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BBC - History

  • What's the appeal of a caliphate?
    In June Islamic State declared the creation of a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq - Edward Stourton examines the historical parallels and asks what is a caliphate, and what is its appeal?
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 12:05am -
  • Reclaiming the swastika
    In the Western world the swastika is synonymous with fascism, but historically it was used as a symbol of good fortune in almost every culture in the world.
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:03am -
  • Edinburgh: Mapping the City
    A new book is published exploring Edinburgh's history through maps, some of which have never before appeared in print.
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:28am -
  • Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris
    Hugh Schofield reveals the colourful history of the British ambassador's residence in Paris - courtesy of the butler.
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:16am -
  • The element that redefined time
    Caesium is the chemical element that has literally redefined time. It keeps time so accurately that it has even forced us to reconsider what time is.
    - 28 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 12:16am -
  • Naval epic takes South Korea by storm
    The BBC's Stephen Evans on how politics and patriotic sentiment have helped a South Korean naval epic storm the movie charts.
    - 28 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 10:50pm -
  • Aids origin 'was 1920s Kinshasa'
    The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced back to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say.
    - 29 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 12:37am -
  • A brief history of the UK Parliament
    The independence referendum in Scotland looks set to bring change to the UK Parliament. But Westminster has seen plenty of that over the past 900 years.
    - 39 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 11:54pm -
  • Tomb mystery captivates Greece
    The discovery of a magnificent tomb in northern Greece, dating to the time of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, distracts Greeks from economic misery.
    - 39 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 9:01am -
  • Richard III death injuries revealed
    King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.
    - 44 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:29am -
  • Mapping reveals Stonehenge secrets
    Archaeologists have unveiled the most detailed map ever produced of the earth beneath Stonehenge and its surrounds.
    - 52 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 1:40am -
  • The history of school uniforms
    As the nation's children head back to school, parents across the country have been proudly photographing their offspring's first day in a new uniform. But they are far from the first to take pride in the school dress code.
    - 57 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 8:15am -
  • My father, the zoo builder
    Chester Zoo was the brainchild of shopkeeper George Mottershead. His daughter June Williams, now 88, remembers how the family built the zoo in the 1930s.
    - 59 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 1:58am -
  • Why are museums scared of history?
    Ex-Education Secretary Michael Gove axed Henry VIII, the Victorians and World War Two from the history curriculum but what impact will this have on museums that depend on school visits?
    - 61 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:18am -
  • 2.6m historical pictures put online
    An academic is posting millions of historical photos and illustrations to Flickr where they can be searched and copied without charge.
    - 63 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:18am -
  • The odd objects looted from Washington DC in 1814
    It has been 200 years since the Burning of Washington and some items looted by British troops have never made it home.
    - 64 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:35am -
  • DNA tells story of Arctic peopling
    A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.
    - 64 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 7:52pm -
  • WW2 prisoner's grave found by nephew
    The grave of a British WW2 soldier killed while a prisoner of war in Poland in 1944 has been officially dedicated, following a successful search by his nephew.
    - 72 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 4:28am -
  • New dates rewrite Neanderthal story
    A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought.
    - 72 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 6:20pm -
  • Welsh veterans mark D-Day landings
    Welsh veterans of the D-Day landings are in northern France to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied Europe.
    - 6 Jun 14, 9:12pm -
  • VIDEO: D-Day: From the other side
    The BBC's Stephen Evans spoke to a German soldier who was one of the first to encounter the invading Allied troops
    - 6 Jun 14, 6:13am -
  • Behind each D-Day grave is a story
    Maj Charles Martin's grave is one of 2,700 in Normandy belonging to British servicemen who lost their lives on the first day of the D-Day landings. Who was he and what happened to him?
    - 6 Jun 14, 6:03am -
  • D-Day: In the words of the BBC journalists
    Seventy years ago, thousands of Allied troops landed on the French coast. Here is the BBC's account of the day.
    - 6 Jun 14, 12:26am -
  • All the young people: D-Day memories
    The invasion of Normandy remembered by those who served and their children, from the months of planning to the beach landings and beyond.
    - 5 Jun 14, 6:23pm -
  • Southsea marks D-Day anniversary
    Princess Anne attends a service in Southsea to commemorate the dead of D-Day and to honour the survivors, writes BBC correspondent Nick Higham.
    - 5 Jun 14, 4:48pm -
  • D-Day message in champagne bottle
    A champagne bottle containing a message written by soldiers en route to the D-Day landings is to go on display in a museum in Cumbria.
    - 5 Jun 14, 1:54pm -
  • Men who played key role in D-Day
    Friday 6 June marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of the north coast of France at Normandy, the turning point of the war against the Nazis. To mark the commemorations, BBC Newsline's Donna Traynor talks to two veterans.
    - 5 Jun 14, 1:04pm -
  • France's forgotten Blitz
    Historians believe Allied bombardments killed almost as many French people as German bombs killed Britons during the Blitz, John Laurenson reports for BBC News.
    - 5 Jun 14, 12:23am -
  • The women reporters who covered D-Day
    Seventy years ago, a group of American women journalists made history when they covered D-Day. The BBC's Lyse Doucet looks back at a turning point for female war correspondents.
    - 5 Jun 14, 12:11am -
  • WW2 planes mark D-Day anniversary
    A group of World War Two-era aircraft fly to France from southern England to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
    - 4 Jun 14, 5:37pm -
  • 12 amazing WW1 facts

    - 3 Jun 14, 3:17pm -
  • Discovering the father I never knew
    When Lt Den Brotheridge was killed, his wife was eight months pregnant, but it took his daughter 40 years to discover her father's role in one of D-Day's most famous operations.
    - 3 Jun 14, 3:49am -
  • VIDEO: D-Day relived through planning map
    The map used to plan the D-Day invasion 70 years ago remains intact on the wall of Southwick House in Hampshire.
    - 30 May 14, 7:50pm -
  • D-Day rehearsal that cost 800 lives
    The story of the "secret" D-Day rehearsal in Devon that cost 800 US servicemen their lives.
    - 30 May 14, 1:43am -
  • The city where they keep finding caves
    Nottingham's 544 caves have been used as everything from dungeons to bomb shelters but 100 of them were only discovered in the past four years. Take a look at how many of them are used today.
    - 25 May 14, 2:23am -
  • One hundred years of Leica cameras
    Photojournalist Tom Stoddart talks about photographing with a Leica camera as the company celebrates its centenary.
    - 23 May 14, 12:01am -
  • Kennedy letters removed from auction
    Recently discovered letters written by the late Jackie Kennedy, the widow of former US President John F Kennedy, to an Irish priest are being withdrawn from auction.
    - 21 May 14, 6:22pm -
  • The White Queen and The White Princess: What happened next?
    Is it the end for her and her daughter?
    - 16 Aug 13, 4:58pm -


