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  • Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel

    By Deborah Blum

    In the first Poirot book, the murderer's weapon of choice is the bitter poison strychnine. The scientist, writer and poison expert Deborah Blum reopens the case.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Dec 2015

  • Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2015
    In the first Poirot book, the murderer's weapon of choice is the bitter poison strychnine. The scientist, writer and poison expert Deborah Blum reopens the...
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    How long will you live if you stop eating and drinking?

    By Dr Peter Janiszewski

    If you're stranded in the desert without food or water, how long can you survive for? As so often, the answer is "well, it depends..."

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Dec 2015

  • How long will you live if you stop eating and drinking?

    Featuring: Audio Audio
    How long will you live if you stop eating and drinking? Creative commons image Icon Jip under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
    If you're stranded in the desert without food or water, how long can you survive for? As so often, the answer is "well, it depends..."
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    Do whales commit suicide?

    Are humans the only animals who kill themselves, or do other species commit suicide as well? David Lusseau considers the case of whale beachings.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Nov 2015

  • Do whales commit suicide?

    Do whales commit suicide? Creative commons image Icon Bahnfrend under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
    Are humans the only animals who kill themselves, or do other species commit suicide as well? David Lusseau considers the case of whale beachings.
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Nov 2015

  • The Hunt: a natural history series that challenges us to side with the predators

    The Hunt: a natural history series that challenges us to side with the predators Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Ellen Husain/ Silverback Films
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Nov 2015
    The Hunt's academic consultants and OU lecturers Miranda Dyson and Vicky Taylor look at the remarkable strategies predators and prey deploy...
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    Dr Vicky Taylor on her work with Asian Elephants

    By Dr Vicky Taylor

    Dr Vicky Taylor describes her work with Asian elephants and how the partnership with Woburn Safari Park contributes to our courses.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Oct 2015

  • Dr Vicky Taylor on her work with Asian Elephants

    Featuring: Video Video
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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
    Dr Vicky Taylor describes her work with Asian elephants and how the partnership with Woburn Safari Park contributes to our courses.
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    OU HUNT: Download the app

    Bring your poster to life and unlock fascinating unseen, extra content with 'OU HUNT', an app produced by The Open University.

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    Article

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Oct 2015

  • OU HUNT: Download the app

    OU HUNT: Download the app Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Updated 26 Oct 2015
    Bring your poster to life and unlock fascinating unseen, extra content with 'OU HUNT', an app produced by The Open University.
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    Breaking bad: The science of flatulence

    By Rosin Cerate

    It can be hard to talk about with a straight face, but there are as many drugs which can cause bad gas as offering to cure them. If you can stop giggling for a moment, Rosin Cerate will explain all.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Oct 2015

  • Breaking bad: The science of flatulence

    Breaking bad: The science of flatulence Copyright free  image Icon Copyright free: Public domain image
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Oct 2015
    It can be hard to talk about with a straight face, but there are as many drugs which can cause bad gas as offering to cure them. If you can stop giggling for...
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    Download your free 'The Hunt' poster

    Download your free augmented reality poster to accompany the OU/BBC series 'The Hunt'.

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    Article

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Oct 2015

  • Download your free 'The Hunt' poster

    Download your free 'The Hunt' poster Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Updated 19 Oct 2015
    Download your free augmented reality poster to accompany the OU/BBC series 'The Hunt'.
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    How can knowing how DNA repairs itself help defeat cancer?

    By Kat Arney

    DNA can repair itself. Which is great news for most cells - but if we know how it pulls off the trick, we can stop cancer cells from fighting against treament.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Oct 2015

  • How can knowing how DNA repairs itself help defeat cancer?

    How can knowing how DNA repairs itself help defeat cancer? Creative commons image Icon Richard Wheeler under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Oct 2015
    DNA can repair itself. Which is great news for most cells - but if we know how it pulls off the trick, we can stop cancer cells from fighting against...
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    How can a genetic mutation shared by many Brazilians help in the fight against cancer?

