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02/20/2017 at 14:53. Facebook
Emeritus Professor, Frederick Toates wrote one of the very first books published on OCD and describes himself as "the world's number one expert witness" on the subject.

He has long studied the overlap between biology and psychology and authored 11 books, including 'How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Urge'.

Here's Frederick being interviewed and discussing his 40 year career with the...
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‘The turf wars in psychology have been as intellectually silly as they have been disastrous’ | The Psychologist

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02/20/2017 at 09:24. Facebook
We're all fascinated by Mars, and intrigued as to what, if anything, it can tell us about the origins of our own planet and its potential...

OU academics Dr. Stephen Lewis and Rhian Chapman are presenting a talk called 'Why Visit Mars?' at The Ulster Museum as part of the NI Science Festival on Tuesday 21st February from 18.30GMT.

If you're local to Belfast and you'd like to attend in person...
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It's a big deal. Huge. Our very own Professor of Planetary Sciences Monica Grady explains the importance of finding organic molecules on Ceres, the giant asteroid.

Organic molecules found on giant asteroid Ceres – why that's such a huge deal – OU News

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02/18/2017 at 15:19. Facebook
'Playing with Fire' by Joanne Gutknecht, the second of the two winning plays in the 25th BBC World Service International Playwriting Competition is broadcasting tonight at 20.06 GMT on @bbcworldservice. It will be repeated on Sunday 19th February 12.06.

The playwriting competition welcomed scripts from anyone living outside the UK, whether established or new, and encouraged writers to use the...
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02/18/2017 at 09:23. Facebook
Did you get our OpenMinds quiz question right? Here's a reminder of the question, with the answer too.

For more #Mars insights, join our OU academics Dr. Stephen Lewis and Rhian Chapman at the NI Science Festival*:

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*If you can't attend in person, join us via Livestream!
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02/17/2017 at 10:03. Facebook
It's the final day of our quiz! Today Rhian wants to know your thoughts on this question:

"Which of these would be the biggest threat to a non-spacesuited human standing on the surface of Mars?"

A1: Dust storms
A2: Radiation from the sun
A3: Marsquakes

If you're interested in #Mars exploration and would like to hear more insights from the OU's Dr. Stephen Lewis and Rhian Chapman, why not...
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02/17/2017 at 09:07. Facebook
Did you get our OpenMinds quiz question right yesterday? Here's a reminder of the question, along with the answer.

Look out for today’s and see if you get that one too.

For more #Mars insights, join Dr. Stephen Lewis and Rhian Chapman at the @NISCIFEST:

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02/16/2017 at 10:54. Facebook
Do you have an innovative business idea that could reduce carbon emissions? Then apply now to WIN A POSTGRADUATE scholarship worth up to £20,000 in 2017. Vis...

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02/16/2017 at 10:03. Facebook
It's Day Three of our OpenMinds - Why Visit Mars? quiz in preparation for Dr Stephen Lewis and Rhian Chapman heading to the NI Science Festival! Over to Rhian for today's question:

"When do you think the first human will walk on Mars?"

A1: 10 years from now
A2: 20 years from now
A3: 30+ years from now

What do you think? If you're interested in Mars exploration, why not join our FREE...
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02/16/2017 at 09:06. Facebook
Did you get our OpenMinds quiz question right yesterday? Look out for today’s and see if you get that one too.

For more #Mars insights, join us at the @NISCIFEST:

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02/15/2017 at 16:11. Facebook
"Drugs distort time and prisons are all about the wasting and loss of time. Many prisoners attempt to suspend time and find ways to manage life in this meaningless and dehumanising penal abyss."

David Scott, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at The OU writes in an article for The Conversation UK that we need to look deeper into why the demand for drugs in prisons exists, in order to work at...
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Why there is such an enormous demand for drugs in UK prisons

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02/15/2017 at 13:02. Facebook
Tonight sees the final episode of Hospital (BBC2 9pm) - a moving and timely snapshot of an NHS where patients compete for beds and surgeons are forced to use unconventional methods to get their operations completed against the odds.

Put yourself in the shoes of NHS staff making tough decisions, with our medical ethics quiz created by experts:

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02/15/2017 at 09:59. Facebook
It's Day Two of our OpenMinds quiz!

Today the OU's Rhian Chapman is asking: "Which country launched its first mission to Mars in 2013?"

Is the answer:

A: Chile?
B: Malaysia?
C: India?

If you're interested in Mars exploration, join our FREE event with Rhian and Dr. Stephen Lewis at the @NISCIFEST on Tuesday 21st Feb. For more info, and to register:
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02/15/2017 at 09:16. Facebook
Did you get our OpenMinds quiz question right yesterday? Here's a reminder of the question and the answer too.

We've got another one coming up...

For more #Mars insights, join us at the @NISCIFEST:
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02/14/2017 at 15:20. Facebook
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but it's usually blue.
We love lifelong learning
and our community too!

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The Open University
02/14/2017 at 13:29. Facebook
If you're interested in Mars exploration, this event is perfect for you!

OU academics Dr. Stephen Lewis and Rhian Chapman will be at the Ulster Museum, Belfast on Tuesday 21st February at 18.30. They'll be talking about why it's so important that we study Mars, and what we might discover about our own planet as a result.

Join them for this FREE event by registering online*

*We will also...
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Why visit Mars and what we might find there?

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The Open University
02/14/2017 at 12:10. Facebook
Who knows what makes for happy relationships? According to one study, it looks like same-sex couples might have the answer: [ Socsi.in Link ]
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02/14/2017 at 10:38. Facebook
Our OU academics, Dr Stephen Lewis and Rhian Chapman, have helped us put together some quiz questions in anticipation of their OpenMinds talk at the NI Science Festival.

Over to Rhian on #Mars for the first question...

Here are your multiple choice answers - what do you think? No googling!*

A1: Opportunity
A2: Curiosity
A3: Insight

*Other search engines are available.

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02/14/2017 at 10:11. Facebook
With ever-increasing divorce rates and relationship break-ups, how do some couples manage to stay together for years, sometimes forever? In this collection of audio and video podcasts, we reflect on the adult couple relationship in the UK, how couples perceive love and commitment, and the 'relationship work' that people do to sustain their enduring love: [ Socsi.in Link ]
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02/13/2017 at 16:19. Facebook
We love this quote from Sir Lenny Henry! He was a latecomer to OU study but found it life changing:

“It opened my mind to more possibilities, new thinking and different perspectives.”

Three cheers for #LifelongLearning!

Interview with Sir Lenny Henry

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