Dear ASCers,

Three new science podcast are now available from Up Close, the podcast of the University of Melbourne:

"Bionic eyes: Emerging technologies in the battle to restore vision"

Optometrist Dr Lauren Ayton discusses the biology of vision, and how we’re trying to combat blindness through the development of bionic eyes. Lauren also discusses the research and development pathways that must be traversed before these devices become widely available. With science host Shane Huntington.

"Particles of doubt: What if it wasn't the Higgs boson?"

Physicists Dr Serguei Ganjour and Dr Martin White delve into the details around the "likely" discovery of the Higgs boson and discuss the uncertainties that still surround the newly observed particle. They ask what it means for our understanding of the universe and of physics if it turns out not to be the Higgs. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

"How we respond to music: Cultural construct or hardwired into the brain?"

Behavioral scientist and musician Assoc Prof Neil McLachlan brings a scientific understanding of sound to his research on our emotional responses to music. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

Check out our other science (and humanities) episodes at

Happy listening!


Dyani Lewis
Associate Producer, Science
Up Close Podcast