    By Sue Armstrong

    The startling discovery that hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have a genetic mutation that undermines their ability to resist cancer is helping labs worldwide in their search for new treatments for the disease. Sue Armstrong explains.

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    06 Oct 2015

  • How can a genetic mutation shared by many Brazilians help in the fight against cancer?

    How can a genetic mutation shared by many Brazilians help in the fight against cancer? Creative commons image Icon Richard Wheeler under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Oct 2015
    The startling discovery that hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have a genetic mutation that undermines their ability to resist cancer is helping labs...
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    5 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    06 Oct 2015

  • Strange coloured teeth; strange coloured bones

    Strange coloured teeth; strange coloured bones Creative commons image Icon Gossamer1013 under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2015
    Are bones and teeth always white? Not always...
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    How is a scorpion going to help fight brain cancers?

    Telling cancer from non-cancer is tough for brain surgeons. Scorpions, Amazon.com and the legacy of a dying girl might change that, writes Alex O'Brien.

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    Article

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    21 Sep 2015

  • How is a scorpion going to help fight brain cancers?

    How is a scorpion going to help fight brain cancers? Creative commons image Icon Alastair Rae under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Intermediate level Updated 21 Sep 2015
    Telling cancer from non-cancer is tough for brain surgeons. Scorpions, Amazon.com and the legacy of a dying girl might change that, writes Alex O'Brien.
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    Do sperm whales speak with local accents?

    A survey suggests that sperm whale culture might be surprisingly elaborate - and that whales have regional dialects.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Sep 2015

  • Do sperm whales speak with local accents?

    Do sperm whales speak with local accents? Creative commons image Icon Amila Tenakoon under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Sep 2015
    A survey suggests that sperm whale culture might be surprisingly elaborate - and that whales have regional dialects.
  • Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Sep 2015

  • How testosterone affects risk taking behaviour

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Sep 2015
    What role does testosterone play in risk taking behaviour?
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    Our sense of balance

    By Dr Ellie Dommett, Dr Claire Rostron

    We all know that our ears play a major role in our sense of balance - but how?

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Sep 2015

  • Our sense of balance

    Our sense of balance Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Image courtesy of dream designs at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Sep 2015
    We all know that our ears play a major role in our sense of balance - but how?
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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Sep 2015

  • The immune system

    The immune system Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Image courtesy of renjith krishnan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Sep 2015
    The human immune system is incredibly complex - how does it work?
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    Download your free 'Nine Months That Made You' poster

    Get your free poster on 'Nine Months That Made You' to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You'.

    Read now: Download your free 'Nine Months That Made You' poster about Managing projects through people

    Article

    Updated on:

    08 Sep 2015

  • Download your free 'Nine Months That Made You' poster

    Download your free 'Nine Months That Made You' poster Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Updated 08 Sep 2015
    Get your free poster on 'Nine Months That Made You' to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You'.
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    Life with the lions: Why relocating South African lions to Rwanda might create its own problems

    The reintroduction of lions to Rwanda after twenty years might seem like a conversation success story - but it's a little more compliacted, explains Laura Bertola.

    Read now: Life with the lions: Why relocating South African lions to Rwanda might create its own problems about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    27 Aug 2015

  • Life with the lions: Why relocating South African lions to Rwanda might create its own problems

    Life with the lions: Why relocating South African lions to Rwanda might create its own problems Creative commons image Icon David Berkowitz under a CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
    The reintroduction of lions to Rwanda after twenty years might seem like a conversation success story - but it's a little more compliacted, explains Laura...
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    Do cephalopods have consciousness?

    By Mike Lisieski

    If we accept that some animals have consciousness, why should we extend that to include squid and octopus?

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jul 2015

  • Do cephalopods have consciousness?

    Do cephalopods have consciousness? Creative commons image Icon Maia Valenzuela under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
    If we accept that some animals have consciousness, why should we extend that to include squid and octopus?
  • Do any animals have consciousness?

    By Mike Lisieski

    Before arguing for cephalopod consciousness, the Cephalover explores arguments for any animals being conscious.

