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BBC - History

  • The element that redefined time
    Caesium is the chemical element that has literally redefined time. It keeps time so accurately that it has even forced us to reconsider what time is.
    - 19 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 12:16am -
  • Naval epic takes South Korea by storm
    The BBC's Stephen Evans on how politics and patriotic sentiment have helped a South Korean naval epic storm the movie charts.
    - 19 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 10:50pm -
  • Aids origin 'was 1920s Kinshasa'
    The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced back to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say.
    - 20 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 12:37am -
  • A brief history of the UK Parliament
    The independence referendum in Scotland looks set to bring change to the UK Parliament. But Westminster has seen plenty of that over the past 900 years.
    - 30 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 11:54pm -
  • Tomb mystery captivates Greece
    The discovery of a magnificent tomb in northern Greece, dating to the time of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, distracts Greeks from economic misery.
    - 31 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 9:01am -
  • Richard III death injuries revealed
    King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.
    - 36 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:29am -
  • Mapping reveals Stonehenge secrets
    Archaeologists have unveiled the most detailed map ever produced of the earth beneath Stonehenge and its surrounds.
    - 43 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 1:40am -
  • The history of school uniforms
    As the nation's children head back to school, parents across the country have been proudly photographing their offspring's first day in a new uniform. But they are far from the first to take pride in the school dress code.
    - 48 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 8:15am -
  • My father, the zoo builder
    Chester Zoo was the brainchild of shopkeeper George Mottershead. His daughter June Williams, now 88, remembers how the family built the zoo in the 1930s.
    - 50 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 1:58am -
  • Why are museums scared of history?
    Ex-Education Secretary Michael Gove axed Henry VIII, the Victorians and World War Two from the history curriculum but what impact will this have on museums that depend on school visits?
    - 52 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:18am -
  • 2.6m historical pictures put online
    An academic is posting millions of historical photos and illustrations to Flickr where they can be searched and copied without charge.
    - 55 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.
    - 55 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.
    - 55 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.
    - 63 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.
    - 64 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.
    - 71 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.
    - 71 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
    - 71 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.
    - 75 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 7:41am -
  • Welsh veterans mark D-Day landings
    Welsh veterans of the D-Day landings are in northern France to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied Europe.
    - 6 Jun 14, 9:12pm -
  • VIDEO: D-Day: From the other side
    The BBC's Stephen Evans spoke to a German soldier who was one of the first to encounter the invading Allied troops
    - 6 Jun 14, 6:13am -
  • Behind each D-Day grave is a story
    Maj Charles Martin's grave is one of 2,700 in Normandy belonging to British servicemen who lost their lives on the first day of the D-Day landings. Who was he and what happened to him?
    - 6 Jun 14, 6:03am -
  • D-Day: In the words of the BBC journalists
    Seventy years ago, thousands of Allied troops landed on the French coast. Here is the BBC's account of the day.
    - 6 Jun 14, 12:26am -
  • All the young people: D-Day memories
    The invasion of Normandy remembered by those who served and their children, from the months of planning to the beach landings and beyond.
    - 5 Jun 14, 6:23pm -
  • Southsea marks D-Day anniversary
    Princess Anne attends a service in Southsea to commemorate the dead of D-Day and to honour the survivors, writes BBC correspondent Nick Higham.
    - 5 Jun 14, 4:48pm -
  • D-Day message in champagne bottle
    A champagne bottle containing a message written by soldiers en route to the D-Day landings is to go on display in a museum in Cumbria.
    - 5 Jun 14, 1:54pm -
  • Men who played key role in D-Day
    Friday 6 June marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of the north coast of France at Normandy, the turning point of the war against the Nazis. To mark the commemorations, BBC Newsline's Donna Traynor talks to two veterans.
    - 5 Jun 14, 1:04pm -
  • France's forgotten Blitz
    Historians believe Allied bombardments killed almost as many French people as German bombs killed Britons during the Blitz, John Laurenson reports for BBC News.
    - 5 Jun 14, 12:23am -
  • The women reporters who covered D-Day
    Seventy years ago, a group of American women journalists made history when they covered D-Day. The BBC's Lyse Doucet looks back at a turning point for female war correspondents.
    - 5 Jun 14, 12:11am -
  • WW2 planes mark D-Day anniversary
    A group of World War Two-era aircraft fly to France from southern England to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
    - 4 Jun 14, 5:37pm -
  • 12 amazing WW1 facts

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


A History of the World in 100 Objects

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




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    “Next World Music presents the new single titled ‘#Angelina‘ from Superstar singer Jaywon.Crafted by burgeoning producer Psalm Jazzy and backed by commanding snare patterns and synth-heavy keyboard arrangements in an almost traditional alterna…
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  • newAkin – Nigerian Girl | Competition
    Award winning Canadian-based Nigerian R&B and Hip-Hop artiste, Akin releases a brand new single titled “Nigerian Girl”.Akin, whose previous single, “Harmony”, topped charts in major Canadian radio stations is definitely set to make a stat…
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  • newZoro – Usain Bolt (Freestyle)
    Checkout this new freestyle by 042 indigenous rapper Zoro who has impressed this year with tunes like otu and the video for 042 (Coal City State Of Mind) that delighted a lot of rap fans. Listen to the cut ‘Usain Bolt‘ below and let us know your…
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  • newVIDEO: 2face Idibia & Wizkid Perform @ Hennessy Artistry, Ghana
    Hennessy Artistry 2014 headliners, 2face Idibia and Wizkid, were in Ghana a little over a week ago to perform the recently-released Hennessy Artistry 2014 official theme song, Dance Go. Watch their performance below.*O.O*VIDEO: 2face Idibia & Wizki…
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  • newVIDEO: Oritsefemi Performs @ Felabration 2014
    Veteran hitmaker and one of the hottest acts in the streets at the moment, Oritsefemi of Double Wahala fame was a star performer at the just concluded Felabration 2014. The Ajegunle singer performed hit songs like “Mercies of the Lord“, “Better…
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  • VIDEO: Drew ft. YQ – Disrespect Me
    “Just a few weeks after dropping this heavy tune, super talented youngster DREW [@Drewgreatestone] is here with the video for ”Disrespect Me’‘ featuring ace singer and vocalist YQ [@iam_yq].Video shot and directed by rich and famous Frizzle…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:20am -
  • Monica Ogah – Monika Tide
    Monica Ogah of MTN Project Fame Season 4 returns with a fresh commercial single tagged “Monika Tide”. Check it out below.*O.O*DOWNLOAD: Monica Ogah – Monika TideThe post Monica Ogah – Monika Tide appeared first on notjustOk.
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  • VIDEO: D’banj ft. Akon – Feeling A N***a (B-T-S)
    The original Akon and D’Banj collaboration tagged “FROSH” which was posted 2 weeks ago is actually titled “Feeling A N***a“. The video for “Feeling A N***a” was also shot along with the real “FROSH” right around the same time this w…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:15pm -
  • VIDEO: Akon & D’banj – FROSH (B-T-S)
    News of D’banj and Akon‘s mega-collaboration, FROSH, broke about 2 weeks ago, and it’s been the #1 trending topic here on NJO and the Naija blogosphere in general. The video has just been shot in Atlanta. Check out behind-the-scenes photos and…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:26pm -
  • HKN Presents: DJ Olu – Bance ft. D-O (VIDEO)
    “Dj Olu Releases New video to his single BANCE that features D.O. The video was directed by Damiereel and was shot in Toronto, Canada. Dj Olu also has a mix already circulating online, titled Lagos Nights and is gradually making his mark in the UK…
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  • VIDEO: Mojeed – JAGABAN
    Mojeed put out arguably the best rap body of work in 2014; Westernized West African. I’ve had at least 4 or 5 different favourite tracks in the last few months, and it keeps changing. Peep the visuals to “JAGABAN” below.“Aristokrat Records r…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 7:36pm -

