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

  1. 4 April 2024 – Biodiversity, Bushfires, Conservation, Fires, Plants

    Understanding how fire shapes plants will help protect them

    A new approach that predicts how plants respond to fire will help protect thousands of species from biodiversity loss, say University of Melbourne experts.

  2. 27 March 2024 – Chocolate, Food, Gut Bacteria, Nutrition, Probiotics

    Chocolate that brings joy to your gut health and your tastebuds

    As well as a mood-boosting treat this Easter, chocolate can be good for us, and University of Melbourne researchers are working to make it better for gut health

  3. 14 March 2024 – Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Insects

    Victoria’s new habitat law fails to protect a tiny endangered species

    An endangered wingless stonefly in Australia is facing extinction after a government decision went against scientific advice say University of Melbourne experts

  4. 12 March 2024 – Astronomy, Astrophysics, NASA, Space, Universe

    Once just a speck of light, now revealed as the biggest known galaxy in the early Universe

    Detailed pictures of one of the first galaxies show growth in the early Universe was much faster than first thought, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  5. 22 March 2024 – Blood, Disease, Insects, Mosquitoes , Sciences

    Are you a mosquito magnet? Here’s why and what you can do about it

    There are some people who just seem to attract mosquitoes, but what’s the science behind it? University of Melbourne experts explain why beer might be involved.

  6. 7 March 2024 – Chemistry, Gender, International Women's Day 2024, Physics, Women In Science

    Diverse role models and mentors are helping women in STEM succeed

    For International Women’s Day, two University of Melbourne scientists discuss the challenges of careers in male-dominated fields and the women who inspire them

  7. 1 March 2024 – Consumer products, Food, Food poisoning , Regulations, safety

    From ‘honey laundering’ to fake free-range: food fraud costs billions

    Deception in our food chains is on the rise and often hard to detect. But there are some things consumers can look for, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 29 February 2024 – Bacteria, Dengue, Disease, Mosquitoes , Wolbachia

    Scientists and government agencies are targeting mosquitoes with bacteria

    The Wolbachia bacterium prevents mosquitoes from spreading dengue fever – a new strain is now protecting people in Malaysia, say University of Melbourne experts

  9. 27 February 2024 – Biodiversity, Insects, Melbourne, Mosquitoes , Urban Ecology

    Do you have a chorus of crickets in your backyard? Here’s why

    Melbourne is seeing an explosion of crickets, but a University of Melbourne experts says we should embrace these swarms as part of the cycle of nature