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New bespoke industrial microwave to investigate building on the Moon

An OU researcher has created a bespoke industrial microwave to melt simulants of 50-year-old soil from the Moon to see if the microwave heating method is possible to fabricate building components on the Moon.

20th May 2019
Jo Phoenix

Youth crime and justice: Does age matter?

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Jo Phoenix, Professor of Criminology, delivered her inaugural lecture on youth crime and justice.

21st May 2019
Friends toasting with whisky

OU space expertise applied to detect counterfeit whisky

OU space science expertise is being used to detect counterfeit whiskies posing as Scotch Whisky. Led by Dr Geraint Morgan, from the OU’s School of Physical Sciences, the project is part of the national SPRINT programme, which allows the Scotch Whisky Research Institute access to funded expertise and technology in the Space Instrumentation Discipline at the OU.

20th May 2019
Children learning about growing vegetables

OU researchers work with artists to think about migration

OU researchers will highlight migration, citizenship and participation in the context of climate change and the experience of refugees at the Who are we? project symposium at the Tate Modern on from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May.

20th May 2019
Hand holding plant

Exploring the potential of Artificial Intelligence in citizen science learning

OU researchers have received funding to research the potential for collaborative learning between humans and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

14th May 2019
Child sitting on cracked earth

Assessing the cost of climate change

A team of researchers in the OU’s Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have received funding to assess the cost of climate change.

14th May 2019
Professor and student

New cohort of OU students recruited for £100 million Doctoral Training Centre

The first three Open University students have been recruited for the new Natural Environment Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

14th May 2019
Waldseemüller map of the world, 1507.

Globalisation was rife in the 16th century – clues from Renaissance paintings

For many, the Renaissance was the revival or “rebirth” of Western classical antiquity, associated with great artists painting the Sistine Chapel and the invention of the printing press in Europe.

13th May 2019
Girl looking at laptop

Is the Internet becoming a tool to silence women?

The question of whether the Internet is being used to reinforce inequality and to silence women online, has been raised in a blog co-authored by Dr Olga Jurasz, OU Senior Lecturer in Law.

13th May 2019
Asteroids known as ‘S-type’ contain a lot more water than we thought. Oliver Denker/Shuttestock

How did the Earth get its water? Asteroid sample gives a surprising answer

Water is essential for life on Earth and is one of our most precious natural resources. But considering how our planet formed, it is quite surprising how much water we still have.

2nd May 2019

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