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    Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. — Jean Arp

BBC - History

  • 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.
    - 5 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.
    - 5 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.
    - 5 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.
    - 13 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.
    - 13 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 6:20pm -
  • Ancient sites show up in dry weather
    A number of prehistoric and Roman sites have been spotted by an aerial archaeologist during recent good weather.
    - 20 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 2:56pm -
  • Ancient artefacts unearthed at fort
    Ancient Roman artefacts are unearthed by volunteers carrying out a dig at a Roman fort in South Shields.
    - 21 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 9:12am -
  • Russian dictators 'A-level choice'
    A top 10 of A-level history options puts Russian dictators and US civil rights as the most widely studied topics
    - 21 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 1:41am -
  • Bronze Age tools fix roundhouse roof
    A reconstructed Bronze Age roundhouse near Peterborough is being re-roofed using replica tools from the era in an "experimental archaeology" project.
    - 25 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 7:41am -
  • When murderers were hanged quickly
    Fifty years ago the last murderers were hanged in the UK. It brought to an end an era of extraordinarily swift capital punishment.
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 11:44pm -
  • The most famous pointing finger
    A recruitment poster of the stern-eyed Lord Kitchener has become a defining image of World War One.
    - 29 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 11:28pm -
  • 'Hidden' photos reveal library build
    A collection of more than 200 'hidden' images reveal the building of Cambridge's world-famous University Library.
    - 40 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 5:44am -
  • History of passenger planes shot down
    Amid reports that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane which crashed in eastern Ukraine was shot down, the BBC looks at previous such incidents.
    - 44 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 9:15pm -
  • Viking history sails into focus
    A reconstructed Norse longship has sailed into Merseyside - shedding light on the region's rich Viking history.
    - 47 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 12:25am -
  • Robin Hood's village is excavated
    A Nottinghamshire settlement known as Robin Hood's village is to be excavated to find out more about its history.
    - 50 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 12:47pm -
  • Who are the carabinieri?
    This year the Italian carabinieri is 200 years old - but why does Italy have two police forces and what is so special about the carabinieri?
    - 52 days ago, 13 Jul 14, 12:52am -
  • Who was the first Englishman to fly?
    He was the first ever Englishman to fly, but today the name James Sadler is virtually unknown. Why is this?
    - 53 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 3:25am -
  • China media: War history
    Media report on President Xi Jinping's speech at a ceremony commemorating the 77th anniversary of the start of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45.
    - 57 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 8:57am -
  • Was Edward the Black Prince really a nasty piece of work?
    A newly discovered letter is forcing a rethink of a 14th Century prince with a controversial reputation.
    - 58 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 10:59am -
  • BBC TV News reaches 60th milestone
    In the 60 years since the BBC launched its first TV news broadcast, the nature of TV news has changed beyond recognition.
    - 60 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 12:57am -
  • How Germany is remembering WW1
    The BBC's Berlin correspondent, Stephen Evans, reflects on how World War One is remembered differently in Germany, to how it is in Britain and his home town of Bridgend.
    - 62 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 9:16am -
  • 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.
    - 88 days ago, 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
    - 89 days ago, 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?
    - 89 days ago, 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.
    - 89 days ago, 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.
    - 89 days ago, 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.
    - 89 days ago, 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.
    - 89 days ago, 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.
    - 89 days ago, 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.
    - 90 days ago, 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.
    - 90 days ago, 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.
    - 90 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 5:37pm -
  • 12 amazing WW1 facts

    - 91 days ago, 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.
    - 92 days ago, 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.
    - 95 days ago, 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.
    - 96 days ago, 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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  • newVIDEO: Asa @Jam’in Berlin For The Tagesspiegel.de Sessions
    Asa was on Tagesspiele.de sessions recently, she had a little chat about her musical influences and she also gave an acoustic rendition of  “Fire On The Mountain” “Dead Again” and “Situations”.Order Bed Of Stone The post VIDEO: Asa @J…
    - 15 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:59am -
  • VIDEO: Banky W Talks Wizkid & More on Rubbin’ Minds
    Banky W (finally) gets interviewed by Ebuka on the Channels TV show “Rubbin’ Minds”. Banky W talks Wizkid, his rapping, relationships, and more on the show. Watch below.*O.O*The post VIDEO: Banky W Talks Wizkid & More on Rubbin’ Minds appe…
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  • VIDEO: Emma Nyra ft Davido – Elele
    Watch Emma Nyra ft Davido – Elele“Triple MG First Lady, Emma Nyra has released the striking visuals for her banging single ‘Elele’, featuring BET-award winning artiste, Davido.The video was directed by award winning cinematographer, Sesan…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:08pm -
  • Teffy – Burn My Pain Ft. 3Feat
    Teffy, (formerly known as Ope Teflon) is back with this emotional single “Burn My Pain”; this is a deep one which features 3Peat.“Known to the world as Ope Teflon for his amazing hits such as ‘Eja Tutu’, ‘Bend Down Low’, and ‘Mu…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:03pm -
  • Tipsy Araga – O Tin Load ft Olamide (Prod. Pheelz)
    Tipsy Araga teams up with Olamide on a song for the second time, and once again they delivered a decent tune. DOWNLOADThe post Tipsy Araga – O Tin Load ft Olamide (Prod. Pheelz) appeared first on notjustOk.
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:30pm -
  • Anny – I No Go Fear
    “Inspirational artiste ANNY is back again for the umpteenth time with another fantastic and rousing single.The Delta State born singer/ humanitarian Anny on the back of her last release, Peace Around The World featuring Nigeria All Stars is ou…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:24pm -
  • Reniss ft. Sadrak – Owé Owé | Cameroon
    Cameroon’s tribal pop princess, Reniss, released her newest single, “Owé Owé“, on August 22nd.A joyful song about love and positivity, “Owé Owé” is rich with choral harmonies evoking the musical style from the Western province of Came…
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  • Artquake – Adura ft Sound Sultan
    “Artquake, who are gearing up for the release of new albums, join forces on the smooth track with Sound Sultan and we’re definitely feeling it. Produced by Dollasyne, the collaboration hears both singers praying to God and expressing life struggl…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:02pm -
  • Dj Caise x EmmyAce – Buckle Up
    “Chocolate City’s official superstar, DJ Caise officially releases his latest single Buckle Up featuring ace producer Emmy Ace. Buckle Up is a high tempo dance hall track, which follows up on DJ Caise’s two previous successful singles Number…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 4:12pm -
  • DOWNLOAD: Vector – #A7 (Mixtape)
    Man of the moment, Vector Tha Viper has finally released the much-awaited mixtape, the #A7 Project today. The mixtape follows release of singles off it over the past two weeks – as the rapper launched back into the music scene with hot new music fa…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 3:31pm -
  • notjustOk Hype: ShayDee
    NotjustOk hype will feature the future potential heavy hitters in Naija music. Any material featured in this category will be from an unsigned OR up & coming Nigerian/African artiste/producer/record label that boasts of nothing but promising content.…
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  • VIDEO: Wizkid Speaks on Beef with Davido, EME On ”The Truth” with Olisa
    Join Olisa Adibua on the debut episode of ‘The Truth‘, as he sits down with Nigerian music sensation Wizkid – who opens up about everything from new music projects, women issues, his relationship with EME, social media trolls and his supposed b…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:32am -

