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

  1. 13 February 2018 – Biosecurity, Epidemics, Flu, Influenza Virus, Statistics

    Forecasting flu outbreaks

    New software, developed by University of Melbourne experts, uses statistical probability to forecast our flu season, but may also help respond to bio-terrorism.

  2. 16 February 2018 – Biodiversity, Climate Change, Coastlines, Marine, Oceans

    Protecting our coasts naturally

    University of Melbourne scientists are trialling nature-based coastal defence systems (mussel reefs and mangrove forests) in Port Phillip Bay.

  3. 15 February 2018 – CRISPR, DNA, Genes, Genetics, Genomics

    The tip of the CRISPR iceberg

    CRISPR gene editing technology has become closely associated with human gene editing, but it offers much wider benefits, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 11 February 2018 – Biodiversity, Conservation, Extinction, Species, Urban

    The threatened species in our urban jungle

    With almost 380 threatened species living with us in our cities, a University of Melbourne expert says we can help conserve those species in our neighbourhoods

  5. 8 February 2018 – Sciences, Tiegs Museum, Women, Women In Science, Zoology

    Miss Lambert’s Thylacine skull

    Pioneering women zoologists and explorers, including those at the University of Melbourne, contributed to naturalist collections like the Tiegs Museum.

  6. 8 February 2018 – Extinction, Genetics, Insects, Native Animals, Threatened Species

    Grasshoppers: The new poster bug for insect conservation

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered Key's matchstick grasshopper is threatened, and are now looking into how it can be reintroduced in Victoria.

  7. Podcast23 January 2018 – Asia, Australia India Institute, India, Unemployment, Youth

    The problem with being young in India

    This episode of the University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast considers youth unemployment in India, which affects over 30 per cent of young people there.

  8. 2 February 2018 – Extinction, Eyes, Genes, Genetics, Red Hair

    Are redheads with blue eyes really going extinct?

    Red hair and blue eyes is the rarest colour combination in humans; a University of Melbourne expert looks at whether they're really going extinct.

  9. 5 February 2018 – Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, Sustainability, Water, Water Management

    How to prevent cities from drying up

    The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa is a warning to the world, but University of Melbourne experts explain how it doesn't have to be this way.

  10. 30 January 2018 – Astronomy, Blood Moon, Blue Moon, Eclipse, Moon

    Q&A: Seeing the super, double blue, blood moon

    Australia has great seats to see 2018's Super, Double Blue, Blood Moon (or eclipse); a University of Melbourne expert answers our astronomical queries about it.