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Have you ever wondered? We will take the mystery out of everyday life by solving conundrums that you have always pondered.

  1. 19 March 2018 – Chemical Weapons, Chemistry, Poison, Russia, Spy

    The science behind Novichok

    As the British government accuses Russia of stockpiling Novichok, a University of Melbourne expert looks at what makes the Soviet-era nerve agent so deadly.

  2. 6 March 2018 – Drought, Water, Water Management

    Will water ever be worth more than oil?

    As Cape Town runs dry, could water ever become more valuable than oil? University of Melbourne experts discuss the possibility of water demand exceeding supply.

  3. 22 December 2017 – Christmas, Health, Holidays, Mental Health, Psychology

    Do you really get sick as soon as you go on holiday?

    Does it ever seem that as soon as you take a break, you get sick? University of Melbourne experts look at some of the reasons it feels this way.

  4. 20 December 2017 – Christmas, Christmas Tree, Ecology, Green, Trees

    Going green: Are fake Christmas trees more eco-friendly than the real thing?

    When it comes to a real versus plastic Christmas tree, according to University of Melbourne experts, the genuine article is greener in more ways than one.

  5. 10 December 2017 – Cats, Christmas, Christmas Tree, Pine Needles, Veterinary Sciences

    Why cats obsess over Christmas trees

    Cats and Christmas trees equals one big playpen, but a University of Melbourne expert says it's the tree that will come off worst in the ensuing mayhem.

  6. 21 September 2017 – Aerodynamics, Aerospace Engineering, Aircraft, Flying, Passenger Jets

    Will Sydney-London ever be ‘weekend-able’?

    Will non-stop flights from Sydney to London be affordable? And will we ever be able to get there quicker? A University of Melbourne expert explains.

  7. 8 September 2017 – Climate Change, Extreme weather, Hurricane, Hurricane Irma, cyclone

    The deadly ingredients in a tropical hurricane

    As Hurricane Irma makes history as the longest-lasting, top-intensity hurricane recorded, a University of Melbourne expert looks at how these monsters form.

  8. 6 September 2017 – Accent, Australian History, Immigration

    Why doesn’t modern Australia have diverse regional accents?

    University of Melbourne experts discuss why the Australian-English accent doesn't have huge the regional variations other countries around the world do.

  9. 15 June 2017 – Agriculture, Crops, Dairy, Farm Technology, Farming

    Silage: Rocket-fuel for cows

    Silage provides key nutrition for livestock and allows farmers to manage feed - we ask University of Melbourne experts what it is, and why it smells?