A History of the World in 100 Objects

  • AHOW: A History of the World Special 18 May 2011
    Peter Lewis tells a story of love, separation and hardship, through the object he added to the BBC History of the World website: a portrait of a private soldier's sweetheart, painted secretly for his Uncle Bryn in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
    - 19 May 11, 5:08pm -
  • AHOW: 100 Solar-powered lamp and charger 22 Oct 2010
    A lamp that runs off sunlight. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at the final object in the series: a solar-powered lamp with a charger that can bring cheap light and power to people around the world with no access to the electric…
    - 22 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 099 Credit card 21 Oct 2010
    A plastic credit card. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the changing role of money in the modern world by looking at a Shari'a compliant credit card. How is modern banking adapting for new markets and what are the moral issues…
    - 21 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 098 Throne of Weapons 20 Oct 2010
    Chair made from decommissioned guns. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the impact of weapons on the modern world by examining a sculptured throne made from decommissioned guns. The weapons are remnants of the Mozambique civil w…
    - 20 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 097 Hockney's In the Dull Village 19 Oct 2010
    Print by the British artist David Hockney. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the sexual revolution of the 1960s through a print by David Hockney which shows two men in bed together. The work was one of a series created as the B…
    - 19 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 096 Russian revolutionary plate 18 Oct 2010
    Decorated plate from St Petersburg. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the Russian Revolution by looking at a plate painted with propaganda for the new Communist state. The plate was made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Pe…
    - 18 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 095 Suffragette-defaced penny 15 Oct 2010
    A defaced coin from 1903. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the rise of mass political engagement in Britain and the emergence of the suffragettes by examining a penny coin, on which the image of Edward VII has been defaced wit…
    - 15 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 094 Sudanese slit drum 14 Oct 2010
    A wooden drum from central Africa. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines a buffalo-shaped drum from Sudan which was played in a court orchestra and used to transmit messages or summon warriors to war. The drum was captured by the B…
    - 14 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 093 Hokusai's The Great Wave 13 Oct 2010
    Hokusai woodblock print. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines The Great Wave by Hokusai, one of the defining images of the power of the sea. He discovers its production initiated a wider awareness of Japanese art and became emblem…
    - 13 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 092 Early Victorian Tea Set 12 Oct 2010
    Wedgwood pottery tea set. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at the history of Britain's relationship with tea by examining an early Victorian stoneware set made by the Staffordshire pottery firm of Wedgwood. He discovers how mass-…
    - 12 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 091 Ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle 11 Oct 2010
    A 19th century chronometer. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at an instrument that first helped Europeans to navigate with precision around the world - a marine chronometer. In particular the chronometer that accompanied Charles…
    - 11 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 090 Jade bi 8 Oct 2010
    Inscribed jade disc. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores life in 18th-century China through a jade disc, or bi. This disc was owned by the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty at a time when the country's culture was much admired…
    - 8 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 089 Australian bark shield 7 Oct 2010
    Aboriginal shield collected by Captain Cook. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at a shield owned by one of the first Indigenous Australians to set eyes on Europeans, as they descended on Botany Bay in 1770. What can this object te…
    - 7 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 088 North American buckskin map 6 Oct 2010
    Map of the area between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the differing attitudes towards land and living of Europeans and Native Americans in the 18th century. He looks at a buckskin map drawn…
    - 6 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 087 Hawaiian feather helmet 5 Oct 2010
    Feather helmet worn by Hawaiian chief. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines a chieftain's helmet given to Captain James Cook after he landed in Hawaii in 1778. He looks at the impact of Cook's mapping and collecting expeditions in…
    - 5 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 086 Akan Drum 4 October 2010
    18th century African drum. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines an African drum that was taken to America during the slave trade- where drumming was to prove an important cultural influence. The object was later brought to England…
    - 4 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 085 Reformation Centenary Broadsheet 1 Oct 2010
    Broadsheet depicting the Reformation of the Christian Church. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines a broadsheet souvenir, commissioned in Saxony in 1617 to raise morale on the centenary of the Protestant Reformation. With contribu…
    - 1 Oct 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 084 Mexican Codex Map 30 Sept 2010
    Map showing details of the foundation of two towns in Mexico. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines an old map, or codex, that illustrates Spain's zeal for building churches after conquering Mexico in the 16th century. He looks at…
    - 30 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 083 Shadow Puppet of Bima 29 Sept 2010
    Puppet from the Indonesian island of Java. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the relationship between religion and society in South East Asia 400 years ago by examining a shadow puppet from Java. He talks to a Javanese puppet m…
    - 29 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 082 Miniature of a Mughal Prince 28 Sept 2010
    Miniature showing encounter between an Indian Mughal prince and a holy man. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at a 17th-century miniature and uses it to explore the religious tolerance encouraged by the rulers of India's Mughal em…
    - 28 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 081 Shi'a Religious Parade Standard 27 Sept 2010
    Religious parade standard from Iran. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the development of faiths about 400 years ago, beginning with a standard from Iran that was carried at the front of processions as a symbol of the country's…
    - 27 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 080 Pieces of Eight 24 Sept 2010
    15th Century silver coins. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines pieces of eight - rough silver coins that were to become an international currency as Spain's trade with the world grew in the 15th and 16th centuries. He describes S…
    - 24 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 079 Kakiemon Elephants 23 Sept 2010
    A pair of Japanese porcelain elephants. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum looks at how the skill of porcelain production spread across the Far East. Kakiemon, named after a Japanese potter, was much desired by the European elite.
    - 23 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 078 Double-headed Serpent 22 Sept 2010
    Turquoise ornament shaped as a serpent. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, describes the Aztecs, who created this double-headed serpent from tiny pieces of turquoise, and the Spanish conquest of their culture. Aztec specialist Adriane Di…
    - 22 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 077 Benin Plaque - the Oba with Europeans 21 Sept 2010
    Plaque showing aspects of Benin court life. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines some of Africa's most famous artworks, the Benin Plaques, and the effect these brass portraits first had when they arrived in London at the end of th…
    - 21 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 076 The mechanical galleon 20 Sept 2010
    A small automaton, shaped like a galleon. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the impact of travel, trade and conquest in Western Europe between 1450 and 1600. This object shaped like the galleon the Spanish sent against England…
    - 20 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 075 Durer's Rhinoceros 17 Sept 2010
    Albrecht Durer's famous engraving of an Indian rhino. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, tells the story of one of the most enduring objects in art history, and one of the most duplicated: Durer's image of a rhino - an animal which the a…
    - 17 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 074 Jade Dragon Cup 16 Sept 2010
    Jade cup that belonged to one of the great leaders of the Timurid Empire. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, tells the story of a cup once owned by Ulugh Beg, who built the great observatory in Samakand and has a crater on the moon named…
    - 16 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 073 Inca Gold Llama 15 Sept 2010
    A simple, gold sculpture of a llama. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum examines the animal that helped fuel the success of the great Inca Empire, which ruled over some 12 million people along the Pacific West Coast of America. He tells t…
    - 15 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 072 Ming Banknote 14 Sept 2010
    A surviving example of one of the world's first paper banknotes - much bigger than the notes of today and dated 1375. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explains how paper money comes about. While the rest of the world was happily tradin…
    - 14 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 071 Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent 13 Sept 2010
    Personal signature of the great Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum examines this monogram which is the ultimate expression of Suleiman's authority at this time - a stamp of state and delicate artwor…
    - 13 Sep 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 070 Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island Statue 9 Jul 2010
    Moai statue from the Island of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, looks at one of the most instantly recognisable sculptures in the world: a giant stone carving from Easter Island in the Pacific Oce…
    - 9 Jul 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 069 Statue of Huastec Goddess 8 Jul 2010
    Stone statue made in Mexico and associated with two goddesses. Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor examines a sandstone sculpture of a goddess made by the Huastec people of present-day Mexico. The figure stands bare breasted with hands fol…
    - 8 Jul 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 068 Shiva and Parvati Sculpture 7 Jul 2010
    Indian temple statue of divine Hindu couple, Shiva and Parvati. Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, discusses a magnificent stone sculpture showing two of the most beloved and familiar figures of Hinduism. The vehicles of the deities, a b…
    - 7 Jul 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 067 Icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy 6 Jul 2010
    Icon from Constantinople showing the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, tells the story of the overthrow of iconoclasm and the restoration of holy images in AD 843, a moment of triumph for the Orthodox branch of th…
    - 6 Jul 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 066 Holy Thorn Reliquary 5 Jul 2010
    Christian reliquary from medieval Europe. Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, examines an object designed to connect with Christ himself. He tells the story of this highly ornate reliquary which was made to house a thorn from the crown of…
    - 5 Jul 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 065 Taino Ritual Seat 2 Jul 2010
    Wooden seat carved in the shape of an ancestor spirit by the Taino, one of the pre-European, native Caribbean peoples. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, tells the story of a beautifully carved four-legged stool which has survived the de…
    - 2 Jul 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 064 The David Vases 1 Jul 2010
    A pair of vases from the Yuan dynasty in China, made from instantly-recognisable blue and white porcelain. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, describes the history of porcelain and the use of these vases in a temple setting. Historian Cr…
    - 1 Jul 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 063 Ife Head 30 Jun 2010
    Head of an Oni, a ruler of Ife in Nigeria, one of medieval Africa's most powerful and wealthy kingdoms. With deeply naturalistic features, it is widely considered as one of the greatest achievements of world art. Neil MacGregor, Director of the Briti…
    - 30 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 062 Hebrew Astrolabe 29 Jun 2010
    Astronomical instrument from medieval Spain which could perform multiple tasks, from working out the time to preparing horoscopes. Originating from Spain at a time when Christianity, Islam and Judaism coexisted there, this instrument carries symbols…
    - 29 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 061 Lewis Chessmen 28 Jun 2010
    Ivory chess pieces found in the Outer Hebrides. They take us to the world of Northern Europe at a time when Norway ruled parts of Scotland. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, describes the medieval world of the Chessmen and explains how…
    - 28 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 060 Kilwa pot sherds 25 Jun 2010
    Pieces of broken pottery found on the island of Kilwa Kisiwani, off the coast of Tanzania. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, sifts through a selection of broken pots, found on a beach. He finds the variety of glazes and decorations reve…
    - 25 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 059 Borobudur Buddha head 24 Jun 2010
    Head of a Buddha statue from Borobudur in Java. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines a stone head from Borobudur, one of the world's greatest monuments. He looks at the monument, which is built from one-and-a-half million blocks o…
    - 24 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 058 Japanese bronze mirror 23 Jun 2010
    Bronze mirror decorated with dancing cranes. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at this mirror which comes from a time when the Japanese suddenly cut themselves off from the outside world and stopped all official contact with China…
    - 23 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 057 Hedwig glass beaker 22 Jun 2010
    Glass beaker from central Europe probably made by a Muslim craftsman. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines a glass beaker made in Syria or Egypt at a time when Christians were warring with Muslims in the crusades. The glass became…
    - 22 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 056 Vale of York Hoard 21 Jun 2010
    Hoard of coins and other items buried in a silver cup. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines a great Viking treasure hoard that was discovered by metal detectors in a field in North Yorkshire. This recent discovery consists of over…
    - 21 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 055 Chinese Tang figures 18 Jun 2010
    Ceramic figures from the burial of a Chinese Tang general. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, describes how, around 700 AD, the elite of China's Tang Dynasty chose to leave their mark on the world by writing or commissioning their own ob…
    - 18 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 054 Statue of Tara 17 Jun 2010
    Statue of female Buddhist deity Tara from Sri Lanka, who represents mercy and compassion. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores what was happening in South Asia during Europe's medieval period. He tells the story through a statue,…
    - 17 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 053 Lothair Crystal 16 Jun 2010
    Crystal engraved with images from the Biblical story of Susanna. Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, looks at the Lothair Crystal, made in the mid-9th century and showing scenes of Susanna, wife of a rich merchant, falsely accused of adul…
    - 16 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 052 Harem wall painting fragments 15 Jun 2010
    Portraits from a wall painting of women from the caliph’s palace in Samara. Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor explains what life was really like in the great court in the ancient city of Samara, north of Baghdad - one of the great Musli…
    - 15 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 051 Maya Relief of Royal Blood-Letting 14 Jun 2010
    Maya temple carving showing a scene of ritual blood-letting. Neil MacGregor, Director of British Museum, looks at a limestone carving showing a king and his wife, who is piercing her tongue to induce pain and provoke a visionary trance. He describes…
    - 14 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 050 Silk princess painting 11 Jun 2010
    Fragile silk painting telling story of industrial espionage. Neil McGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the Buddhist kingdom of Khotan, now in Western China, and tells a powerful story about how the secrets of silk manufacture were passe…
    - 11 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 049 Korean roof tile 10 Jun 2010
    Roof tile with image of an intimidating face intended to scare evil spirits from a house. The tile is from Kyongju, the ancient capital of Korea. Similar tiles were used earlier in China, but once introduced into the Korean peninsula, they reached a…
    - 10 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 048 Moche Warrior pot 9 Jun 2010
    Pot in the shape of a kneeling warrior, made by the Moche in South America. Neil McGregor, Director of the British Museum, uncovers what life and culture was like in South America at a time when, a continent away, Islam was transforming the Middle Ea…
    - 9 Jun 10, 10:00am -
  • AHOW: 047 Sutton Hoo helmet 8 Jun 2010
    Helmet found in the grave of an Anglo-Saxon warrior king. Neil McGregor, Director of the British Museum, travels to East Anglia to describe the sensational burial discovery that has been hailed as a "British Tutankhamen". He looks at the helmet, the…
    - 8 Jun 10, 10:00am -




