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Strict rules around contamination hamper exploration for life beyond Earth

NASA’s orbiter Cassini will make a series of decreasing orbits that will end in a fiery death dive into Saturn’s atmosphere in September

3rd July 2017

EU citizens proposal: a lawyer examines the detail

Great news has been issued by the good people of the British government to all those EU citizens living in the UK feeling uncertain about their future after Brexit – they could soon qualify for “settled status”. What they must do now, however, is wait.

30th June 2017

Healthcare research tops the bill in OU PhD poster competition

Two PhD students who did their research into the UK healthcare system have been awarded first prize in the OU’s twelfth Postgraduate Research Student poster competition which took place in June 2017.

27th June 2017
Theresa May allow EU citizens to stay – or she may not. EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

Still too many holes in Theresa May’s promise to EU citizens

A full year after the EU referendum, the British prime minister has finally issued a statement on the status of the 3m European citizens living in the UK.

26th June 2017

OpenSTEM Labs wins Outstanding Digital Innovation of the Year award

The Open University’s (OU) OpenSTEM Labs project was awarded the Outstanding Digital Innovation of the Year trophy last night (22 June 2017) at this year’s Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).

23rd June 2017

What do we mean by ‘statelessness’?

An OU academic has co-edited a book published this month which challenges mainstream approaches to “statelessness”.

14th June 2017
Satheesh Krishnamurthy

Top contender for The British Indian Awards 2017

An OU academic has been named as a top contender for the Best in Science and Technology in The British Indian Awards 2017 to be announced on Wednesday 14 June.

12th June 2017

Wearable technologies to monitor health

OU researchers have been awarded a grant to assess the design and usability of wearable technologies for older populations, in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

9th June 2017
ThinkstockPhotos - 518730331 - flooded street

Placing flood risk management at the heart of urban planning

OU researchers are part of a £3 million project to put flood risk management at the heart of urban planning.

The aim of this project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is to conduct research necessary to make urban flood resilience achievable nationally. It will also focus on solutions for better water management by seeing all forms of water as having multiple benefits.

9th June 2017

Could blockchain technology make elections better?

Lecturer in Law, Dr Robert Herian, active in the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area at the OU. Here he is to tell us about how new technologies could make elections better.

1st June 2017

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