahy

    How much sperm does a man make? Would you explode if you don't release your sperm? Explore the male reproductive system in this article and video.

    Includes explicit content

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    Article

    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Sperm counts Includes explicit content

    Sperm counts Creative commons image Icon Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    How much sperm does a man make? Would you explode if you don't release your sperm? Explore the male reproductive system in this article and video.

    Free OpenLearn courses.
    Free extracts from OU course materials

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  • The distance between us

    By Matthew Cole, Kate Stewart

    Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart on how society ‘helps’ us to rationalise the exploitation of other animals, giving us a ‘license to harm’.

    Read now: The distance between us about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Dec 2020

  • The distance between us

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Dec 2020
    Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart on how society ‘helps’ us to rationalise the exploitation of other animals, giving us a ‘license to harm’.
  • Creative commons image Icon JMK, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    The unique relationship between the fig and the fig wasp

    By Dr Phil Wheeler

    Figs and fig wasps depend on each other to reproduce and this is a fantastic example of co-evolution. Dr Philip Wheeler tells us their fascinating story in this article…

    Read now: The unique relationship between the fig and the fig wasp about Managing projects through people

    Article

    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Nov 2020

  • The unique relationship between the fig and the fig wasp

    The unique relationship between the fig and the fig wasp Creative commons image Icon JMK, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 04 Nov 2020
    Figs and fig wasps depend on each other to reproduce and this is a fantastic example of co-evolution. Dr Philip Wheeler tells us their fascinating story in...
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © NASA

    How the atmosphere sustains life on Earth

    By Stephen Lewis

    Why does the Earth’s atmosphere make it the perfect home for life? Professor Stephen Lewis explores...

    Read now: How the atmosphere sustains life on Earth about Managing projects through people

    Article

    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Nov 2020

  • How the atmosphere sustains life on Earth

    How the atmosphere sustains life on Earth Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © NASA
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 02 Nov 2020
    Why does the Earth’s atmosphere make it the perfect home for life? Professor Stephen Lewis explores...
  • Studying Mammals

    Welcome to OpenLearn’s ‘Studying Mammals’ series. This collection of 10 free courses covers everything from the largest to the smallest of mammals, their eating habits and social interactions.

    Read now: Studying Mammals about Managing projects through people

    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Aug 2020

  • Studying Mammals

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Aug 2020
    Welcome to OpenLearn’s ‘Studying Mammals’ series. This collection of 10 free courses covers everything from the largest to the smallest of mammals, their...
  • World Environment Day

    Friday 5th June is World Environment Day. Check out our FREE courses, articles and other content related to the environment and nature.

    Read now: World Environment Day about Managing projects through people

    Article

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Jun 2020

  • World Environment Day

    Introductory level Updated 02 Jun 2020
    Friday 5th June is World Environment Day. Check out our FREE courses, articles and other content related to the environment and nature.
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    Animals at the extremes: Polar biology

    The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations This free course Animals at the extremes Polar biology explores the polar climate and how animals like reindeer polar bears penguins sea life and even humans manage to survive there It looks at the adaptations to physiological proceses the environmental effects on diet activity and fecundity and contrasts the strategies of aquatic and landbased animals in surviving in this extreme habitat

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    Free course

    14 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    15 Apr 2020

  • Animals at the extremes: Polar biology

    Free Course Free Course
    Animals at the extremes: Polar biology Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 15 Apr 2020
    The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make...
  • Introducing mammals

    Mammals come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes and yet all species have some characteristics in common These similarities justify the inclusion of all such diverse types within the single taxonomic group or class called the Mammalia This free courseIntroducing mammals offers a starting point for the study of mammals It will establish their rich diversity while highlighting the common features that define the group

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Apr 2020

  • Introducing mammals

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    Introducing mammals
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Apr 2020
    Mammals come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes, and yet all species...
  • Aquatic mammals

    Mammals come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes and yet all of the 4700 or so species have some characteristics in common which justifies the inclusion of diverse types within a single group Although mammals evolved on land a number of species have become adapted to spending part or all of their lives in water and it is these mammals that you are going to concentrate on in this course You will meet some aquatic mammals find out how we can study them consider their evolutionary history and read about human impacts on one iconic group

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Mar 2020

  • Aquatic mammals

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video Audio Audio
    Aquatic mammals
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Mar 2020
    Mammals come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes and yet all of the 4700...
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    Age of the Image

    Art historian James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world.

    Learn more: Age of the Image

    TV Programme

    10 mins

    Updated on:

    25 Feb 2020

  • Age of the Image

    Beginner level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2020
    Art historian James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world.
  • Our Coast

    Join Adrian Chiles and Mehreen Baig, as they explore four spectacular coastlines linked by the Irish sea.

    Learn more: Our Coast

    TV Programme

    10 mins

    Updated on:

    04 Feb 2020

  • Our Coast

    Beginner level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Feb 2020
    Join Adrian Chiles and Mehreen Baig, as they explore four spectacular coastlines linked by the Irish sea.