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    Winner of the Season 1 of the Naija Street Champ – Rodney Brown Edemhanria also known as ‘Rodney the Monster’ has released his debut hit single titled ‘Baba Loke’ to the music scene. The single titled which is expected to be a hit track and…
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:18am -
  • newVIDEO: Remi – Open Up Your Heart ft. Blackmagic
    Remi drops the Video for his single “Open up your heart” featuring BlackMagic.The video was directed by fast rising video director Epicogabi and filmed in Large house studios, Lagos. It stars alternative singer Nayosoul as Remi’s and Blackmagi…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:20am -
  • newVIDEO: Femi Kuti on The Truth w/ Olisa
    “Episode 10: Folks, grab a sit and get ready for some history lesson. This weeks interview of “The Truth” with Olisa Adibua is with none other than Afro beat legend and the original Mr. Shoki himself – Femi Anikulapo-Kuti.  In true legendar…
    - 22 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • newM.I – Bad Belle | Behind The Scenes (Video Shoot)
    As you all know by now, M.I Abaga‘s 3rd album – The Chairman – was official released this morning! I’ve only been able to sample a couple tracks at the time of writing this post, but I can confidently tell you it’s sounding sick!On Tuesda…
    - 23 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 9:16pm -
  • Dance VIDEO: Solidstar ft Timaya – My Body
    Achievas Entertainment artiste “SOLIDSTAR” is back again with this dance video to his massive dance hall song My Body ft Timaya. Watch out for the official video dropping soon.  DOWNLOAD AUDIO/MP3 The post Dance VIDEO: Solidstar ft Timaya…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:58pm -
  • Unik Brodaz – Pick My Call + Hanlele
    Finally, the Long Awaited Hit Singles from UNIK BRODAZ are released. “Pick My Call” + “Hanlele”, these should be played at High Volume.DOWNLOAD Pick My CallDOWNLOAD HanleleThe post Unik Brodaz – Pick My Call + Hanlele appeared first on n…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:53pm -
  • Bstyles – Bad Girl
    A Model / Fast-rising Afrobeats artist BSTYLES drops his first track titled “One Two” along with a brand new fresh video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Co-produced by himself and O.Y Beatz Now with the release of the Single BAD GIRL,P…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:35pm -
  • VIDEO: M.I shares stage with Jesse Jagz + Performs “Chairman” Album at Industry Nite
    For many of us who have not yet received a copy let alone listened to the M.I Chairman album, we are very happy to hear snippets of LIVE performances of one or two singles off the album.Here are some videos recorded at M.I’s album listening party…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:15pm -
  • EXCLUSIVE: Charass ft. Davido & Phyno – Coco Butter (Remix)
    MMM Recordz ace, Charass started off 2014 on a very high note with the enjoyable track “Coco Butter” along with the video. A few months later, he followed it up mid-year with a Terry G collaboration titled “Correct Oh” which also got great f…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:56am -
  • BrymO – Dear Child | Prick No Get Shoulder | Tabula Rasa OUT NOW!
    Out of excitement, I stayed up all night to listen to BrymO‘s latest album – Tabula Rasa – which dropped around 12:01am today. I’ve spent the early hours of the day digesting what is, for me, one of the Top 3 albums I’ve heard this year. Ye…
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Sci-Fi Books

  • Three sci-fi books to rattle your October - Washington Post
    Three sci-fi books to rattle your OctoberWashington PostBathing the Lion (St. Martins,$25.99), by Jonathan Carroll, begins with a rather banal setup: the separation of a seemingly ordinary couple who have been married just one year too many. The wife…
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  • JOHN LAYMAN Promises 'Sci-Fi Action Space Opera' in CYCLOPS - Newsarama
    JOHN LAYMAN Promises 'Sci-Fi Action Space Opera' in CYCLOPSNewsaramaSci-fi is red hot right now. Guardians of the Galaxy (as I predicted months ago) is the biggest movie of the year. New Star Wars movies are on the horizon (hopefully good this time.)…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:43pm -
  • Pascal Blanche is building a stunning sci-fi universe - The Verge
    Pascal Blanche is building a stunning sci-fi universeThe VergeWhile Star Wars was the jumping off point, Blanche rattles off a list of some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy as his influences: Frank Frazetta, Mœbius, and books like…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 6:17pm -
  • New interview with Christopher: Exciting Book 5 plot information, sci-fi book ... - Shurtugal.com
    New interview with Christopher: Exciting Book 5 plot information, sci-fi book ...Shurtugal.com10-16 qa header Christopher regularly interacts with fans via his official Twitter account, where he shares fun things he discovers on the internet, random…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 7:53pm -
  • Gillian Anderson Hits the Books (INTERVIEW) - Biography
    BiographyGillian Anderson Hits the Books (INTERVIEW)BiographyWhile we cross our fingers about that, you can check out Anderson's latest sci-fi incarnation as an author. Her debut novel, A Vision Of Fire, is the first in a series and takes the reader…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 5:04am -

VISO Trailers

The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 1 - Official Burn Trailer
The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 1 - Official Burn TrailerKatniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.ly/3UVvY Share wha…
- 46 mins ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:00pm -
In The Heart Of The Sea - Official Trailer
In The Heart Of The Sea - Official TrailerBased on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home. Get more new mo...From:VISO TrailersViews:11722 156r…
- 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:52am -
American Sniper - Official Trailer
American Sniper - Official TrailerA Navy SEAL recounts his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.l...From:VISO TrailersViews:74661 510ratingsT…
- 24 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 8:13pm -
Big Hero 6 - Unbelievable
Big Hero 6 - UnbelievableA group of six superheroes are recruited by the government to protect the nation. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.ly/3UVv...From:VISO TrailersViews:10258 52ratingsTime:00:27…
- 24 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 8:01pm -
Big Hero 6 - Meet the Team : Wasabi
Big Hero 6 - Meet the Team : WasabiA group of six superheroes are recruited by the government to protect the nation. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.ly/3UVv...From:VISO TrailersViews:10347 70ratingsT…
- 24 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 8:01pm -
Big Hero 6 - Meet the Team : Honey Lemon
Big Hero 6 - Meet the Team : Honey LemonA group of six superheroes are recruited by the government to protect the nation. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.ly/3UVv...From:VISO TrailersViews:12569 78rati…
- 24 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:58pm -

Natural Disasters

National Geographic Tube

Mindsuckers: On Sinister Pond
Mindsuckers: On Sinister PondThe bizarre, microscopic flatworm Ribeiroia ondatrae infects a chain of hosts to spread its genes. A hijacked snail floods a pond with flatworm larvae, which dig into tadpoles and cause them...From:National Geograph…
- 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:07pm -
Mindsuckers: The Sting of Doom
Mindsuckers: The Sting of DoomA jewel wasp uses her stinger as a syringe to drug a cockroach's brain with neurotransmitters. The docile roach becomes a living cradle for her egg—and then, when the egg hatches, the hungry...From:National Geogr…
- 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:36pm -
Mindsuckers: The Case of the Fearless Rat
Mindsuckers: The Case of the Fearless RatThis rat's brain is infected with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma is known to reproduce only in cats' intestines, so it sacrifices its rat host to a prowling house cat. Meet...From:Nation…
- 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:35pm -
Devil’s Drug
Devil’s DrugAn arrest at a violent felon's house gives Deputy Tabert an opportunity to gather intel on the local drug scene. SOUTHERN JUSTICE AIRS WEDNESDAYS at 9P.From:National GeographicViews:8219 55ratingsTime:01:33More inPeopl…
- 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:49am -
The Bugs That Decompose Bodies and Help Solve CSI Secrets
The Bugs That Decompose Bodies and Help Solve CSI SecretsA dead body plays host to a whole ecosystem of insects that help to decompose the body and return it to nature. By knowing the life cycles of these insects—from flies to maggots to beetle…
- 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:30am -
Mindsuckers: Meet Nature's Nightmare
Mindsuckers: Meet Nature's NightmareThe world is full of parasites: mindsuckers that spread their genes by hijacking a host and turning it into a real-life zombie. The November issue of National Geographic magazine investigates...From:National…
- 13 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:58am -


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Comic Relief Tube

Olly Murs witnesses a man regaining his sight
Olly Murs witnesses a man regaining his sightSubscribe for more great stories from Comic Relief: http://bit.ly/1gXbQkj Olly Murs finds out about the great work Comic Relief does. Visit Us ▻ http://bit.l...From:Comic ReliefViews:3401 41…
- 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:35am -
A message from Zoella | Queen's Young Leaders
A message from Zoella | Queen's Young LeadersJoin the search to find exceptional young people who deserve a Queen's Young Leaders Award #TheSearchIsOn http://bit.ly/1vjWa2t.From:Comic ReliefViews:11482 822ratingsTime:00:27More inNon…
- 21 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 11:08pm -
Caspar's Science Introduction | School of YouTube
Caspar's Science Introduction | School of YouTubeWatch the full playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbpi6ZahtOH7EwWrTZLGq2SeO3OgzHCCl Donate now: http://www.comicrelief.com/SOYT.From:Comic ReliefViews:24150 700ratings…
- 23 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 8:25pm -
Alan Partridge Vs Tony Maloney (Peter Kay)
Alan Partridge Vs Tony Maloney (Peter Kay)Subscribe for more comedy from Comic Relief: http://bit.ly/1gXbQkj Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) visits a boxing gym in Manchester where he meets Tony Malony...From:Comic ReliefViews:5424 43rati…
- 24 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:54pm -

News - In Pictures

Day in pictures: 30 October
Day in pictures: 30 October
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How will future city signs look?
How will future city signs look?
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Day in pictures: 29 October
Day in pictures: 29 October
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Day in pictures: 28 October
Day in pictures: 28 October
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Day in pictures: 27 October
Day in pictures: 27 October
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Bolshoi behind bars
Bolshoi behind bars
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Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014
Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014
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Your pictures: Steps
Your pictures: Steps
- 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:11pm -

This Day in History - Britannica

Animals Facts

  • newTrafalgar Launches New 2015 Family Experiences Program - GlobeNewswire (press release)
    Trafalgar Launches New 2015 Family Experiences ProgramGlobeNewswire (press release)The trip starts off in the colourful Tortuguero National Park, where they will mingle amongst exotic rainforest animals and also meet local schoolchildren as they lear…
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:38pm -
  • newFor Halloween, Gory Details favorites and farewell - Science News (blog)
    Science News (blog)For Halloween, Gory Details favorites and farewellScience News (blog)(A fine move by chiropterologists — bat scientists — to involve the public in saving animals endangered by white-nose disease.) So it's hard to leave much of…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:02pm -
  • newMeet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts - National Geographic
    National GeographicMeet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their HostsNational Geographic(Read "Mindsuckers" in National Geographic magazine.) "Some parasites can alter the behavior of their host in ways that give the parasite a better home, or p…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:57pm -
  • new6 Bat Myths Busted: Are They Really Blind? - National Geographic
    National Geographic6 Bat Myths Busted: Are They Really Blind?National GeographicA 1999 study showed that 300 plants species rely on Old World fruit bats to spread, and these bats "have the potential to disperse seeds hundreds of kilometers." Enjoy ba…
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:52am -
  • newPhenomena: - National Geographic
    Phenomena:National GeographicLast night at the National Geographic Society in Washington, I gave a talk with photographer Anand Varma about how parasites manipulate their hosts–the subject of my cover story in the November issue of National Geograp…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:41am -

