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The old-style speculum – soon to be replaced. Bangkoker/Shutterstock

The speculum finally gets redesigned – by women

The vaginal speculum – that creepy looking metal device used to examine the vagina and cervix – has remained largely unchanged since the 19th century.

12th December 2017
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A glass of whisky could help you get your head around deep time

The Scottish geologist James Hutton made a proposal in 1788 that, at the time, was extraordinarily controversial.

12th December 2017
Isis Palmyra

Protecting cultural buildings in war zones

The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict enters British law today (Tuesday 12 December 2017).

11th December 2017
The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars

Today Mars has only a thin atmosphere, and its surface is very dry with the possible exception of some localised and temporary water seeps.

8th December 2017
Shutterstock-525533599 Child and alarm clock

Teenagers’ health is better with later school start

Research by an OU academic has found that children between the ages of 13-16 who started their school day at 10am, had improved health.

8th December 2017
Pedagogy

OU launches sixth report on top trends in education

Navigating post-truth societies’ is named as one of the top ten new approaches to learning and teaching in this year’s Innovating Pedagogy report from The Open University.

7th December 2017
Shutterstock-558269560 Amazon rainforest

Scientists solve mystery methane source

Environmental scientists from the OU have discovered that trees growing in the Amazon floodplains surrounding the Amazon River emit as much methane (CH4) into the atmosphere as all of the world’s oceans.

4th December 2017
EIA at THE Awards

OU-led project wins top award for international impact

An OU-led project has won the International Impact Award in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017.

4th December 2017
A yet to be fully-caffeinated person browses the web. Shutterstock

How websites watch your every move and ignore privacy settings

Hundreds of the world’s top websites routinely track a user’s every keystroke, mouse movement and input into a web form – even before it’s submitted or later abandoned, according to the results of a study from researchers at Princeton University.

30th November 2017
Is Govcoin really innovating to help the welfare state or simply another cynical example of privatisation? Shutterstock

Why a blockchain startup called Govcoin wants to ‘disrupt’ the UK’s welfare state

The UK chancellor’s recent Budget reminded us that systemic problems continue to plague the government’s delayed roll-out of universal credit – a single monthly welfare payment that will replace six separate benefits.

30th November 2017

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