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Science Matters

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

  1. 20 December 2017 – Christmas, Christmas Tree, Ecology, Green, Trees

    Going green: Are fake Christmas trees more eco-friendly than the real thing?

    When it comes to a real versus plastic Christmas tree, according to University of Melbourne experts, the genuine article is greener in more ways than one.

  2. 27 December 2017 – Bionics, Future, Robotics, Science Fiction, Stentrode

    Sounds like science fiction

    Some of the technological innovations of 2017 sound like sci-fi, and several University of Melbourne experts have played a key role in those advances.

  3. 1 December 2017 – Animal Behaviour, Australia, Birds, Ecology, Native Animals

    Why we’re all in a flap about our favourite birds

    The Guardian Australian Bird of the Year poll shows just how much we love our native birds, and there's good reason, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 17 November 2017 – Aquaculture, Ecology, Fish, Fish Farms, Sustainability

    How data can keep fish and chips on the menu

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered one of Australia's favourite fish, Rock Flathead, is likely to grow faster as the climate warms.

  5. 16 November 2017 – Chemistry, Dairy, Engineering, Food, Food Sciences

    Tricking our tongues: Creating guilt-free cheese

    University of Melbourne researchers are using high pressure and sonic waves to create low fat cheese that tastes just like the real thing.

  6. 10 November 2017 – Gardens, Pollution, Sustainability, Water, Wetlands

    Saving stormwater with a veggie raingarden

    Using stormwater to create a veggie raingarden at home can also help reduce pollution in our waterways, according to University of Melbourne research.

  7. 9 November 2017 – Agriculture, Australia, Biosecurity, Borders, Disease

    From racehorses to bananas: The importance of biosecurity

    Australia's biosecurity measures protect us from many diseases, and racehorses here for spring racing are no exception, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 9 November 2017 – Charles Darwin, Evolution, Genes, Sex, Sexual Selection

    Genes don’t always dictate that ‘boys will be boys’

    New University of Melbourne evolutionary biology research finds that genes don't always dictate that 'boys will be boys' in the animal world, just like humans.

  9. Podcast6 November 2017 – Bioscience, Crops, Plants, Trees, Women In Science

    Making friends with fronds: understanding plants’ feelings

    Dr Kim Johnson from the University of Melbourne discusses how plants respond to their environments and how this understanding can help grow better crops.