Sci-Fi Books

  • newNo apocalypse for sci-fi's Scalzi - U-T San Diego
    SF Weekly (blog)No apocalypse for sci-fi's ScalziU-T San DiegoA: Science fiction and fantasy, particularly these days, is really interested in the end times. You'll have zombie books or books where a biological agent has gone awry and all these horri…
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  • 5 Fantasy and Sci-fi Books to Read This September - Geek Smash
    Geek Smash5 Fantasy and Sci-fi Books to Read This SeptemberGeek SmashWe've nearly reached the end of summer, my friends. Depending on where you're reading this, folks are headed back to school–if they haven't begun already–and everyone's trying t…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:23pm -
  • 8 Funny Sci-Fi Books For Whovians - Huffington Post
    8 Funny Sci-Fi Books For WhoviansHuffington Post... behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an un…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:21pm -
  • It's Ridiculous To Say Science Fiction Books Aren't Based On Real Life - io9
    It's Ridiculous To Say Science Fiction Books Aren't Based On Real Lifeio9One of the most annoying fallacies about science fiction and fantasy books is that they're less connected to reality than "realistic" fiction. In fact, SF and fantasy authors dr…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 6:42pm -
  • Scalzi's new sci-fi thriller 'Lock In' gets a theme song - CNET
    Scalzi's new sci-fi thriller 'Lock In' gets a theme songCNET"Lock In" -- out next week from Tor Books -- is a sci-fi thriller about a new virus that hits 15 years from now. The 1 percent of those afflicted by the virus referred to as Haden's Syndrome…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 9:41pm -

VISO Trailers

Annabelle - Official Trailer 2
Annabelle - Official Trailer 2The plot is unknown, but the project is a spin-off to The Conjuring. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.ly/3UVvY Share what ...From:VISO TrailersViews:11482 238ratingsTime:…
- 21 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:11am -
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - Official Trailer
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - Official TrailerOne couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Get more new movie trai...From:VISO TrailersViews:11602…
- 1 day ago, 2 Sep 14, 12:01am -
Book of Life - Official Trailer 2
Book of Life - Official Trailer 2Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic...From:VISO TrailersViews:6698 159ratingsTim…
- 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 10:28pm -
Automata - Official Trailer
Automata - Official TrailerJacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound co...From:VISO TrailersViews:14065 479ratingsTime:02…
- 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 10:14pm -
A Walk Among The Tombstones - Official Trailer
A Walk Among The Tombstones - Official TrailerPrivate investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to V...From:VISO TrailersViews:16820 3…
- 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 10:02pm -
Hector And The Search For Happiness - Official Trailer
Hector And The Search For Happiness - Official TrailerA psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.ly/3UVvY Share what yo...From:VISO TrailersViews:1153…
- 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:58pm -

Natural Disasters

National Geographic Tube

Trooper Tracker
Trooper TrackerTroopers track down a stolen ATV with the hopes of returning it to the rightful owner. ALASKA STATE TROOPERS AIRS TUESDAYS at 9P.From:National GeographicViews:0 0ratingsTime:02:06More inPeople & Blogs
- 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
The Evolution of Diet (Trailer)
The Evolution of Diet (Trailer)Before the advent of agriculture 10000 years ago, humans got their food by hunting, gathering, and fishing. Scientists are turning to these ancient methods of subsistence for insights into...From:National Geograph…
- 5 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:07pm -
Hunt With the World's Last Full-Time Hunter-Gatherers
Hunt With the World's Last Full-Time Hunter-GatherersThese are sights and sounds of life among Tanzania's Hadza people, the world's last full-time hunter-gatherers. They live on what they can find: honey, plants, and game, such as bush babies....…
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Minks Matter
Minks MatterWildlife Trooper Stang is in search of a mink trapper who may be hunting out of season. ALASKA STATE TROOPERS AIRS TUESDAYS at 9P.From:National GeographicViews:399 18ratingsTime:03:05More inPeople & Blogs
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Mixing Narcotics
Mixing NarcoticsHeroin addict Reuben explains the effects of his addiction and how he lives with it. DRUGS, INC AIRS WEDNESDAYS at 9P.From:National GeographicViews:20379 205ratingsTime:03:03More inPeople & Blogs
- 8 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 4:16pm -
Boarding Evil
Boarding EvilThose who encountered some of the 9/11 hijackers recall their interactions. 9/10: THE FINAL HOURS AIRS SUN SEP 7 at 8P.From:National GeographicViews:8731 76ratingsTime:05:29More inEntertainment
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Comic Relief Tube

David's Exes
David's ExesSubscribe for more Comic Relief comedy: http://bit.ly/1gXbQkj David Walliams has some big news to tell his former partners. Featuring: Dr Christian Jessen, K...From:Comic ReliefViews:10949 477ratingsTime:06:57More inEnte…
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Behind the scenes with KSI
Behind the scenes with KSISubscribe for more great video: http://bit.ly/1gXbQkj Take a look behind the scenes at KSI's hilarious photo shoot for Sport Relief 2014.From:Comic ReliefViews:56159 1163ratingsTime:01:30More inNonprofits &…
- 21 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 4:09am -
Family reunited after civil war
Family reunited after civil warSubscribe for more amazing stories ▻ http://bit.ly/1gXbQkj Billy Connolly finds out about a Comic Relief funded project which reunites families. For more information please visit: http://www.co...From:Comic Reli…
- 22 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 2:50am -
Running the Sport Relief mile at school
Running the Sport Relief mile at schoolSt Christopher's School ran the Sport Relief Mile, find out more: http://bit.ly/1cqcGHG.From:Comic ReliefViews:1306 6ratingsTime:01:37More inNonprofits & Activism
- 22 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 2:32am -

