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

  1. 16 August 2019 – Constellations, Human Cultures, Oral History, Psychology, Stars

    The meaning in our stars

    Humans have long seen meaning in the stars, showing difference and similarities across cultures; University of Melbourne researchers are looking at how and why?

  2. 13 August 2019 – Bioscience, STEM, Women In Science, Workplace Diversity

    Becoming a STEM-inist

    When University of Melbourne's Amy Shepherd started in science, she didn’t dream she'd soon be travelling the world rubbing shoulders with Nobel Prize winners.

  3. 7 August 2019 – Climate Change, Conservation, Forests, Global Warming, Trees

    Planting trees is no substitute for natural forests

    University of Melbourne research finds allowing degraded natural forests to re-grow is a more effective than planting new trees for storing atmospheric carbon.

  4. 25 July 2019 – Carbon Emissions, Climate change, Extreme weather, Global Warming, Paleoclimatology

    Climate is warming faster now than last 2000 years

    The climate is warming faster now than in the last 2000 years, affecting the whole planet finds new international research including the University of Melbourne

  5. Podcast24 July 2019 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Indigenous, Indigenous Astronomy

    Indigenous astronomy

    University of Melbourne's Duane Hamacher works with communities to increase the representation of Indigenous astronomy and astrophysics

  6. 19 July 2019 – Astronomy, Mars, Moon, Space, Universe

    Where next for space exploration?

    As the world marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, University of Melbourne experts explore what the next ‘giant leap’ might be in space exploration.

  7. 18 July 2019 – Dengue, Malaria, Mosquitoes , Wolbachia, Zika

    Using bacteria to control mosquitoes

    A University of Melbourne research trial finds the Wolbachia bacteria suppresses dengue-fever carrying mosquitoes, but more work is needed to stop their spread.

  8. 8 July 2019 – Ancient History, Archaeology, History, Technology, UNESCO

    Saving the secrets of the jars of Laos

    The mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, which University of Melbourne archaeologists are working to reveal, has just been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  9. 3 July 2019 – Fish, Oceans, Risk, Rogue Waves, Waves

    The ‘freak wave’ myth

    New University of Melbourne research finds 'freak waves’ don’t really exist and Australia’s experienced rock fishers best understand the dangers of the ocean.