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Science Matters

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

  1. 7 March 2017 – Affordability, Electricity, Energy, Geography

    You snooze you lose in Victoria’s electricity market

    A deregulated, competitive electricity market is great for consumers prepared to work to get the best deals, but hurts those who can least afford it

  2. 19 February 2017 – Agriculture, Crops, Genetics, Genomics, Quinoa

    Finding quinoa’s sweet spot to feed the world

    The sequencing of the quinoa genome has created an opportunity to breed a quinoa plant that isn't just a superfood, but a sustainable super crop.

  3. 15 February 2017 – Astronomy, Astrophysics, Black Holes, Physics, Space

    Supermassive black hole controls star birth

    A supermassive black hole 5.7 billion light years away is producing hundreds of stars every year by apparently regulating bursts of hot gases

  4. 10 February 2017 – Astrophysics, Hidden Figures, Mathematics, NASA, Women In Science

    Equality in science: A mission still not accomplished

    In the 1960s three African-American women helped put astronauts into orbit. Hidden Figures tells their story, but women in science are still battling inequality

  5. 9 February 2017 – Hormones, Love, Relationships, Sex, Valentine's Day

    The science behind love songs

    Valentine's Day is full of love songs. This is how love works on our mind, body and soul ... and why we want to write beautiful music about it.

  6. 1 February 2017 – Biomedicine, Brain, Chemistry, Motor Neuron Disease

    Breakthrough in motor neurone disease research gives hope

    Copper could hold the key to a new treatment for those affected by Motor Neurone Disease, giving hope to those suffering from this devastating disease

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.