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  1. 10 December 2017 – Donald Trump, Europe, Fake News, History, Newspaper History

    Why fake news is anything but new

    Fake news is not new; news has been falsified from its earliest days when ballads conveyed it to the masses, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 30 November 2017 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australia, Endangered Languages, Indigenous, Languages

    The many voices of the North

    University of Melbourne research explores the multilingualism of indigenous languages in remote communities in north Australia bound up in custom and tradition

  3. 23 November 2017 – Alcohol, Crime, Drugs, Melbourne, Policing

    After the party

    Establishing safe zones around licensed premises could help reduce the harm caused by illicit drugs, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 17 November 2017 – France , History, Military, Wars, World War I

    Comedy in the trenches

    Trench journals provided a much-needed outlet for soldiers in WW1 and the French and Australian publications were similar, says a University of Melbourne expert

  5. 13 November 2017 – Australia, Diet, Health, Lifestyle, Paleo

    The real face of the Australian Paleo community

    Australians on the Paleo diet come from all walks of life but are united by disillusionment with mainstream health advice, says a University of Melbourne expert

  6. 8 November 2017 – History, Revolutions, Russia, Socialism, Vladimir Putin

    Is the Russian Revolution over yet?

    100 years after Red October, when Lenin and his Bolsheviks overthrew the Tsarist autocracy, the revolution is still a difficult subject for modern Russia.

  7. 6 November 2017 – Art, Australian History, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Libraries, Mapping

    Restoring one of the world’s rarest maps

    Conservators from the University of Melbourne have restored the 1663 Blaeu map, the first large scale map of Australia, now hanging in the National Library.

  8. 3 November 2017 – Academics, Antarctica, Climate Change, History, United States

    The winding road to Yale

    University of Melbourne PhD candidate Emma Shortis is the first University of Melbourne student to receive the prestigious Yale Fox International Fellowship.

  9. 19 October 2017 – Grammar, Languages, Linguistics, Sociology, Women

    ‘Like’ has totally evolved to become, like, a legit word

    The word "like" may be frowned on, but University of Melbourne research finds young women lead the way in how languages and grammar evolve, and it's, like, fine

  10. 15 October 2017 – Catalonia, Independence, Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom

    Catalonian and Scottish independence: Why so different?

    Separatists in Catalonia and Scotland share many strategies, but the best way to resolve national tensions is negotiation, says a University of Melbourne expert