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Up Close is an online, audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis, presented in English, from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Up Close has an audience in over 100 countries, and program episodes are currently downloaded over 40,000 times per month. Topics are diverse, and include interviews with experts and researchers in the arts and humanities, in law and business, and in life and physical sciences. Guests on the program include senior academics from the University of Melbourne as well as universities and research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Every episode of Up Close is available as a podcast, an mp3 download or as on-demand streaming audio. Episodes are also transcribed to text, and offered in both PDF and HTML formats.

Up Close is an online, audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis, presented in English, from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Up Close has an audience in over 100 countries, and program episodes are currently downloaded over 40,000 times per month. Topics are diverse, and include interviews with experts and researchers in the arts and humanities, in law and business, and in life and physical sciences. Guests on the program include senior academics from the University of Melbourne as well as universities and research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Every episode of Up Close is available as a podcast, an mp3 download or as on-demand streaming audio. Episodes are also transcribed to text, and offered in both PDF and HTML formats.
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Melbourne, Australia

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Up Close is an online, audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis, presented in English, from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Up Close has an audience in over 100 countries, and program episodes are currently downloaded over 40,000 times per month. Topics are diverse, and include interviews with experts and researchers in the arts and humanities, in law and business, and in life and physical sciences. Guests on the program include senior academics from the University of Melbourne as well as universities and research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Every episode of Up Close is available as a podcast, an mp3 download or as on-demand streaming audio. Episodes are also transcribed to text, and offered in both PDF and HTML formats.

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Episodes

#270: Useful imperfections: Nanodiamonds for quantum sensors in living cell

11/10/2013
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Physicist Prof Lloyd Hollenberg explains how quantum technologies are leading to the development of sensors of only a few atoms’ size -- small enough to be placed inside living cells to enable monitoring of biological processes. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more info available at http://goo.gl/wtePex.

Duration:00:30:46

#269: Making nice: Julian Savulescu and the case for moral bioenhancement

11/10/2013
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Philosopher and bioethicist Julian Savulescu joins host Peter Mares for a conversation on the potential for moral bioenhancement through direct brain stimulation, pharmacology or genetics, and the ethical implications of such interventions. Transcript and more information available at http://goo.gl/AtJEu5.

Duration:00:45:40

#268: You've got male: The wide-ranging effects of testosterone

11/10/2013
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Endocrinologist and hormone researcher Prof Jeffrey Zajac talks about the broad and transformative effects of testosterone on the male body. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis. Transcript and more information available at http://goo.gl/3SqJTk.

Duration:00:35:02

#267: Counting the coast: Modeling the oceans of a warming planet

11/10/2013
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Climate modeler Dr Kathy McInnes describes what mathematical modeling can tell us about the effects of rising sea levels and extreme weather events on our coastlines. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more info available at: http://goo.gl/eQg6LO.

Duration:00:22:29

#266: All feasts must end: Satyajit Das on China at the crossroads

11/10/2013
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Global finance expert Satyajit Das argues that the inherent -- and largely ignored -- fragility of China’s economy threatens to undo the fruits of decades of phenomenal export-led growth. Presented by Peter Mares. Transcript and more info available at http://goo.gl/ofiV84.

Duration:00:44:34

#265: Brain traces: Neurobiology's emerging insights into schizophrenia and

11/10/2013
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Molecular biologist Prof Brian Dean talks about how both post-mortem and live imaging investigations of brain biology are helping to identify new treatment targets for the multifaceted condition of schizophrenia. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more info available at http://goo.gl/YdGAOo.

Duration:00:29:09

#264: Hormones in a hurry: Uneasy passages through puberty and adolescence

11/10/2013
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Psychiatrist and adolescent health specialist, Prof George Patton, discusses why puberty -- especially early puberty -- and adolescence can be so tough, but how most of us survive the journey. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis. Transcript and more info available at: http://goo.gl/WSEiYy.