Sci-Fi Books

  • newSci-Fi Encounters: An Andre Norton rec and chat with Cynthia Eden - USA TODAY
    USA TODAYSci-Fi Encounters: An Andre Norton rec and chat with Cynthia EdenUSA TODAYIn the third and final volume of High Hallack, tales of high fantasy, science fiction, and coming of age reach back as far as 1943, yet are still as fresh and relevant…
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  • newModesto teen pens sci-fi novel - KCRA Sacramento
    Modesto teen pens sci-fi novelKCRA Sacramento... LIST OF MOST NOTABLE SCI-FI AUTHORS. SHE IS 13 YEARS OLD. IMPRESSIVE. JOINING IN THIS MORNING IS -- JOINING US THIS MORNING IS JULIANA PRESTO. THANK YOU. IT IS A PLEASURE. SHOWED THE BOOK -- IT IS CALL…
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  • Three sci-fi books to rattle your October - Washington Post
    Three sci-fi books to rattle your OctoberWashington PostBathing the Lion (St. Martins,$25.99), by Jonathan Carroll, begins with a rather banal setup: the separation of a seemingly ordinary couple who have been married just one year too many. The wife…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:36pm -
  • JOHN LAYMAN Promises 'Sci-Fi Action Space Opera' in CYCLOPS - Newsarama
    JOHN LAYMAN Promises 'Sci-Fi Action Space Opera' in CYCLOPSNewsaramaSci-fi is red hot right now. Guardians of the Galaxy (as I predicted months ago) is the biggest movie of the year. New Star Wars movies are on the horizon (hopefully good this time.)…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:43pm -
  • Q&A: 'Utopian' sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson - azcentral.com
    Q&A: 'Utopian' sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinsonazcentral.comThe owner of three Nebula and two Hugo awards (the dueling top trophies in sci-fi), he is best known for the trilogy of "Red Mars," "Green Mars" and "Blue Mars," a 200-year epic about the…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 5:09pm -

VISO Trailers

Big Hero 6 - Meet the Team : Honey Lemon
Big Hero 6 - Meet the Team : Honey LemonA group of six superheroes are recruited by the government to protect the nation. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.ly/3UVvY Share what you think! Join us...From:VISO Tra…
- 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 4:05pm -
Big Hero 6 - Unbelievable
Big Hero 6 - UnbelievableA group of six superheroes are recruited by the government to protect the nation. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! http://ow.ly/3UVvY Share what you think! Join us...From:VISO TrailersViews:58…
- 17 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:48pm -
John Wick - Uninvited Guest
John Wick - Uninvited GuestAn ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers! htt...From:VISO TrailersViews:5020 34ratingsTime:00:3…
- 18 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:35pm -
Taken 3 - Official Trailer
Taken 3 - Official TrailerEx-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he's falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he's pursued by a savvy pol...From:VISO TrailersViews:36488 691ratingsTime:02:…
- 19 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 11:45am -
Top Five - Official Trailer
Top Five - Official TrailerA comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancé talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show. Get more new movie trailers - Subscribe to VISO Trailers!...From:VISO Trailers…
- 22 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:48am -
Dracula Untold - Vlad explains why he wants to become a vampire
Dracula Untold - Vlad explains why he wants to become a vampireFacing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes looks to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces - without succumbing to the darkness himself...From:VISO TrailersVi…
- 24 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 6:52am -

Natural Disasters

National Geographic Tube

Respect Your Elders
Respect Your EldersGabriel gives an old sprawling tree some much needed love. LIVE FREE OR DIE AIRS TUESDAYS at 10P.From:National GeographicViews:1431 53ratingsTime:01:55More inPeople & Blogs
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Raccoons Get Trapped In Garbage Bin
Raccoons Get Trapped In Garbage BinWatch two raccoons get trapped in a garbage bin trying to grab some goodies. National Geographic grantee Suzanne MacDonald created experiments to observe the problem-solving skills of ...From:National Geograph…
- 3 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 4:06am -
Inside an Ebola Clinic in West Africa
Inside an Ebola Clinic in West AfricaGet an inside look at a Doctors Without Borders Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. Physician Daniel Chertow takes us through the clinic and shares his thoughts on what it's like to be volunteering...From:Nat…
- 5 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:25am -
The Art of Living
The Art of LivingThe Olympic Peninsula is getting hammered with a nasty storm, so Mick heads to an unlikely place to ride it out. THE LEGEND OF MICK DODGE AIRS TUESDAYS at 10P.From:National GeographicViews:7228 162ratingsTime:02:00Mo…
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First Timer
First TimerA 25-year-old female caught stealing from a hospital struggles being away from her children. SOUTHERN JUSTICE AIRS WEDNESDAYS at 9P.From:National GeographicViews:1745 55ratingsTime:01:31More inPeople & Blogs
- 8 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:38pm -
The Surprising Way Hunters Help Wildlife in South Carolina
The Surprising Way Hunters Help Wildlife in South CarolinaHunters have been a force for conservation in South Carolina's ACE Basin, one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast of the United States. Hunting groups collaborate with s…
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A message from Zoella | Queen's Young Leaders
A message from Zoella | Queen's Young LeadersJoin the search to find exceptional young people who deserve a Queen's Young Leaders Award #TheSearchIsOn http://bit.ly/1vjWa2t.From:Comic ReliefViews:10479 788ratingsTime:00:27More inNon…
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Olly Murs witnesses a man regaining his sight
Olly Murs witnesses a man regaining his sightSubscribe for more great stories from Comic Relief: http://bit.ly/1gXbQkj Olly Murs finds out about the great work Comic Relief does. Visit Us ▻ http://bit.ly/1rPKZQq Facebook ▻ http://on....From:…
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Silas sees for the first time
Silas sees for the first timeSubscribe for more amazing stories ▻ http://bit.ly/1gXbQkj David Tennant narrates the story of Silas, a young boy who is blind due to cataracts. With help fr...From:Comic ReliefViews:13013 632ratingsTime:…
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School of YouTube: Creativity Unleashed | Charlieissocoollike
School of YouTube: Creativity Unleashed | CharlieissocoollikeWatch the full playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbpi6ZahtOH6eGjtouJpPX2jAP8Yt5o7l Donate now: http://www.comicrelief.com/SOYT.From:Comic ReliefViews:9874 1…
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News - In Pictures

Day in pictures: 22 October
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Day in pictures: 21 October
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Life Story with David Attenborough
Life Story with David Attenborough
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What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage
What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage
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Magnum photographer Rene Burri dies
Magnum photographer Rene Burri dies
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Lynda Bellingham: Career in pictures
Lynda Bellingham: Career in pictures
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In pictures: Derry in 1969
In pictures: Derry in 1969
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On the tracks of Australia's last record maker
On the tracks of Australia's last record maker
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This Day in History - Britannica

