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Science Matters

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

  1. 14 February 2019 – Cockroach, Fukushima, Insects, Nuclear, Radiation

    Would cockroaches really survive a nuclear apocalypse?

    University of Melbourne experts look at the cockroaches' reputation for resilience and whether they really would survive a nuclear bomb and radiation.

  2. 21 February 2019 – Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Resources, Sustainability

    Post-capitalism: Life within environmental limits

    University of Melbourne experts say capitalism’s limitless growth on a finite planet could end soon. But the key to sustainable change comes at the grassroots.

  3. 20 February 2019 – Alzheimer's, Neurons, Neuroscience, Plants, Proteins

    What plant proteins can tell us about Alzheimer’s

    University of Melbourne-led research finds that a protein helping plants to grow under salt stress shares features with Tau, the protein linked to Alzheimer's.

  4. 4 February 2019 – Australia, Black Saturday, Bushfires, Extreme weather, Fires

    Black Saturday: Have we fixed a flawed system?

    Black Saturday was the worst bushfire disaster in Australia; a University of Melbourne expert looks at whether the Royal Commission changed our fire management.

  5. 24 January 2019 – Babies, Child Health, Developing Countries, Oxygen, Pneumonia

    Saving lives when the power goes out

    Developed by University of Melbourne experts, the FREO₂ LPOS (Low Pressure Oxygen Store) is delivering oxygen without power and saving children’s lives.

  6. 24 January 2019 – Climate change, Fossils, Nullarbor Caves, Speleothems

    It’s time the Nullarbor Caves had World Heritage status

    Australia's precious Nullarbor caves are a 'time machine' back millions of years and deserve World Heritage status says University of Melbourne expert.

  7. 19 January 2019 – Chemical, Fertility, Herbicide, Hormones, Men's Health

    ‘Safe’ herbicide in Australian water affects male fertility

    University of Melbourne scientists have called for the 'safe' herbicide, atrazine, to be banned in Australia after researching its effect on male fertility.

  8. 11 January 2019 – Earth Sciences, Geography, History, Mapping, Sciences

    Why do some people believe the Earth is flat?

    Although science says the Earth is round, there are some people around who still think it's flat; two University of Melbourne experts look at why.

  9. 18 December 2018 – Energy, Greenhouse Gases, Hydrogen Economy, Hydrogen Fuel, Renewable Energy

    Hydrogen: Has its time come?

    The promise of a Hydrogen Economy has waxed and waned, but the falling cost of renewable energy could be a game changer, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  10. 17 December 2018 – AIRBOX, Antarctica, Atmospheric Science, Climate Change, Global Warming

    How do aerosols help our atmosphere clean itself?

    University of Melbourne researchers are using the AIRBOX, a unique shipboard laboratory, to measure climate change in Antarctica's pristine air and waters.