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Science Matters

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

  1. 3 December 2019 – Cities, Climate, Horticulture, Sustainability, Urban Design

    How micro-doses of nature help our health and climate

    Bringing nature to urban spaces is a key part of the solution to major health and environmental challenges say University of Melbourne and international experts

  2. 3 December 2019 – Earth Sciences, Evolution, Geology, Snowball Earth

    Iron and Ice: How life survived snowball Earth

    Early life forms survived Snowball Earth in ocean refuges that were oxygenated by melting glaciers, suggests discoveries by University of Melbourne geologists.

  3. 2 December 2019 – Australia, Climate, Cloud Formation, Clouds, Drought

    Why more clouds can mean less rain in Australia

    Giant clouds that dump rain from Broome to Hobart have increased in frequency, but University of Melbourne research says that doesn't mean more rain.

  4. 8 November 2019 – Berlin Wall, Cold War, Communism, German Reunification

    When the Wall came down

    Two scientists, who today are University of Melbourne colleagues, were on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall when it came down 30 years ago. Here they reflect.

  5. 7 November 2019 – Culture, Documentaries, Himalayas, India, Women

    The Spirit of change

    The University of Melbourne’s Dr Jane Dyson has just released Spirit, a documentary about longing and belonging in a remote community in the Indian Himalayas.

  6. 21 October 2019 – Conservation, Environment, Genetics, Plants, Revegetation

    Getting revegetation right with genetics

    Revegetation programs need to include plants with a varied genetic background for long-term success, finds new research including the University of Melbourne.

  7. 15 October 2019 – Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Energy, Metal-Organic Frameworks, Sciences

    The man who built a whole new field of chemistry

    In the 90s, University of Melbourne's Professor Richard Robson created a new class of solids, now being developed into novel gas and energy storage devices.

  8. 26 September 2019 – Diamonds, Earth Sciences, Geology, Plate tectonics , Volcanoes

    Probing Earth’s deep and ancient secrets

    New University of Melbourne research finds that a rock that's the source of most of the world’s diamonds is giving us insights into the Earth’s formation.

  9. 25 September 2019 – Government, Peer Review, Politics, Replication Crisis, Research

    Governments must support science, not self-interest

    An ‘independent science quality assurance agency’ won't fix replication issues, but hinder attempts to improve science say University of Melbourne experts.