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Science Matters

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

  1. 5 January 2017 – Cities, Gardens, Urban Ecology

    A woody meadow in the heart of the city

    A unique research project by the Universities of Melbourne and Sheffield aims to grow urban woody meadows that are as tough as they are beautiful.

  2. 21 December 2016 – Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Space

    To infinity and beyond

    The past 18 months has seen incredible developments in our understanding of the universe. Here Pursuit revisits five of the biggest and previews what to expect.

  3. 21 December 2016 – Biodiversity, Biology, Bioscience

    A stone, skip and a hop away from saving a bay

    Scientists are using healthy reefs in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, to help repair damaged ones via a mechanism known as population connectivity.

  4. 13 December 2016 – Astrophysics, Galaxies, Spitzer Space Telescope, Universe

    Finding a needle in a space haystack

    A University of Melbourne student has been given rare access to use the Spitzer Space Telescope, which she is using to explore early galaxies in the universe.

  5. 31 October 2016 – Climate Change, Dengue, Malaria, Mosquitoes , Zika

    Waiting for the Tiger mosquito

    It maybe just a matter of time before the tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, arrives on mainland Australia bringing tropical diseases south.

  6. 29 October 2016 – Biofortified Rice, Food Sciences, Genetically Modified Food, Hunger, Population Health

    Improving half the world’s diet

    A biofortified rice can help reduce malnutrition by providing key nutrients such as iron and zinc in the diet of half the world’s population.

  7. 29 October 2016 – Cities, Climate Change, Energy, Green Roofs, Native Vegetation

    Growing greener cities

    Planting gardens on office buildings will reduce inner-city temperatures and create energy savings – and improve workers’ moods.

  8. 29 October 2016 – Energy, Solar Cells, Solar Power

    Making any surface solar

    Printable and flexible solar cells, which can turn almost any surface into a solar array, could provide a cheap and almost limitless energy supply.

  9. 25 October 2016 – Drug Development, Physics

    A big discovery in a tiny package

    Researchers have developed a way to radically miniaturise a MRI machine, using atomic-scale quantum computer technology, with potential for new drug treatments

  10. 21 October 2016 – Animal Behaviour, Animals, Eyes, Psychology, Theory of Mind

    Why we show the whites of our eyes

    Of all the animals, only humans obviously show the whites of our eyes, making it easier for us to communicate and deceive with just glance.