National Geographic Tube

Mindsuckers: On Sinister Pond
Mindsuckers: On Sinister PondThe bizarre, microscopic flatworm Ribeiroia ondatrae infects a chain of hosts to spread its genes. A hijacked snail floods a pond with flatworm larvae, which dig into tadpoles and cause them...From:National Geograph…
- 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:07pm -
Mindsuckers: The Sting of Doom
Mindsuckers: The Sting of DoomA jewel wasp uses her stinger as a syringe to drug a cockroach's brain with neurotransmitters. The docile roach becomes a living cradle for her egg—and then, when the egg hatches, the hungry...From:National Geogr…
- 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:36pm -
Mindsuckers: The Case of the Fearless Rat
Mindsuckers: The Case of the Fearless RatThis rat's brain is infected with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma is known to reproduce only in cats' intestines, so it sacrifices its rat host to a prowling house cat. Meet...From:Nation…
- 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:35pm -
Devil’s Drug
Devil’s DrugAn arrest at a violent felon's house gives Deputy Tabert an opportunity to gather intel on the local drug scene. SOUTHERN JUSTICE AIRS WEDNESDAYS at 9P.From:National GeographicViews:8219 55ratingsTime:01:33More inPeopl…
- 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:49am -

THE WORLD IN A BOOKThe World Factbook

The U.S. government's complete geographical handbook, featuring colour maps, flags, population, ethnicity, literacy rates, political and economic data of all nations.
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Science & Nature tube

Anne Hathaway demonstrates zero gravity - The Graham Norton Show: Series 16 Episode 6 - BBC One
Anne Hathaway demonstrates zero gravity - The Graham Norton Show: Series 16 Episode 6 - BBC OneProgramme website: www.bbc.co.uk/grahamnortonshow Anne Hathaway demonstrates her zero gravity acting.From:BBCViews:1 0ratingsTime:01:11Mor…
- 53 mins ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:53pm -
Anne Hathaway predicted Matthew McConaughey's Oscar - The Graham Norton Show: Series 16 - BBC One
Anne Hathaway predicted Matthew McConaughey's Oscar - The Graham Norton Show: Series 16 - BBC OneProgramme website: www.bbc.co.uk/grahamnortonshow Anne Hathaway chats about being excited to work with Matthew McConaughey and that she predicted he'…
- 55 mins ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:51pm -
Ant glues home together - Life Story: Episode 3 preview - BBC One
Ant glues home together - Life Story: Episode 3 preview - BBC OneProgramme website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026vhj2 A weaver ant uses its own silk-producing grub to glue a nest of leaves together.From:BBCViews:2 0ratingsTime:…
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Introduction to Dark Water - Doctor Who: Series 8 Episode 11 (2014) - BBC One
Introduction to Dark Water - Doctor Who: Series 8 Episode 11 (2014) - BBC Onehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat introduce the first part of the epic finale to Series 8.From:BBCViews:1732 204ratingsTime:00:4…
- 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:45pm -

The Daily Mash


BBC Worldwide tube

Australian Biker Gang: Inside Story - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBC
Australian Biker Gang: Inside Story - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBCSimon meets some of the Finks, a motorcycle gang deemed a criminal organisation by the Australian government. Subscribe to the BBC Worldwide channel: http://...From:BBCWorldw…
- 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 4:14pm -
Invasion Of The Deadly Cane Toads - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBC
Invasion Of The Deadly Cane Toads - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBCSimon is on a mission to find Australia's most destructive creature, but it's not be quite what he was expecting. Subscribe to the BBC Worldwide channel: htt...From:BBCWorldwid…
- 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:12pm -
Death Road: Feeling Lucky to be Alive! - World's Most Dangerous Roads - Series 3 - BBC
Death Road: Feeling Lucky to be Alive! - World's Most Dangerous Roads - Series 3 - BBCFunny men Phill Jupitus and Marcus Brigstocke head to Bolivia for a high-altitude road trip, but as they desperately race to get off the road before nightfal...…
- 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:44pm -
Dangerous Wreck Diving - Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea - BBC
Dangerous Wreck Diving - Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea - BBCThe dive team are heading towards a wreck site to collect measurements and data, but the sea is against them. Running low on air, will they be able to get th...From:BBCWorldwideVi…
- 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:19am -
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Marvel Entertainment Tube

2014 Halloween Spooktacular - Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! Ep. 37
2014 Halloween Spooktacular - Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! Ep. 37All Hallow's Eve has fallen on the Marvel Universe once again, and Dracula has a wicked hunger! Will a visit to the Avengers Tower Halloween Party satiate his thirst or lead to…
- 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:58pm -
The Unstoppable Juggernaut - Marvel Heroes 2015 Trailer
The Unstoppable Juggernaut - Marvel Heroes 2015 TrailerGet an early look at the unstoppable Juggernaut in Marvel Heroes 2015! Available for pre-order, you can save 10% off the normal price for a limited time at https://store.marvelheroes.com/wsst…
- 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:57pm -
9 New Marvel Films Revealed!
9 New Marvel Films Revealed!On October 28 at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA, Marvel Studios announced 9 new films to join Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. New sequels titles include: Marvel's "Captain...From:Marvel Entertainme…
- 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:52pm -
"Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." Season 2, Ep. 4 - Clip 1
"Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." Season 2, Ep. 4 - Clip 1A surprising foe attacks the Hulks in a clip from this week's "Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." airing this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. ET on Disney XD! Subscribe to Marvel:…
- 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:43pm -

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein

German-born physicist who developed the general theories of relativity and won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for hiswork on the photoelectric effect. Read More


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is a crossroads between the East and the West, and was an ancient focal point of the Silk Road and migration.