News - In Pictures

Day in pictures: 2 September 2014
Day in pictures: 2 September 2014
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Day in pictures: 1 September 2014
Day in pictures: 1 September 2014
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British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Wildlife Photography Awards
- 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:23pm -
In pictures: India's coal miners
In pictures: India's coal miners
- 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 9:34pm -
Northern Ireland then and now
Northern Ireland then and now
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Day in pictures: 28 August 2014
Day in pictures: 28 August 2014
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New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales
New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales
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Photographing a changing body
Photographing a changing body
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This Day in History - Britannica

  • Great Fire of London : 2 September 1666 - This Day in History
    On this day in 1666 the Great Fire of London began accidentally in the house of the king's baker; it burned for four days and destroyed a large part of the city, including Old St. Paul's Cathedral and about 13,000 houses.More Events on this day:1945:…
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  • Jimmy Connors: Biography of the Day
    Jimmy ConnorsAmerican tennis star Jimmy Connors, born this day in 1952, captured the U.S. Open title five times and in 1974 won three Grand Slam events (U.S., Australian, and Wimbledon) but was barred from competing in the French Open.
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National Geographic Tube

Trooper Tracker
Trooper TrackerTroopers track down a stolen ATV with the hopes of returning it to the rightful owner. ALASKA STATE TROOPERS AIRS TUESDAYS at 9P.From:National GeographicViews:0 0ratingsTime:02:06More inPeople & Blogs
- 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
The Evolution of Diet (Trailer)
The Evolution of Diet (Trailer)Before the advent of agriculture 10000 years ago, humans got their food by hunting, gathering, and fishing. Scientists are turning to these ancient methods of subsistence for insights into...From:National Geograph…
- 5 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:07pm -
Hunt With the World's Last Full-Time Hunter-Gatherers
Hunt With the World's Last Full-Time Hunter-GatherersThese are sights and sounds of life among Tanzania's Hadza people, the world's last full-time hunter-gatherers. They live on what they can find: honey, plants, and game, such as bush babies....…
- 5 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 7:58pm -
Minks Matter
Minks MatterWildlife Trooper Stang is in search of a mink trapper who may be hunting out of season. ALASKA STATE TROOPERS AIRS TUESDAYS at 9P.From:National GeographicViews:399 18ratingsTime:03:05More inPeople & Blogs
- 6 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 7:02pm -

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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

Time-lapse of the TARDIS in Parliament Square - Doctor Who: Series 8 (2014) - BBC One
Time-lapse of the TARDIS in Parliament Square - Doctor Who: Series 8 (2014) - BBC Onewww.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho To celebrate the start of Series 8, BBC One crash landed the TARDIS in Parliament Square on 22nd August 2014.From:BBCViews:9328…
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Lorraine Pascale: How to be a Better Cook - Trailer - BBC Two
Lorraine Pascale: How to be a Better Cook - Trailer - BBC TwoFor more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/lorraine-pascale-better-cook Lorraine Pascale: How to be a Better Cook. Starts 8.30pm Friday 12 September on BBC T…
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Robot of Sherwood: Official TV Trailer - Doctor Who: Series 8 Episode 3 (2014) - BBC One
Robot of Sherwood: Official TV Trailer - Doctor Who: Series 8 Episode 3 (2014) - BBC Onehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho When robots threaten Sherwood Forest, the Doctor must join forces with Robin Hood.From:BBCViews:29482 629ratingsTime…
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Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Trailer - BBC One
Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Trailer - BBC Onehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/strictly Strictly fever is back! Join us for the launch show on Sunday 7th September at 8pm.From:BBCViews:11994 154ratingsTime:00:41More inEntertainment
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The Daily Mash


BBC Worldwide tube

Camel Herding with a Chopper - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBC
Camel Herding with a Chopper - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBCSimon witnesses what its like to herd in the animals at a camel ranch in Australia. And it involves some very low flying helicopters. Subscribe to the BBC Worldwide channel: http://ww…
- 14 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:18am -
Peter Capaldi as the Tragic Frobisher - Torchwood: Children of Earth - BBC
Peter Capaldi as the Tragic Frobisher - Torchwood: Children of Earth - BBCPart of our Peter Capaldi Week on BBC Worldwide** As Lois delves into the mystery of the explosion in Cardiff Bay, John Frobisher updates his superior on t...From:BBCWorl…
- 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:02pm -
Peter Capaldi & A Haunting Interrogation - Waking the Dead - BBC
Peter Capaldi & A Haunting Interrogation - Waking the Dead - BBCPart of Peter Capaldi Week on BBC Worldwide** Brought in by the team for questioning over the death of a former colleague, Lucien Calvin finds troubling me...From:BBCWorldwideView…
- 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:58pm -
Surviving a Suicide Bomber Attack - Terror in the Desert - BBC
Surviving a Suicide Bomber Attack - Terror in the Desert - BBCSurvivors of January 2013's terrorist attack on the Amenas gas plant in Algeria tell their dramatic and harrowing stories. With the remaining hostages having...From:BBCWorldwideView…
- 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:19pm -

Design and Technology


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Marvel Entertainment Tube

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS - The Story So Far
Avengers & X-Men: AXIS - The Story So FarBefore Avengers & X-Men: AXIS kicks off this October, follow the events leading up to this epic! Relive the first battle between the Uncanny Avengers and the Red Skull! Also featuring the Apocalyps...From…
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"Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors" - Meet Miles Morales
"Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors" - Meet Miles MoralesSee what happens when Peter Parker meets Miles Morales in this clip from later this season in "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," and catch new epi...From:Marvel Enterta…
- 19 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:51am -
Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" - Gear and Garb of the Galaxy 3
Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" - Gear and Garb of the Galaxy 3Learn more about the design of the props and costumes for the villains and Nova Corps from the Prop Master and Costume Designer, and see Marvel's "Guardians ...From:Marvel Entert…
- 20 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 4:57am -
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Dave Bautista at Wizard World Philadelphia
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Dave Bautista at Wizard World PhiladelphiaLearn about the research that went into bringing Drax to life and see Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," in theaters now! Get your tickets for Guardians of ...From:Ma…
- 20 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 4:32am -