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jul 2015

  • Do any animals have consciousness?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
    Before arguing for cephalopod consciousness, the Cephalover explores arguments for any animals being conscious.
  • Sleeping on it can solve your problems

    Heading off to bed can sometimes be the perfect way to solve your problems, according to new research

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Jul 2015

  • Sleeping on it can solve your problems

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
    Heading off to bed can sometimes be the perfect way to solve your problems, according to new research
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    Are plastics making men infertile?

    Our world has plastic running through it - but is the prevalence of plastics threatening our survival as a species?

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Jul 2015

  • Are plastics making men infertile?

    Are plastics making men infertile? Creative commons image Icon Awo-noyama under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
    Our world has plastic running through it - but is the prevalence of plastics threatening our survival as a species?
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    The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light

    Free learning resources from The Open Science Lab, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations. 

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 May 2015

  • The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light

    The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 May 2015
    Free learning resources from The Open Science Lab, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations. 
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    Rewiring the Brain

    Has technology rewired our brains? Explore technology and humanity in this animation from A History of Ideas.

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    Video

    5 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    23 Jan 2015

  • Rewiring the Brain

    Featuring: Video Video
    Rewiring the Brain Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
    Has technology rewired our brains? Explore technology and humanity in this animation from A History of Ideas.
  • Science Tasters

    Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

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    Article

    Updated on:

    23 Jan 2015

  • Science Tasters

    Updated 23 Jan 2015
    Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!
  • Science Orange Pathway

    Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

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    Article

    Updated on:

    21 Jan 2015

  • Science Orange Pathway

    Updated 21 Jan 2015
    Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 
  • Science Pathway

    So you have decided that studying the Science pathway is for you - what next?

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    Article

    Updated on:

    21 Jan 2015

  • Science Pathway

    Updated 21 Jan 2015
    So you have decided that studying the Science pathway is for you - what next?
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    Science behind the lens

    Do you find yourself screaming at the screen in frustration when Hollywood films get the science wrong?

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Dec 2014

  • Science behind the lens

    Science behind the lens Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Dec 2014
    Do you find yourself screaming at the screen in frustration when Hollywood films get the science wrong?
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    Patterns of Life

    Everywhere you look in nature you will find patterns. From the seeds in the flower under your nose to the flock of swallows overhead some patterns keep...

    By The OpenLearn team

    Watch now: Patterns of Life

    Video

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Nov 2014

  • Patterns of Life

    Featuring: Video Video
    Patterns of Life Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Nov 2014
    Everywhere you look in nature you will find patterns. From the seeds in the flower...
  • Explainer: What happens in the hippocampus?

    By Professor Mike Stewart

    Discovering the 'brain's internal GPS' has led a group of scientists to win the Nobel Prize 2014. But what do you need to know about the part of the brain known as the hippocampus?

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Oct 2014

  • Explainer: What happens in the hippocampus?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Oct 2014
    Discovering the 'brain's internal GPS' has led a group of scientists to win the Nobel Prize 2014. But what do you need to know about the part of the brain...
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    Take a trip to infinity

    By Katie Chicot, The OpenNews Team

    The concept of ‘infinity’ has enchanted and perplexed the world’s leading mathematicians for centuries. Through her outreach work in schools, Dr Katie Chicot, Staff Tutor in the OU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been introducing...

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    Article

    Updated on:

    11 Apr 2014

  • Take a trip to infinity

    Take a trip to infinity Creative commons image Icon Guiseppe Savo under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Updated 11 Apr 2014
    The concept of ‘infinity’ has enchanted and perplexed the world’s leading mathematicians for centuries. Through her outreach work in schools, Dr Katie Chicot...
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    Biology Week 2013

    Seven days celebrating all the biosciences: 12th - 18th October. Missed it? We've got all the lectures for you to enjoy right here.

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    Article

    1 hour 30 mins

    Updated on:

    22 Nov 2013

  • Biology Week 2013

    Biology Week 2013 Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Biology Week
    Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 22 Nov 2013
    Seven days celebrating all the biosciences: 12th - 18th October. Missed it? We've got all the lectures for you to enjoy right here.
  • The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger

    By Dr James Bruce

    Fredrick Sanger was a double Nobel laureate and expert in all things DNA. What impact has his work had on our lives?

