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Cartoon showing an interstellar dust grain coated in water ice, and the types of water-ice bonding that led to different spectral features

OU astronomers make new discoveries about ice structure in space

OU researchers are part of a team who have just published a paper in Nature which describes new findings about the structure of ice in space.

8th July 2024
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Encouraging response to OU call for external Open Societal Challenges

The Open University has received a very encouraging response to its call for entries from UK charities and Milton Keynes businesses to take part in the Open Societal Challenges ‘Challenge Us!’ competition.

5th July 2024
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Why we need to design technology for and with animals

In her inaugural lecture on 20 June 2024, Clara Mancini, Professor of Animal-Computer Interaction in the OU’s Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, presented her research journey in the field of Animal-Computer Interaction, shared with colleagues from across the world, to develop the art and science of designing technology for and with animals.

21st June 2024
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Five minute videos: projects essential for a sustainable future

The Open University’s 'Shaping a sustainable future – the power of Open Research' event exhibition featured some of the University’s research projects which focus on multidisciplinary, challenge and mission-focused research.

14th June 2024
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