Famous Philosophers

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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…
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  • 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…
    - 61 days ago, 2 Nov 14, 3:07pm -
  • Refugee figures now higher than at the end of the World War II
    As the refuge crisis in Syria reaches 3 million we need to find a global response to record world refugee numbers, writes Dick Skellington. Dick Skellington. Dick Skellington edits Society Matters for the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open Un…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:08pm -
  • Three ways your personal photos are vulnerable to hackers
    Leaked nude snaps from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence's iCloud stresses how vulnerable our personal photos are to hacking. In light of this, how can we up our cloud's security?  Andrew Smith. Andrew Smith grew up in Somerset, where he embarked on…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 2:18pm -
  • Brentford FC; A Tale of Two Seasons
    A brief summary of how Brentford showed resilience to return to the second tier of English football. First published on Sat, 30 Aug 2014 as Brentford FC; A Tale of Two Seasons. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website.
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  • Radar: What happened next?
    Since the Second World War, radar systems have become smaller, further, wetter and stealthier. Discover the application of radar in modern life with this collection of articles. Dr Ian Johnston. Ian Johnston has been with The Open University since…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 2:06pm -
  • HOME-GROWN TALENT - GREG DYKE’S PLAN B
    Examines the Football Association's 'home-grown' quota rule. First published on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 as HOME-GROWN TALENT - GREG DYKE’S PLAN B. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website.
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  • OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Past episodes
    Go back in time by exploring past episodes of BBC Inside Science, the radio series that lluminates the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world. First published on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 as OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Scie…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:49am -
  • An Effective Business Model For All? The Story Of Swansea City
    P.L. Chief Executive Richard Scudamore described Swansea as "probably the ideal ownership model". Could other clubs follow suit? First published on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 as An Effective Business Model For All? The Story Of Swansea City. To find out…
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  • Roadkill: What is an animal’s greatest enemy?
    As vehicle numbers rise so too does the number of animals left dead on our roads, writes Dick Skellington.             Dick Skellington. Dick Skellington edits Society Matters for the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University.First…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 2:08pm -
  • The Secret Life of Books: Download the app
    Download the app from the BBC Four series The Secret Life of Books. First published on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 as The Secret Life of Books: Download the app. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Copyright 2014
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  • OU on the BBC: Castles in the Sky
    Embrace a remarkable human drama behind the invention that was to prove pivotal in the Battle of Britain - radar. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the finest in free, online learning since 1999.First publish…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:26am -
  • OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science
    Adam Rutherford returns with guests in this new series to illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world. First published on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 as OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science . To find out more visit The…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:19am -
  • Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk?
    Deminish your chance of developing dementia as part of World Alzheimer's Month 2014; know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital information on this debilitating disorder. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: brin…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 9:24am -
  • Try our experimental recommendation tool
    Looking for something interesting from OpenLearn? Try our experimental tool. First published on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 as Try our experimental recommendation tool. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 3:16pm -
  • MK Dons manager Karl Robinson on leading a winning team
    As MK Dons hit the headlines beating Manchester United 4-0, find out what manager Karl Robinson thinks on how empowering your team is a crucial element of creative leadership. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you t…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:25pm -
  • The silly season is upon us
    Dick Skellington invites readers to pick a winner from this summer's improbable array of silly season stories. Dick Skellington. Dick Skellington edits Society Matters for the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University.First published on T…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:59pm -
  • The energy dilemma
    How can the Government balance voter and industry expectations of the energy market in the lead up to the next election?  Dr Howard Viney. Howard Viney is senior lecturer in strategic management at The Open University Business School.First publi…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 12:35pm -
  • Iconic engineering: The Forth Bridge and Concorde
    Why do we look on with adoration and amazement at some engineering creations while others leave us feeling indifferent? Dr Ian Johnston examines why some structures are worthy of their iconic status.  Dr Ian Johnston. Ian Johnston has been with Th…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 9:23am -
  • Thinking outside the box: Resolving the Palestinian problem
    Dick Skellington talks to Middle East scholar Professor Hovhanness Israel Pilikian about how to start the process of reconciliation and peace. Dick Skellington. Dick Skellington edits Society Matters for the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open U…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 11:03am -
  • "Football is nothing without fans" Jock Stein
    “Football is nothing without fans” Jock Stein. Football fans are the most loyal customer in the world. They follow their team through the good bad times. First published on Fri, 22 Aug 2014 as "Football is nothing without fans" Jock St…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 4:23am -
  • The legacy of Shakespeare
    Many believe William Shakespeare was the greatest playwright who ever lived. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy. First published on Tue, 19 Aug 2014 as The legacy of Shakespeare. To find out more visit The Open University's Openle…
    - 15 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 12:37pm -
  • Did the Chancellor outwit his critics - or out borrow them?
    Despite a fragile recovery, with earnings stagnating, Alan Shipman warns we may be facing an indefinite period of austerity. Alan Shipman. Alan Shipman is lecturer in economics at The Open University, and a former financial journalist.First publish…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:40pm -
  • Materials: Sustainability and structure
    Whether it's outlining the world's attitude to plastic bags or admiring the Pont de Normandie, Ian Johnston and Bernie Clark discuss sustainability, the future of materials and iconic structures in these short podcasts.  Dr Ian Johnston. Ian Johns…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:25pm -
  • How sustainable is mass production?
    Miraculous inventions and engineering has enabled us to get our hands on cheap and effective products used in everyday life, but are the materials and methods used sustainable?  Dr Ian Johnston. Ian Johnston has been with The Open University since…
    - 18 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 3:07pm -
  • Download free eBooks
    Inspired by the BBC Four series The Secret Life of Books, we have produced two collections of free eBooks for you to download and enjoy. First published on Fri, 15 Aug 2014 as Download free eBooks. To find out more visit The Open University's Openl…
    - 19 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 10:34am -
  • The challenge of being a manager and a leader
    Slashing his own salary in order to give his minimum-wage employees a raise has divided public opinion on one American university president. Is this a case of effective leadership or a classic publicity stunt used by many corporations - including J.P…
    - 19 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 9:18am -
  • Is Baroness Warsi right? Could black voters decide the next General Election?
    Are our political parties doing enough to win the minority vote? Hugh Muir reports. Hugh Muir. Hugh Muir is diary editor of The Guardian, and has written extensively on race and society.First published on Thu, 14 Aug 2014 as Is Baroness Warsi rig…
    - 20 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 10:34am -
  • Hadrian, Rome and the Roman Empire
