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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
Court room setting

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
Could God travel faster than the speed of light? robert_s/Shutterstock

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
ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

3D maps of ozone and dust on Mars

A new research grant will make it possible to create maps of ozone and dust found on Mars as part of the ExoMars mission.

23rd February 2021
Close up view of a wire sculpture built by aluminum with quasicrystal structure

Study to research symmetries in mathematics

An OU academic has been awarded over £330,000 to research symmetries in mathematics.

19th February 2021
Romantic couple holding hands over a candlelit dinner

Romance is about more than lavish gestures, according to couple’s researcher

Research has revealed that romance is found more in routine daily interactions than in sweeping gestures performed on Valentine’s Day.

11th February 2021
People exchaning objects

Research to expand the use of Open Educational Resources

The OU has received funding to expand the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and to share best practice case studies.

10th February 2021
A man in a protective suit and mask in a large sewer took a sample of water for analysis

Detecting Sars-Cov2 in sewerage systems

A research project which will develop a system to detect coronavirus in sewerage systems has received funding from the OU’s Rapid Response to Coronavirus scheme.

9th February 2021
Fiddle and accordion player

New research grant to recreate music from the past

OU researchers have received funding to construct a digital historical archive of the European musical world by using innovative artificial intelligence.

4th February 2021

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