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

  1. 29 June 2021 – Environment, Irrigation, United States, Water, Water Management

    Australia’s water tragedy has urgent lessons for America

    Emulating Australia’s failing water market won't help the US manage this precious resource, say University of Melbourne and LaTrobe University experts

  2. Podcast23 June 2021 – Bees, Environment, Genetics, Insecticides, Insects

    How can we prevent Insect Armageddon?

    University of Melbourne geneticist Phil Batterham discusses his work on insecticides and how to develop more effective and sustainable pest control strategies

  3. 11 June 2021 – Critical Thinking, Government, Intelligence Agencies, Security, United States

    Another intelligence failure shows we need more rigour

    The storming of the Capitol in January followed a serious intelligence failure. A new University of Melbourne report helps explain how to do better

  4. 9 June 2021 – Echidna, Evolution, Monotremes, Reproduction, Zoology

    Solving the mystery of the four-headed echidna penis

    The first highly detailed anatomical study of the short-beaked echidna penis has demonstrated its innovative evolution, say experts from University of Melbourne

  5. 20 May 2021 – Biodiversity, Conservation, DNA, Genetics, Nature

    Variety is the spice of life... and key to saving wildlife

    By understanding how varied a species' DNA is, we can boost species adaptation to new conditions, decreasing extinction risk say University of Melbourne experts

  6. 29 April 2021 – Australia, Climate Change, Extinction, Fertility, Global Warming

    Male fertility ‘precariously close’ to climate change extinction limits

    University of Melbourne research finds the drop in climate change-related male fertility, mainly in the tropics, may better predict vulnerability to extinction.

  7. 21 April 2021 – Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Aquaculture, Fish, Fish Farms

    The secret lives of farmed fish

    Monitoring farmed fish using tags can provide important information, but it can also create welfare issues, finds a study including the University of Melbourne.

  8. 16 April 2021 – Ancient History, Archaeology, Asia, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, UNESCO

    Laos jars are slowly revealing their secrets

    New dating techniques find Laos’ stone jars may be over 3000 years old, but the sites remained in ritualistic use longer, says University of Melbourne research.

  9. 9 April 2021 – Australia, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Conversations, Joe Biden

    Watch Episode 2: Climate Conversations: Opposing views or rising tides

    University of Melbourne's Climate Conversations addresses how Australia's climate policies fit alongside the Biden Administration’s strong climate leadership.