  • U.S. and French troops attacked in Beirut: 23 October 1983 - This Day in History
    On this day in 1983, suicide bombers drove truckloads of high explosives into the barracks of U.S. Marines and French paratroopers in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 French troops.More Events on this day:1956: The Hungarian Revolution bega…
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  • Pelé: Biography of the Day
    Pelé "Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string." PeléBorn this day in Brazil in 1940, Pelé became the most famous football (soccer) player in the sport's history, and, by the time of his retirement in 19…
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Respect Your Elders
Respect Your EldersGabriel gives an old sprawling tree some much needed love. LIVE FREE OR DIE AIRS TUESDAYS at 10P.From:National GeographicViews:1431 53ratingsTime:01:55More inPeople & Blogs
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Raccoons Get Trapped In Garbage Bin
Raccoons Get Trapped In Garbage BinWatch two raccoons get trapped in a garbage bin trying to grab some goodies. National Geographic grantee Suzanne MacDonald created experiments to observe the problem-solving skills of ...From:National Geograph…
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Inside an Ebola Clinic in West Africa
Inside an Ebola Clinic in West AfricaGet an inside look at a Doctors Without Borders Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. Physician Daniel Chertow takes us through the clinic and shares his thoughts on what it's like to be volunteering...From:Nat…
- 5 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:25am -
The Art of Living
The Art of LivingThe Olympic Peninsula is getting hammered with a nasty storm, so Mick heads to an unlikely place to ride it out. THE LEGEND OF MICK DODGE AIRS TUESDAYS at 10P.From:National GeographicViews:7228 162ratingsTime:02:00Mo…
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U2 - Every Breaking Wave - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC Two
U2 - Every Breaking Wave - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC TwoSee more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/later U2 perform Every Breaking Wave on Later... with Jools Holland, BBC Two (21 October 2014)From:BBCViews:86887 1360ratingsTime:04:36M…
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Interpol - All The Rage Back Home - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC Two
Interpol - All The Rage Back Home - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC TwoSee more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/later Interpol perform All The Rage Back Home on Later... with Jools Holland, BBC Two (21 October 2014)From:BBCViews:15264 155rati…
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U2 - Volcano - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC Two
U2 - Volcano - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC TwoSee more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/later U2 perform Volcano on Later... with Jools Holland, BBC Two (21 October 2014)From:BBCViews:74071 1058ratingsTime:03:25More inMusic
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Sam Smith - Stay With Me - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC Two
Sam Smith - Stay With Me - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC TwoSee more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/later Sam Smith performs Stay With Me on Later... with Jools Holland, BBC Two (21 October 2014)From:BBCViews:17243 83ratingsTime:03:16Mo…
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BBC Worldwide tube

