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OU experts ask: Why aren’t we exploiting sustainable agriculture’s emission-reducing potential?

Professor David Gowing from the OU’s Floodplain Meadows Partnership argues governments are missing a huge opportunity by failing to make sustainable agriculture a crucial part of their policy response to the climate crisis.

4th January 2022
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Five of the most exciting telescope pictures of the universe

The forthcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope offers unprecedented new opportunities for astronomers. It’s also a timely opportunity to reflect on what previous generations of telescopes have shown us.

24th December 2021
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Material from asteroid Ryugu starts to give up secrets of early Solar System

Just over a year ago, material from the Japanese Hayabusa 2 mission to Asteroid (162173) Ryugu arrived back on Earth . And this week, the first two papers reporting analysis of the material have been published in Nature Astronomy.

23rd December 2021
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‘Please continue’ – did this simple two-word phrase lead normal people to ‘torture’ strangers?

Would you electrocute an innocent stranger if you were told to do so by someone in a position of authority? This is the dilemma hundreds of US adults were presented with in Stanley Milgram’s famous and controversial “obedience to authority” experiments that ran from 1961 to 1962.

21st December 2021
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OU researchers’ creative wellbeing support for pandemic healthcare workers wins award

The Bright Ideas in Health Awards has honoured Dr Siobhan Campbell and Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels for an innovative pilot scheme that encouraged NHS healthcare workers to try creative writing to enhance their wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.  

15th December 2021
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New research in geometry and number theory

An OU academic has received almost £370,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to conduct research into geometry and number theory.

13th December 2021
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Improving space imaging sensors with nano-black coating

OU researchers have received funding to test the results of applying a nano-black coating to space sensors so that they can take better images.

3rd December 2021
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Children of migration as brokers of 'care'

The Open University hosted Sarah Crafter’s inaugural lecture on 30 November 2021.

30th November 2021
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Drivers and hand-held mobile phones: extending the ban won’t solve the problem – here’s why

The laws around mobile phone use while driving are to be tightened under new UK government plans to make any use of a hand-held phone illegal. 

25th November 2021
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Over half a million pounds to research police response to rape

OU research which will transform how rape investigations are conducted has just been awarded £570,000 by The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, who are hosting this National Police Chiefs Council led and Home Office funded programme.

24th November 2021

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