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Science Matters

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

  1. 25 September 2019 – Government, Peer Review, Politics, Replication Crisis, Research

    Governments must support science, not self-interest

    An ‘independent science quality assurance agency’ won't fix replication issues, but hinder attempts to improve science say University of Melbourne experts.

  2. 24 September 2019 – Animals, Evolution, Extinction, Genetics, Marsupials

    The shared evolution of the Tasmanian tiger and the wolf

    Through a molecular quirk, the Tasmanian tiger and grey wolf have evolved to look like twins finds new University of Melbourne research.

  3. 24 September 2019 – Amazon Rainforest, Bushfires, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Rainforests

    The big picture of the Amazon fires

    As the Amazon rainforest continues to burn, a University of Melbourne experts says it’s important to understand the big picture in Brazil that led to this point

  4. 19 September 2019 – Conservation, Extinction, Insects, Native Animals, Threatened Species

    Rediscovering a ‘lost’ species

    A rare insect species, Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper, was thought to be extinct in Victoria but has now been rediscovered by University of Melbourne researchers.

  5. 12 September 2019 – Amazon Rainforest, Bushfires, Climate, Ecosystem Forest Sciences, Rainforests

    Why are our rainforests burning?

    Many may think wet, humid rainforests are unburnable, but bushfires in Australia and the Amazon are proving otherwise, warns a University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 9 September 2019 – Dark Matter, Galaxies, Particle Physics , Physics, Space

    The dark matter detective

    The University of Melbourne's Professor Elisabetta Barberio is leading groundbreaking Australian research in the hunt for elusive dark matter.

  7. 30 August 2019 – Biodiversity, Commercialisation, Horticulture, Native Animals, Possum

    The science that stops possums eating your garden

    When possums ate her garden, University of Melbourne's Professor Lynne Selwood fought back and invented a spray that protects plants from possum browsing.

  8. 28 August 2019 – Mathematics, Sciences, Statistics, Women In Science

    Heroines of mathematics

    We asked some of the University of Melbourne's prominent mathematicians to share with us who their favourite maths heroines are and why.

  9. 16 August 2019 – Constellations, Human Cultures, Oral History, Psychology, Stars

    The meaning in our stars

    Humans have long seen meaning in the stars, showing difference and similarities across cultures; University of Melbourne researchers are looking at how and why?

  10. 13 August 2019 – Bioscience, STEM, Women In Science, Workplace Diversity

    Becoming a STEM-inist

    When University of Melbourne's Amy Shepherd started in science, she didn’t dream she'd soon be travelling the world rubbing shoulders with Nobel Prize winners.