    Reveal the stories of Hadrian's Wall and take a look at the legacy the Ancient Romans have left behind.  First published on Wed, 13 Aug 2014 as Hadrian, Rome and the Roman Empire. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Cre…
    - 21 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 11:09am -
  • Mental health awareness
    With the recent death of actor Robin Williams, our experts tell you how you can help someone you think may be suffering from mental health issues and advise you on how to cope if you are personally affected.  The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn cont…
    - 21 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 9:55am -
  • The Secret Life of Books: The episodes
    Lose yourself in the plot of each episode from the BBC Four series The Secret Life of Books. First published on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 as The Secret Life of Books: The episodes. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Com…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 2:35pm -
  • The Secret Life of Books: Jane Eyre
    Novelist Bidisha Mamata uncovers the darker, crueler side to Charlotte Bronte’s classic Victorian novel, Jane Eyre. First published on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 as The Secret Life of Books: Jane Eyre. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlea…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 2:11pm -
  • The Secret Life of Books: Mrs Dalloway
    University lecturer Alexandra Harris argues Mrs Dalloway is a book about madness that Virginia Woolf wrote so that she could remain sane. First published on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 as The Secret Life of Books: Mrs Dalloway. To find out more visit The Op…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 1:41pm -
  • The Secret Life of Books: Great Expectations
    Ex-Eastenders screenwriter Tony Jordan swaps one miserable storyline for another when he delves into one of Dickens' greatest works, Great Expectations.  First published on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 as The Secret Life of Books: Great Expectations. To find…
    - 22 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 12:13pm -
  • The Secret Life of Books: Frankenstein
    Anatomist and author Professor Alice Roberts dissects one of the earliest examples of Science Fiction, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  First published on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 as The Secret Life of Books: Frankenstein. To find out more visit The Open Uni…
    - 22 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 11:43am -
  • The Secret Life of Books: The First Folio
    Actor Simon Russell Beale explores the words from one of the greatest playwrights of all time, William Shakespeare.  First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as The Secret Life of Books: The First Folio. To find out more visit The Open University's Op…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 5:21pm -
  • The Secret Life of Books: The Mabinogion
    Welsh singer/songwriter Cerys Matthews delves into the history of Celtic mythology and the Arthurian romantic legends that make up The Mabinogion. First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as The Secret Life of Books: The Mabinogion. To find out more v…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 5:00pm -
  • Language of Comedy
    Leading comedians and writers share their insights into how people manipulate language to generate humour and what this reveals about society.  First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as Language of Comedy. To find out more visit The Open University's…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 4:24pm -
  • Language of Comedy - Catchphrases
    Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases using Steve Martin and the Fast Show's spoof of Downton Abbey as examples. First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as Language of Comedy - Catchphrases . To find out more visit The Open University's O…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 3:48pm -
  • Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour
    German comedian Henning Wehn looks at how comedians play with cultural stereotypes as a source of humour.  First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn w…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 3:42pm -
  • Language of Comedy - Innuendo
    How do comedians exploit the ambiguities of language in the production of innuendo? Featuring Julian Clary's head-writer, David McGillivray. First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as Language of Comedy - Innuendo. To find out more visit The Open Unive…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 3:35pm -
  • Language of Comedy - Social class
    BAFTA award-winning Fast Show writer Charlie Higson discusses how social class and dialects are used as a topic for comedy.  First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as Language of Comedy - Social class. To find out more visit The Open University's Op…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 3:25pm -
  • Language of Comedy - Creating a character
    How do comedians exploit regional variety in comedy? Sheffield comedian Graham Fellows uses his character John Shuttleworth to illustrate. First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as Language of Comedy - Creating a character. To find out more visit The…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 3:10pm -
  • The Educators: The episodes
    Find out more about each episode in the BBC Radio 4 series, The Educators. First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as The Educators: The episodes. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Copyright 2014
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 3:09pm -
  • Everything speaks: Can we positively change our behaviour?
    If we understand more about the things we do we can change the world for the better, writes Jez Rose. Jez Rose. Jez Rose is a leading behaviour change consultant working with organisations worldwide. He has won awards for business growth and develo…
    - 23 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 9:58am -
  • Language of Comedy - Crafting a joke
    Comedian and actor Isy Suttie looks at how language is manipulated to create jokes, especially one-liners. First published on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 as Language of Comedy - Crafting a joke . To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website.…
    - 23 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 9:33am -
  • What would the dead we honour make of our warring world today?
    My family was haunted by father's experience on the Somme and the loss of his friends. Why do we pay homage to the dead but ignore the lessons of their war? asks Robert Fisk. Robert Fisk. Robert Fisk is an English writer and journalist from Maidsto…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 3:45pm -
  • Big moon rising
    David Rothery doesn't think the supermoon we're due to see on 10 August deserves that much attention  Professor David Rothery. Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Plan…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 2:28pm -
  • Science experiment: The density tower
    In this video, the OU's Janet Sumner shows you how to conduct a simple density tower experiment using everyday household liquids. Dr Janet Sumner. Dr Janet Sumner is a qualified geologist and vulcanologist, and works with the OU's Open Media Unit a…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 2:11pm -
  • OU on the BBC: Everyday Miracles - Away
    After delving in to the vital materials encompassing the world around us, Mark Miodownik explores how these have made us go further and travel faster.  The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the finest in free, onli…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 1:40pm -
  • Why OKCupid sending users on bad dates was a good idea
    Lab rat culture is prevalent in online businesses, as OKCupid's openess about experimenting on their site's users suggests. So, is user experimentation bad conduct or a genius idea? Nick Dalton. Nick Dalton's teaching interests include ubiquitous c…
    - 27 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 10:06am -
  • Being a nation, becoming a state
    Prior to independence, Scotland is percieved, by many, as already being a nation but will devolution see it become recognised by others as a state?  Rosemarie McIlwhan. A Lecturer in Law, Rosemarie's core research interest is human rights and equa…
    - 27 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 9:24am -
  • A taxing question
    Scotland's bid for independence is posing many questions, one of the most important questions concerns funding. So, what effect will devolution have on taxes and how is Scotland funded at the moment?  Rosemarie McIlwhan. A Lecturer in Law, Rosemar…
    - 27 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 4:54pm -
  • OU on the BBC: Everyday Miracles - Home
    As Mark uncovers, what provide us with the home comfort are a collection of metals, plastics, liquid crystals, plastics and ceramics, all assembled in very precise ways. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the fin…
    - 27 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 3:52pm -
  • My Shakespeare: The episodes
    Find out more about the episodes that make up the Sky Arts series, My Shakespeare. First published on Tue, 05 Aug 2014 as My Shakespeare: The episodes. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Copyright 2014
    - 28 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 5:00pm -

