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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. 18 June 2021 – Brain, COVID-19, Lockdown, Pandemic, Time Perception

    Did time slow down in lockdown?

    Our perception of time passing fell apart during COVID-19 lockdown, giving us a sense of time-warp, almost like jetlag, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 2 January 2020 – Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Light Waves, Relativity, Time

    A very, very brief history of time

    From tracking the heavens to formulating relativity and entropy, understanding time has been a major human endeavour, says a University of Melbourne expert

  3. 18 December 2019 – Melbourne Weather, Meteorology, Weather

    Explaining Melbourne’s crazy but predictable weather

    Melbourne's highly variable weather is a perennial conversation starter, but Melbourne University experts explain that it is largely about unique geography

  4. 30 May 2019 – Antarctic, Antarctica, Cold War, International Relations, Politics

    The geopolitics of Antarctica

    In 1959, countries around the world came together to establish the Antarctic Treaty; a University of Melbourne expert says it came at a time of frosty politics.

  5. 9 May 2019 – Disease, Genetics, Immune, Immunity, Lupus

    What we do (and don't) know about lupus

    Lupus affects millions worldwide; researchers from the University of Melbourne are working to treat the disease without ‘turning off’ the immune system.

  6. 14 February 2019 – Cockroach, Fukushima, Insects, Nuclear, Radiation

    Would cockroaches really survive a nuclear apocalypse?

    University of Melbourne experts look at the cockroaches' reputation for resilience and whether they really would survive a nuclear bomb and radiation.

  7. 15 January 2019 – Brain, Déjà vu, Epilepsy, Memory, Psychology

    What is déjà vu? What is déjà vu?

    Many of us have seen or done something that's felt eerily familiar; two University of Melbourne experts explain what the brain's doing when we get déjà vu.

  8. 11 January 2019 – Earth Sciences, Geography, History, Mapping, Sciences

    Why do some people believe the Earth is flat?

    Although science says the Earth is round, there are some people around who still think it's flat; two University of Melbourne experts look at why.

  9. 7 January 2019 – Brain, Movement, Neuroscience, Psychology, Senses

    The I’m-trying-to-get-around-you dance explained

    Two people walk towards each other, both try and get out of the way - suddenly, they’re doing the ‘sidewalk salsa'; two University of Melbourne experts explain.