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  1. 5 November 2019 – Classics and Archaeology, Linear A, Linear B, Linguistics, Michael Ventris

    How do you crack the code to a lost ancient script?

    Linear A, the script of one of the earliest European civilisations, the Minoans, is still undeciphered but a University of Melbourne expert is finding new clues

  2. 31 October 2019 – Australia, Ethics, Health, Kidney Disease, Organ transplant

    Making the case for the global kidney exchange

    The Global Kidney Exchange has been criticised as ‘organ trafficking’, but University of Melbourne experts argue it will save the lives of rich and poor alike.

  3. 30 October 2019 – Brexit, Britain, Elections, UK General Election 2019, United Kingdom

    The future of post-Brexit Britain

    As Britain heads toward an election, University of Melbourne experts say Brexit has taken the focus off the long term, especially when it comes to trade.

  4. 25 October 2019 – Canada, Election Watch, Immigration, Justin Trudeau, Politics

    Why immigration wasn’t an issue in Canada’s election

    Immigration wasn't an issue in Canada's election and a University of Melbourne expert argues that reflects explicit policy support compared to Australian unease

  5. 25 October 2019 – Canada, Climate Change, Election Watch, Elections, Environment

    Canada’s first climate change election

    Canada's left-leaning parties made big promises on climate change during the election; a University of Melbourne expert says this may lead to real change.

  6. 20 October 2019 – Fake News, Internet, Politics, Social Media, South East Asia

    The thin line between fake and fact

    The internet provides a forum for democracy in some Southeast Asian countries, but a University of Melbourne expert says it’s also become a tool for fake news.

  7. 16 October 2019 – Australian History, Children in Institutional Care, Forgotten Australians, Social Justice, Stolen Generations

    Mapping back to a lost childhood

    An interactive online map of Australian care homes, developed at the University of Melbourne, is helping those who grew up in care to track down their history.

  8. 8 October 2019 – Art, Cultural, Culture, Economy, World

    The diversity of the globalised cultural economy

    A new book by a University of Melbourne expert explores how understanding context can help us change the lives of artists and cultural workers for the better.

  9. 29 September 2019 – Bullying, Freedom of speech, Hate speech, Internet, Trolling

    Trolling in the era of ‘freedom of speech’

    A University of Melbourne expert says proposed anti-vilification laws in Victoria to curb online trolling could be a step in the right direction.