Free Open Learning Courses

  • 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 16 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 9:00am -
  • Stakeholders in marketing and finance
    This unit comprises two short, introductory readings introducing the idea of customers and of stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in which learners are asked to relate these ideas to their own work practice. First…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 1:43pm -
  • 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…
    - 56 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 9:00am -
  • 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…
    - 64 days ago, 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…
    - 72 days ago, 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.…
    - 77 days ago, 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…
    - 79 days ago, 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…
    - 85 days ago, 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…
    - 91 days ago, 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 -
  • New Free OpenLearn Courses
    This collection highlights the new free OpenLearn courses that have recently been published. First published on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 as New Free OpenLearn Courses. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
    - 27 Mar 14, 9:00am -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner
    This is the third of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'.Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher. This unit explains what is meant by reflective practice and how to ensure that reflection leads to lear…
    - 23 Jan 14, 12:29pm -
  • Race, ethnicity and crime
    This unit briefly examines the relationships between race and ethnicity, and crime, criminalisation and criminal justice. It considers the relationship between crime and cultural difference; the notion of ‘criminalisation’ and how its processes a…
    - 22 Jan 14, 5:52pm -
  • Introduction to critical criminology
    This unit provides a brief introduction to critical criminological thinking. It defines the ways in which critical criminologists take a 'critical stance' to the fundamental concepts, practices and institutions associated with crime and criminal just…
    - 22 Jan 14, 5:35pm -
  • Teachers sharing resources online
    This unit is designed to help you learn about how learning resources can be shared using online repositories, i.e. websites that allow for the uploading of electronic materials that can then be used and adapted by others. One of the leading examples…
    - 22 Jan 14, 2:58pm -
  • Veiling
    This unit explores controversies associated with the practice of ‘veiling’ within Islam. The Islamic ‘veil', be it in the form of the hijab, niqab, jilbab or burqa (we shall explore this terminology in more detail later), has been at the centre…
    - 22 Jan 14, 9:39am -
  • Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting
    This unit provides an introduction to the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. It also explains the fundamental rules of double-entry bookkeeping and how they are used to produce the balance sheet and the profit and lo…
    - 21 Jan 14, 1:10pm -
  • Infants’ understanding of their social world
    Here we draw on a wide range of psychological research to address the question of whether infants have a rich understanding of their social world. You will have the opportunity to read journal papers and newspaper articles as well as to engage with a…
    - 21 Jan 14, 12:10pm -
  • Engaging with educational research
    This unit introduces you to the theoretical toolkit that is an essential part of engaging in educational enquiry. You will consider the types of theories and what their role is in the research process. Two very influential research perspectives are e…
    - 20 Jan 14, 5:03pm -
  • Rural entrepreneurship in Scotland
    This unit is an introduction to rural enterprise in Scotland. It is principally designed for those developing their own enterprises and also as a resource for people supporting enterprises in rural areas. It has been developed specifically for a Scot…
    - 17 Jan 14, 3:01pm -
  • EPOCH Psychology history timeline
    This unit uses an interactive resource (EPoCH) to gain a better sense of how the historical and social context influences psychological inquiry. You will examine the different methods used by psychologists to investigate human behaviour and learn to…
    - 10 Jan 14, 12:15pm -

Change your life with a qualification

  • newBBC/OU Series uncovers the secrets behind famous works of fiction
    A new BBC Four series starting today (8.30pm, BBC Four) called The Secret Life of Books, produced in partnership with The Open University (OU), sheds new light on some of the greatest works of British literature. Presented by writers and performers,…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:03pm -
  • Open University discovers young volcanoes on Mercury
    Violent volcanic eruptions on the planet Mercury happened much more recently than previously believed, new research from The Open University reveals.Published in Geophysical Research Letters this week, the paper concludes that explosive eruptions con…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 10:50am -
  • Open University Amongst Top UK Universities for Student Satisfaction
    The Open University has again been rated one of the best in the country for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS). The OU received a rating of 91% for overall student satisfaction, placing it in the top ten universities in…
    - 22 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 8:18am -
  • Comet-chasing Rosetta mission gives local school students the chance to reach for the stars
    Students from Walton High in Milton Keynes have been finding out that the sky is definitely not the limit when it comes to research at The Open University (OU). Last week as part of their digital media production course, ten BTEC students visited the…
    - 39 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:03pm -
  • Research reveals half of UK small business owners relish being in charge
    • Half of SME owners and managers cite 'being your own boss' as the biggest benefit of running your own business, listing it in the top three advantages, according to the latest Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain by The Open University B…
    - 40 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:29pm -

Arts Council

  • newBe dazzled in Dorset with festival fever this September
    Three significant festivals take place in Dorset this September, bringing thousands of visitors to the county and showcasing local artists alongside established internal performers.Three significant festivals take place in Dorset this September, br…
    - 7 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:43pm -
  • Funding for pilot arts and health project
    Root and Branch, a volunteer-led mental health support organisation based in Chesterfield, has been awarded £8,978 from Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme to produce a series of arts events to get people thinking differently abou…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:52pm -
  • Arts and culture take centre stage at Bristol Doors Open Day 2014
    National portfolio organisation The Architecture Centre is taking the lead in co-ordinating the popular Bristol Doors Open Day for the first time this September.National portfolio organisation The Architecture Centre is taking the lead in co-ordina…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:43pm -
  • Brighton Digital Festival to celebrate digital culture this September
    This September Brighton's calendar is dominated by the return of Brighton Digital Festival, which runs from 1-28 September 2014. It boasts a packed programme that brings together the city's arts and digital communities in one of the creative industry…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:47am -
  • Nourish kicks off season of high calibre outdoor arts and festivals in the South West
    A new annual festival celebrating the very best in regional food, craft and music will launch in Bovey Tracey this September, supported by an award of £7,490 from our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme.A new annual festival celebra…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 9:52am -
  • Festival of live art set to challenge and inspire
    The October, Fierce Festival is back in Birmingham with an adventurous programme of live art, performances and projects that will challenge expectations and subvert assumptions.The October, Fierce Festival is back in Birmingham with an adventurous…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 4:26pm -
  • Promenade theatre adventure encourages walking and running in Devon
    A unique production by site specific theatre company Burn the Curtain will open as part of Unexpected 2014 on 29 August at Riverside Valley Park in Exeter.A unique production by site specific theatre company Burn the Curtain will open as part of…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 3:29pm -
  • Heritage project explores a new way of living
    A heritage project, supported by investment from Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is exploring what people in the late 1950s envisioned as the ideal place to live.A heritage project, supported by…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:22pm -
  • The world's first all-black orchestra visits the UK for the first time
    The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra and Choir, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is making its first visit to the UK during September. The world's first all-black symphony orchestra, it will perform in venues in Manchester, London, Bristol and Cardi…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 10:18am -
  • Touring photography exhibition is Open for Business
    West Bromwich based National Portfolio Organisation Multistory has commissioned nine leading Magnum photographers to travel the country to capture more than 100 images that offer a behind-the-scene look into contemporary UK manufacturing.West Bro…
    - 12 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 2:29pm -