Duration:00:28:27

#263: Sequencing seizures: Discovering new genetic mutations behind epileps

11/10/2013
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Neurologist Prof Sam Berkovic and molecular geneticist Prof David Goldstein describe their work uncovering chance mutations that cause childhood epilepsy. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis. Transcript and more info available at http://goo.gl/wo6IDU.

Duration:00:33:34

#262: Vigor in the ville: Creating cities that promote health and well-bein

11/10/2013
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Urban public health expert Billie Giles-Corti discusses how a rigorous, evidence-based approach to urban policy and city planning can help bring long-term benefits for physical and mental health and well-being. Presented by Peter Mares. Transcript and more info available at http://goo.gl/RZHDBL.

Duration:00:36:25

#261: Spin doctors: Identifying and treating human balance disorders

11/10/2013
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Neurologist Dr David Szmulewicz describes the human balance system, and what’s going on in our brains and ears when we experience vertigo. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at http://goo.gl/BSfnhA.

Duration:00:29:20

#259: Sport court: Where international sports and legal systems converge

8/19/2013
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Legal experts James Nafziger and Hayden Opie describe the growing role of law in professional sports, and how varying legal systems worldwide grapple with issues of sports dispute resolution, commercialization, corruption, and athletes’ rights. Presented by Peter Mares. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/N42GtU

Duration:00:39:12

#260: Beyond exceptional: What makes a child prodigy?

8/19/2013
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Psychology researcher Dr Joanne Ruthsatz talks about the personality traits that set child prodigies apart from other children. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/YEUQ5s

Duration:00:19:06

#258: The world by numbers: How mathematics explains objects and events

8/18/2013
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Mathematician Prof Chris Budd discusses how mathematics seeks to explain and predict real life phenomena -- from the simple movement of objects to complex, “chaotic” systems such as the weather. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/EI0wJ8

Duration:00:29:05

#257: Setting forth safely: Travel health before, during, and after the jou

8/18/2013
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Infectious diseases specialist Assoc Prof Tilman Ruff explains the myriad health risks to today’s travellers, including what to consider before the journey and post-trip follow-up and care. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/9O97up

Duration:00:34:23

#256: Eastern academies: The rise and rise of Asian universities

8/18/2013
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Higher education globalization expert Professor Simon Marginson examines the factors that have fuelled the inexorable rise of higher education in China and elsewhere in Asia. Presented by Eric van Bemmel. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/rgDHp7

Duration:00:40:32

#255: Pregnancy 2.0: The lingering effects of modern reproduction

8/18/2013
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Reproductive biologist Dr Mark Green discusses early embryo development and how a range of environmental factors such as IVF, nutrition and chemicals can have lasting effects on health of the organism. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/fB9Vkn

Duration:00:28:54

#254: Vanquishing the vectors: Enlisting bacteria to fight mosquito-borne d

8/18/2013
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Geneticist Professor Ary Hoffmann explains the use of mosquito-infecting bacteria for the control of Dengue fever. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis. Transcript available at: http://goo.gl/CEKYTG

Duration:00:33:21

#253: Sedimental journey: Probing climate's buried past to predict our futu

8/18/2013
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Paleoclimatologist Prof Jonathan Overpeck describes how research into uncovering the earth’s climate history generates important insights about our climate future. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/pdx1OO

Duration:00:30:46

#252: Watts fit to print: Developing flexible, organic solar cells

8/18/2013
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Polymer chemist Dr David Jones and materials scientist Dr Scott Watkins discuss the latest in flexible electronics -- the printable organic solar cell. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/3DdgVe

Duration:00:32:10

#251: Rhythm of the beat: The culture, meaning and meter of the tabla

8/18/2013
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Dr Nadeem Malik takes us on a musical and historical journey with the South Asian percussion instrument, the tabla. Presented by Jennifer Martin. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/3r3Jvd

Duration:00:27:46