Dip into insights from OU academics

  • newHow to save your local
    Regulars of a village pub in Suffolk have clubbed together to run their ailing local. Is this a blueprint to revive community spirit, asks Paul Rowlinson. Paul Rowlinson. Paul Rowlinson is a graduate from the Open University with a degree in Humaniti…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Nov 14, 3:07pm -
  • newHow to save your local
    Regulars of a village pub in Suffolk have clubbed together to run their ailing local. Is this a blueprint to revive community spirit, asks Paul Rowlinson. Paul Rowlinson. Paul Rowlinson is a graduate from the Open University with a degree in Humaniti…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Nov 14, 3:07pm -
  • OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Radicalisation and the bystander effect
    Research into radicalisation, letters to help people overcome depression and the bystander effect are discussed on this week's All in the Mind.  First published on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 as OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Radicalisation and the bystand…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:24pm -
  • Hold the hurrahs; let's have a viva: Testing Russell Brand's ideas
    Giving Russell Brand a platform for his vague ideas is worrying if we don't treat them with due rigour, argues Robert Herian Robert Herian. Robert Herian is a lecturer in law at The Open University.First published on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 as Hold the…
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  • OU on the BBC: All in the Mind
    Join us for the series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind. First published on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 as OU on the BBC: All in the Mind. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
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  • So you've written your novel, what now?
    Literary agent Joanna Swainson shares her top five tips for hooking an agent.  Joanna Swainson . Joanna Swainson is a literary agent at Hardman & Swainson. First published on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 as So you've written your novel, what now?. To find…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:21am -
  • OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - The making of the Moon
    The fundamental question – where does the Moon come from? – is the focus of this week's BBC Inside Science.   First published on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 as OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - The making of the Moon. To find out more visit The…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 9:42am -
  • Cybercrime: What does it mean?
    Explore different types of cybercrime with this collection of animated videos. First published on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 as Cybercrime: What does it mean?. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
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  • The Internet: It's not all bad
    Don’t be afraid of the Internet; be wary, be cautious, but keep on using it. By taking some simple steps you can greatly reduce the risk to yourself and to your family. Mike Richards. Mike Richards joined The Open University in 1996 to help trial…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 3:34pm -
  • Spam, phishing and spoofing
    Learn how to protect yourself against those who attempt to lure you to disclose confidential information.  Mike Richards. Mike Richards joined The Open University in 1996 to help trial teaching over the Internet.First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Cybercrime: Online scams
    Common online scams involve someone asking for money before you receive the promised reward. What different types of scams are there and how do they work? First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Cybercrime: Online scams. To find out more visit The O…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 2:34pm -
  • Introducing rootkits
    Why do people use rootkits and what are they intended for?  Mike Richards. Mike Richards joined The Open University in 1996 to help trial teaching over the Internet.First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Introducing rootkits. To find out more visi…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 12:38pm -
  • Outside the book
    Delve into the surprising world of literary theory with these five quirky animations, narrated by comedian Josie Long.  First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Outside the book. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creati…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 11:36am -
  • Get where you want to be with The Open University
    The Open University is the largest academic institution in the UK with outstanding quality standards. Find out more about our degrees and courses for international students.  First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Get where you want to be with The…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 11:07am -
  • Outside the book: The book
    What is a book? From scrolls and paperbacks to e-books, this video portrays the history and future of books.  First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Outside the book: The book. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creati…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 10:29am -
  • Outside the book: The author
    Drawing on the cases of Byron, George Eliot and others, the concept of the author is outlined in this video.  First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Outside the book: The author. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Crea…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 10:17am -
  • Outside the book: Two styles of love
    This video conveys how love expressed in Petrarchan and Libertine poetry says a lot about renaissance patriarchy. First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Outside the book: Two styles of love. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn we…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 10:07am -
  • Live outside the UK?
    If you live outside of the UK and would like to study with The Open University, we offer a wide range of qualifications in related subjects. First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Live outside the UK?. To find out more visit The Open University's O…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 9:58am -
  • Outside the book: Tragedy
    Discover how renaissance tragedies such as Hamlet and The Duchess of Malfi emit strong moral and political messages. First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Outside the book: Tragedy. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. C…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 9:57am -
  • Ten top tips for writing a novel
    Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you... Sally O'Reilly. Sally is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University, and is the author of three novels: The Best Possible Taste,…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 9:46am -
  • Outside the book: Comedy
    Find out how making fun of society and social mishaps allowed writers like Shakespeare to produce great comedy.  First published on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 as Outside the book: Comedy. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creat…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 9:39am -
  • OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Alertness
    Does caffeine really help us to stay alert and what are the alternatives? In this programme some surprising ways to boost our brains are put to the test. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the finest in free, onl…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 3:14pm -
  • Is Bitcoin legal?
    Most of the world’s largest economies allow Bitcoin transfers without restriction but others have outlawed the currency. Mike Richards. Mike Richards joined The Open University in 1996 to help trial teaching over the Internet.First published on M…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 2:51pm -
  • Mining new Bitcoins
    New Bitcoins are introduced to the system by a computationally intensive process known as 'mining'. Mike Richards. Mike Richards joined The Open University in 1996 to help trial teaching over the Internet.First published on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 as Min…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 1:56pm -
  • How Bitcoin works
    Everything you need to know to get started with Bitcoin.  Mike Richards. Mike Richards joined The Open University in 1996 to help trial teaching over the Internet.First published on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 as How Bitcoin works. To find out more visit The…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 10:52am -
  • A short history of Bitcoin
    It's origins may seem unclear but Bitcoin could be a practical demonstration of an electronic currency that shows us the future of money.  Mike Richards. Mike Richards joined The Open University in 1996 to help trial teaching over the Internet.Fir…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 10:22am -
  • The Bottom Line - Wearable technology
    Evan Davis and guests discuss investments in wearable tech - will they go mainstream or are gadgets only for geeks? First published on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 as The Bottom Line - Wearable technology. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 9:15am -
  • Cybercrime: The cybercrime family tree
    How does an online criminal enterprise works? This video explains all from the hackers to the foot soldiers at the bottom of the operation.  First published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 as Cybercrime: The cybercrime family tree. To find out more visit The…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:42pm -
  • Cybercrime: Mass surveillance
    In 2013 Edward Snowden removed and leaked files from the National Security Agency which revealed numerous global surveillance programmes. First published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 as Cybercrime: Mass surveillance. To find out more visit The Open Universi…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:20pm -
  • Cybercrime: The Carderplanet heist
    Founded in 2001, Carderplanet was a Ukrainian website that sold stolen credit cards. It was the first of its kind but what was the secret of its success? First published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 as Cybercrime: The Carderplanet heist. To find out more vi…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:02pm -
  • Cybercrime: Rootkits
    In 2005 Sony BMG employed a novel Digital Rights Management method when they used something called a rootkit.  First published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 as Cybercrime: Rootkits. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Co…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 3:36pm -
  • Cybercrime: Stuxnet - The world’s first cyber weapon
    Stuxnet is the cleverest and most devious computer worm ever created. Find out how it was discovered and what exactly it did.  First published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 as Cybercrime: Stuxnet - The world’s first cyber weapon . To find out more visit T…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 3:04pm -
  • Cybercrime: Bitcoin
    How and why are Bitcoins so revolutionary? They are considered big business, but to an outsider this strange new currency can be hard to understand.  First published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 as Cybercrime: Bitcoin. To find out more visit The Open Unive…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:41pm -
  • United Nations Day
    To celebrate the United Nations Day (24 October), we round up some useful resources to look at the evolution of human rights, peace and international interventions. First published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 as United Nations Day. To find out more visit T…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 11:20am -
  • New BBC series reveals more about the wise old elephant, but many mysteries remain
    The life story of any animal involves daily struggles and triumphs, twists and turns – and each individual has its own unique narrative. Dr David Robinson. David Robinson is a zoologist whose research interest is acoustic behaviour in animals.F…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 10:12am -
  • The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain - Competing in the EU
    Dr Richard Blundel introduces the latest survey findings of the Quarterly Survey, focusing on small and medium-sized businesses competing in national and international markets.  Dr Richard Blundel. Dr Richard Blundel is senior lecturer in Ente…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 9:16am -
  • Friday Thinker: Mayors and local politics
    The OU Social Sciences Facebook community are looking at local democracy this week - and the impact mayors can have on their cities. Explore some background with us. First published on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 as Friday Thinker: Mayors and local politics.…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:15pm -
  • Meerkats as desert specialists
    Meerkats are often associated with the Kalahari sands and, over time, have become highly adapted to the desert conditions.  Professor Tim Clutton-Brock. Timothy Hugh Clutton-Brock is a British zoologist known for his comparative studies of the beh…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:43am -
  • UK Future: Where next?
    The Scottish referendum result - and pledges made during the campaign - added a new element to the debate about the UK, our position in Europe, and democracy. Follow the debates with OpenLearn. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel te…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:07am -
  • Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports
    Talks of re-signing convicted rapist Ched Evans has highlighted misogyny in sport is prevalent - we must protest, writes Professor Kath Woodward.  Professor Kath Woodward. Kath Woodward is Professor of Sociology and Head of department at the Open…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:52am -
  • Endangered green turtles
    Many green turtles come to nest on Raine Island but, for some, says Dr Andrew Dunstan, it is literally an uphill struggle.  Dr Andrew Dunstan. Dr Andrew Dunstan is a member of the Queensland Environment and Heritage Department. First published…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:09am -
  • OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Homo floresiensis and snails
    The show marks 10 years since Homo floresiensis was discovered and also looks at the wonderful diversity of snails. First published on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 as OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Homo floresiensis and snails . To find out more visit T…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 9:33am -
  • Mating choices of Japanese macaques
    How female macaques choose their mating partners is the focus of Dr Michael Huffman's research. Dr Michael Huffman. Dr Michael Huffman is part of the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University, Japan. First published on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 as M…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 4:53pm -
  • Kangaroo friendships
    Just as humans benefit from friendships, kangaroos also enjoy being part of a social network, PhD student Emily Best explains. Emily Best. Emily Best is a PhD student with The University of Queensland. Her research interests are the social networks…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 4:25pm -
  • Rosetta mission: The landing
    On the 12th November 2014 the Philae lander is expected to detach itself from the Rosetta spacecraft and land on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. First published on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 as Rosetta mission: The landing. To find out more visit The Ope…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk?
    Peer-to-peer lending is being seen as an alternative to the inactivity of traditional banking but would you be willing to play the banker role?  Jonquil Lowe. Jonquil Lowe is a Lecturer in Personal Finance at The Open University and also a persona…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Historical comet-landing site is looking for a name
    Just as Rosetta is named for the Rosetta Stone, the comet-landing site is also looking for a name that will resonate through history. Professor Monica Grady. Monica Grady is a Professor in Planetary Sciences within the Faculty of Science, Dept o…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:45pm -
  • Mayors for all major English cities? A democratic argument
    Writing in the run-up to the 2012 mayoral referenda, Guy Lodge expressed a hope that directly elected mayors could transform the English regions. Guy Lodge. Guy Lodge is Associate Director for Politics and Power at IPPR.First published on Tue, 21 O…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:39pm -
  • Raising humpback whale calves
    Among the Hawaiian islands, researcher Dr Rachel Cartwright observes humpback whales and their calves in their breeding area. Dr Rachel Cartwright. Dr Rachel Cartwright teaches bio-statistics at California State University Channel Islands. Her rese…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:30pm -
  • Weaver bird nests
    Dr Dieter Oschadleus explains how and why weaver birds build their nests the way they do. Dr Dieter Oschadleus. Dr Dieter Oschadleus is a SAFRING Coordinator for the Animal Demography Unit at The University of Cape Town. First published on Tue,…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:06pm -
  • Meerkat alarm calls
    Zoologist Tim Clutton-Brock explains how meerkats use the alarm calls from other species to stay safe - unless it is a Drongo imitating a meerkat! Professor Tim Clutton-Brock. Timothy Hugh Clutton-Brock is a British zoologist known for his comparat…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:42am -
  • Writing tips series
    Break the back of that novel you're writing with these top tips from the author of Start writing: A practical introduction to creative writing.  David Stephenson. David Stephenson is author of Start Writing: A practical introduction to creative wr…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:16am -
  • National Novel Writing Month
    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to write 50k words in November. Get a head start with this collection of free tips and tricks. First published on Tue, 21 Oct 2014 as National Novel Writing Month. To find out more visit The O…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:55am -
  • OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Superfoods
    Can foods be as potent as medicines? The second episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor investigates the truth about superfoods. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the finest in free, online learning since 1999.First…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:50pm -
  • House prices falling? Don’t bet the bank on it
    Even if prices are falling, it looks like generation rent will likely be around for some time to come. Alan Shipman. Alan Shipman is lecturer in economics at The Open University, and a former financial journalist.First published on Mon, 20 Oct 2014…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:54pm -

