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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
It’s really not that common. Shutterstock

Here’s the truth about false accusations of sexual violence

Why didn’t these women speak up sooner? This was asked time and time again during the recent public furore around sexual harassment, violence and abuse. Underlying the question is a persistent uncertainty about the credibility of victims – a concern with identifying what is true and what is false.

30th November 2017
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New grant to study contamination caused by landing on Martian Moon

OU researchers are part of a project that will use state-of-the-art lab equipment to simulate the contamination expected when a spacecraft lands on the Martian Moon Phobos.

28th November 2017
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OU boost for data science

The OU is part of one of eight new centres based at UK universities to receive a share of £10 million to train the next generation of data science experts.

28th November 2017
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Scientists discover evidence of recent water flows on Mars

A team of scientists led by The Open University has discovered evidence of recent glacial meltwater on Mars.

23rd November 2017
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New research measures cats’ reactions to wearing GPS devices

Cats are notorious for straying for days and the idea of them wearing a GPS device seems like a good one, but OU researchers say maybe not.

20th November 2017

Research to improve smartphone apps for diabetes management

An OU PhD student is researching why people with chronic conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, are resistant to using smartphone apps to manage their disease.

17th November 2017
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Improving wellbeing through digital games

Dr Hannah R. Marston, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area, was interviewed by to discuss how research using digital games and associated technologies has been investigated in the area of health and wellbeing.

17th November 2017
Jonathan Rix

Why School is bad for us – lessons we need to learn

Millions of children could fail at school due to an obsession with individual assessment, literacy skills and the right kind of behaviour, according to an OU academic.

16th November 2017

Is Iceland's tallest volcano awakening?

Two women and a boy took refuge on the roof … but it was carried away by the deluge of water, and as far as the eye could reach, the three unfortunate persons were seen clinging to the roof.

14th November 2017

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