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

  1. 4 February 2019 – Australia, Black Saturday, Bushfires, Extreme weather, Fires

    Black Saturday: Have we fixed a flawed system?

    Black Saturday was the worst bushfire disaster in Australia; a University of Melbourne expert looks at whether the Royal Commission changed our fire management.

  2. 24 January 2019 – Climate change, Fossils, Nullarbor Caves, Speleothems

    It’s time the Nullarbor Caves had World Heritage status

    Australia's precious Nullarbor caves are a 'time machine' back millions of years and deserve World Heritage status says University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 18 December 2018 – Energy, Greenhouse Gases, Hydrogen Economy, Hydrogen Fuel, Renewable Energy

    Hydrogen: Has its time come?

    The promise of a Hydrogen Economy has waxed and waned, but the falling cost of renewable energy could be a game changer, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.