Free Open Learning Courses

  • Migration
    This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis. First published on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 as Migration. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlear…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 4:44pm -
  • Introduction to child psychology
    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced to the discipline of child psychology and some of the key questions that guide the understanding of childhoo…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:50pm -
  • Moons
    Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again? First published on Wed, 15 Oct 2014 as Moons. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
    - 16 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • New Free OpenLearn Courses
    This collection highlights the new free OpenLearn courses that have recently been published. First published on Sat, 11 Oct 2014 as New Free OpenLearn Courses. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
    - 20 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • Introduction to ecosystems
    If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans. In this course you will discover how organisms are linked…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • Managing my money
    Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance. First published on Wed, 01 Oct 2014 as Managing my money. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn websit…
    - 30 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • Introduction to computer forensics and investigations
    This unit is an easy introduction to some of the issues both in data privacy and computer forensics - with a few easily available tools people can reveal the stored passwords on their computer and access previously deleted data so it is a good practi…
    - 43 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 3:33pm -
  • The business of football
    Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management then this engaging and…
    - 44 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:00am -
  • Exploring the boundaries of international law
    This unit of study is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin your study of international law. It introduces the concept of international legal personality, explores the status of the state, the principle of sovere…
    - 45 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:10am -
  • Stakeholders in marketing and finance
    This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in which learners are asked to relate these ideas to their own work practice. First published on Wed, 03 Se…
    - 58 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 10:12am -
  • Issues in research with children and young people
    This unit considers the aims and range of research with children and young people. Students consider how their own views and understandings about childhood and youth have arisen. Different definitions of research are explored through first-hand accou…
    - 60 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:39pm -
  • An introduction to social work
    This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice. First published on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 as An introduction to social work. To find out more visit The…
    - 63 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 2:10pm -
  • Musée du Louvre
    The Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, but how were they brought together as a collection? This unit examines the importance of art through history and the impact of personality and conflict. F…
    - 65 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 12:41pm -
  • Contemporary Wales
    This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society, politics and culture of Wales, providing a wealth of up-to-date evidence that is organised around core social…
    - 71 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 2:10pm -
  • Psychological research, obedience and ethics
    In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on obedience conducted by Stanley Milgram, and watch two psychologists talk about their research with mee…
    - 71 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:26pm -
  • Rundblick: Beginners' German
    This introductory unit will help you to learn the basics of the German language by taking a journey through German-speaking countries. You will read and hear about a range of places and people, and be given the opportunity to develop language skills…
    - 72 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 12:01pm -
  • Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
    This course explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the context of the implementation of The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Act 2013 in Scotland. It is relevant to a wide range of learners including service users, c…
    - 74 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 9:00am -
  • Beginners’ Spanish: Food and drink
    This unit requires some basic knowledge of Spanish. It will be of interest to those who want to improve their language skills in order to communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish. This unit focuses on buying and ordering food and drink at t…
    - 17 Jul 14, 12:33pm -
  • Managing My Money alumni
    The Managing My Money alumni is an area that encourages insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners through our alumni forum and provides learners suggestions for taking their learning further. First published on Mon, 30 Jun 2014 a…
    - 30 Jun 14, 6:28pm -
  • Start writing fiction alumni forum
    The Start writing fiction alumni forum encourages the insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners. First published on Mon, 23 Jun 2014 as Start writing fiction alumni forum. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn…
    - 23 Jun 14, 11:49am -
  • Environmental management and organisations
    It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not always clear what we mean by environmental management and the role that organisations do and could play.…
    - 18 Jun 14, 11:27am -
  • Learning to Learn
    Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free online course is a friendly starting point introducing a range of key ideas to help you consider if what you want to do with your life and learn by suggesting ways o…
    - 16 Jun 14, 10:00am -
  • Introduction to computational thinking
    You will learn about algorithms and abstraction, and encounter some applications of computational thinking in various disciplines, ranging from biology and physics to economics and sport science. First published on Tue, 10 Jun 2014 as Introduction t…
    - 10 Jun 14, 10:56am -
  • Creativity and innovation
    This unit offers an introduction to factors that are important in creativity and innovation at work. It addresses different ideas about the cause of creativity and some key approaches to innovation in organisations. First published on Wed, 04 Jun 201…
    - 4 Jun 14, 11:54am -
  • Organisations and management accounting
    This OpenLearn study unit examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure. Organisational objectives and structure determine management functions and responsibilities within the organisation. First published on Thu,…
    - 22 May 14, 3:16pm -
  • Financial accounting and reporting
    This unit discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting information. It also looks at the role performed by accountants and being aware of relevant regulatory an…
    - 15 May 14, 5:26pm -
  • Analysing skid marks
    This unit is the second in the series of five units on mathematical modelling. In this unit you are asked to relate the stages of the mathematical modelling process to a previously formulated mathematical model. This example, that of skid mark produc…
    - 12 May 14, 12:37pm -
  • Moons alumni forum
    This Moons alumni forum encourages the insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners around the moons in our Solar System. First published on Mon, 12 May 2014 as Moons alumni forum. To find out more visit The Open University's Openle…
    - 12 May 14, 11:36am -
  • Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment
    This unit begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the major sources of water pollution (these being sewage works, manufacturing and industrial plants, the farming and animal husbandry sectors, landfill sites and urban surf…
    - 7 May 14, 1:49pm -
  • Becoming a critical social work practitioner
    What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This unit will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of ‘critical perspectives’ will help you take a positive and constructive approach to problems that ari…
    - 28 Apr 14, 10:57am -
  • Starting with psychology
    The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change in different…
    - 23 Apr 14, 4:33pm -
  • Teaching assistants: Support in action
    Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This unit looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time. It explores the skills and attributes that teaching assistants use to provide effective support and contribute to produ…
    - 23 Apr 14, 3:35pm -
  • Rural entrepreneurship in Wales
    What are the important issues to consider when starting up or running a small business in a rural environment? This study unit will introduce you to some concepts and models that will help you work out what you want to do with your business idea and…
    - 9 Apr 14, 1:36pm -
  • Public health in community settings: An introduction
    This unit introduces you to some key aspects of community level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work and how you might work in partnership with local people. In doing so, it gives you a sense of the natu…
    - 4 Apr 14, 3:28pm -
  • Learning to learn: Reflecting backward, reflecting forward
    This unit give you an opportunity to review what you have learned, and allow you to think about how you will take forward what you have learned, perhaps building and developing an Action Plan in order to support other aspects of change. First publish…
    - 1 Apr 14, 4:06pm -
  • Learning to learn: Planning for personal change
    Explores academic theories and acts as a guide to help you establish where you want to go and what you want to achieve. You are encouraged to develop a personal Action Plan. The focus returns to your own viewpoint and you are encouraged to change or…
    - 1 Apr 14, 3:24pm -
  • Learning to learn: Exploring learning
    Here we encourage you to consider two additional perspectives that can illuminate your learning. The first is the perspective that other people you know can provide; the second is the perspective that can be provided by academic theories about learni…
    - 1 Apr 14, 1:01pm -
  • Learning to learn: You and your learning
    In this unit, the focus is on the perspective that you have on your own learning. However, as you gather evidence about this perspective, we hope that you will begin to re-evaluate it and to think about the possibility of change. First published on…
    - 31 Mar 14, 7:23pm -
  • Learning to learn: Learning can mean change
    This unit starts to explore what it takes to learn and change. Through the use of activities and introducing academic skills and evaluating websites, it will give you the opportunity to start to think about what change and learning means to you. Fir…
    - 31 Mar 14, 6:54pm -
  • Beginners' Chinese
    This unit is a language unit that concentrates on Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication, but also provides some insights into Chinese society and culture. It contains a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and ho…
    - 31 Mar 14, 5:21pm -
  • Learning to teach
    This course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly qualified teachers and those who support teacher education and professional development. It explores how teachers l…
    - 26 Mar 14, 9:00am -
  • Introducing public health
    This unit introduces some key elements of public health and health promotion, using a video case study of Coventry. It focuses on the major determinants of health and ill health and the scope of public health work. First published on Tue, 18 Mar 2014…
    - 18 Mar 14, 11:45am -
  • Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research
    This is the fourth of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Undertaking classroom research is seen as an effective form of CPD. This unit provides a basic introduction to research design and illustrates two methodologies, case stu…
    - 25 Feb 14, 5:19pm -
  • Learning to teach: Making sense of learning to teach
    This is the first of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. This unit draws on what we know about how people learn to become teachers. It explores the different approaches to teacher education and the different routes into teaching…
    - 25 Feb 14, 5:15pm -
  • Learning to teach: Mentoring and tutoring student teachers
    This is the second of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school and a tutor from a university. Both play distinctive and important parts in the teacher’s development…
    - 21 Feb 14, 10:02am -
  • Studying the arts and humanities
    This unit is an introduction to studying the arts and humanities. It takes you through a series of exercises designed to develop your approach to study and learning at a distance and improve your confidence as an independent learner. First published…
    - 20 Feb 14, 9:14am -
  • Introducing a framework for strategy
    If you’re currently engaged in strategic decision-making, or will be in the future, this unit will stimulate your imagination and inform your judgement. An understanding of the frameworks of strategy and an ability to use them imaginatively will he…
    - 12 Feb 14, 11:28am -
  • Marketing in the 21st Century
    This unit offers a managerial perspective of how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation, regardless of whether it is based in the private, public or non-profit sectors. This is achieved through a variety of learning techniques, includ…
    - 10 Feb 14, 10:37am -
  • The science behind wheeled sports
    This unit focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call 'wheeled sports'. The Scientific concepts such as force, acceleration and speed are also useful for understanding these sports. However, cycling and wheelchair racin…
    - 7 Feb 14, 9:50am -
  • Political ordering
    This unit asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering social life. Beginning from an awareness of just how much of everyday life involves the state, to if states have this authority to gov…
    - 4 Feb 14, 2:54pm -
  • Innovation, markets and industrial change
    How does a firm emerge as ‘leader of the pack’? Why do most of the small firms so common in the early years of new industries disappear? This unit looks at how and why change occurs through the industry life cycle, at the role of innnovation and…
    - 4 Feb 14, 2:02pm -
  • Information technology: A new era?
    Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution? The advances by IBM, Dell and many other manufacturers have resulted in massive changes to our working lives. This unit looks at whether it is possible to predict the fu…
    - 4 Feb 14, 12:59pm -
  • Living and working in the new economy
    The new ‘service economy’, is it a direct result of globalisation? This unit examines the switch from manufacturing to services and looks at the impact of information and communication technologies on the economy as a whole. The ‘new economy’…
    - 4 Feb 14, 12:23pm -
  • Criminology beyond crime
    This unit examines the notion of 'social harm' as an alternative to the legal definition of 'crime'. To illustrate this concept, the unit considers developments in Green Criminology, which have sought to examine the problems of global environmental h…
    - 23 Jan 14, 4:45pm -
  • Crimes of the powerful
    This unit examines the complexities of – and barriers to – setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties associated with conducting research on crimes of the powerful. First published on Thu, 23 Jan 2014 as Crimes of…
    - 23 Jan 14, 4:36pm -

