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Science Matters

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

  1. 18 August 2022 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Country, Indigenous, Indigenous Culture, Research

    We are Country

    Ensuring culturally safe research isn’t simply acknowledging Country, it's recognising and empowering Indigenous Knowledge, says University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 17 August 2022 – Agriculture, Foot-and-mouth disease, Risk, Viruses, biosecurity

    Be alert, not alarmed about foot and mouth disease

    The spread of foot-and-mouth disease to Bali was not unexpected, but what we each do next will determine the consequences, says a University of Melbourne expert

  3. 15 August 2022 – Human Geography, Social Geography, Student Welfare, Youth, anthropology

    Young people are mapping viable futures

    In the face of adversity young people globally are taking an interconnected and ethical approach to living viable lives, say University of Melbourne researchers

  4. 10 August 2022 – Malaria, Mathematics, Modelling, Public Health, Statistics

    Using mathematics to treat malaria

    Mathematics can track parasite resistance to antimalarial drugs so agencies can target the right drug to where it's needed, says University of Melbourne expert

  5. 28 July 2022 – Agriculture, Circadian Rhythms, Crops, Drugs, Plants

    Drugging plants to learn their secrets

    New University of Melbourne research finds that discovering chemicals and drugs that affect the circadian rhythms of plants could improve crop yields.

  6. 4 July 2022 – Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, Nature Restoration, Paris Agreement

    Nature restoration no substitute for cutting fossil fuels

    While restoring ecosystems is crucial for planetary health, it’s no substitute for preventing emissions from fossil fuels, say University of Melbourne experts

  7. 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

  8. 3 June 2022 – Australia, Evolution, Insects, Reproduction, Sex

    The Australian grasshopper that’s given up sex

    A unique grasshopper that's an all-female species that doesn’t have sex to reproduce gives new insights into evolution, say University of Melbourne experts.

  9. 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.