Life, the Universe and almost everything in between. This is Science at Melbourne.
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 behaviour to feed Earth.
Genetic snip and snap
Molecular biologist Professor Jacob Corn on the benefits and ethical challenges of CRISPR gene editing technology, covering human health and food security.
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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.