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Eavesdrop on Experts

Hear researchers obsess, confess and profess – changing the world one experiment, one paper and one interview at a time

  1. Listen11 November 2020 – Advertising, Marketing, Psychology, Social Media, Viral Marketing

    What makes super-viral content so shareable?

    Dr Brent Coker from the University of Melbourne collects memes. His research reveals the psychological triggers that evoke social media content sharing and why.

  2. Listen28 October 2020 – Algorithms, Art, Human-Computer Interaction, Mathematics, Visualisation

    The algorithms of art

    The University of Melbourne’s Professor Smith-Miles’ has created a collection of intricate and beautiful 2D images, arising from her mathematics research.

  3. Listen14 October 2020 – Cancer, Medical Research, Peptide, Proteins, Technology

    The tiny world of peptides

    Health and cosmetic products contain peptides for a range of uses. Dr Troy Attard from University of Melbourne explains peptides and what they're used for.

  4. 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.

  5. Listen16 September 2020 – Brain, Drug Development, Epilepsy, Genetics, Seizures

    New targets for epilepsy treatment

    Associate Professor Reid is developing new drugs for epilepsy, with the view of treating a larger population of people with epilepsy.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.