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

  1. 19 January 2019 – Chemical, Fertility, Herbicide, Hormones, Men's Health

    ‘Safe’ herbicide in Australian water affects male fertility

    University of Melbourne scientists have called for the 'safe' herbicide, atrazine, to be banned in Australia after researching its effect on male fertility.

  2. 11 January 2019 – Earth Sciences, Geography, History, Mapping, Sciences

    Why do some people believe the Earth is flat?

    Although science says the Earth is round, there are some people around who still think it's flat; two University of Melbourne experts look at why.

  3. 17 December 2018 – AIRBOX, Antarctica, Atmospheric Science, Climate Change, Global Warming

    How do aerosols help our atmosphere clean itself?

    University of Melbourne researchers are using the AIRBOX, a unique shipboard laboratory, to measure climate change in Antarctica's pristine air and waters.

  4. 14 December 2018 – Aboriginal, Animals, Australia, Australian Indigenous History, Extinction

    A giant lobster, by any other name

    Tasmania's at-risk crayfish is the world's largest freshwater invertebrate; for a University of Melbourne biochemist, finding its real name was just the start.

  5. 12 December 2018 – Algorithms, Atoms, Mathematics, Sciences, Technology

    Measuring forces between atoms that don’t want to be measured

    New research from the University of Melbourne shows that when it comes to measuring the force between two atoms - it may actually be hiding from you.

  6. 30 November 2018 – Bushfires, Climate Change, Drought, Extreme weather, Weather

    What does a wet spring mean for bushfire season?

    A recent spell of wet weather in Melbourne won't make a big impact bushfire risk, says a University of Melbourne expert, with the risk remaining high.

  7. 27 November 2018 – Ecology, Ecosystem Forest Sciences, Greenhouse Gases, Insects, Methane

    How a termite’s mound filters methane (and what it means for greenhouse gases)

    New University of Melbourne research find that although termites produce methane, half of their greenhouse gas emissions are filtered by their mounds.

  8. 22 November 2018 – Adaption, Climate change, Conservation, Native Animals, Native Vegetation

    Tracking the climate threat to Australia’s unique ecosystems

    Australia's biodiversity is under threat from climate change; University of Melbourne research has identified 8 case studies of how our ecosystems are changing.

  9. 22 November 2018 – Climate change, Fossils, Human Evolution, Isotope Geochemistry

    Human evolutionary history takes a rain check

    By dating the rock in between the fossil layers in Africa’s 'Cradle of Humankind' University of Melbourne researchers are shedding new light on our evolution.