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Nov 2013

  • The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Nov 2013
    Fredrick Sanger was a double Nobel laureate and expert in all things DNA. What impact has his work had on our lives?
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    Article

    Updated on:

    14 Nov 2013

  • Doctor Who: What would aliens really look like?

    Doctor Who: What would aliens really look like? Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © Scmedlin | Dreamstime.com
    Updated 14 Nov 2013
    When it comes to aliens, are the makers of Doctor Who really lacking imagination?
  • Gut bacteria: friend or foe?

    By Claire Batty

    Quick! Our guts are being invaded by bacteria! ... But is it a bad thing?

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Nov 2013

  • Gut bacteria: friend or foe?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Nov 2013
    Quick! Our guts are being invaded by bacteria! ... But is it a bad thing?
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    What does it take to be a champion cyclist?

    As Bradley Wiggins becomes the first British man to ever win the Tour De France, take a closer look at what makes a person a champion.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Jul 2012

  • What does it take to be a champion cyclist?

    What does it take to be a champion cyclist? Creative commons image Icon photogram under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jul 2012
    As Bradley Wiggins becomes the first British man to ever win the Tour De France, take a closer look at what makes a person a champion.
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    Seven Wonders of the Microbe World

    What is a microbe and what have they ever done for us? From Black Death to Cholera, and Syphilis to Typhoid, microbes have been responsible for some of the...

    By The OpenLearn team

    Watch now: Seven Wonders of the Microbe World

    Video

    35 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Nov 2011

  • Seven Wonders of the Microbe World

    Featuring: Video Video
    Seven Wonders of the Microbe World Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Open University 2011
    Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 17 Nov 2011
    What is a microbe and what have they ever done for us? From Black Death to Cholera...
  • Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Aug 2011

  • What is avian pox - and how can I help the fight against it?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2011
    Is there a risk of an avian pox epidemic in the UK? What can be done to help avoid it?
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    The politics of sleep

    By Professor Laurie Taylor, Simon J Williams

    High achievers and those at the harder end of society might not be getting enough sleep - what makes them different is how much choice they have.

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Jun 2011

  • The politics of sleep

    The politics of sleep Creative commons image Icon babblingdweeb under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jun 2011
    High achievers and those at the harder end of society might not be getting enough sleep - what makes them different is how much choice they have.
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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Jun 2011

  • Waste products; wasted time; wasted lives: What does a lack of access to sanitation mean?

    Waste products; wasted time; wasted lives: What does a lack of access to sanitation mean? Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Pam Furniss
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jun 2011
    Over two and half billion people have no access to sanitation - and that means a lot of people being exposed to health risks. What can be done?
  • How can IVF help in the nature-nurture debate?

    By The Naked Scientists

    Do our genes dictate all that we must become, or does environment play a part? Researchers are using IVF to find an answer.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Mar 2011

  • How can IVF help in the nature-nurture debate?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Mar 2011
    Do our genes dictate all that we must become, or does environment play a part? Researchers are using IVF to find an answer.
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    Introducing the sense of smell

    By Dr Peter Naish

    During the last series of Bang Goes the Theory we invited viewers to take part in our giant, online experiment on the sense of smell. Here we focus on the sense of smell - how it might have evolved, and why it is important.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2011

  • Introducing the sense of smell

    Introducing the sense of smell Creative commons image Icon denniswong under CC-BY under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2011
    During the last series of Bang Goes the Theory we invited viewers to take part in our giant, online experiment on the sense of smell. Here we focus on the...
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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Feb 2011

  • Can coral rings predict tsunamis?

    Can coral rings predict tsunamis? Creative commons image Icon dachalan under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Feb 2011
    Can coral give us warning of tsunamis?
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    How did teeth evolve?

    By The Naked Scientists

    My dear, what big teeth you have... but how did you (or, indeed, fish) come to have them?

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Feb 2011

  • How did teeth evolve?