Dangerous Wreck Diving - Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea - BBC
Dangerous Wreck Diving - Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea - BBCThe dive team are heading towards a wreck site to collect measurements and data, but the sea is against them. Running low on air, will they be able to get the readings they need? Sub…
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Perilous African River Crossing - World's Most Dangerous Roads - Series 3 - BBC
Perilous African River Crossing - World's Most Dangerous Roads - Series 3 - BBCAngus Deayton and Mariella Frostrup discover that a vital bridge has been damaged by the rain, but the locals have put together a replacement which Mariella ...From:…
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Killing Star Fish to Save the Great Barrier Reef - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBC
Killing Star Fish to Save the Great Barrier Reef - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBCSimon goes for a dive looking for crown of thorns starfish, and they really live up to their name. But the danger they pose to the Great Barrier Reef means t...Fr…
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Road Trip Across Bolivian Salt Flats - World's Most Dangerous Roads - Series 3 - BBC
Road Trip Across Bolivian Salt Flats - World's Most Dangerous Roads - Series 3 - BBCPhill Jupitus and Marcus Brigstocke attempt to cross the stunning Salar de Uyuni, a salt lake so vast that Buzz Aldrin could see it from space. Subscribe to ...F…
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"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1" comes to your tape deck
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1" comes to your tape deckThe best-selling "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1" is coming to participating record stores as a limited edition cassette tape on November 28! Find a…
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Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Teaser Trailer (OFFICIAL)
Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Teaser Trailer (OFFICIAL)Get your first look at Ultron trying to tear apart Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the world in the first official teaser trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron,…
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Secret Wars, Marvel's Daredevil & More NYCC Announcements! - The Watcher 2014 Ep 37
Secret Wars, Marvel's Daredevil & More NYCC Announcements! - The Watcher 2014 Ep 37Get tackled by our host, Lorraine Cink, as she unveils all of the greatest news out of New York Comic Con 2014! http://marvel.com/nycc2014 Get a first glimpse at t…
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"Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." Season 2, Ep. 3 - Clip 1
"Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." Season 2, Ep. 3 - Clip 1A-Bomb gets some help from Silver Surfer and the rest of the Hulks when confronting his biggest fear in a clip from this week's all-new "Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.…
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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…
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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…
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  • newMating choices of Japanese macaques
    How female macaques choose their mating partners is the focus of Dr Michael Huffman's research. Dr Michael Huffman. Dr Michael Huffman is part of the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University, Japan. First published on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 as M…
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  • newKangaroo friendships
    Just as humans benefit from friendships, kangaroos also enjoy being part of a social network, PhD student Emily Best explains. Emily Best. Emily Best is a PhD student with The University of Queensland. Her research interests are the social networks…
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  • newRosetta mission: The landing
    On the 12th November 2014 the Philae lander is expected to detach itself from the Rosetta spacecraft and land on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. First published on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 as Rosetta mission: The landing. To find out more visit The Ope…
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  • newBritain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk?
    Peer-to-peer lending is being seen as an alternative to the inactivity of traditional banking but would you be willing to play the banker role?  Jonquil Lowe. Jonquil Lowe is a Lecturer in Personal Finance at The Open University and also a persona…
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  • newHistorical comet-landing site is looking for a name
    Just as Rosetta is named for the Rosetta Stone, the comet-landing site is also looking for a name that will resonate through history. Professor Monica Grady. Monica Grady is a Professor in Planetary Sciences within the Faculty of Science, Dept o…
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  • Mayors for all major English cities? A democratic argument
    Writing in the run-up to the 2012 mayoral referenda, Guy Lodge expressed a hope that directly elected mayors could transform the English regions. Guy Lodge. Guy Lodge is Associate Director for Politics and Power at IPPR.First published on Tue, 21 O…
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  • Raising humpback whale calves
    Among the Hawaiian islands, researcher Dr Rachel Cartwright observes humpback whales and their calves in their breeding area. Dr Rachel Cartwright. Dr Rachel Cartwright teaches bio-statistics at California State University Channel Islands. Her rese…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:30pm -
  • Weaver bird nests
    Dr Dieter Oschadleus explains how and why weaver birds build their nests the way they do. Dr Dieter Oschadleus. Dr Dieter Oschadleus is a SAFRING Coordinator for the Animal Demography Unit at The University of Cape Town. First published on Tue,…
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  • Meerkat alarm calls
    Zoologist Tim Clutton-Brock explains how meerkats use the alarm calls from other species to stay safe - unless it is a Drongo bird imitating a meerkat. Professor Tim Clutton-Brock. Timothy Hugh Clutton-Brock is a British zoologist known for his com…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:42am -
  • Writing tips series
    Break the back of that novel you're writing with these top tips from the author of Start writing: A practical introduction to creative writing.  David Stephenson. David Stephenson is author of Start Writing: A practical introduction to creative wr…
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  • National Novel Writing Month
    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to write 50k words in November. Get a head start with this collection of free tips and tricks. First published on Tue, 21 Oct 2014 as National Novel Writing Month. To find out more visit The O…
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  • OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Superfoods
    Can foods be as potent as medicines? The second episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor investigates the truth about superfoods. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the finest in free, online learning since 1999.First…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:50pm -
  • House prices falling? Don’t bet the bank on it
    Even if prices are falling, it looks like generation rent will likely be around for some time to come. Alan Shipman. Alan Shipman is lecturer in economics at The Open University, and a former financial journalist.First published on Mon, 20 Oct 2014…
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  • Under the brightest lights in the 21st century: Towcester Foodbank
    With food poverty becoming more prevalent across the country, you may find foodbanks popping up in a town near you. Steve Woods. Steve Woods is an associate lecturer teaching Sociology on DD101 in the East Midlands, and is also Senior Lecturer in H…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:12pm -
  • Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it?
    Why is Halloween, an evening traditionally used to honour the deceased, now associated with all things spooky and gruesome?  Graham Harvey . Graham is Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the Open University. His publications include Ani…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:34am -
  • Before the historic comet landing, Philae faces many dangers
    The ESA has now announced that the landing is scheduled for the 12th November, but what dangers await Philae when it finally gets there?  Professor Monica Grady. Monica Grady is a Professor in Planetary Sciences within the Faculty of Science, D…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:08am -
  • Life Story: How to install the app
    Bring your free Life Story poster to life with these four simple steps. First published on Fri, 17 Oct 2014 as Life Story: How to install the app. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
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  • Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult
    Is an art exhibition in Russia, conveying Putin as the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules), narcissistic, sinister or hilariously ironic?  Dr Laura Swift. Laura Swift is a lecturer in Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts. First published on Thu, 16 Oc…
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  • The Bottom Line - Flash sales
    The rapid growth of online flash sale companies is discussed by Evan Davis and three entrepeneurs from this sector.  First published on Thu, 16 Oct 2014 as The Bottom Line - Flash sales. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn websi…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:03am -
  • An English Parliament: The best way to save the UK?
    Can an English parliament break the constitutional logjam? James Dennison believes it could. James Dennison. James Dennison is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute. He has previously worked at the Houses of Parliament and completed…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 5:31pm -
  • Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has renewed debate about the effectiveness of health systems and how best to support collective regional action. Dr Nicola Yeates. Nicola Yeates is senior lecturer in social policy, Faculty of Social Sciences.First…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 4:04pm -
  • Rosetta and Philae – Fabulous fables and tales of tails
    On the 12th November 2014, Rosetta's Philae lander will attempt to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. We take a look at the history of comets. First published on Tue, 14 Oct 2014 as Rosetta and Philae – Fabulous fables and tales of tails.…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 3:48pm -
