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An exoplanet and its atmosphere pass in front of its star (artist’s impression, from an imaginary point near to the planet). NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Hydrogen-breathing aliens? Study suggests new approach to finding extraterrestrial life

The first time we find evidence of life on a planet orbiting another star (an exoplanet), it is probably going to be by analysing the gases in its atmosphere.

5th May 2020
Couple getting married

Call for new regulations around civil weddings to avoid backlogs

An OU researcher calls for a change to regulations around civil wedding ceremonies so that more people can get married simply and inexpensively, and to avoid COVID-19 backlogs.

5th May 2020
Hubble telescope and Earth

€1 million grant to design sensors for X-ray telescopes

OU researchers have been awarded €1 million by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a prototype sensor needed for the next generation of X-ray telescopes.

1st May 2020
The sun emitting a sudden flash of light—a solar flare. NASA

The Sun: study shows it’s less active than sibling stars – here’s what that could mean

All stars emit varying amounts of light over time – and the Sun is no exception. Such changes in starlight can help us understand how habitable any planets around other stars are.

1st May 2020
Woman with a counsellor

Surge in visitors to OU’s online counselling advice course

Academics at the OU have received overwhelming support for their expertise in providing assistance to counsellors needing to move their services online in the current lockdown.

29th April 2020
Person using OU COVID-19 digital immunity passport on mobile phone

OU develops world’s first COVID-19 digital immunity passport

Tech experts from The Open University have developed the world’s first digital application to certify COVID-19 immunity test results.

28th April 2020
Mars

OU researcher recognises the significance of ancient river system on Mars

An Open University researcher has made new discoveries about the ancient martian environment through a detailed study of an ancient river system on Mars.

28th April 2020
School children

£1M Future Leaders Fellowship to research why English-taught programmes are increasing across Europe

An OU researcher has been awarded over £1M to explore why the use of English as a teaching language in non-English-speaking European countries is increasing, despite students struggling to understand it.

23rd April 2020
Jean Hartley with her award

Professor of Public Leadership receives lifetime achievement award

Professor Jean Hartley has been recognised today (Thursday 23 April) with an international lifetime achievement award for her outstanding record of teaching, research and publication on public leadership and management, over more than two decades.

23rd April 2020
Person holding a mobile phone

COVID-19 highlights digital divide in Kenya

Research by an OU PhD student has highlighted the inequalities in access to the internet and digital technologies across the world, in particular in Western Kenya.

21st April 2020

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