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  1. 13 August 2020 – COVID-19, India, Social Media, Unemployment, Youth

    Youth, waiting and action during Covid-19

    COVID-19 has left young people stuck waiting as economies stall, but they are using the time creatively and constructively says a University of Melbourne expert

  2. 11 August 2020 – Agriculture, Bacteria, Farming, Insecticides, Insects

    Targeting the bacteria inside insects for improved pest management

    New research including the University of Melbourne is targeting essential microorganisms inside insect pests to potentially revolutionise farm pest management.

  3. 7 August 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Epidemiology, Pandemic, Risk

    Test smarter not harder for an agile system

    Knowing who is being tested, why, and counting close contacts is the key to an agile and effective COVID-19 testing strategy say University of Melbourne experts

  4. 5 August 2020 – Chemical, Fertility, Herbicide, Hormones, Marsupials

    Herbicide impacts marsupial reproduction and development

    University of Melbourne research shows atrazine, a herbicide banned in the EU but widely used in Australia, causes abnormalities in the genitalia of marsupials.

  5. Podcast5 August 2020 – Antibiotics, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Drug Development, Pharmacology

    Why are there so few drugs to treat viruses?

    As coronavirus case numbers surge, University of Melbourne experts explain why we have effective drugs for bacterial diseases, but relatively few for viruses.

  6. 27 July 2020 – Australia, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Public Housing, Social Welfare

    Paternalism, public housing and COVID-19

    A University of Melbourne researcher says Australia's long history of paternalism against public housing tenants is evident in the hard lockdowns in Melbourne.

  7. 23 July 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Politics, Timor-Leste

    How Timor-Leste has mobilised against COVID-19

    Timor-Leste is now COVID-19 free, but ongoing threats of pandemic disruption could have longer term impacts on the country warn University of Melbourne experts.

  8. Podcast22 July 2020 – Astronomy, Astrophysics, Satellites, SpIRIT satellite, Space

    Launching the SpIRIT satellite

    University of Melbourne researchers describe plans to build the SpIRIT satellite– to be launched in space by 2022, with Australian and Italian Space Agencies.

  9. 14 July 2020 – COVID-19, Climate Change, Conflict, Geography, Human Mobility

    The geographies of COVID-19

    Geographers don’t just look at where COVID-19 is occurring, they ask why. University of Melbourne experts say the big picture helps to understand the pandemic.