  • Life Story: The episodes
    Find out more about the six crucial stages of the life journey with our guide to the episodes. First published on Tue, 14 Oct 2014 as Life Story: The episodes. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
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  • OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Space weather centre and Ada Lovelace day
    The Met Office's space weather centre, Ada Lovelace day, diversity in snails and Ebola are discussed on BBC Inside Science this week.  First published on Tue, 14 Oct 2014 as OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Space weather centre and Ada Lovelac…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 9:59am -
  • Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
    An intriguing story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and their role in the 19th century development of the computer. Mike Richards. Mike Richards joined The Open University in 1996 to help trial teaching over the Internet.First published on Tue…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Sunshine
    The first episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor looks at the importance of vitamin D and ways to make our foods healthier without changing a single ingredient. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the finest in free, o…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 12:41pm -
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    Had an email about the University's plans to merge OpenLearn accounts and student accounts? This is the place to make sure we carry your details across. First published on Fri, 10 Oct 2014 as Do you want us to merge your accounts?. To find out more…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 4:35pm -
  • OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor
    Is coffee good or bad for my heart? Which painkiller should I take? Find answers to your health questions with Michael Mosley in the BBC Two series Trust Me, I'm a Doctor. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the f…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 3:32pm -
  • Why should we be interested in information security?
    Cory Doctorow explains that, as the world is made out of computers, every part of life is at risk if people don't understand the information security dimension.  Cory Doctorow. Cory is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist and science fiction aut…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 10:45am -
  • The Bottom Line - TripAdvisor etc
    Evan Davis and guests discuss online review companies, how posts are monitored and the genuineness of the ratings.  First published on Thu, 09 Oct 2014 as The Bottom Line - TripAdvisor etc. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn we…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 4:47pm -
  • You wouldn’t want an unqualified doctor or lawyer, so why are untrained teachers OK?
    Are we heading for a future of teachers who can talk the talk but lack the deeper knowledge and professional resilience that is the hallmark and foundation of all respected professions? Dr Jacqueline Baxter. Lecturer in Social Policy at The Open Un…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 10:08am -
  • The psychology behind a thank you
    Find out how saying 'thank you', making a cup of tea and The Great British Bake Off can tackle mental health issues and make people happier.  First published on Thu, 09 Oct 2014 as The psychology behind a thank you. To find out more visit The Open…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 9:18am -
  • OU on the BBC: Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley
    Coming soon to BBC World News: Technologist Ben Hammersley explores jaw-dropping stories of some of the biggest cybercrimes of our time. First published on Wed, 08 Oct 2014 as OU on the BBC: Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley. To find out more visit…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 3:42pm -
  • Share your own wild weather kitchen experiments
    After watching the videos have a go at conjuring up your own wild weather, capture it via video or photograph and send your results to us.  The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the finest in free, online learning…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 3:40pm -
  • Life Story: Order your free poster
    Order your free Life Story poster to accompany the BBC One series. First published on Wed, 08 Oct 2014 as Life Story: Order your free poster. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
    - 15 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 11:08am -
  • Explainer: What happens in the hippocampus?
    Discovering the 'brain's internal GPS' has led a group of scientists to win the Nobel Prize 2014. But what do you need to know about the part of the brain known as the hippocampus? Professor Mike Stewart. Mike Stewart is a Professor of Neuroscience…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 9:53am -
  • Life Story: Parenthood
    Offspring are the next best thing to immortality. Parents take great risks to raise them. First published on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 as Life Story: Parenthood. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Copyright 2014
    - 16 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 1:42pm -
  • Life Story: Courtship
    It is time to win a mate. The stakes could not be higher: fail now and the journey of life is over. First published on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 as Life Story: Courtship. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Copyright 2014
    - 16 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 1:30pm -
  • Life Story: Power
    To gain power an animal must find a way to rise through the ranks of its society.  First published on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 as Life Story: Power. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Copyright 2014
    - 16 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 1:18pm -
  • Life Story: Home
    To survive, animals need somewhere to live. But finding and defending a home is a great challenge.  First published on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 as Life Story: Home. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Copyright 2014
    - 16 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 9:54am -
  • Life Story: Growing Up
    On reaching adulthood animals strike out on their own to find their place in the world. First published on Mon, 06 Oct 2014 as Life Story: Growing Up. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Copyright 2014
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 5:05pm -
  • OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Nobel prizes and fungi
    This year's Nobel prizes and fungi are the focus of BBC Inside Science this week. First published on Mon, 06 Oct 2014 as OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Nobel prizes and fungi. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Cre…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 4:32pm -
  • The Bottom Line - Celebrities and fans
    Evan Davis hears how companies use celebrities and vloggers to raise awareness for their brands on social media.  First published on Mon, 06 Oct 2014 as The Bottom Line - Celebrities and fans. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 4:20pm -
  • Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments
    Recreate an avalanche, dust storm, flood or tornado in the comfort of your own home by watching these short videos investigating extreme weather. Stephen Lewis . Stephen joined the Open University as a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow in Octobe…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 2:30pm -
  • Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Tornadoes
    Simulate a tornado by watching this short instructional video and understand how this violent whirldwind forms. Stephen Lewis . Stephen joined the Open University as a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow in October 2005. Prior to that, he held a f…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 12:51pm -
  • Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Floods
    Recreate your own mini flood model and understand, through this video, the devestation wreaked by lots of rain. Stephen Lewis . Stephen joined the Open University as a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow in October 2005. Prior to that, he held a f…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 12:42pm -
  • Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Dust Storms
    Cook up a (dust) storm in your own home by participating in this mini science experiment.  Stephen Lewis . Stephen joined the Open University as a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow in October 2005. Prior to that, he held a fixed-term University…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 12:32pm -
  • Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Avalanches
    Ever wondered how avalanches occur? This video reveals the science behind this natural disaster. Stephen Lewis . Stephen joined the Open University as a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow in October 2005. Prior to that, he held a fixed-term Unive…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 12:20pm -
  • Earth Science Week 2014: Our Geoheritage
    Celebrate the geological phenomena that have rocked this world with Earth Science Week running from 13th to 19th October 2014. The OpenLearn team. The OpenLearn content & channel team: bringing you the finest in free, online learning since 1999.F…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 10:20am -
  • Capitalism: Beyond repair or awaiting a fix?
    The 2008 financial crisis still thrums underneath political debate six years on - have we missed a chance to rework capitalism? Does it even need such fundamental repair? Professor Laurie Taylor. Laurie Taylor was formerly professor of sociology at…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 4:46pm -
  • Schizophrenia: Beyond science
    Schizophrenia is the focus of World Mental Health Day 2014. Can communities help us to stop relying on advances in science alone to meet the needs of people diagnosed with schizophrenia? Dr Jonathan Leach . Dr Jonathan Leach is a lecturer in health…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 9:17am -
  • World War 1: More free resources from The Open University
    Discover more about the First World War and its traumatic effects on those that survive it with The Open University. First published on Thu, 02 Oct 2014 as World War 1: More free resources from The Open University. To find out more visit The Open U…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 4:47pm -
  • Influential women scientists in chemistry
    Women have played a significant role in the areas of chemistry, the environment and health. Here are just a few examples. Dr Simon Collinson. Simon Collinson is a Lecturer in Chemistry at The Open University.First published on Thu, 02 Oct 2014 a…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:15am -

