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    Look evolution in the eye: Join the debate

    By Dr Richard Jurd

    Proof of evolution? From the first light sensitive cells, to highly developed organs - patterns in the increasing complexity of the eye can be discerned by scientists. Join Dr Richard Jurd for our online debate.  

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    27 Sep 2010

  • Look evolution in the eye: Join the debate

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    Proof of evolution? From the first light sensitive cells, to highly developed organs - patterns in the increasing complexity of the eye can be discerned by...
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    02 Oct 2009

  • Sniffing new: Research into smell

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Oct 2009
    Will new research reveal more about the science of smell?
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    OU on the BBC: Jimmy Doherty In Darwin's Garden

    By The Darwin web team

    Jimmy Doherty visits Darwin's home, and recreates the experiments that helped formulate his theory of evolution.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Feb 2009

  • OU on the BBC: Jimmy Doherty In Darwin's Garden

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    Jimmy Doherty visits Darwin's home, and recreates the experiments that helped formulate his theory of evolution.
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    Jimmy Doherty meets Steve Jones: Relative weakness

    By Jimmy Doherty, Professor Steve Jones

    Jimmy Doherty meets Steve Jones and discovers why Darwin had more than an academic interest in the risks of cousins marrying

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    24 Feb 2009

  • Jimmy Doherty meets Steve Jones: Relative weakness

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    Jimmy Doherty meets Steve Jones and discovers why Darwin had more than an academic interest in the risks of cousins marrying
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  • Jimmy Doherty meets Steve Jones: How did Darwin shape modern science?

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    How far has Darwin influenced modern science? Steve Jones explains
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    24 Feb 2009

  • Jimmy Doherty meets Steve Jones: Decoding DNA

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    Steve Jones explains the work being done to decode DNA
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    After Darwin

    By Professor Jim Moore

    Did the abolition of slavery lead on to a movement to abolish slavery of the mind? Jim Moore reflects on how free thinkers took a lead from Darwin - and how far Darwin would have gone along with them.

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    27 Jan 2009

  • After Darwin

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    Did the abolition of slavery lead on to a movement to abolish slavery of the mind? Jim Moore reflects on how free thinkers took a lead from Darwin - and how...
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    24 Jun 2008

  • Explore your digestive system

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jun 2008
    An interactive exploration of how the digestive system works
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    11 Jun 2007

  • Ever Wondered About... Sausages?

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 11 Jun 2007
    Paul and David reveal some of the secrets behind the British banger.
  • Ever Wondered About... Rice?

    By Paul Merrett, Professor David Shuker

    There's a lot more to rice than school puddings and restaurant side dishes. Paul and David investigate.

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    11 Jun 2007

  • Ever Wondered About... Rice?

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 11 Jun 2007
    There's a lot more to rice than school puddings and restaurant side dishes. Paul and David investigate.
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    11 Jun 2007

  • Ever Wondered About... Nuts?

    Featuring: Audio Audio
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 11 Jun 2007
    Crack open the secrets of the nut with a chef and an OU scientist.
  • Check your tackle

    By Dr Allan Pacey

    Allan Pacey's guide to checking yourself for testicular cancer

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    01 Jul 2006

  • Check your tackle

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2006
    Allan Pacey's guide to checking yourself for testicular cancer
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    Cool Hand Luke

    By The OpenLearn team

    Robert Llewellyn and Dr Jonathan Hare take on Hollywood Science, testing the science that filmgoers take for granted. Here they look at the famous egg eating incident with Paul Newman in the film Cool Hand Luke

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    22 Aug 2005

  • Cool Hand Luke

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    Robert Llewellyn and Dr Jonathan Hare take on Hollywood Science, testing the science that filmgoers take for granted. Here they look at the famous egg eating...
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    09 Aug 2005

  • Bodies in love

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    Join Margi Clarke to investigate the science of love
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    Cell structure

    By The Cell City team

    The structure of a cell resembles the structure of a city - find out how with our interactive exploration.

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    16 May 2002

  • Cell structure

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 May 2002
    The structure of a cell resembles the structure of a city - find out how with our interactive exploration.

