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

  1. 22 June 2022 – Biodiversity, Citizen Science, Digitisation, Herbaria, University of Melbourne Herbarium

    The challenge to discover our plant and fungi species

    Citizen scientists are crucial in recording the biodiversity of Australian plant and fungi species, say researchers at the University of Melbourne Herbarium

  2. 13 May 2022 – Black Holes, Galaxies, Relativity, Space, Stars

    Q&A: Seeing a ‘cosmic monster’

    Scientists have captured the first direct images of a giant black hole at the centre of the Milky Way – and it's cool, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 11 May 2022 – 2022 Australian Election, Australian Politics, Climate Change, Elections, Melbourne Climate Futures

    Disconnect: Climate change and the Australian election

    A University of Melbourne expert asks why the major parties are ignoring climate change pre-election if it's a top issue for the majority of Australian voters?

  4. 6 May 2022 – Climate Change, Global Warming, Paleoclimatology, Plants, Pollen

    What ancient pollen tells us about future climate change

    Pollen preserved for more than 56 million years reconstructs a major climate transition that caused mass plant migration finds University of Melbourne research.

  5. 4 May 2022 – Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Policy

    Mapping climate policy

    Climate policy across Australia is fragmented, but researchers at University of Melbourne are aiming to use big data to collect and make better sense of plans

  6. 11 April 2022 – Climate, Dengue, Insects, Mosquitoes , Wolbachia

    Dengue-blocking mosquitoes here to stay

    Mosquitoes carrying anti-viral bacteria show remarkable stability a decade since their release in field trials, shows University of Melbourne research

  7. 31 March 2022 – DNA, Extinction, Marsupials, Tasmanian tiger, Thylacine

    Piecing thylacine DNA back together

    New University of Melbourne research uses genomes from living thylacine relatives to build a new, chromosome-scale genome to de-extinct the Tasmanian tiger.

  8. 7 March 2022 – Botany, Climate, International Women's Day 2022, Paleoclimatology, Women In Science

    A sustainable future for women in science

    On International Women's Day we talk to Dr Anne-Marie Tosolini who returned to University of Melbourne after a career break to study 56 million-year-old fossils

  9. 3 March 2022 – IBM Quantum Network, Physics, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Time Crystals

    Observing time crystals

    Secrets of time crystals, unique configurations of particles perpetually switching, can now be explored by quantum computers says University of Melbourne expert