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    The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has awarded Honorary Fellow titles to two leading figures in the forestry industry, including Dr David Humphreys, Reader in Environmental Policy at The Open University.Dr Humphreys is being honoured for his…
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    The Open University's significantly expanded and restructured new undergraduate Psychology curriculum has just been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students who complete one of the accredited undergraduate Psychology degrees wi…
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    The Open University's computing expert, Dr Neil Smith has created a programme that models a zombie apocalypse to tell us what our best chance of survival is. After collating results from 300,000 virtual world scenarios, he found the best ways to surv…
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    The Open University (OU) has announced the winner of the 2014 Richard Delbridge Prize – awarded to the best student in the cohort of those achieving the Foundation Degree in Financial Services.This year's prize, which includes a cheque for £500 an…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 4:58pm -
  • NASA astronaut's mission to The Open University
    Pupils from local secondary schools, academics and students had an opportunity to meet a real life NASA astronaut in a special public lecture at The Open University (OU) on Tuesday 21 October 2014.Astronaut and planetary space scientist, Dr. Stanley…
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    - 15 Feb 12, 9:16am -
  • Hackney Weekend
    23-24 June - Heading to the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, check the local weather forecast.
    - 7 Feb 12, 4:21pm -
  • Kids love the Races
    25 August - 1 September - Check the weather forecast before you head to your nearest Kids love the Races roadshow over the bank holiday week.
    - 25 Jan 12, 9:21am -
  • Diamond Jubilee
    2-5 June - Keep an eye on the forecast for all the Queen's Diamond Jubilee events taking place in the UK.
    - 25 Jan 12, 9:15am -
  • Rockness
    7-9 June - Check the local forecast for the Rockness festival in Scotland.
    - 25 Jan 12, 9:11am -
  • Olympic Games
    25 July - 12 August - Check the five day weather forecast for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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  • Children in Need
    16 November - Check your local weather forecast if you are planning a Children in Need event.
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  • Edinburgh Christmas lights switch on
    24 November - Check the local weather forecast if you are going to see the Edinburgh Christmas lights switch on.
    - 27 Oct 11, 4:47pm -
  • Newcastle Christmas lights switch on
    21 November - Check the local weather forecast if you are going to see the Newcastle Christmas lights switch on.
    - 24 Oct 11, 11:26am -
  • Belfast Christmas lights switch on
    16 November - Check the local weather forecast if you are going to see the Belfast Christmas lights switch on.
    - 24 Oct 11, 10:38am -
  • Glasgow Christmas lights switch on
    14 November - Check the local weather forecast if you are going to see the Glasgow Christmas lights switch on.
    - 24 Oct 11, 10:31am -
  • Exeter Christmas lights switch on
    21 November - Check the Exeter weather forecast before heading to see the Christmas lights switch on in the city centre.
    - 24 Oct 11, 10:15am -
  • Manchester Christmas lights
    8 November - Getting ready for Christmas to arrive in Manchester? Check the local weather forecast for the Christmas lights switch on.
    - 20 Oct 11, 2:24pm -
  • Cardiff Christmas market
    14 November-23 December - Heading to the Cardiff Christmas market, check the local weather forecast.
    - 20 Oct 11, 8:47am -
  • Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas market
    14 November - 22 December - Check the Birmingham weather forecast if you are planning to visit this year's Frankfurt Christmas market.
    - 17 Oct 11, 11:43am -
  • Bath Christmas market
    28 November - 15 December - Check the Bath weather forecast if you are planning to visit this year's Christmas market.
    - 17 Oct 11, 10:22am -
  • St. Andrew's Day
    30 November - Check your local weather forecast before celebrating St. Andrew's Day in your area.
    - 11 Oct 11, 1:50pm -
  • London Christmas Lights - Oxford Street
    12 November - Heading to Oxford Street for the Christmas Lights switch on? Check the London weather forecast.
    - 11 Oct 11, 1:14pm -
  • Plymouth Christmas lights
    14 November - Will the skies be clear over Plymouth for the Christmas lights switch on? Check the forecast.
    - 3 Oct 11, 11:47am -
  • Cardiff Christmas lights
    14 November - Check the Cardiff weather forecast before heading to the Christmas lights switch on.
    - 3 Oct 11, 11:46am -
  • London Christmas Lights - Regent Street
    9 November - Heading to Regent Street for the Christmas lights switch on? Check the London weather forecast.
    - 3 Oct 11, 11:22am -
  • Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part One Film Premiere
    16 November - Check the London weather forecast if you are heading to Leicester Square to join team Edward or team Jacob!
    - 3 Oct 11, 10:08am -
  • Tar barrels
    5 November - Check the Ottery St. Mary weather forecast if you are heading to tar barrels this bonfire night.
    - 29 Sep 11, 2:07pm -
  • Halloween
    31 October - Check your local weather forecast if you are planning to celebrate Halloween.
    - 19 Sep 11, 1:21pm -
  • London Archery Classic 2011
    3-10 October - Check the London weather forecast for the London Archery Classic 2011 being held at Lord's Cricket Ground.
    - 13 Sep 11, 2:05pm -
  • Goodwood Revival
    12-14 September - Check the local weather forecast for Goodwood Revival.
    - 12 Sep 11, 5:06pm -
  • BUPA Great North Run
    7 September - Check the local weather forecast if you are taking part in this year's BUPA Great North Run.
    - 1 Sep 11, 2:05pm -
  • BUPA Great Birmingham Run
    19 October - Taking part in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run? Check the local weather forecast.
    - 1 Sep 11, 1:36pm -
  • Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon
    5 October - Running the Cardiff Half Marathon? Check the weather forecast.
    - 1 Sep 11, 11:36am -
  • The 2014 Dartmoor Challenge
    13-14 September - Check the Dartmoor weather forecast if you are taking part in this year's Dartmoor Challenge for ShelterBox
    - 1 Sep 11, 9:34am -
  • Tour of Britain
    7-14 September - Check the weather forecast if you are cheering on the riders in the Tour of Britain cycle race.
    - 31 Aug 11, 3:46pm -
  • Superbike Championships - Donington
    5-7 September - Check the Donington Park forecast for the British Superbike Championships.
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  • Proms in the Park
    13 September - Check the London weather forecast before attending Proms in the Park.
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  • T in the Park
    6-8 July - Check the Kinross weather forecast before packing your suncream or wellies for T in the Park.
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  • Eden Project Sessions
    3 June - 14 July - Check the local weather forecast before heading to the Eden Project this summer for the one of Eden Project Sessions.
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  • Wimbledon
    23 June - 6 July - Check the London weather forecast before heading to Wimbledon, the UK home of tennis.
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  • Download Festival
    13-15 June - Check the Donington weather forecast before heading to Download Festival.
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  • Isle of Wight Festival
    12-15 June - Will you need your wellies and waterproofs or suncream and ice lollies for the first big festival of the year?
    - 17 May 11, 3:55pm -
  • Royal Bath & West Show
    28 - 31 May - Will you be wearing your summer sandals or your welly boots for the Royal Bath & West Show?
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  • Run to the Sun
    24-27 May - Will the sun be shining on Newquay for Run to the Sun festival? Check the Newquay weather forecast.
    - 10 May 11, 10:46am -
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    18 April - 21 April - Check your local weather forecast before heading out this Easter holiday weekend.
    - 15 Mar 11, 3:11pm -

