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Science Matters

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 24 September 2019 – Animals, Evolution, Extinction, Genetics, Marsupials

    The shared evolution of the Tasmanian tiger and the wolf

    Through a molecular quirk, the Tasmanian tiger and grey wolf have evolved to look like twins finds new University of Melbourne research.

  7. 24 September 2019 – Amazon Rainforest, Bushfires, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Rainforests

    The big picture of the Amazon fires

    As the Amazon rainforest continues to burn, a University of Melbourne experts says it’s important to understand the big picture in Brazil that led to this point

  8. 19 September 2019 – Conservation, Extinction, Insects, Native Animals, Threatened Species

    Rediscovering a ‘lost’ species

    A rare insect species, Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper, was thought to be extinct in Victoria but has now been rediscovered by University of Melbourne researchers.

  9. 12 September 2019 – Amazon Rainforest, Bushfires, Climate, Ecosystem Forest Sciences, Rainforests

    Why are our rainforests burning?

    Many may think wet, humid rainforests are unburnable, but bushfires in Australia and the Amazon are proving otherwise, warns a University of Melbourne expert.