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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. 6 March 2024 – Hormones, Menopause, Non-binary, Perimenopause, Transgender

    Why is there a shortage of oestrogen patches in Australia… again?

    Australia's national shortage of oestrogen patches continues impacting women in menopause and trans- and non-binary people, says University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 27 February 2024 – Biodiversity, Insects, Melbourne, Mosquitoes , Urban Ecology

    Do you have a chorus of crickets in your backyard? Here’s why

    Melbourne is seeing an explosion of crickets, but a University of Melbourne experts says we should embrace these swarms as part of the cycle of nature

  3. 24 November 2022 – Australia, Climate Change, Insects, Mosquitoes , Summer

    Q&A: Victoria’s monster mosquito explosion

    Do you feel like a personal donor to a rising number of blood-sucking mosquitoes this Australian spring? You’re not alone, say University of Melbourne experts.

  4. 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.

  5. 2 January 2020 – Albert Einstein, Light, Physics, 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

  6. 18 December 2019 – Climate, Heatwaves, Melbourne, Meteorology, Weather

    Explaining Melbourne’s crazy but predictable weather

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

  7. 30 May 2019 – Antarctica, Cold War, History, 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 14 February 2019 – Cockroach, Fukushima, Insects, Nuclear Weapons, 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.