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

  1. 6 August 2017 – Brain injury, Eyes, Genes, Genetics, Stem Cells

    Repairing brain injury by learning from a fish

    Zebrafish can regenerate nerve cells, but humans can't; University of Melbourne researchers are studying the tiny fish with the aim of replicating the process.

  2. 23 July 2017 – Photons, Physics, Quantum Physics, Quantum computing, Teleporting

    Photon teleportation: Less ‘beam me up’, more 007

    China's recent 'teleportation' of a photon between Earth and a satellite may have applications in quantum computing, says a University of Melbourne physicist.

  3. 9 July 2017 – Biodiversity, Ecology, Species, Water, Wetlands

    Re-diversifying our waterways, a garden stake at a time

    University of Melbourne researchers are showing that by simply planting wooden garden stakes into rivers they can restore the environment and bring back animals

  4. 30 June 2017 – Climate Change, Environment, Europe, Extreme weather, Heatwaves

    The human fingerprint on Europe’s recent heat

    University of Melbourne climate modelling shows the June 2017 heatwave in Western Europe can likely be attributed to human-influenced climate change.

  5. 28 June 2017 – Insecticides, Pollution, Water, Water Management, Wetlands

    The common insecticide poisoning our rivers and wetlands

    University of Melbourne research has found a toxic common insecticide, bifenthrin, polluting some of our waterways and wetlands - but where is it coming from?

  6. 23 June 2017 – DNA, Genes, Genetics, Heart Attacks, Reproduction

    From ancient Egyptians to modern humans: Why do we still have the genes for heart disease?

    University of Melbourne of researchers have discovered the genes humans need for reproduction are also linked to coronary artery disease.

  7. 19 June 2017 – Electron, Energy, Exciton, Light, Renewable Energy

    The exciting future of light energy

    The University of Melbourne is leading the Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science - which could potentially change how we meet the world's future energy needs

  8. 16 June 2017 – Genetics, Malaria, Microbiology, Mosquitoes

    Malaria’s dark secrets exposed by a simple glow

    University of Melbourne scientists develop technique to track malaria through its complicated life cycle using fluorescence to expose the parasite's weaknesses

  9. 6 June 2017 – Agriculture, Genetically Modified Food, Nitrogen Pollution, Plants, Soil

    Talking dirty: The conversation between plants and soil

    Nitrogen pollution caused by farming practices is a major problem, but University of Melbourne research has discovered an environmentally friendly alternative.

  10. 2 June 2017 – Albert Einstein, Black Holes, Gravitational waves, Gravity, Neutron Star

    Riding the gravitational wave

    University of Melbourne researchers are part of an international team to 'hear' Albert Einstein's gravitational waves for the third time - but what are they?