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  1. Want to be creative? Apply some limits

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    Video caption: BBC Ideas explores constraints can help you be more creative

    Constraints can feel very... limiting. But experts believe they can actually be helpful for creativity - up to a point.

  2. Three pioneers who predicted climate change

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    Video caption: BBC Ideas explores three key figures in the story of climate change science

    Here are three key figures in the history of climate change - and not all of them got the recognition they deserved for their work at the time.

  3. How much should we share about our kids online?

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    Video caption: BBC Ideas explores the ethics of "sharenting"

    It can be second nature to share images of our kids on social media. But is this fair on children? We explore the ethics of "sharenting".

  4. Four secrets from elite sport that can help you in everyday life

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    Video caption: BBC Ideas explores what we can all learn from the world of elite sport

    From talking to yourself to rehearsing your mind, here are four tips from the world of sport psychology that you can apply to your own life.

  5. Is it time to reassess our relationship with nature?

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    Video caption: BBC Ideas explores humanity's relationship with the natural world

    Western societies tend to see nature and humanity as separate. But are there other ways of understanding our relationship with the natural world?

  6. Viewpoint: What would a world without prisons be like?

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    Video caption: In this viewpoint for BBC Ideas, criminologist David Scott explores alternatives to prison

    We take prisons for granted - but how effective are they? Are there better alternatives? A viewpoint from OU criminologist Dr David Scott.

  7. 'I went from prisoner to PhD'

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    Video caption: Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski, who now teaches at the OU, tells BBC Ideas his story

    Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski tells the extraordinary story of how he transformed his life through education.

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    Video caption: The Open University received it's official royal charter 50 years ago.