Society and Culture

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Weather Events

  • Aviva Premiership Rugby Fixtures
    6 September - 31 May - Before you head to any of the 2013/2014 Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures, check the weather forecast for each venue.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II - History of Weather
    See what the weather has been like in Queen Elizabeth II's lifetime and the conditions on key dates in her reign.
    - 23 May 12, 9:47am -
  • Olympic Torch Relay
    More than 8000 torch bearers will carry the Olympic Torch Relay across the UK in 70 days. Check the weather forecast as the torch visits a town or city near you.
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  • Olympic Torch Relay week ten
    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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  • Olympic Torch Relay week two
    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
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  • Yeovilton Air Day
    26 July - Will the sky be clear to watch the demonstrations at this year's Yeovilton Air Day? Check the forecast.
    - 19 Mar 12, 1:17pm -
  • Moonwalk Edinburgh
    8 June - Will the weather be kind to those taking part in the Edinburgh MoonWalk? Check the local forecast.
    - 17 Feb 12, 11:17am -
  • Olympic Torch Relay week one
    Check the forecast for the locations visited by the torch relay each day.
    - 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.
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  • 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.
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    21 November - Check the Exeter weather forecast before heading to see the Christmas lights switch on in the city centre.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Goodwood Revival
    12-14 September - Check the local weather forecast for Goodwood Revival.
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  • BUPA Great North Run
    7 September - Check the local weather forecast if you are taking part in this year's BUPA Great North Run.
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  • BUPA Great Birmingham Run
    21 October - Taking part in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run? Check the local weather forecast.
    - 1 Sep 11, 1:36pm -
  • Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon
    6 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
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  • 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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    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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Space Exploration news

