This episode explores the changing way Australian women’s magazines portray lesbian issues.

New research argues lesbianism is now more common in these magazines, but lesbian sexuality is often trivialised and portrayed as a type of self-objectification designed to garner male attention. 


2 min 36 sec

Australian workplaces and households have changed dramatically over the past decade. 

This episode of VISIONS looks at the latest data from Australia's largest nationally representative survey, HILDA. 

Since 2001 economists from the Melbourne Institute have collected data from the same group of several thousands Australians to develop a 'moving picture' of how their lives are changing. 

Read more here.

3 min 56 sec

A new robotic dairy that uses lasers to detect cow teats, allowing the animals to 'self milk', has been opened in northern Victoria.

It's the centrepiece of the University of Melbourne's revamped Dookie campus, located near Shepparton.

The dairy is teaching agricultural students about futuristic methods of milk and food production, and facilitating research into emerging animal welfare issues. 

3 min 57 sec

Charging up an electric car can put as much strain on the energy grid as a small family home. 

So how can we embrace this new technology while keeping an eye on sustainability? 

VISIONS looks at cutting edge research into the design of electric vehicles and their likely impact on the electricity grid.

3 min 40 sec

Savvy bosses shouldn't prohibit their staff from using work computers for personal web surfing, according to a University of Melbourne study. 

In this 'Vintage Visions' episode — first aired in 2009 — Dr Brent Coker explains how surfing the net at work for pleasure actually increases a worker's concentration levels and helps them be more productive. 

2 min 58 sec

Visions this week takes to the high seas with researchers from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, who work with disabled patients and teach them how to sail. 

Professor Norman Saunders and PhD Candidate Maree Ellul are helping disabled people to sail, working with the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and Docklands Sailing Club.  

3 min 44 sec
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Visions takes a closer look at a unique cultural partnership between the University Library, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and the State Library of Victoria which showcases the two libraries' collections of works by 18th Century Printmaker and Architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi. 

The collections are the largest of their kind in Australia, and the resulting exhibitions, "Rome: Piranesi's Vision" at the State Library of Victoria and "The Piranesi Effect" at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, explore Piranesi's work and its impact on artists, writers and architects in his time and in ours. 


3 min 54 sec

New research has found English-speaking white people are more likely to 'self-segregate' or 'stick together' in public spaces.

The study explored the role of public spaces in promoting understanding and contact between different racial groups through short-term observation in three localities across Melbourne.

A total of 974 people were observed, with most occurring in sports settings (40.7 per cent), shopping centres (24.9 per cent) and libraries. 

It was found that public spaces within Australian communities encouraged social dynamics that reinforce racial segregation and isolation of racial minority groups.

2 min 47 sec

VISIONS takes a tour of the new Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences which is dedicated to training the scientists of tomorrow. 

3 min 44 sec

The University of Melbourne has quit smoking.

From World Cancer Day 2014, the University went tobacco-free on university grounds, prohibited campus businesses from selling cigarettes and vowed not to invest in tobacco companies. 

The aim is to provide a healthier environment for staff, students and visitors. VISIONS explores the change, the body of research behind it, and investigates the future of tobacco research.

Watch this video for secret instructions on how to win a real life cold turkey. No joke. 

3 min 53 sec