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

  1. 3 October 2018 – Albert Einstein, IBM Q Network, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Quantum Sensing

    A brief history of Quantum

    As the University of Melbourne joins the IBM Q Network, we look back at the biggest minds of the 20th century that have contributed to the quantum revolution.

  2. 3 October 2018 – IBM Q Network, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Qubits, Sciences

    Can you explain Quantum computing?

    As the University of Melbourne joins the IBM Q Network - some us can struggle to get out heads around quantum computing and how it could change our lives.

  3. 3 October 2018 – IBM Q Network, Physics, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Sciences

    Grasping the ‘spooky’ in Quantum physics

    As the University of Melbourne joins the IBM Q Network, we explore the hard science that behind a quantum computer, and how it differs from a classical computer

  4. 3 October 2018 – IBM Q Network, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Quantum Sensing, Qubits

    What has Quantum ever done for me?

    As the University of Melbourne joins the IBM Q Network, we look at new quantum sensing tools revealing an unseen level of detail and just how little we know.

  5. 2 October 2018 – Biology, Genetically Modified Crops, Genetics, Plants, Sustainability

    Engineering plants for a sustainable future

    University of Melbourne and AIST (Japan) researchers have discovered a way to modify plant cell walls to potentially produce greener materials like bioplastics.

  6. 26 September 2018 – Computed Tomography, Derwent River Seastar, Extinction

    3D scanning reveals new (but extinct) star fish

    Advanced scanning by University of Melbourne researcher reveals that a rare star fish specimen was actually a new species, but one lost to extinction

  7. 11 September 2018 – Bushfires, Climate Change, Drought, Extreme weather, Heatwaves

    Is Australia set to follow Europe and North America with an extreme summer?

    Parts of Australia should brace themselves for a very hot summer, similar to the northern hemisphere summer, predicts University of Melbourne expert Andrew King

  8. 6 September 2018 – Animal Behaviour, Australia, Birds, Climate change, Native Animals

    The invisible colours protecting birds from overheating

    University of Melbourne research finds the nanostructure of a bird's feathers can regulate its body temperature by reflecting or absorbing near infrared-light

  9. 21 August 2018 – Astronomy, Galaxies, Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, Physics

    Getting it right: The most complex space telescope ever built

    The James Webb Space Telescope has been beset by problems, but astronomers understand that there is no room for failure, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  10. 15 August 2018 – Big Data, Landslides, Mathematics, Mining, Workplace Health and Safety

    Decoding data to predict landslides

    New software from the University of Melbourne can predict landslides two weeks before they happen, potentially predicting mine collapses and other disasters.