    How did teeth evolve? Creative commons image Icon lincolnblues under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    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?
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    All about chromosomes

    By Dr Mark Hirst

    Did you know that humans have more chromosomes per cell than a pig, but less than a chicken? Explore the fascinating world of chromosomes and why they are so important

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Feb 2011

  • All about chromosomes

    All about chromosomes Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Thinkstock
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Feb 2011
    Did you know that humans have more chromosomes per cell than a pig, but less than a chicken? Explore the fascinating world of chromosomes and why they are so...
  • Explore your genome - The solution

    By The OpenLearn team

    If you've received your 'Explore your genome' fridge magnet set, did you find all the matching pairs of chromosomes? You can see how well you did by referring to the 'Female' and 'Male' versions below

    Read now: Explore your genome - The solution about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Feb 2011

  • Explore your genome - The solution

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Feb 2011
    If you've received your 'Explore your genome' fridge magnet set, did you find all the matching pairs of chromosomes? You can see how well you did by...
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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Jan 2011

  • Coexistence: tolerance and cooperation from plants to politics

    Coexistence: tolerance and cooperation from plants to politics Creative commons image Icon Sericea under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jan 2011
    Is there a lesson for politicians in the way plant species can live together?
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    What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how we recreate microgravity conditions on Earth, and why they are beneficial to scientific research.

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    What is the genome made of?

    Genomes are composed of DNA and a knowledge of the structure of DNA is essential to understand how it can function as hereditary material DNA is remarkable breathtakingly simple in its structure yet capable of directing all the living processes in a cell the production of new cells and the development of a fertilized egg to an individual adult DNA has three key properties it is relatively stable its structure suggests an obvious way in which the molecule can be duplicated or replicated and it carries a store of vital information that is used in the cell to produce proteins The first two properties of DNA are analysed in this free course What is the genome made of

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    Introduction to microscopy

    This free course provides an introduction to microscopy and the operation of a simple light microscope of the type found in histology courses and teaching laboratories It outlines different methods used for preparing and staining tissue sections for microscopy and explains how different stains can be used to identify particular cells pathogens and anatomical structures

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    Introduction to histology

    This free course provides an introduction to histology the study of tissues It also describes how histology can aid in the diagnosis of disease and explains how histology services are organised within a hospital

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    Studying mammals: Food for thought

    Who were our ancestors How are apes and humans related And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle In this free course Studying mammals Food for thought we will examine culture tool use and social structure in both apes and humans to gain an understanding of where we come from and why we behave as we do This is the tenth course in the Studying mammals series

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    Studying mammals: The social climbers

    Monkeys have long fascinated us because of their similarities to the human race In this free course Studying mammals The social climbers you will find out about some of the characteristics that make them so like us their physiology complex social interactions large brains and intelligence This is the ninth course in the Studying mammals series

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    Studying mammals: Life in the trees

    David Attenborough looks at life in the trees examining how species have evolved to cope with arboreal living In this free course Studying mammals Life in the trees you will learn how lemurs anteaters bears and many others have developed different methods to help movement and survival

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    Studying mammals: The opportunists

    Many mammals are food specialists with complex adaptations that gear them toward a particular food source So how do the omnivores survive and prosper without these fancy evolutionary features This free course Studying mammals The opportunists examines the physiology diet and strategies of some of these opportunistic feeders It is the sixth course in the Studying mammals series

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    Studying mammals: Meat eaters

    The powerful and majestic carnivores are the focus of many television documentaries In this free course Studying mammals Meat eaters we will delve into the lives of these fearsome hunters and explore their physical adaptations and social behaviour This is the fifth course in the Studying mammals series

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    Studying mammals: Plant predators

    From the mousedeer to the elephant plant eaters come in all shapes and sizes But how do they manage to flourish on a salad diet In this free course Studying mammals Plant predators we will examine the special features that allow them to extract their nutrients from leaves and see how some plants protect themselves from these predators This is the fourth course in the Studying mammals series

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    Studying mammals: Chisellers

    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 groups In this free course Studying mammals Chisellers you will learn more about some of the evolutionary features that make these creatures so plentiful This is the third course in the Studying mammals series

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