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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter hovers over the Martian surface. NASA

Mars: how Ingenuity helicopter made the first flight on another planet

Imagine that you are flying a model helicopter or a drone. You are there with the auto controls. You switch them on. The rotors start to turn, gradually increasing their spin. You watch, then push the control for lift.

20th April 2021
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OU celebrates postgraduate research students by planting trees

The Open University (OU) is planting trees in Bedfordshire and Malawi to celebrate its postgraduate research students.

20th April 2021
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OU awarded £250,000 to counter misinformation

The Open University (OU) has been awarded £250,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to track the manipulation of online information, particularly about COVID-19 and climate change.

19th April 2021
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OU space research gets share of £1 million Government fund

The OU is leading on one of five UK space projects awarded over £1 million by the Government as part of its efforts to boost international innovation.

13th April 2021
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Why deaf prisoners have been in a state of lockdown since well before COVID-19

The pandemic has worsened already dire conditions for prisoners since the UK Prison Service locked down the prison estate last year.

13th April 2021
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Research to support women to breastfeed successfully

An OU academic is co-investigator for a project which is studying the levels of support that women need so that they can breastfeed successfully.

1st April 2021
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OU research and public engagement recognised in first KEF

The Open University’s ability to license its intellectual property, form research partnerships and engage with the public, performed well in the first Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).

30th March 2021
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Research shows how rainfall responded to past climate change

A study has revealed new insights in patterns of changes in historical tropical rainfall such as monsoon, which will influence the development of future climate models.

19th March 2021
Spider patterns

Ice, sand and the spiders from Mars in the laboratory

Open University (OU) researchers have recreated the formation of spider-like patterns on Mars in their labs.

19th March 2021
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Couple relationships improved through digital intervention

OU research shows that daily prompts from an app can have a positive impact on couple relationship quality.

17th March 2021

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