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Science Matters

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

  1. 26 May 2023 – Climate Change, Extreme weather, Floods, Weather, cyclone

    Rainfall is on the rise in northwest Australia

    University of Melbourne research finds warming oceans have altered a common weather pattern that brings monsoon rains across northern Australia

  2. 25 May 2023 – Food, Gut Bacteria, Microbiome, Postbiotics, Probiotics

    Postbiotics: the new kid in the gut health family

    In addition to prebiotics and probiotics, the newest factors for gut health are known as ‘postbiotics’; a University of Melbourne expert explains what they are

  3. 12 May 2023 – Accessibility, Australia, Beaches, Disability, Risk

    It’s time to make waves in beach accessibility

    University of Melbourne research found Australia could be a world leader in making beaches accessible to people of all abilities, but barriers remain

  4. 11 May 2023 – Biology, Healthcare, Malaria, Mathematics, Wounds

    Healing wounds with differential equations

    University of Melbourne mathematical biologist Professor Jennifer Flegg uses mathematics to solve biological problems like wound healing and infectious diseases

  5. 20 April 2023 – Food, Health, Nutrition, Sustainability, Vegetarian

    Switching meat and milk for plant-based copies misses vital nutrients

    University of Melbourne computer modelling shows that swapping meat and milk for plant-based alternatives isn’t a simple switch when it comes to our health.

  6. 13 April 2023 – Australia, Australian Wildlife, Bioscience, Insects, Native Animals

    The wingless grasshopper that could cross Bass Strait, but not the Yarra River

    New genomic data can track Australia’s wingless matchstick grasshopper from Tasmania to the mainland, say University of Melbourne experts.

  7. 12 April 2023 – Ecosystem, Environment, Nature Restoration, United Nations, Water Management

    We can do more to restore our freshwater ecosystems

    University of Melbourne research finds stronger community participation and management of Australia’s waterways are crucial for meeting the UN’s ecosystem goals

  8. 29 March 2023 – Biology, Evolution, Immunity, Innate Immune System, Insects

    Insects have more complex immune systems than we thought

    University of Melbourne researchers have found that insects and other invertebrates have complex immune systems which can be used to protect their offspring

  9. 28 March 2023 – Bacteria, Biology, Evolution, Genomics, Insects

    The fly DNA fighting killer bacteria

    The genome of an Australian fly has won an evolutionary “arms race” against a killer bacteria by evolving to co-exist with it, say University of Melbourne.