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Fume with a view: Consumer products and your indoor air quality

By Andi Horvath

Civil and environmental engineer Prof Anne Steinemann outlines the causes and consequences of poor indoor air quality, and in particular the potentially hazardous fumes generated by home cleaning and personal care products.

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False findings: The rise in retraction of scientific results

By Andi Horvath

Medical journalist and educator Prof Ivan Oransky talks about research misconduct that, once uncovered after publication, leads to retractions of scientific papers, damaged careers, and an undermining of the scientific process. Prof Oransky suggests why retractions are on the increase, and how technology is being enlisted in the fight against fraud.

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Go with the gut: Our symbiotic relationship with our intestinal bacteria

By Andi Horvath

Chemistry researcher Assoc Prof Spencer Williams talks about the rapidly emerging understanding of human microbiota - the diverse and numerous microorganisms that reside on and within our bodies - and particularly how the composition of our gut flora can determine the state of our own health.

ANDI HORVATH

From pole to pole: New research into treating bipolar disorder

By Sila Genc

Research psychiatrist Prof Allan Young discusses bipolar disorder, and examines leading edge research into finding new treatments for this condition. Presented by Sila Genc.

SILA GENC

Whatever happened to the ozone hole? Lessons in timely action to avert global disaster

By Dr Shane Huntington

Atmospheric scientists Prof David Karoly and Dr Robyn Schofield discuss the hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic, and what effect timely global action taken in 1987 seems to have had in reversing ozone degradation.

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MRI: Window into the brain

By Sila Genc

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, has revolutionized modern medicine, allowing us to see detailed structure of the human brain. PhD students Charles Malpas and Bernd Merkel discuss their research into applying MRI as a tool to investigate diseased and healthy brains to help fine tune our understanding of how the brain works.

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Hello and welcome to Up Close. I’m Sila Genc, thanks for joining us.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, has revolutionised modern medicine, allowing us to see into the window of the human body. MRI of the brain has allowed for many different investigations of structure and function of certain regions of the brain, anywhere from visualising a stroke lesion to recognising abnormal function in epilepsy.

Contagion calculation: Forecasting and tracking outbreaks of influenza

By Shane Huntington

Epidemiologist Assoc Prof Jodie McVernon discusses research into tracking and predicting the spread of influenza and other viral diseases like Ebola.

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Margaret Wertheim: Confessions of a science communicator

By Shane Huntington

Celebrated science writer and author Margaret Wertheim discusses the state of science journalism and communication in a world of fragmented social and digital media, as well as her craft-based efforts to foster scientific and mathematical awareness.

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Mind shift: How always-on digital technologies are changing our brains

By Shane Huntington

Neuroscientist Prof Baroness Susan Greenfield examines the scientific bases of how constantly-on digital environments may bring about changes in our brains.

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Infected: How HIV works at the cellular level to overwhelm the immune system

By Shane Huntington

Infectious diseases expert Prof Sharon Lewin explains how the HIV virus disarms our immune system and multiplies within it. She also discusses what these discoveries mean for research efforts into future treatment.

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