Free Open Learning Courses

  • Introduction to child psychology
    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced to the discipline of child psychology and some of the key questions that guide the understanding of childhoo…
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  • Moons
    Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again? First published on Wed, 15 Oct 2014 as Moons. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
    - 8 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • New Free OpenLearn Courses
    This collection highlights the new free OpenLearn courses that have recently been published. First published on Sat, 11 Oct 2014 as New Free OpenLearn Courses. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn website. Creative-Commons 2014
    - 12 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • Introduction to ecosystems
    If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans. In this course you will discover how organisms are linked…
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  • Managing my money
    Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance. First published on Wed, 01 Oct 2014 as Managing my money. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn websit…
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  • Introduction to computer forensics and investigations
    This unit is an easy introduction to some of the issues both in data privacy and computer forensics - with a few easily available tools people can reveal the stored passwords on their computer and access previously deleted data so it is a good practi…
    - 35 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 3:33pm -
  • The business of football
    Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management then this engaging and…
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  • Exploring the boundaries of international law
    This unit of study is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin your study of international law. It introduces the concept of international legal personality, explores the status of the state, the principle of sovere…
    - 37 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:10am -
  • Stakeholders in marketing and finance
    This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in which learners are asked to relate these ideas to their own work practice. First published on Wed, 03 Se…
    - 50 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 10:12am -
  • Issues in research with children and young people
    This unit considers the aims and range of research with children and young people. Students consider how their own views and understandings about childhood and youth have arisen. Different definitions of research are explored through first-hand accou…
    - 52 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:39pm -
  • An introduction to social work
    This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice. First published on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 as An introduction to social work. To find out more visit The…
    - 55 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 63 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…
    - 63 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 66 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 9:00am -
  • Beginners’ Spanish: Food and drink
    This unit requires some basic knowledge of Spanish. It will be of interest to those who want to improve their language skills in order to communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish. This unit focuses on buying and ordering food and drink at t…
    - 98 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 12:33pm -
  • Managing My Money alumni
    The Managing My Money alumni is an area that encourages insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners through our alumni forum and provides learners suggestions for taking their learning further. First published on Mon, 30 Jun 2014 a…
    - 30 Jun 14, 6:28pm -
  • Start writing fiction alumni forum
    The Start writing fiction alumni forum encourages the insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners. First published on Mon, 23 Jun 2014 as Start writing fiction alumni forum. To find out more visit The Open University's Openlearn…
    - 23 Jun 14, 11:49am -
  • Environmental management and organisations
    It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not always clear what we mean by environmental management and the role that organisations do and could play.…
    - 18 Jun 14, 11:27am -
  • Learning to Learn
    Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free online course is a friendly starting point introducing a range of key ideas to help you consider if what you want to do with your life and learn by suggesting ways o…
    - 16 Jun 14, 10:00am -
  • Introduction to computational thinking
    You will learn about algorithms and abstraction, and encounter some applications of computational thinking in various disciplines, ranging from biology and physics to economics and sport science. First published on Tue, 10 Jun 2014 as Introduction t…
    - 10 Jun 14, 10:56am -
  • Creativity and innovation
    This unit offers an introduction to factors that are important in creativity and innovation at work. It addresses different ideas about the cause of creativity and some key approaches to innovation in organisations. First published on Wed, 04 Jun 201…
    - 4 Jun 14, 11:54am -
  • Organisations and management accounting
    This OpenLearn study unit examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure. Organisational objectives and structure determine management functions and responsibilities within the organisation. First published on Thu,…
    - 22 May 14, 3:16pm -
  • Financial accounting and reporting
    This unit discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting information. It also looks at the role performed by accountants and being aware of relevant regulatory an…
    - 15 May 14, 5:26pm -
  • Analysing skid marks
    This unit is the second in the series of five units on mathematical modelling. In this unit you are asked to relate the stages of the mathematical modelling process to a previously formulated mathematical model. This example, that of skid mark produc…
    - 12 May 14, 12:37pm -
  • Moons alumni forum
    This Moons alumni forum encourages the insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners around the moons in our Solar System. First published on Mon, 12 May 2014 as Moons alumni forum. To find out more visit The Open University's Openle…
    - 12 May 14, 11:36am -
  • Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment
    This unit begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the major sources of water pollution (these being sewage works, manufacturing and industrial plants, the farming and animal husbandry sectors, landfill sites and urban surf…
    - 7 May 14, 1:49pm -
  • Becoming a critical social work practitioner
    What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This unit will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of ‘critical perspectives’ will help you take a positive and constructive approach to problems that ari…
    - 28 Apr 14, 10:57am -
  • Starting with psychology
    The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change in different…
    - 23 Apr 14, 4:33pm -
  • Teaching assistants: Support in action
    Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This unit looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time. It explores the skills and attributes that teaching assistants use to provide effective support and contribute to produ…
    - 23 Apr 14, 3:35pm -
  • Rural entrepreneurship in Wales
    What are the important issues to consider when starting up or running a small business in a rural environment? This study unit will introduce you to some concepts and models that will help you work out what you want to do with your business idea and…
    - 9 Apr 14, 1:36pm -
  • Public health in community settings: An introduction
    This unit introduces you to some key aspects of community level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work and how you might work in partnership with local people. In doing so, it gives you a sense of the natu…
    - 4 Apr 14, 3:28pm -
  • Learning to learn: Reflecting backward, reflecting forward
    This unit give you an opportunity to review what you have learned, and allow you to think about how you will take forward what you have learned, perhaps building and developing an Action Plan in order to support other aspects of change. First publish…
    - 1 Apr 14, 4:06pm -
  • Learning to learn: Planning for personal change
    Explores academic theories and acts as a guide to help you establish where you want to go and what you want to achieve. You are encouraged to develop a personal Action Plan. The focus returns to your own viewpoint and you are encouraged to change or…
    - 1 Apr 14, 3:24pm -
  • Learning to learn: Exploring learning
    Here we encourage you to consider two additional perspectives that can illuminate your learning. The first is the perspective that other people you know can provide; the second is the perspective that can be provided by academic theories about learni…
    - 1 Apr 14, 1:01pm -
  • Learning to learn: You and your learning
    In this unit, the focus is on the perspective that you have on your own learning. However, as you gather evidence about this perspective, we hope that you will begin to re-evaluate it and to think about the possibility of change. First published on…
    - 31 Mar 14, 7:23pm -
  • Learning to learn: Learning can mean change
    This unit starts to explore what it takes to learn and change. Through the use of activities and introducing academic skills and evaluating websites, it will give you the opportunity to start to think about what change and learning means to you. Fir…
    - 31 Mar 14, 6:54pm -
  • Beginners' Chinese
    This unit is a language unit that concentrates on Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication, but also provides some insights into Chinese society and culture. It contains a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and ho…
    - 31 Mar 14, 5:21pm -
  • Learning to teach
    This course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly qualified teachers and those who support teacher education and professional development. It explores how teachers l…
    - 26 Mar 14, 9:00am -
  • Introducing public health
    This unit introduces some key elements of public health and health promotion, using a video case study of Coventry. It focuses on the major determinants of health and ill health and the scope of public health work. First published on Tue, 18 Mar 2014…
    - 18 Mar 14, 11:45am -
  • Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research
    This is the fourth of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Undertaking classroom research is seen as an effective form of CPD. This unit provides a basic introduction to research design and illustrates two methodologies, case stu…
    - 25 Feb 14, 5:19pm -
  • Learning to teach: Making sense of learning to teach
    This is the first of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. This unit draws on what we know about how people learn to become teachers. It explores the different approaches to teacher education and the different routes into teaching…
    - 25 Feb 14, 5:15pm -
  • Learning to teach: Mentoring and tutoring student teachers
    This is the second of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school and a tutor from a university. Both play distinctive and important parts in the teacher’s development…
    - 21 Feb 14, 10:02am -
  • Studying the arts and humanities
    This unit is an introduction to studying the arts and humanities. It takes you through a series of exercises designed to develop your approach to study and learning at a distance and improve your confidence as an independent learner. First published…
    - 20 Feb 14, 9:14am -
  • Introducing a framework for strategy
    If you’re currently engaged in strategic decision-making, or will be in the future, this unit will stimulate your imagination and inform your judgement. An understanding of the frameworks of strategy and an ability to use them imaginatively will he…
    - 12 Feb 14, 11:28am -
  • Marketing in the 21st Century
    This unit offers a managerial perspective of how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation, regardless of whether it is based in the private, public or non-profit sectors. This is achieved through a variety of learning techniques, includ…
    - 10 Feb 14, 10:37am -
  • The science behind wheeled sports
    This unit focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call 'wheeled sports'. The Scientific concepts such as force, acceleration and speed are also useful for understanding these sports. However, cycling and wheelchair racin…
    - 7 Feb 14, 9:50am -
  • Political ordering
    This unit asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering social life. Beginning from an awareness of just how much of everyday life involves the state, to if states have this authority to gov…
    - 4 Feb 14, 2:54pm -
  • Innovation, markets and industrial change
    How does a firm emerge as ‘leader of the pack’? Why do most of the small firms so common in the early years of new industries disappear? This unit looks at how and why change occurs through the industry life cycle, at the role of innnovation and…
    - 4 Feb 14, 2:02pm -
  • Information technology: A new era?
    Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution? The advances by IBM, Dell and many other manufacturers have resulted in massive changes to our working lives. This unit looks at whether it is possible to predict the fu…
    - 4 Feb 14, 12:59pm -
  • Living and working in the new economy
    The new ‘service economy’, is it a direct result of globalisation? This unit examines the switch from manufacturing to services and looks at the impact of information and communication technologies on the economy as a whole. The ‘new economy’…
    - 4 Feb 14, 12:23pm -
  • Criminology beyond crime
    This unit examines the notion of 'social harm' as an alternative to the legal definition of 'crime'. To illustrate this concept, the unit considers developments in Green Criminology, which have sought to examine the problems of global environmental h…
    - 23 Jan 14, 4:45pm -
  • Crimes of the powerful
    This unit examines the complexities of – and barriers to – setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties associated with conducting research on crimes of the powerful. First published on Thu, 23 Jan 2014 as Crimes of…
    - 23 Jan 14, 4:36pm -
  • 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 -

Change your life with a qualification

Arts Council

  • newBrighton Photo Biennial 2014 - Communities, Collectives & Collaboration
    Brighton Photo Biennial is back in 2014, running from 4 October to 2 November, and boasts an outstanding range of events and activities around this year's theme of Communities, Collectives & Collaboration. Brighton Photo Biennial is back in 2014,…
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  • newMore successful applicants announced to our Strategic touring programme
    Today we are announcing four more organisations that have been successful in the latest round of our Strategic touring programme, securing investment to a total of £272,367. Today we are announcing four more organisations that have been successfu…
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  • newDorset’s Arts Development Team win three awards
    The Arts Development Team at Dorset County Council have become multi-award winners in the last month, winning widespread recognition for their collaborative and innovative approach to supporting high quality arts development in a changing environment…
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  • City reading festival ignites the imagination of the young in Devon
    An interactive multimedia festival of writing for and by young people kicks off half term in Exeter on Saturday 25 October. exetreme imagination brings together an innovative collaboration of arts and cultural organisations and local institutions to…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:29pm -
  • Liverpool's Everyman Theatre wins prestigious national Stirling Prize
    Liverpool's Everyman Theatre, which re-opened in March 2014, has won the prestigious national Stirling Prize for the best building of the year, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Designed by Haworth Tompkins architects, the…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 1:06pm -

Society and Culture

The History Tube

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    16 November - Check your local weather forecast if you are planning a Children in Need event.
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    24 November - Check the local weather forecast if you are going to see the Edinburgh 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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    8 November - Getting ready for Christmas to arrive in Manchester? Check the local weather forecast for the Christmas lights switch on.
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    14 November-23 December - Heading to the Cardiff Christmas market, check the local weather forecast.
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Space Exploration news

