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Extension of strategic collaboration with Springer Nature

The OU has extended its strategic collaboration with the global publisher, Springer Nature until March 2022.

12th March 2021
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OU PhD student questioned MPs about plastic pollution pandemic

An OU PhD student questioned MP’s about plastic pollution at Voice of the Future 2021.

12th March 2021
Image of the fireball in 28 February. UK Meteor Observation Network, Author provided

How scientists found rare fireball meteorite pieces on a driveway – and what they could teach us

As people in the UK were settling down to watch the late evening news on February 28, a fresh news story, quite literally, appeared in the night sky. A large and very bright fireball was seen over southern England and northern France at 21:54 GMT. 

9th March 2021

First observatory to track false and corrective information about COVID-19

Academics at the OU have launched the first observatory to track false and corrective information about COVID-19.

9th March 2021
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OU PhD wins physics award for rare stars

An OU PhD student has won the Bronze award for Physics for her research findings into rare kinds of stars at STEM for Britain on Thursday 4 March 2021.

3rd March 2021
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New grant to bring historical artefacts to life

An OU academic is a co-investigator on a newly funded research project, which will bring historical artefacts to life.

2nd March 2021
Surplus to requirements. Carlos Caetano

Furlough scheme: UK has to extend it, but there are serious risks

Finance ministers usually rejoice when businesses and employees alike both plead for a signature scheme to be extended. But for UK chancellor Rishi Sunak, demands to continue the country’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, AKA the furlough, beyond March are as financially uncomfortable as they are politically hard to resist.

25th February 2021
Synthetic oblique view across Stieglitz crater (100 km diameter) on Mercury. Image credit  NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution

Traces of enhanced magnetism used to track crater-formation on Mercury

A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters has reported the detection of locally enhanced magnetism, suggestive of unusual iron-rich rocks on Mercury.

25th February 2021
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OU research inputs into reform of Scottish jury system

OU research published in the Journal of Medicine, Science and Law brings fresh input into the ongoing debate over reforms to the historic jury system in Scotland.

24th February 2021
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Can the laws of physics disprove God?

If there is a God who created the entire universe and ALL of its laws of physics, does God follow God’s own laws?

24th February 2021

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