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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 works, and to predict the future of this incredible technology.

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microchip | transistor | science and nature | computer | physics | scotland | Education | X000

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Attention

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What does ‘attention’ mean to you? This unit will help you to examine how we ‘pay attention’. How do we manage to single out sounds and images that require attention and how easy is it to distract someone and why?

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science and nature | attention | brain | cognition | distraction | hearing | images | information | perception | psychology | sounds | stroop_effect | vision | Education | X000

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Studying Darwin

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This unit brings together a collection of units from the OpenLearn site that would be of interest to anyone wishing to study Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection and how his work has gone on to influence other work around this theory.

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science and nature | Education | X000

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Global warming

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This unit provides an introduction to global warming. We will be considering the history of global warming by looking at the pattern of ice ages and analyisis of recorded temperatures. We will aim to gather meaningful information from this data. We will briefly assess the impact and influence of humans on global warming and, finally, we will examine climate models and how to predict future changes.

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science and nature | climate_models | fossils | glaciations | global warming | pollen | temperature | Education | X000

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Finding information in science and nature

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This unit will help you to identify and use information in Science and Nature, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with some of the key resources in this subject area, and learn about the skills which will enable you to plan searches for information, so you can find what you are looking for more easily. Discover the meaning of information quality, and learn how to evaluate the information you come across. You will also be introduced to the many different ways of organising your own information, and learn how to reference it properly in your work. Finally, discover how to keep up to date with the latest developments in your area of interest by using tools such as RSS and mailing lists.

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science and nature | bibliography | database | evaluation | information | keywords | references | resources | searches | Education | X000

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Evolution through natural selection

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In this unit, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in his book, first published in 1859, On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. We will look at natural selection as Darwin did, taking inheritance for granted, but ignoring the mechanisms underlying it.

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science and nature | adaptation | charles_darwin | darwin | evolution | inheritance | mutation | selection | variation | Education | X000

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Earthquakes

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Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger landslides and tsunami – in short, earthquakes can be very destructive. In this unit you will look at why, where and what happens when they occur and also at how earthquakes are assessed qualitatively and quantitatively.

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science and nature | earthquakes | epicentre | fault | focus | magnitude | plate_tectonics | richter_scale | seismic_zones | tsunami | Education | X000

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Motion under gravity

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From the moment that Galileo dropped two cannonballs of different sizes and weights from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa mankind has been fascinated by the impact of gravity. This Unit looks at gravity, its impact on objects and how the energy involved in the movement of objects is dispersed or stored.

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science and nature | acceleration | energy | gravity | mass | Education | X000

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Meiosis and mitosis

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This Unit looks at how units if inheritance are transmitted from one generation to the next. First you will look at what happens to the chromosones of animals and plants during the process of sexual reproduciton. Then you will examine how genes are transmitted in particular patterns from generation to generation. These two approaches combine to illustrate how the patterns of inheritance can be explained by the behaviour of chromosomes during sexual reproduction.

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science and nature | chromosomes | gene | genotype | inheritance | karyotype | meiosis | mitosis | phenotype | Education | X000

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Using numbers and handling data

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You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This unit is a taster of Level 1 course materials for a Foundation Degree in health sciences, and is designed for those contemplating a future in the health services industry.

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medication | science and nature | graphs | healthcare | Education | X000

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Maths for Science

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Observation, measurement and the recording of data are central activities in science. Speculation and the development of new theories are crucial as well, but ultimately the predictions resulting from those theories have to be tested against what actually happens and this can only be done by making further measurements. Whether measurements are made using simple instruments such as rulers and thermometers, or involve sophisticated devices such as electron microscopes or lasers, there are decisions to be made about how the results are to be represented, what units of measurements will be used and the precision to which the measurements will be made. In this unit we will consider these points in turn.

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science and nature | average | data | decimal | integer | logarithm | maths | measurement | normal_distribution | probability | sample | science | scientific_notation | significant_figure | standard_deviation | statistics | Education | X000

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Water for life

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Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up our world, including ourselves. In this unit you will learn the basic chemistry of how these components work together, starting with a chemical compound we are all very familiar with – water.

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elements | molecules | science and nature | chemistry | Education | X000

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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 from and why we behave as we do. This is the tenth unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.

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humans | mammals | primates | science and nature | evolution | Education | X000

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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 in a series of 10 ‘Studying mammals’ units.

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mammals | science and nature | evolution | metabolism | temperature | Education | X000

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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 survival strategies for when food is scarce. This is the second unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.

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insects | mammals | science and nature | evolution | hibernation | Education | X000

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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 plentiful. This is the third unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.

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mammals | rodent | science and nature | evolution | reproduction | Education | X000

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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 plants protect themselves from these predators. This is the fourth unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.

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herbivore | mammals | science and nature | evolution | migration | Education | X000

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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 ‘Studying mammals’ series.

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carnivore | mammals | packs | science and nature | evolution | Education | X000

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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 some of these opportunistic feeders. It is the sixth unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.

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mammals | omnivore | science and nature | evolution | hibernation | Education | X000

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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, movement and communication. This is the seventh unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.

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mammals | natural_selection | ocean | science and nature | evolution | Education | X000

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Studying mammals: life in the trees

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David Attenborough looks at ‘life in the trees’: 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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adaptive_radiation | coevolution | herbivores | locomotion | mammals | niche_separation | predators | science and nature | adaptation | evolution | Education | X000

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Life in the Palaeozoic

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Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike. This unit will introduce you to the explosion of evolution that took place during the Palaeozoic era. You will look at the many different types of creatures that existed at that time and how they managed to evolve to exist on land.

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science and nature | animal_phyla | burgess_shale | era | evolution | extinction | fauna | fossil | invertebrate | palaeozoic_life | period | phyla | taxonomy | trilobite | vertebrate | vertebrate_evolution | Education | X000

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The Sun

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The sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and understand about it? This unit will help you to explore the workings of the brightest star in our universe looking at its structure and the main processes taking place within it. You will also examine the phenomena of sun spots.

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science and nature | astronomy | chromosphere | corona | nuclear_reactions | photosphere | radiation | sun | universe | wavelength | Education | X000

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Jupiter and its moons

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Jupiter has long been an object of wonder, with its dramatic Great Red Spot, its numerous and varied satellites and the stunning collision of the comet Shoemaker Levy 9 with the Jovian atmosphere in 1994. This unit will introduce you to our solar system's largest planet and its major satellites and the history of their exploration.

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science and nature | callisto | europa | ganymede | io | jupiter | Education | X000

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The Moon

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As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon has long been an object of fascination and speculation. This unit will teach you about the nearest planetary body to Earth: the missions to the Moon, the basic facts of its composition, the cratering on its surface, and the ancient eruptions that flooded many low-lying areas.

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crater | cratering | impact_basins | lunar | planetary | science and nature | apollo | astronomy | moon | planets | rocks | Education | X000

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