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  • How are scientists testing for the growth of antibiotic resistance?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2016
    Is following the evolution of bacteria going to help us find a solution to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance?
  • What are premature babies telling us about antibiotic resistance?

    By Lunatic Laboratories

    A new study of the bacteria found in the guts of children born before full-term shows the superbug problem is a growing threat.

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    08 Mar 2016

  • What are premature babies telling us about antibiotic resistance?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2016
    A new study of the bacteria found in the guts of children born before full-term shows the superbug problem is a growing threat.
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    Iron transport and storage

    This free course Iron transport and storage looks at the methods that have been developed by organisms for the uptake transport and storage of iron a process made more complicated by the insolubility of its oxides and hydroxides You will examine iron storage in mammals including humans This is achieved by ferritin which stores iron as a hydrated iron III oxide an example of biomineralisation

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    5 hours

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    02 Mar 2016

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    This free course, Iron transport and storage, looks at the methods that have been...
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    Nutrition: Proteins

    This Unit studies proteins Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up the Unit moves on to look at the importance of protein and how they are digested and absorbed

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    02 Mar 2016

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    This Unit studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular...
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    Intracellular transport

    This free course Intracellular transport explains the function of the cytoskeleton and its role in controlling transport of vesicles between different subcellular compartments

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    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    02 Mar 2016

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    This free course, Intracellular transport, explains the function of the...
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    Proteins

    In this free course we explore proteins and how they are the doers of the cell They are huge in number and variety and diverse in structure and function serving both the structural building blocks and the functional machinery of the cell Just about every process in every cell requires specific proteins The basic principles of protein structure and function which are reviewed in this course are crucial to understanding how proteins perform their various roles

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    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    02 Mar 2016

  • Proteins

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    In this free course we explore proteins and how they are the 'doers' of the cell....
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    17 Feb 2016

  • Ever Wondered About... Berries?

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
    Paul Merrett and David Shuker discuss the science and significance of berries.
  • Ever Wondered About... Fish?

    By Professor David Shuker, Paul Merrett

    Chef Paul Merrett and scientist David Shuker explore the science of fish - and why some advisors want us to eat more, but others want us to lay off.

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    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • Ever Wondered About... Fish?

    Featuring: Audio Audio
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
    Chef Paul Merrett and scientist David Shuker explore the science of fish - and why some advisors want us to eat more, but others want us to lay off.
  • Ever Wondered About... Sugar?

    By Paul Merrett, Professor David Shuker

    It might help the medicine go down - indeed, in the most delightful way - but that's only one of the amazing qualities of the sweet stuff.

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • Ever Wondered About... Sugar?

    Featuring: Audio Audio
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
    It might help the medicine go down - indeed, in the most delightful way - but that's only one of the amazing qualities of the sweet stuff.
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    Can dogs read their owners' emotions?

    Does a dog know what you're thinking? Can your dog empathise? It's possible, suggests new research.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Jan 2016

  • Can dogs read their owners' emotions?

    Can dogs read their owners' emotions? Copyright free  image Icon Copyright free: RobsonMelo
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    Does a dog know what you're thinking? Can your dog empathise? It's possible, suggests new research.
  • Why were David Bowie's eyes two different colours?

    The short answer is that they weren't - but there's a lot more to it than that. Kevin Hunt explains.

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    5 mins

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    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2016

  • Why were David Bowie's eyes two different colours?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
    The short answer is that they weren't - but there's a lot more to it than that. Kevin Hunt explains.
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    08 Jan 2016

  • Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
    Striped ponies and tuxedo cats might look gorgeous - but the mutation is a mild form of a much more serious cellular defect...
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    Sniffing out disease

    By Professor Claire Turner

    Waving a tricorder in the air to tell what was wrong with a patient might be science fiction, but Dr Claire Turner believes we are moving one small step towards that.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Dec 2015

  • Sniffing out disease

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Dec 2015
    Waving a tricorder in the air to tell what was wrong with a patient might be science fiction, but Dr Claire Turner believes we are moving one small step...
  • 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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    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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    03 Dec 2015

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

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    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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    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Oct 2015

  • Dr Vicky Taylor on her work with Asian Elephants

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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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    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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    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
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.
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    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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    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'.

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    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.

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    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

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