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

  1. 15 October 2019 – Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Energy, Metal-Organic Frameworks, Sciences

    The man who built a whole new field of chemistry

    In the 90s, University of Melbourne's Professor Richard Robson created a new class of solids, now being developed into novel gas and energy storage devices.

  2. 26 September 2019 – Diamonds, Earth Sciences, Geology, Plate tectonics , Volcanoes

    Probing Earth’s deep and ancient secrets

    New University of Melbourne research finds that a rock that's the source of most of the world’s diamonds is giving us insights into the Earth’s formation.

  3. 24 September 2019 – Animals, Evolution, Extinction, Genetics, Marsupials

    The shared evolution of the Tasmanian tiger and the wolf

    Through a molecular quirk, the Tasmanian tiger and grey wolf have evolved to look like twins finds new University of Melbourne research.

  4. 24 September 2019 – Amazon Rainforest, Bushfires, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Rainforests

    The big picture of the Amazon fires

    As the Amazon rainforest continues to burn, a University of Melbourne experts says it’s important to understand the big picture in Brazil that led to this point

  5. 19 September 2019 – Conservation, Extinction, Insects, Native Animals, Threatened Species

    Rediscovering a ‘lost’ species

    A rare insect species, Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper, was thought to be extinct in Victoria but has now been rediscovered by University of Melbourne researchers.

  6. 12 September 2019 – Amazon Rainforest, Bushfires, Climate, Ecosystem Forest Sciences, Rainforests

    Why are our rainforests burning?

    Many may think wet, humid rainforests are unburnable, but bushfires in Australia and the Amazon are proving otherwise, warns a University of Melbourne expert.

  7. 9 September 2019 – Dark Matter, Galaxies, Particle Physics , Physics, Space

    The dark matter detective

    The University of Melbourne's Professor Elisabetta Barberio is leading groundbreaking Australian research in the hunt for elusive dark matter.

  8. 30 August 2019 – Biodiversity, Commercialisation, Horticulture, Native Animals, Possum

    The science that stops possums eating your garden

    When possums ate her garden, University of Melbourne's Professor Lynne Selwood fought back and invented a spray that protects plants from possum browsing.

  9. 28 August 2019 – Mathematics, Sciences, Statistics, Women In Science

    Heroines of mathematics

    We asked some of the University of Melbourne's prominent mathematicians to share with us who their favourite maths heroines are and why.