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

  1. 28 May 2020 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australia, Indigenous, Indigenous Astronomy, National Reconciliation Week

    Coins and constellations

    A new $A1 coin features the Emu in the Sky, a famous dark constellation with special meaning for Indigenous Australians, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 28 May 2020 – Agriculture, Australia, Genetics, Insecticides, Species

    Have resistance, will travel

    University of Melbourne finds that insects, like mosquitoes, are becoming resistant to insecticides. So, how are these genetic invasions impacting pest control?

  3. Podcast27 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Disasters, Earthquake, Innovation

    Innovation during crisis

    Mark Quigley, Earth Sciences Professor at the University of Melbourne explains how the Canterbury earthquakes and COVID-19 both inspired innovative responses.

  4. 20 May 2020 – Cave, Earth Sciences, Geology, Mountain, Plate tectonics

    Australia’s mountains are still growing

    University of Melbourne-led research shows the Eastern Highlands of Victoria have been growing at a rate of 76 metres every million years, and are still going.

  5. 6 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Emergencies, Natural Disasters, Strategy

    The dual risks of natural disasters and COVID-19

    University of Melbourne research explores how countries can cope if a major earthquake or cyclone occurs while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  6. 30 April 2020 – Australia, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Pandemic, SWARM

    Mapping our COVID-19 recovery

    University of Melbourne SWARM technology brought together the country’s leading experts from Australian universities to work on our recovery after COVID-19.

  7. 29 April 2020 – Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Politics, Threatened Species

    Going beyond political borders to protect threatened animals

    As a global community, we must work beyond our national borders to protect threatened species and maintain biodiversity say University of Melbourne experts.

  8. 23 April 2020 – Agriculture, Farming, Forestry, Resources, Trees

    Planting timber forests on Australian farms

    University of Melbourne research into new business models finds planting trees on existing farms can help guarantee Australia's future timber resources.

  9. 23 March 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Modelling, Pandemic, Viruses

    Modelling the spread of COVID-19

    Forecasting the spread of COVID-19 including undetected cases is difficult but important; a University of Melbourne scientist has an app to track the outlook.