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

  1. 26 May 2017 – Charles Darwin, Evolution, Sex, Sexual Selection

    Darwin was right: Females prefer sex with good listeners

    University of Melbourne researchers prove one of Charles Darwin's theories about sexual selection; in moths - larger antennae can better detect female signals.

  2. 18 May 2017 – Australia, Electricity, Energy, Gas, Renewable Energy

    Is the Australian gas shortfall a myth?

    Australia has been warned of blackouts as gas supplies run out, but University of Melbourne research questions whether the gas shortfall is as big as we think.

  3. 18 May 2017 – Alien, Animals, Fish, Movie Review, Oceans

    The Aliens among us

    Alien: Covenant is scary enough as a film. But University of Melbourne experts find examples of some terrifying Alien-esque animals living among us on Earth.

  4. 16 May 2017 – Climate change, Extreme weather, Global Warming, Great Barrier Reef, Ocean Temperatures

    Heating up: How rises in global temperature could damage the Reef

    Rising global surface temperatures due to climate change could have a devastating impact on Australia and its Great Barrier Reef, University of Melbourne finds.

  5. 9 May 2017 – Climate change, Global Warming, Ocean Temperatures, Oceans, Pacific

    Global warming could accelerate towards 1.5℃ if the Pacific Ocean gets cranky

    Global warming is rapidly approaching 1.5℃, but University of Melbourne research finds conditions in the Pacific Ocean will determine how fast we get there.

  6. 8 May 2017 – Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Ecosystems, Oceans, Sharks

    Sharks: How a cull could ruin an ecosystem

    With a Senate inquiry considering culls and nets to minimise the risk of shark attacks, the University of Melbourne considers their impact on marine ecosystems.

  7. 4 May 2017 – Animal Behaviour, Animals, Ecological Traps, Ecology, Environment

    When good animals make bad decisions

    Human impact on the environment is tricking animals into ecological traps, where attractive habitats hide a big risk as University of Melbourne research finds.

  8. Podcast1 May 2017 – Heart Attacks, Hormones, Preeclampsia, Pregnancy, Sciences

    The wonders of relaxin

    Laura Parry from the University of Melbourne on how the hormone relaxin, produced in high quantities during pregnancy, could help treat cardiovascular disease.

  9. 28 April 2017 – Genes, Genetics, Malaria, Mosquitoes , Parasites

    Discovering the deadly diversity of malaria

    A new technique developed by University of Melbourne research has found a huge diversity in malaria genes that disguises it from the human immune system.

  10. 27 April 2017 – Computers, Graphene, Quantum computing, Technology

    Seeing the electricity inside graphene for the first time

    Researchers at the University of Melbourne are the first in the world to image how electrons move in graphene, giving us an insight into its future use.