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National insurance rise: what do upcoming tax changes mean for me? An expert explains

April 6 marks the start of the new 2022-23 tax year and the day most workers start to pay a new tax: the health and social care levy.

25th March 2022
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OU and partners scoop a quarter of the UK Space Agency’s latest £2 million funding boost

Three projects involving The Open University’s space scientists will share a close to £500,000 slice of the UK Government’s latest investment in the British space industry.

22nd March 2022
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OU in winning consortium to extract oxygen on the Moon

OU space science researchers are part of a consortium which has received €1M funding to develop a payload concept to extract oxygen from Moon rock.

11th March 2022
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Researching how people deal with early pregnancy endings while working

An OU academic has launched a survey to collect the experiences of women and people who have had early pregnancy endings while working.

8th March 2022
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OU PhD student launches a website to gather experiences of misogynoir online

An OU PhD student has launched the first-ever research platform to capture the particular intersection of misogyny and racial oppression experienced by Black women online: “Misogynoir”.

7th March 2022
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Juries are subject to all kinds of biases when it comes to deciding on a trial

From CSI to Law and Order, Line of Duty and Midsomer Murders, there is huge public fascination with crime and the criminal justice system. Especially when things come to a climactic ending and jurors decide on a defendent’s fate. But how much do jurors get it wrong? Will the jury convict an innocent person, or might they free a guilty person?

28th February 2022
An artist’s impression of the dark side of ultra-hot Jupiter WASP-121b. Credit: Patricia Klein / MPIA, CC BY-SA

Ruby clouds and water behaving strangely – what we found when studying an exoplanet’s dark side

Since astronomers discovered the first planet orbiting a star other than the Sun, we have found many worlds that are very unlike the ones in our own Solar System.

22nd February 2022
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How 17th century’s Britain’s ‘cancel culture’ can help us understand the importance of free speech

Free speech is the right to express one’s opinions without censorship or restraint. It is a cornerstone of modern liberal democracies. Nowadays, it is considered a basic right in the UN’s 1948 Declaration of Human Rights and it is is enshrined in British law.

16th February 2022
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The Sheep Look Up: cult 1970s sci-fi novel predicted today’s climate crisis

This is not a bad dream version of recent climate change headlines. This is the dark vision in the 50-year-old dystopian novel, The Sheep Look Up, by John Brunner. A British author, Brunner was one of a handful of writers who were early advocates of environmental activism.

11th February 2022
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Astronomers think they’ve just spotted an ‘invisible’ black hole for the first time

Astronomers famously snapped the first ever direct image of a black hole in 2019, thanks to material glowing in its presence. But many black holes are actually near impossible to detect. Now another team using the Hubble Space Telescope seems to have finally found something nobody has seen before: a black hole which is completely invisible.

9th February 2022

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