  • newTitan glowing at dusk and dawn
    New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:01pm -
  • newTwo families of comets found around nearby star: Biggest census ever of exocomets around beta pictoris
    The HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created. Astronomers have studied nearly 500 individual comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris and has dis…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 6:06pm -
  • newNew window on the early Universe
    Scientists see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from  galaxies at the edge of the Universe. Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demo…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:43pm -
  • NASA Webb's heart survives deep freeze test
    After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum cham…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:07am -
  • Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions
    Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new article.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:50pm -
  • Big black holes can block new stars
    Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:07pm -
  • POLARBEAR detects B-modes in the cosmic microwave background: Mapping cosmic structure, finding neutrino masses
    The POLARBEAR experiment has made the most sensitive and precise measurements yet of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background and found telling twists called B-modes in the patterns, signs that this cosmic backlight has been warped by inte…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:11pm -
  • NASA Rover Opportunity views comet near Mars
    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. The images of comet Siding Spring were taken against a backdrop of the pre-dawn Martian sky on Sund…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:35am -
  • Mars Orbiter image shows comet nucleus is small
    The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), yielding information about its nucleus.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:33am -
  • Heavy metal frost? A new look at a Venusian mystery
    Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data. Venus's surface can't be seen…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:39pm -
  • NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter watches comet fly near
    The longest-lived robot ever sent to Mars came through its latest challenge in good health, reporting home on schedule after sheltering behind Mars from possible comet dust.
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • NASA's MAVEN studies passing comet and its effects
    NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars Oct. 19 and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:26pm -
  • NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter studies comet flyby
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has sent home more data about Mars than all other missions combined, is also now providing data about a comet that buzzed The Red Planet Oct. 19.
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:21pm -
  • Explosion first evidence of a hydrogen-deficient supernova progenitor
    A new model is the first characterization of the progenitor for a hydrogen-deficient supernova. The model predicts that a bright hot star, which is the binary companion to an exploding object, remains after the explosion.Their findings have important…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:28am -
  • NASA spacecraft provides new information about sun's atmosphere
    NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun's atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun's constant outflow of particles called the solar w…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 11:54pm -
  • Tiny 'nanoflares' might heat the Sun's corona
    Why is the Sun's million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun's surface? This question has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a team led by Paola Testa is presenting new clues to the mystery of coronal heating. The…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:06pm -
  • Wobbling of a Saturn moon hints at what lies beneath
    Using instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft to measure the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn's regular moons, an astronomer has inferred that this small moon's icy surface cloaks either a rugby ball-shaped rocky core or a sloshing sub-surfa…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 7:36pm -
  • Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass
    Using the Hubble Space Telescope and the lensing power of giant galaxy cluster Abell 2744, astronomers may have made the most reliable distance measurement yet of an object that existed in the very early universe. The galaxy, estimated to be over 13…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 7:08pm -
  • Inexplicable signal from unseen universe provides tantalizing clue about one of astronomy's greatest secrets -- dark matter
    The first potential indication of direct detection of dark matter -- something that has been a mystery in physics for over 30 years -- has been attained. Astronomers found what appears to be a signature of 'axions', predicted 'dark matter' particle c…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:54pm -
  • Making measurements when a comet passes close to Mars
    On Sunday 19 October at 20:29 CET, a comet will pass close to the planet Mars. At the same time the Swedish instrument ASPERA-3 is on board the European satellite Mars Express orbiting Mars and ready to make measurements.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:54pm -
  • Getting to know super-Earths: Using Hubble to study mysterious exoplanet
    Results from NASA's Kepler mission have indicated that the most common planets in the galaxy are super-Earths -- those that are bigger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. We have no examples of these planets in our own solar system, so astronomers a…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:25pm -
  • Milky Way ransacks nearby dwarf galaxies
    Astronomers have discovered that our nearest galactic neighbors, the dwarf spheroidal galaxies, are devoid of star-forming gas, and that our Milky Way Galaxy is to blame.
    - 7 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:25pm -
  • Potential Kuiper belt targets for new horizons Pluto mission
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects that the agency's New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.
    - 7 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 7:28pm -
  • Astronomers spot faraway Uranus-like planet: First 'ice giant' planet found in another solar system
    Our view of other solar systems just got a little more familiar, with the discovery of a planet 25,000 light-years away that resembles our own Uranus. Astronomers have discovered hundreds of planets around the Milky Way, including rocky planets simil…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 3:13pm -
  • Construction secrets of a galactic metropolis: APEX reveals hidden star formation in protocluster
    Astronomers have used the APEX telescope to probe a huge galaxy cluster that is forming in the early Universe and revealed that much of the star formation taking place is not only hidden by dust, but also occurring in unexpected places. This is the f…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • Rediscovering Venus to find faraway Earths: Measuring gravitational pull of a planet should speed search
    As the search for Earth-like planets wages on, a team of researchers may have found a way to speed up the process. The team is developing a new laser-based technology known as the green astro-comb to obtain information about the mass of a distant pla…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 8:25pm -
  • NASA mission provides its first look at Martian upper atmosphere
    NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas s…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 8:03pm -
  • Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it?
    Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it? No one knows for sure, but astrophysicists are searching for an answer.
    - 9 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 4:47pm -
  • NASA prepares its science fleet for Oct. 19 Mars comet encounter
    NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within a…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 9:07pm -
  • Preparing for Mars-grazing Comet Siding Spring
    Up to and during Comet Siding Spring’s flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, NASA’s Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars will attempt to capture data about the comet that are unobtainable from Earth.
    - 13 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 4:16pm -
  • Leaky, star-forming galaxies leads to better understand the universe
    Focusing on large, star-forming galaxies, researchers were able to measure radiation leaks in an effort to better understand how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed.
    - 13 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 3:08pm -
  • Temperature and water vapor on an exoplanet mapped
    A team of scientists has made the most detailed map yet of the temperature of an exoplanet’s atmosphere and traced the amount of water it contains. The planet targeted for both of the investigations was the hot-Jupiter exoplanet WASP-43b.
    - 13 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 7:14pm -
  • Milky Way has half the amount of dark matter as previously thought, new measurements reveal
    A new measurement of dark matter in the Milky Way has revealed there is half as much of the mysterious substance as previously thought. Australian astronomers used a method developed almost 100 years ago to discover that the weight of dark matter in…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 2:16pm -
  • Impossibly bright dead star: X-ray source in the Cigar Galaxy is the first ultraluminous pulsar ever detected
    Astronomers working with NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) have found a pulsating dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. The object, previously thought to be a black hole because it is so powerful, is in fact…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 6:34pm -
  • Hungry black hole eats faster than thought possible
    Astronomers have discovered a black hole that is consuming gas from a nearby star 10 times faster than previously thought possible. The black hole -- known as P13 -- lies on the outskirts of the galaxy NGC7793 about 12 million light years from Earth…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 6:13pm -
  • NASA's SDO watches giant filament on the sun
    A snaking, extended filament of solar material currently lies on the front of the sun -- some 1 million miles across from end to end. Filaments are clouds of solar material suspended above the sun by powerful magnetic forces. Though notoriously unsta…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 2:43am -
  • Physicist turns smartphones into pocket cosmic ray detectors
    A new smartphone app can essentially turn Android phones into pocket cosmic ray detectors. The app, DECO, uses the phone's camera to capture energetic subatomic light particles and log data.
    - 20 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:26pm -
  • Swirling cloud at Titan's pole is cold and toxic
    Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have discovered that a giant, toxic cloud is hovering over the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, after the atmosphere there cooled dramatically. The scientists found that this giant pola…
    - 21 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 7:00pm -
  • Astronomy: Wild ducks take flight in open cluster
    The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known -- Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 2:02pm -
  • U.S., India to collaborate on Mars exploration, Earth-observing mission
    In a meeting Sept. 30, 2014 in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a p…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 12:49am -
  • Rosetta to deploy lander on November 12
    The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. Philae's landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the smaller of the comet's two "lobes," with a b…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 12:47am -
  • NASA's Swift mission observes mega flares from nearby red dwarf star
    On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times mo…
    - 22 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:15pm -
  • Astronomers find 'cousin' planets around twin stars
    Astronomers have found two new Jupiter-sized extra-solar planets, each orbiting one star of a binary-star system.  Most known extra-solar planets orbit stars that are alone, like our Sun. Yet many stars are part of binary systems, twin stars formed…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 2:04pm -
  • Cassini watches mysterious feature evolve in hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan. The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest seas on T…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 5:32pm -
  • Simulations reveal an unusual death for ancient stars
    Certain primordial stars -- between 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our sun, or solar masses -- may have died unusually. In death, these objects -- among the universe's first generation of stars -- would have exploded as supernovae and burned com…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 2:05pm -
  • New molecule found in space connotes life origins
    Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule contained within a giant gas cloud in interstellar space. The discovery suggests that the complex molecules needed for life may have their ori…
    - 26 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 2:36am -
  • 'Milky Way explorer' tours the solar system
    Imagine seeing the Sun, planets, and a myriad other objects in our Solar System as you have never seen them before -- in invisible radio light! The National Radio Astronomy Observatory released a new Solar System installment of its Milky Way Explorer…
    - 26 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 8:04pm -
  • Turning the Moon into a cosmic ray detector
    Scientists are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the origin of Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays -- the most energetic particles in the Universe. The origin of UHE cosmic rays is one of the great mysteries in astrop…
    - 27 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 1:58pm -
  • Earth's water is older than the sun: Likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space
    Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments come into being and…
    - 27 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 7:12pm -
  • A galaxy of deception: Hubble snaps what looks like a young galaxy in the local Universe
    Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception. This ragged collectio…
    - 28 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 3:21pm -
  • Most metal-poor star hints at universe's first supernovae
    In a new study, researchers point out that the elemental abundance of the most iron-poor star can be explained by elements ejected from supernova explosions of the universe's first stars. This reveals that massive stars, which are several tens of tim…
    - 29 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 6:50pm -
  • Clear skies on exo-Neptune: Smallest exoplanet ever found to have water vapor
    Astronomers have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a planet outside our Solar System. The planet, known as HAT-P-11b, is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest exoplanet ever on which water vapor has been detected.
    - 29 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 6:50pm -
  • India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully inserted into orbit around Red Planet
    India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully entered into an orbit around the planet Mars this morning (Sept. 24, 2014) by firing its 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) along with eight smaller liquid engines. In the coming weeks, the spacecraft wi…
    - 29 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 3:25pm -
  • 'Univofutah': Asteroid named for University of Utah
    What’s rocky, about a mile wide, orbits between Mars and Jupiter and poses no threat to Earth? An asteroid named “Univofutah” after the University of Utah. Discovered on Sept. 8, 2008, by a longtime Utah astronomy educator, the asteroid also kn…
    - 29 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 9:11pm -
  • Infant solar system shows signs of windy weather
    Astronomers have observed what may be the first-ever signs of windy weather around a T Tauri star, an infant analog of our own Sun. This may help explain why some T Tauri stars have disks that glow weirdly in infrared light while others shine in a mo…
    - 30 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 8:29pm -

