All I want for Christmas is … an earworm
Christmas songs package up the joy the ‘ideal’ day into a three-minute ditty. But a University of Melbourne expert explains why those earworms are so annoying.
Reframing the ‘Australian Ugliness’
Robin Boyd was known for his scathing assessment of Australian popular architecture, but did he eventually change his mind asks a University of Melbourne expert
Get with the (political) programming
If real-life politics is getting you down, University of Melbourne experts recommend fictional political TV power players to inspire your interest instead.
Nanette, self-deprecation and when not to use it
Hannah Gadsby's Nanette highlights why Australians' tendency to self-deprecate needs to be handled with caution, says a University of Melbourne psychologist.
The myth and magic of Sgt Pepper
As the Beatles' most celebrated album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band, turns 50, Mark Pollard from the University of Melbourne discusses its many myths.
Seven Shakespeare movies you cannot miss
Seven film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays that stand out because they are both entertaining and deepen our understanding of the Bard's works.
The TV shows all political junkies should watch
The Top 10 political shows on television, as voted by University of Melbourne political junkies, to get you through the Australian election campaign.
Eurovision skyrockets into orbit with Timberlake
Eurovision's knack for capturing the zeitgeist is paying off amid Swedish savviness and now raw US star power that is taking it into the global mainstream
Why boys are blue and girls are pink
Ever wondered why pink represents girls and boys generally identify with the colour blue? Centuries ago it was a very different story.
How neckbeards have become a screen stereotype
Film and TV's portrayal of neckbeards gives an insight into some of our fears about the Internet centred on addiction, social isolation and humans going soft.