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

  1. 19 June 2017 – Electron, Energy, Exciton, Light, Renewable Energy

    The exciting future of light energy

    The University of Melbourne is leading the Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science - which could potentially change how we meet the world's future energy needs

  2. 16 June 2017 – Genetics, Malaria, Microbiology, Mosquitoes

    Malaria’s dark secrets exposed by a simple glow

    University of Melbourne scientists develop technique to track malaria through its complicated life cycle using fluorescence to expose the parasite's weaknesses

  3. 6 June 2017 – Agriculture, Genetically Modified Food, Nitrogen Pollution, Plants, Soil

    Talking dirty: The conversation between plants and soil

    Nitrogen pollution caused by farming practices is a major problem, but University of Melbourne research has discovered an environmentally friendly alternative.

  4. 2 June 2017 – Albert Einstein, Black Holes, Gravitational waves, Gravity, Neutron Star

    Riding the gravitational wave

    University of Melbourne researchers are part of an international team to 'hear' Albert Einstein's gravitational waves for the third time - but what are they?

  5. 1 June 2017 – Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Fossil Fuel, Greenhouse Gases

    Key greenhouse gases higher than any time over last 800,000 years

    University of Melbourne research contributes to worldwide data revealing the most complete picture ever of the impact of greenhouse gases on climate change.

  6. 26 May 2017 – Charles Darwin, Evolution, Sex, Sexual Selection

    Darwin was right: Females prefer sex with good listeners

    University of Melbourne researchers prove one of Charles Darwin's theories about sexual selection; in moths - larger antennae can better detect female signals.

  7. 18 May 2017 – Australia, Electricity, Energy, Gas, Renewable Energy

    Is the Australian gas shortfall a myth?

    Australia has been warned of blackouts as gas supplies run out, but University of Melbourne research questions whether the gas shortfall is as big as we think.

  8. 18 May 2017 – Alien, Animals, Fish, Movie Review, Oceans

    The Aliens among us

    Alien: Covenant is scary enough as a film. But University of Melbourne experts find examples of some terrifying Alien-esque animals living among us on Earth.

  9. 16 May 2017 – Climate change, Extreme weather, Global Warming, Great Barrier Reef, Ocean Temperatures

    Heating up: How rises in global temperature could damage the Reef

    Rising global surface temperatures due to climate change could have a devastating impact on Australia and its Great Barrier Reef, University of Melbourne finds.