Space Exploration news

  • Planet discovered that won't stick to a schedule
    For their latest discovery, astronomers have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem. The new planet, called PH3c, is located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium. Its inconsistenc…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:33pm -
  • Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies
    The universe is an infinite sea of galaxies, which are majestic star-cities. When galaxies group together in massive clusters, some of them can be ripped apart by the gravitational tug of other galaxies. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope t…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:29pm -
  • When did galaxies settle down?
    Astronomers have long sought to understand exactly how the universe evolved from its earliest history to the cosmos we see around us in the present day. In particular, the way that galaxies form and develop is still a matter for debate. Now a group o…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:12pm -
  • Planet-forming lifeline discovered in a binary star system
    Scientists have detected a streamer of dust and gas flowing from a massive outer disk toward the inner reaches of a binary star system. This never-before-seen feature may be responsible for sustaining a second, smaller disk of planet-forming material…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 6:12pm -
  • Planck 2013 results: Special feature describes data gathered over 15 months of observations
    Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a special feature of 31 articles describing the data gathered by Planck over 15 months of observations and released by ESA and the Planck Collaboration in March 2013. This series of papers presents the initial s…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:54pm -
  • NASA statement regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences Corp. Launch mishap
    The following statement is from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding the mishap that occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facilit…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:05am -
  • Moon mission: Images of LADEE's impact crater captured
    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has spied a new crater on the lunar surface; one made from the impact of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission.
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:41am -
  • Laser experiments mimic cosmic explosions and planetary cores
    Researchers are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers focused on targets smaller than a pencil's eraser, they conducted experiments to create colliding jets of plasma knotted by p…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 4:26pm -
  • Tremendously bright pulsar may be one of many
    A newly found pulsar, the brightest ever seen, raises questions about a mysterious category of cosmic objects called ultraluminous X-ray sources. A member of the team that announced the discovery now discusses the likelihood of additional ultra-brigh…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 2:04pm -
  • Astronomers image the exploding fireball stage of a nova
    Astronomers have observed the expanding thermonuclear fireball from a nova that erupted last year in the constellation Delphinus with unprecedented clarity.
    - 5 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 11:50pm -
  • Hinode satellite captures X-ray footage of solar eclipse
    The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North Pole. The Hinode spacecraft was in the right…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 8:27pm -
  • NASA identifies ice cloud above cruising altitude on Titan
    NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 1:05am -
  • Illusions in the cosmic clouds: New image of spinning neutron star
    Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:59am -
  • MAVEN ultraviolet image of comet Siding Spring's hydrogen coma
    NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft obtained this ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on Oct. 17, 2014, two days before the comet's closest approach to Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spe…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:57am -
  • Mars Orbiter's spectrometer shows Oort comet's coma
    The Compact Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) observed comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as the comet sped close to Mars on Oct. 19. CRISM recorded imaging data in 107 different wavelengths, showing the inner part of the cloud of dust, called the com…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:54am -
  • Galactic wheel of life shines in infrared
    It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:51am -
  • NASA ultra-black nano-coating to be applied to 3-D new solar coronagraph
    An emerging super-black nanotechnology that is to be tested for the first time this fall on the International Space Station will be applied to a complex, 3-D component critical for suppressing stray light in a new, smaller, less-expensive solar coron…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:34am -
  • Mass gaging system will measure fuel transfer in zero gravity
    Transfer of super-cooled or cryogenic fuel from one tank to another in the zero gravity of space may one day be a reality. But the challenges of measuring fuels and fuel levels in the weightlessness of space must be solved first. A newly developed se…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:27am -
  • NASA creating a virtual telescope with two small spacecraft
    Although scientists have flown two spacecraft in formation, no one ever has aligned the spacecraft with a specific astronomical target and then held that configuration to make a scientific observation -- creating, in effect, a single or "virtual" tel…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:25am -
  • 3-D map of the adolescent universe
    Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe. The map shows a web of hydrogen gas that varies from low to high…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 8:41pm -
  • Lucky star escapes black hole with minor damage: Closest near-miss event to be spotted near the Milky Way
    Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star -- and the star lives to tell the tale.
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 4:08pm -
  • The perfume of the comet
    How does a comet smell? Since early August the Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) is sniffing the fumes of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko with its two mass spectrometers. The detected chemistry in the coma of the comet is s…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:18pm -
  • Titan glowing at dusk and dawn
    New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:01pm -
  • Two families of comets found around nearby star: Biggest census ever of exocomets around Beta Pictoris
    The HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created. Astronomers have studied nearly 500 individual comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris and has dis…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 6:06pm -
  • New window on the early Universe
    Scientists see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from  galaxies at the edge of the Universe. Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demo…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:43pm -
  • NASA Webb's heart survives deep freeze test
    After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum cham…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:07am -
  • Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions
    Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new article.
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:50pm -
  • Big black holes can block new stars
    Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found.
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:07pm -
  • POLARBEAR detects B-modes in the cosmic microwave background: Mapping cosmic structure, finding neutrino masses
    The POLARBEAR experiment has made the most sensitive and precise measurements yet of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background and found telling twists called B-modes in the patterns, signs that this cosmic backlight has been warped by inte…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:11pm -
  • NASA Rover Opportunity views comet near Mars
    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. The images of comet Siding Spring were taken against a backdrop of the pre-dawn Martian sky on Sund…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:35am -
  • Mars Orbiter image shows comet nucleus is small
    The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), yielding information about its nucleus.
    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:33am -
  • Heavy metal frost? A new look at a Venusian mystery
    Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data. Venus's surface can't be seen…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:39pm -
  • NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter watches comet fly near
    The longest-lived robot ever sent to Mars came through its latest challenge in good health, reporting home on schedule after sheltering behind Mars from possible comet dust.
    - 11 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • NASA's MAVEN studies passing comet and its effects
    NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars Oct. 19 and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.
    - 11 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:26pm -
  • NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter studies comet flyby
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has sent home more data about Mars than all other missions combined, is also now providing data about a comet that buzzed The Red Planet Oct. 19.
    - 11 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:21pm -
  • Explosion first evidence of a hydrogen-deficient supernova progenitor
    A new model is the first characterization of the progenitor for a hydrogen-deficient supernova. The model predicts that a bright hot star, which is the binary companion to an exploding object, remains after the explosion.Their findings have important…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:28am -
  • NASA spacecraft provides new information about sun's atmosphere
    NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun's atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun's constant outflow of particles called the solar w…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 11:54pm -
  • Tiny 'nanoflares' might heat the Sun's corona
    Why is the Sun's million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun's surface? This question has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a team led by Paola Testa is presenting new clues to the mystery of coronal heating. The…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:06pm -
  • Wobbling of a Saturn moon hints at what lies beneath
    Using instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft to measure the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn's regular moons, an astronomer has inferred that this small moon's icy surface cloaks either a rugby ball-shaped rocky core or a sloshing sub-surfa…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 7:36pm -
  • Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass
    Using the Hubble Space Telescope and the lensing power of giant galaxy cluster Abell 2744, astronomers may have made the most reliable distance measurement yet of an object that existed in the very early universe. The galaxy, estimated to be over 13…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 7:08pm -
  • Inexplicable signal from unseen universe provides tantalizing clue about one of astronomy's greatest secrets -- dark matter
    The first potential indication of direct detection of dark matter -- something that has been a mystery in physics for over 30 years -- has been attained. Astronomers found what appears to be a signature of 'axions', predicted 'dark matter' particle c…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:54pm -
  • Making measurements when a comet passes close to Mars
    On Sunday 19 October at 20:29 CET, a comet will pass close to the planet Mars. At the same time the Swedish instrument ASPERA-3 is on board the European satellite Mars Express orbiting Mars and ready to make measurements.
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:54pm -
  • Getting to know super-Earths: Using Hubble to study mysterious exoplanet
    Results from NASA's Kepler mission have indicated that the most common planets in the galaxy are super-Earths -- those that are bigger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. We have no examples of these planets in our own solar system, so astronomers a…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:25pm -
  • Milky Way ransacks nearby dwarf galaxies
    Astronomers have discovered that our nearest galactic neighbors, the dwarf spheroidal galaxies, are devoid of star-forming gas, and that our Milky Way Galaxy is to blame.
    - 16 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:25pm -
  • Potential Kuiper belt targets for new horizons Pluto mission
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects that the agency's New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.
    - 16 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 7:28pm -
  • Astronomers spot faraway Uranus-like planet: First 'ice giant' planet found in another solar system
    Our view of other solar systems just got a little more familiar, with the discovery of a planet 25,000 light-years away that resembles our own Uranus. Astronomers have discovered hundreds of planets around the Milky Way, including rocky planets simil…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 3:13pm -
  • Construction secrets of a galactic metropolis: APEX reveals hidden star formation in protocluster
    Astronomers have used the APEX telescope to probe a huge galaxy cluster that is forming in the early Universe and revealed that much of the star formation taking place is not only hidden by dust, but also occurring in unexpected places. This is the f…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • Rediscovering Venus to find faraway Earths: Measuring gravitational pull of a planet should speed search
    As the search for Earth-like planets wages on, a team of researchers may have found a way to speed up the process. The team is developing a new laser-based technology known as the green astro-comb to obtain information about the mass of a distant pla…
    - 17 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 8:25pm -
  • NASA mission provides its first look at Martian upper atmosphere
    NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas s…
    - 17 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 8:03pm -
  • Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it?
    Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it? No one knows for sure, but astrophysicists are searching for an answer.
    - 17 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 4:47pm -
  • NASA prepares its science fleet for Oct. 19 Mars comet encounter
    NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within a…
    - 18 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 9:07pm -
  • Preparing for Mars-grazing Comet Siding Spring
    Up to and during Comet Siding Spring’s flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, NASA’s Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars will attempt to capture data about the comet that are unobtainable from Earth.
    - 21 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 4:16pm -
  • Leaky, star-forming galaxies leads to better understand the universe
    Focusing on large, star-forming galaxies, researchers were able to measure radiation leaks in an effort to better understand how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed.
    - 21 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 3:08pm -
  • Temperature and water vapor on an exoplanet mapped
    A team of scientists has made the most detailed map yet of the temperature of an exoplanet’s atmosphere and traced the amount of water it contains. The planet targeted for both of the investigations was the hot-Jupiter exoplanet WASP-43b.
    - 22 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 7:14pm -
  • Milky Way has half the amount of dark matter as previously thought, new measurements reveal
    A new measurement of dark matter in the Milky Way has revealed there is half as much of the mysterious substance as previously thought. Australian astronomers used a method developed almost 100 years ago to discover that the weight of dark matter in…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 2:16pm -

Met Office News Releases

Health News

  • newEbola death toll rises, fewer cases in Guinea than thought: WHO - Reuters
    ReutersEbola death toll rises, fewer cases in Guinea than thought: WHOReutersGENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola epidemic has killed 4,951 people out of 13,567 infected in eight countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday, slightly revising down…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:02pm -
  • newUS Ambassador Says She's Monitoring for Ebola - ABC News
    CBS NewsUS Ambassador Says She's Monitoring for EbolaABC NewsThe U.S. ambassador who just returned from the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola said Friday she's self-monitoring for the virus like anyone else. Samantha Power, the envoy to…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:58pm -
  • newCall for calorie labels on alcohol to combat obesity - BBC News
    BBC NewsCall for calorie labels on alcohol to combat obesityBBC NewsThe Royal Society for Public Health said 80% of adults questioned did not know a large glass of wine contains a similar number of calories to a doughnut. The UK is one of the most ob…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:03pm -
  • newProtest over cuts to respite unit - U.TV
    Yahoo News UKProtest over cuts to respite unitU.TVA protest is being held in Ballycastle, Co Antrim over plans to shut Northern Ireland's only Multiple Sclerosis respite unit. Protest over cuts to respite unit. The bed closures effectively means Dalr…
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  • newLandmark 35-year study proves active lifestyle and wholesome diet are key to ... - The Independent
    The IndependentLandmark 35-year study proves active lifestyle and wholesome diet are key to ...The IndependentIf you have been looking for a reason to skip the gym today then bad luck, as a 35-year-long study has revealed that a healthier lifestyle c…
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Technology News

  • newAndroid 5.0 Lollipop release date, features and news - visual upgrades detailed - Expert Reviews
    Expert ReviewsAndroid 5.0 Lollipop release date, features and news - visual upgrades detailedExpert ReviewsGoogle has finally confirmed Android 5.0 'Lollipop', the biggest update to Android in years, will be arriving in the next few weeks. Announced…
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  • newSamsung Gear S: Release date, specs and pricing - IT PRO
    CNETSamsung Gear S: Release date, specs and pricingIT PROSamsung's mission to establish a dominant position in the smartwatch market continues with the firm announcing its latest product, the Gear S. The Gear S aims to mimic the look of a traditional…
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:52pm -
  • newSpain annoys Google by approving online news fees - Jamaica Observer
    AsiaOneSpain annoys Google by approving online news feesJamaica ObserverMADRID, Spain (AFP) — Spanish lawmakers annoyed Google on yesterday by passing a law that allows media organisations to charge the Internet giant for the right to reproduce the…
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:52am -
  • newSony's H1 loss balloons six-fold - Herald Sun
    Sony's H1 loss balloons six-foldHerald SunSony says its net loss for the April-September period ballooned to nearly $US1.0 billion ($A1.08 billion), as the embattled electronics firm continues to struggle in the fiercely competitive smartphone busine…
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:14am -
  • Apple marketing exec predicts Apple Watch is going to be 'huge' - CNET
    CNETApple marketing exec predicts Apple Watch is going to be 'huge'CNETGreg Joswiak, vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS product marketing, also says the iOS 8.0.1 bug, which caused phones to lose connectivity, was because of how the operating sys…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 7:43pm -

Science News

  • newVirgin Galactic spaceship has in-flight problem - WSFA
    Virgin Galactic spaceship has in-flight problemWSFAMOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket. The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flyin…
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:29pm -
  • newIs dark energy turning the universe into a 'big, empty, boring' place? - Daily Mail
    Daily MailIs dark energy turning the universe into a 'big, empty, boring' place?Daily MailA mysterious dark energy could be swallowing up the universe to leave a 'big, empty, boring' place. Researchers from the UK and Italy clam to have found indicat…
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:25pm -
  • newHubble Sees a Galaxy on the Edge - Space Fellowship
    Space FellowshipHubble Sees a Galaxy on the EdgeSpace FellowshipThis spectacular image was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The bright streak slicing across the frame is an edge-on view of galaxy NG…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:50pm -
  • newFirst camera used in space goes up for auction - ComputerworldUK
    Daily MailFirst camera used in space goes up for auctionComputerworldUKNew space images show lightning, lagoons and big iron on planets such as Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. The 25 Geekiest 25th anniversaries of 2014. Here you go. The camera up close.…
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  • newIPCC keen to avoid the ghost of 'Hopenhagen' - BBC News
    BBC NewsIPCC keen to avoid the ghost of 'Hopenhagen'BBC NewsIPCC scientists and government officials meeting here in Copenhagen are likely to work late into the night to deal with some very heavy questions. And it won't just be queries about the "sev…
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