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Birth of a Drug
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The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This unit focuses on a specific case study, which follows the development of a drug for the treatment of high blood p

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Chemistry
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Case Study
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
05/26/2009
Evolution: Artificial Selection and Domestication
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In the 18th and 19th century evolutionary biologists, including Darwin, emphasised the similarities between natural evolution and artificial ͢__ëń improvement͢__ë_ ˘ of livestock under domestication. They believed that studying domesticated animals and plants c

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Biology
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Reading
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
11/03/2008
Garden Science: Mushrooms
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In this 6th grade science class, students observe mushrooms growing wild in the garden, handle examples of common edible mushrooms and learn about the lifecycle of fungi.

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Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
01/28/2016
The Incredible Shrinking Chip
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One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest. The microchip was invented in Scotland in 1947 and is now at the heart of the electronics industry. This unit uses video clips to explore how the microchip is made and how it

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Electronic Technology
Physics
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
08/04/2008
An Introduction to Biological Systematics
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This unit is concerned with macroevolution ͢__ë_„ń the patterns and processes of evolution above the species level. A crucial consideration in macroevolutionary studies is that of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of the organisms in question. The un

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Biology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
05/13/2009
James Clerk Maxwell
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James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) is arguably the father of electromagnetism, and unarguably one of the greatest physicists ever. Einstein called Maxwell's equations 'the most important event in physics since Newton's time, not only because of their wealth

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Physics
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
08/04/2008
Studying Mammals: A WInning Design
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The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what makes a mammal a mammal? This unit explores some of the features, such as reproduction, lactation and thermoregulation methods, that mammals have in common. It is the first

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Zoology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
05/11/2009
Studying Mammals: Chisellers
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Ever wondered why rats, mice and squirrels seem to reproduce at such an alarming rate? Rodents are among the most successful of all the mammal groups. In this unit you will learn more about some of the evolutionary features that make these creatures so pl

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Zoology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
10/24/2008
Studying Mammals: Food For Thought
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Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this unit we will examine culture, tool use and social structure in both apes and humans to gain an understanding of where we come fro

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Zoology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
10/24/2008
Studying Mammals: Life in the Trees
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David Attenborough looks at ͢__ëńlife in the trees͢__ë_ ˘: examining how species have evolved to cope with arboreal living. You will learn how lemurs, anteaters, bears and many others have developed different methods to help movement and survival.

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Zoology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
10/24/2008
Studying Mammals: Meat Eaters
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The powerful and majestic carnivores are the focus of many television documentaries. In this unit we will delve into the lives of these fearsome hunters and explore their physical adaptations and social behaviour. This is the fifth unit in the ͢__ëńStudying

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Zoology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
10/24/2008
Studying Mammals: Plant Predators
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From the mouse-deer to the elephant, plant eaters come in all shapes and sizes. But how do they manage to flourish on a salad diet? In this unit we will examine the special features that allow them to extract their nutrients from leaves, and see how some

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Zoology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
10/24/2008
Studying Mammals: Return to the Water
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Some of the most unusual and versatile of all the mammals are the groups that live, feed and reproduce underwater. In this unit we will see how these formerly land-based mammals adapted to a return to the water, discussing such challenges as breathing, mo

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Zoology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
05/11/2009
Studying Mammals: The Insect Hunters
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From pygmy shrews to armadillos, a wide range of mammals survive on a diet made up largely of insects. Many of these have fascinating adaptations suited to catching or rooting out their prey. In this unit you will learn about these adaptations, along with

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Zoology
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Provider:
The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
10/24/2008
Studying Mammals: the Opportunists
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Many mammals are food specialists, with complex adaptations that gear them toward a particular food source. So how do the omnivores survive and prosper without these fancy evolutionary features? This unit examines the physiology, diet and strategies of so

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Zoology
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
10/24/2008
Studying Mammals: the Social Climbers
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Monkeys have long fascinated us because of their similarities to the human race. In this unit you will find out about some of the characteristics that make them so like us: their physiology, complex social interactions, large brains and intelligence. This

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Zoology
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Reading
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Provider:
The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
01/23/2009
Understanding Cardiovascular Diseases
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Your heart beats around 100,000 times every day and, in that time, pumps about 23,000 litres of blood around your body. But what happens when it doesn͢__ë_ ˘t work as well as it should? This unit explains what happens in cardiovascular disease, when the heart

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Reading
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Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
04/29/2009