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Life, the Universe and almost everything in between. This is Science at Melbourne.

  1. 10 September 2021 – Adaption, Conservation, Extinction, Genomics, Quolls

    Sequenced quoll genome a new tool for conservation

    Newly sequenced Eastern Quoll genome could inform improved breeding programs to re-establish it on the Australian mainland says University of Melbourne research

  2. 6 September 2021 – Conservation, Development, Evolution, Marsupials, Native Animals

    No bones about it, dunnarts crawl before growing a skeleton

    The development of the dunnart provides a model animal to study other unique Australian fauna and could aid conservation, shows University of Melbourne research

  3. 3 September 2021 – Atmospheric Science, Clouds, Earth Sciences, Meteorology, Thunderstorms

    Does Melbourne’s rain occur in ‘lines’?

    Melbourne rain often appears in 'squall lines' across the city, making a substantial contribution to total rainfall, finds University of Melbourne-led research.

  4. 24 August 2021 – Climate Change, Conservation, Fish, Oceans, Sharks

    Man bites shark: How dangerous are humans to sharks?

    A new approach, devised by University of Melbourne research estimates the risk that fishing and climate change pose to any shark species in Australia.

  5. 20 August 2021 – COVID-19, Chemistry, Exciton, National Science Week, Pandemic

    The nanoparticle ingredient for Australian-made COVID tests

    University of Melbourne researchers have developed a crucial COVID-19 test ingredient, paving the way for Australian-made tests and local production

  6. 16 August 2021 – Aerosol, COVID-19, Consumer products, National Science Week, Pandemic

    Which air cleaners work best to remove aerosols that contain viruses?

    Makers of air cleaners claim to remove SARS-CoV-2 containing particles from homes, offices and classrooms; a University of Melbourne expert explains what works

  7. 8 August 2021 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Indigenous History, Indigenous, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Land Management

    Leaving no one behind

    A University of Melbourne expert says this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples recognises the rights and social equity of Indigenous peoples.

  8. 7 August 2021 – Antibiotic resistance, Antibiotics, Drug Development, Infectious diseases, Pneumonia

    Starving the bacterium that causes pneumonia

    By targeting an essential nutrition pathway, University of Melbourne researchers hope to develop drug targets against the bacteria that cause pneumonia

  9. 3 August 2021 – COVID-19, Education, Government, Mexico, Schools

    Mexico’s cost of keeping kids out of school

    With almost all schools still closed, a University of Melbourne expert says Mexico’s government must take swift action to prevent irreparable long-term damage.