Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. The greatest university on the planet (we reckon anyway) is always innovating and leading the way on many issues that affect us around the globe and these news pieces reflect just that. So if there’s a free course or bit of news on the agenda then hopefully we will pick it up and stick it on the next Open University news.
First ringed planet after Saturn found in a faraway world. The planet, called J1407b, has a girdle of 30-odd halos which is 200 times bigger than that of Saturn’s. The project is funded by Warwick and Keele universities, and it includes the following universities: Cambridge University, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, Keele University, Leicester University, the Open University, Queen’s University Belfast and St Andrews University.
The controversial drug Tamiflu is effective against influenza a major study has found, justifying the government’s decision to spend £500 million stockpiling the medication. Prof Kevin McConway, Professor of Applied Statistics, The Open University, said: “This is a good and careful study, adding significantly to what we know scientifically about Tamiflu.”
Art and science create the perfect formula for American painter Tina Mammoser. Jeannie Swales caught up with her. In the dimly lit hallway of artist Tina Mammoser’s Scarborough flat, her own abstract seascapes jostle for space with detailed geological maps of the UK, astronomical star maps and an inflatable dinosaur. Tina holds a BSc in physics (she specialised in astrophysics) and a diploma in geology with the Open University.
Photograph Credit: International Business Times
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