Featuring: Professor Trevor Lithgow, Microbiologist
Since COVID-19, the simple act of hand-washing has been elevated beyond the mundane into a public health headline and potentially life-saving act.
Superbugs resistant to medicines are predicted to kill 10 million people a year by 2050.
People wash their hands now. Soaps and sanitisers are in demand, and also ubiquitous — in handbags, backpacks, at pub and shop doors.
This is undeniably a good thing. But for Monash University researcher Professor Trevor Lithgow, who works on superbugs that are resistant to medicines and predicted to kill 10 million people a year by 2050, it’s…
Since 2014, Monash researchers have tried to understand the mysterious molecular processes that occur during the first few days of human life.
Late last year came the breakthrough. The University’s Polo Laboratory team unexpectedly produced a medical game-changer when it created what it calls an iBlastoid — the most accurate three-dimensional model of a blastocyst, or the cellular structure that becomes an early human embryo.
It’s made from skin cells and isn’t an embryo itself, so it can’t be used to make humans — to date…
Just like the stock market, the cryptocurrency market is frequently subjected to extreme price fluctuations — both upwards and downwards. Tesla recently purchasing $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin is just one example of how the crypto market can change.
For instance, at the end of 2013 to the beginning of 2014, during the middle of 2017 to the middle of 2018, and now again as we’ve seen in the past few months, there have been many highs and lows of cryptocurrencies.
If we analyse the movement…
Written by: Hilary Gopnik, Director, Centre for Ancient Cultures, Monash University.
Over the past month, the world has watched the United States in the throes of a struggle over a democratic system that they thought was invincible. Then more recently, in Myanmar we saw the borrowed false accusations of a corrupted election succeed in overthrowing a democracy, at least temporarily.
It’s felt for many of us as if the foundations of democratic processes are on trial, and democracy’s source in the ancient world has been looked to for answers. But the widely accepted story that democracy was a brilliant, even…
Written by: Callum Jones, Researcher in political extremism.
Conspiracy theories, generally speaking, can be understood to be “the belief that an organisation made up of individuals or groups was, or is, acting covertly to achieve some malevolent end”.
They can appear, in many cases, to be harmless enough, often tangled within popular culture. Is La Toya Jackson just her brother in disguise? Could Elvis Presley or Tupac actually still be alive? These kinds of questions are just the tip of the conspiracy theory iceberg.
However, some are far more menacing. Conspiracy theories can be downright dangerous. …
Featuring: Dr Wong Kok Sheik, Associate Professor, School of Information Technology, Monash University Malaysia
Once upon a time, content publishers didn’t have to worry about content duplication, but with more than 4.5 billion people worldwide — nearly 60% of the world’s population — now using the internet, that’s a luxury providers can no longer enjoy.
Multimedia content is flooding the internet, contributing to 80% of internet traffic. Anyone can showcase full-screen high-definition videos without waiting for the videos to buffer. This has led to a considerable shift in the way people are using the internet.
Content streaming services such as…
Featuring: Dr Simon Peters, Psychophysiologist, Clinical Gut-Directed Hypnotherapist.
Patients are asked to imagine their gut as a beautiful, perfectly slimy set of passages, where all the digesting food slips through as if smoothly lubricated. Or they might be asked to think of their gut system as a free-flowing river, no obstacles, no blockages, everything working as it should.
This is the brave new world of hypnotherapy treatment for IBS — irritable bowel syndrome — a nasty and mysterious gut disorder that affects as many as one in seven Australians. At best it’s painful and restricts diet and lifestyle. …
It’s highly contagious and deadly. Medical systems are quickly stretched. There’s no vaccine and no consensus about how to contain it — and who should do the containing.
Some people wear masks, some refuse. Travellers are quarantined, the populace locked down. Businesses shut and the economy goes south. Borders shut. Governments argue with each other. The death toll rises.
In our year of COVID-19 this should all sound familiar, but in fact it’s a description of events 100 years ago during the Spanish Flu, the worst pandemic…
Featuring: Kate Gould, Neuropsychologist.
Back in 2005, Melbourne man Colin*, now 57, was involved in a road accident. “I came off second-best,” he says. He was riding a motorcycle, and the result was a traumatic brain injury.
It would be a long road to recovery. Life would never be quite the same. The last thing he needed was to be scammed online. But that’s what happened.
It was a romance scam, which Monash University researchers now believe may be especially difficult for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) to spot, deal with, and recover from.
There’s little or no…
Written by: Erik Denison, Behavioural Science Researcher.
Sport organisation CEOs, board members, corporate sponsors, and even LGBTQ partners have all asked us if there’s any evidence that the Rainbow Laces campaign, or Pride Games in other countries, help to end homophobia and make sport more inclusive for LGBTQ people.
Until very recently, it was impossible to answer this question. Over the past 50 years, there have been thousands of studies conducted into the problem of homophobia in sport ( see this timeline). …