  • Red Planet's climate history uncovered in unique Martian meteorite
    Was Mars -- now a cold, dry place -- once a warm, wet planet that sustained life? Research underway may one day answer those questions -- and perhaps even help pave the way for future colonization of the Red Planet. By analyzing the chemical clues lo…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:15pm -
  • Early growth of giant galaxy, just 3 billion years after the Big Bang, revealed
    The birth of massive galaxies, according to galaxy formation theories, begins with the buildup of a dense, compact core that is ablaze with the glow of millions of newly formed stars. Evidence of this early construction phase, however, has eluded ast…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:15pm -
  • Orion rocks! Pebble-size particles may jump-start planet formation
    Astronomers have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles -- planetary building blocks 100 to 1,000 times larger than the dust grains typically found around protostars.
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 4:18pm -
  • Best view yet of merging galaxies in distant universe
    Astronomers have obtained the best view yet of a collision between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age. To make this observation, the team also enlisted the help of a gravitational lens, a galaxy-size magnifying glass, to rev…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 7:11pm -
  • Voyager map details Neptune's strange moon Triton
    NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first close-up look at Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager's historic footage of Triton has been "restored" and used to construct the best-ever global color map of…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 2:35pm -
  • Spectacular supernova's mysteries revealed
    Astronomers are delving into the mystery of what caused a spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier this year. The supernova, a giant explosion of a star and the closest one to the Earth in decades, was discovered ea…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:39pm -
  • Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil
    The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but new modeling suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters through the process of sparki…
    - 12 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 3:24pm -
  • Your toothpaste's fluorine formed in the stars
    The fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now-dead stars of the same type as our sun, according to new research by astronomers.
    - 12 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 3:23pm -
  • Why NASA studies the ultraviolet sun
    You cannot look at the sun without special filters, and the naked eye cannot perceive certain wavelengths of sunlight. Solar physicists must consequently rely on spacecraft that can observe this invisible light before the atmosphere absorbs it.
    - 13 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 11:28pm -
  • First LOFAR observations of 'Whirlpool Galaxy'
    Using a radio telescope with frequencies just above those of commercial FM radio stations, a European team of astronomers has obtained the most sensitive image of a galaxy below 1 GHz.
    - 13 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 2:12pm -
  • A spectacular landscape of star formation
    A new image shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first is of these, on the left, is dominated by the star cluster NGC 3603, located 20,000 light-years away, in the Carina–Sagittarius spiral arm of the Milky Way g…
    - 13 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 2:12pm -
  • What are stars made of? Determining stellar compositions made easier with new catalog
    An astronomer has devised the largest catalog ever produced for stellar compositions. The work is critical to understanding the properties of stars, how they form, and possible connections with orbiting planets. And what she found from her work is th…
    - 14 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 2:41pm -
  • Immune system is dazed and confused during spaceflight, study reveals
    Research indicates that crew members aboard the International Space Station have changes in blood cytokines that persist during flight.
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 6:51pm -
  • Fascinating rhythm: Light pulses illuminate a rare black hole
    Astronomers have accurately measured -- and thus confirmed the existence of -- a rare intermediate-mass black hole about 400 times the mass of our sun in a galaxy 12 million light years from the Milky Way. The finding uses a technique never applied i…
    - 16 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 3:00am -
  • Hubble stirs up galactic soup
    A new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a whole host of colorful and differently shaped galaxies; some bright and nearby, some fuzzy, and some so far from us they appear as small specks in the background sky. Together they appear as kind of…
    - 17 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 8:48pm -
  • Students see world from station crew's point of view
    NASA is helping students examine their home planet from space without ever leaving the ground, giving them a global perspective by going beyond a map attached to a sphere on a pedestal. The Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Student…
    - 17 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 8:43pm -
  • NASA's Chandra Observatory searches for trigger of nearby supernova
    New data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory offer a glimpse into the environment of a star before it exploded earlier this year, and insight into what triggered one of the closest supernovas witnessed in decades.
    - 17 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 8:34pm -
  • As seen by Rosetta: Comet surface variations
    A new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus. It was taken by the Rosetta spacecraft's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 7, 2014. At the time, the spacecraft was 65 miles (104 kilo…
    - 17 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 6:21pm -
  • Seven tiny grains captured by Stardust likely visitors from interstellar space
    The 1999 Stardust mission flew by comet Wild-2 in 2004, capturing cometary and interstellar dust, and delivered its dust-loaded collectors to Earth in 2006. Scientists now report preliminary results of their eight-year analysis of the interstellar pa…
    - 19 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 12:19am -
  • Dark bands in starlight: New Milky Way maps help solve stubborn interstellar material mystery
    An international team of sky scholars has produced new maps of the material located between the stars in the Milky Way. The results should move astronomers closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has vexed them for nearly a century.
    - 19 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 12:13am -
  • Rare blurring of black hole light spotted
    Scientists have captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 7:20pm -
  • Follow the radio waves to find hidden exomoons
    Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, in recent years, but so far, no one has been able to confirm an exomoon. Now, physicists believe following a trail of radio wave…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 10:02pm -
  • Comets forge organic molecules in their dusty atmospheres
    Scientists have made incredible 3D images of the ghostly atmospheres surrounding comets ISON and Lemmon. These new observations provided important insights into how and where comets forge new chemicals, including intriguing organic compounds.
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 8:11pm -
  • Astrophysicists detect destruction of three stars by supermassive black holes
    Researchers have reported registering three possible occasions of the total destruction of stars by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies.
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 5:51pm -
  • All-you-can-eat at the end of the universe: How early black holes could have grown to billions of times the mass of our sun
    A new model shows how early black holes could have grown to billions of times the mass of our sun. These giant bodies -- quasars -- feed on interstellar gas, swallowing large quantities of it non-stop. Thus they reveal their existence: The light that…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 5:48pm -
  • Sleep deficiency and sleep medication use in astronauts
    In an extensive study of sleep monitoring and sleeping pill use in astronauts, researchers found that astronauts suffer considerable sleep deficiency in the weeks leading up to and during space flight. The research also highlights widespread use of s…
    - 26 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 2:58am -
  • White dwarfs crashing into neutron stars explain loneliest supernovae
    Astronomers and astrophysicists have found that some of the Universe's loneliest supernovae are likely created by the collisions of white dwarf stars into neutron stars.
    - 26 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 2:58am -
  • A Step closer to understanding the birth of the sun
    Researchers are a step closer to understanding the birth of the sun. Scientists have investigated the solar system's prehistoric phase and the events that led to the birth of the sun.
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 7:57pm -
  • The black hole at the birth of the Universe
    The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it? Three Perimeter Institute researchers have a new idea about what might have come before the big bang.…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 7:56pm -
  • Astronomers find stream of gas, 2.6 million light years long
    Astronomers and students have found a bridge of atomic hydrogen gas 2.6 million light years long between galaxies 500 million light years away. The stream of atomic hydrogen gas is the largest known, a million light years longer than a gas tail found…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 3:50pm -
  • Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential 'zombie star'
    Astronomers have spotted a star system that could have left behind a "zombie star" after an unusually weak supernova explosion. A supernova typically obliterates the exploding white dwarf, or dying star. On this occasion, scientists believe this fain…
    - 27 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 7:21pm -
  • Rosetta: 100 kilometres to 'touchdown'
    The Rosetta spacecraft is approaching just 100 kilometres from its target comet, "Chury", today. After a ten-year journey, the Bernese instrument, ROSINA, will soon "smell" the first molecules of the comet's gas tail.
    - 27 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 2:47pm -
  • Triangulum galaxy snapped by VST
    The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured a beautifully detailed image of the galaxy Messier 33. This nearby spiral, the second closest large galaxy to our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is packed with bright sta…
    - 27 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 2:47pm -
  • Rosetta spacecraft arrives at comet destination
    After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA's Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Rosetta now lie 405 million kilomet…
    - 28 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 12:12pm -
  • ALMA pinpoints Pluto to help guide NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft
    Astronomers are making high-precision measurements of Pluto's location and orbit around the Sun to help NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft accurately home in on its target when it nears Pluto and its five known moons in July 2015.
    - 28 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 6:17pm -
  • Planet-like object may have spent its youth as hot as a star
    Astronomers have discovered an extremely cool object that could have a particularly diverse history - although it is now as cool as a planet, it may have spent much of its youth as hot as a star. The current temperature of the object is 100-150 degre…
    - 28 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 3:25pm -
  • Massive volcanic outbursts on Jupiter's moon Io: More common than thought?
    Three massive volcanic eruptions occurred on Jupiter's moon Io within a two-week period in August of last year. This led astronomers to speculate that such "outbursts," which can send material hundreds of miles above the surface, might be much more c…
    - 29 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 7:10pm -
  • Baby Universe picture brought closer to theory
    The Planck Telescope allowed physicists to draw the most detailed map of the first light emitted after the Big Bang. Some of its features do not entirely fit the standard cosmological theory, but scientists have discovered that these anomalies could…
    - 29 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 3:30pm -
  • How Rosetta arrives at a comet
    After travelling nearly 6.4 billion kilometres through the Solar System, ESA's Rosetta is closing in on its target. But how does a spacecraft actually arrive at a comet?
    - 32 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 4:11pm -
  • Rosetta takes comet’s temperature
    ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, finding that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.
    - 32 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 4:11pm -
  • Companion planets can increase old worlds' chance at life
    Having a companion in old age is good for people -- and, it turns out, might extend the chance for life on certain Earth-sized planets in the cosmos as well. Planets cool as they age. Over time their molten cores solidify and inner heat-generating ac…
    - 32 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 2:12pm -
  • Rosetta's comet: Imaging the coma
    Less than a week before Rosetta's rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, images obtained by OSIRIS, the spacecraft's onboard scientific imaging system, show clear signs of a coma surrounding the comet's nucleus. A new image from July 25, 20…
    - 32 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:44pm -
  • NASA announces Mars 2020 rover payload to explore the Red Planet as never before
    The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.
    - 32 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:41pm -
  • Fermi satellite detects gamma-rays from exploding novae: Surprising discovery dispels long-held idea
    Astronomers have discover very high energy gamma rays being emitted by an exploding star. The surprising discovery dispels the long-held idea that classical nova explosions are not powerful enough to produce such high-energy radiation.
    - 33 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe
    Astronomers have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen in a new image as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record holder by 200 million years.
    - 33 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:09pm -
  • Fossils could be discovered on the moon: Signs of ancient life may be littered across the moon
    Physicists have tested what would happen if a piece of rock containing microscopic fossils from Earth was launched into space and hit the surface of the moon. The team turned fossil-filled rock into powder which was mixed with water and frozen to rep…
    - 33 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:10pm -
  • Numerous unknown jets from young stars and planetary nebulae discovered
    Preliminary research findings have identified hundreds of so far unknown jets from young stars, as well as numerous new planetary nebulae in the Galactic Plane.
    - 33 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:51pm -
  • Double star with weird and wild planet-forming discs
    Astronomers have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. These new observations provide the clearest picture ever of protoplanetary discs in a double star. The new result also helps t…
    - 34 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • Mercury's bizzare magnetic field tells scientists how its interior is different from Earth's
    Mercury's interior is different from the Earth's interior in a way that explains Mercury's bizarre magnetic field, planetary physicists report. Measurements from NASA's Messenger spacecraft have revealed that Mercury's magnetic field is approximately…
    - 34 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:43pm -
  • Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges
    NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope.
    - 35 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 3:56am -

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  • newGM cars could soon tell if you're distracted - Fortune
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  • newVodafone dumps Phones 4U for Dixons Carphone - Techie News
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  • new4.7 inch iPhone spotted in a hands on video - Morning Ledger
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    HEXUSBBC launches kids TV shows with coding and computing contentHEXUSIn a push to get the younger generation more familiar with programming, a new computing curriculum with an upgraded syllabus has been introduced in schools across England. To aid t…
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