Met Office News Releases

  • newGetting ready for winter - whatever the weather
    22 October 2014 - The Met Office will once again be hosting the 'Get Ready for Winter' web pages on behalf of a range of Government Departments and voluntary organisations. The pages offer advice and links to a range of information to help individual…
    - 19 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 11:36am -
  • Met Office helps Scotland's road industry plan for Winter
    16 October 2014 - As Scotland gears up for winter the Met Office road team explains how the work they do helps keep some of the country's roads moving through the colder months.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 2:03pm -
  • Met Office partners with the Open Data Institute
    14 October 2014 - The Met Office is pleased to announce it is joining the Open Data Institute's (ODI) membership programme as a partner. It will join organisations such as Arup, Telefonica, Thomson Reuters and the University of Southampton, all leadi…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 10:41am -

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    seattlepi.comUNBOXED: The iPad Air 2 (AAPL)seattlepi.comApple's new iPad, the iPad Air 2, launches this week. It's very similar to last year's iPad Air, but it's slightly thinner, lighter, and faster. It also has a better camera and the Touch ID fing…
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:54am -
  • newRoad deaths and injuries at record low - Herald Scotland
    stv.tvRoad deaths and injuries at record lowHerald ScotlandThe number of people killed and injured on Scotland's roads dropped 10 per cent last year to the lowest level since records began. The number of people killed and injured on Scotland's roads…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:07am -
  • newMicrosoft officially ditches Nokia brand for upcoming devices - Sydney Morning Herald
    Sydney Morning HeraldMicrosoft officially ditches Nokia brand for upcoming devicesSydney Morning HeraldThis post was originally published on Mashable. Microsoft Mobile's website is filled with words — but one that you won't find is "Nokia." Apart f…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:50am -
  • newSecurity on agenda as Apple head visits China - AsiaOne
    AsiaOneSecurity on agenda as Apple head visits ChinaAsiaOneApple CEO Tim Cook gestures during his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California June 2, 2014. Print. CHINA - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook disc…
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  • newCan Twitter killed off the password? social network reveals new system to sign in ... - Daily Mail
    Daily MailCan Twitter killed off the password? social network reveals new system to sign in ...Daily MailIt is a problem we've all had - trying to remember the password for your favourite app or website. Now, Twitter claims it has a solution - your p…
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  • newAudi offers more efficient A6 ultra - Car and Van News
    Car and Van NewsAudi offers more efficient A6 ultraCar and Van NewsOrder books have opened for both saloon and Avant (estate) versions of the A6, with the first cars expected on UK roads in December. The more performance-pitched S6 saloon and Avant w…
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  • newVIDEO: Terrifying moment car shunted along by lorry after trying to join M25 - Express.co.uk
    Express.co.ukVIDEO: Terrifying moment car shunted along by lorry after trying to join M25Express.co.ukTHIS is the terrifying moment a car was hit by a lorry at 50mph on the M25 and was then shunted along the motorway for 100 yards. By: Dion Dassanaya…
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:28pm -
  • newChromebook shipments leap by 67 percent - ZDNet
    ZDNetChromebook shipments leap by 67 percentZDNetThe "good" news about the PC market is that, by IDC's count, it only declined by 1.7 percent in the last quarter. The only bright spots? Macs at the high-end and Chromebooks at the low-end. While Apple…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 7:12pm -
  • new10-year-old schoolgirl hit with £1800 phone bill - Aberdeen Press and Journal
    Daily Star10-year-old schoolgirl hit with £1800 phone billAberdeen Press and JournalA ten-year-old schoolgirl racked up a phone bill of £1,800 – simply by watching videos teaching her how to make loom bands. Trinity Groves watched the videos whic…
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  • newMarriage proposal accepted in police car after crash - Telegraph.co.uk
    Telegraph.co.ukMarriage proposal accepted in police car after crashTelegraph.co.ukA couple who cheated death in a car crash celebrated by getting engaged minutes later in the back of a police car. Caine Hutchings, 30, was driving girlfriend Emily Duk…
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