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  1. Listen30 September 2020 – Brain, Music, Neuroscience, Psychology

    The brain benefits of music

    The University of Melbourne's Professor Sarah Wilson discusses music neuroscience and why no other species uses a complex musical system like we do.

  2. Listen2 September 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Democracy, Leadership, Politics

    The state of democracy, before and during COVID-19

    We are facing a global democratic recession, but the pandemic has intensified the focus on what we want from democracy, says University of Melbourne's Tom Daly.

  3. Listen19 August 2020 – Dark Matter, Galaxies, National Science Week, Particle Physics , Universe

    Catching sight of dark matter

    One the biggest challenges in research this century is to understand the nature of dark matter, explains University of Melbourne's Professor Elisabetta Barberio

  1. Listen5 August 2020 – Antibiotics, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Drug Development, Pharmacology

    Why are there so few drugs to treat viruses?

    As coronavirus case numbers surge, University of Melbourne experts explain why we have effective drugs for bacterial diseases, but relatively few for viruses.

  2. Listen22 July 2020 – Astronomy, Astrophysics, Satellites, SpIRIT satellite, Space

    Launching the SpIRIT satellite

    University of Melbourne researchers describe plans to build the SpIRIT satellite– to be launched in space by 2022, with Australian and Italian Space Agencies.

  3. Listen8 July 2020 – Big Data, Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative, Death, Global Burden of Disease, Global Health

    How better data on death can improve lives

    By studying causes of death, Professor Alan Lopez says we can better target health interventions, including increases in cardiovascular disease in Australia.

  4. Listen24 June 2020 – Brain, Depression, Medicine, Mental Health, Psychiatry

    Towards faster treatment for major depressive disorder

    Physiologist Professor Scott Thompson studies how the brain changes in patients with major depression to identify more effective, faster acting antidepressants.

  5. Listen10 June 2020 – COVID-19, Conspiracy theory, Pandemic, Psychology, Social Media

    What’s behind COVID-19 conspiracy theories?

    Robin Canniford studies conspiracy theories at the University of Melbourne, he says people are more susceptible during heightened times of anxiety like pandemic

  6. Listen27 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Disasters, Earthquake, Innovation

    Innovation during crisis

    Mark Quigley, Earth Sciences Professor at the University of Melbourne explains how the Canterbury earthquakes and COVID-19 both inspired innovative responses.