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

  1. Podcast21 April 2017 – Agriculture, Food Security, Public Policy

    The grand challenge of feeding 9 billion people

    Sustainable agriculture expert Tim Reeves on the radical changes required in agricultural practice, public policy and consumer behavior in order to feed earth’s

  2. Podcast10 March 2017 – Agriculture, Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Medicine

    Genetic Snip and Snap

    Molecular biologist Jacob Corn on the benefits and ethical challenges of CRISPR gene editing technology, covering human health and food security.

  3. 20 April 2017 – Agriculture, Crops, Farm Technology, Farming, Rural

    From Burundi to Australia: Transplanting farming know-how

    Former Burundian refugees in rural Mildura are helping University of Melbourne researchers discover how different farming methods could be used in Australia.

  4. 17 April 2017 – Adaption, Biology, Nature, Plants, skin

    Plants have feelings too

    Plants' skin helps them adapt to their environment, meaning they can respond to challenges like high winds and rocky soil, says a University of Melbourne expert

  5. 5 April 2017 – Animal Behaviour, Animals, Australia, Kangaroos, Marsupials

    How staying close to mum pays off for kangaroos

    A 6 year study that observed eastern grey kangaroos in Victoria found that the more time young-at-foot kangaroos spend with their mothers, the more they thrive.

  6. 31 March 2017 – Films , Mars, Movie Review, Planets, Space

    Alien life as we know it

    Science is showing that the discovery of life on another planet - the premise of the movie Life - is becoming more likely. Our scientist / reviewer explains why

  7. 31 March 2017 – Animal Behaviour, Asia, Indonesia, Reptiles, Snakes

    Jaw-dropping: So how does a snake eat a man?

    A reticulated python reportedly ate a man in Indonesia, but just how can a snake eat a grown human?

  8. 24 March 2017 – Engineering, Sanitation, Wastewater, Water, Water Management

    Taking the sludge out of wastewater

    Finding better ways to separate liquids from solids when treating wastewater means the costs of sanitation can be reduced, making it globally available.

  9. 24 March 2017 – Aerodynamics, Fuel efficiency, Life on the Line, Physics, Resistance

    The physics that stops a bullet also makes your car more fuel efficient

    Knowing the physics of resistance helps engineers design faster cars and bikes, and explains why Todd Sampson survives being shot underwater in Life on the Line

  10. 23 March 2017 – Biodiversity, Bushfires, Ecology

    Managing bushfires for safety and biodiversity

    Forest fires destroy but also create habitats, forcing forest managers into a tricky balancing act. Fire researchers are now developing models to help them.