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

  1. 6 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Emergencies, Natural Disasters, Strategy

    The dual risks of natural disasters and COVID-19

    University of Melbourne research explores how countries can cope if a major earthquake or cyclone occurs while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  2. 30 April 2020 – Australia, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Pandemic, SWARM

    Mapping our COVID-19 recovery

    University of Melbourne SWARM technology brought together the country’s leading experts from Australian universities to work on our recovery after COVID-19.

  3. 29 April 2020 – Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Politics, Threatened Species

    Going beyond political borders to protect threatened animals

    As a global community, we must work beyond our national borders to protect threatened species and maintain biodiversity say University of Melbourne experts.

  4. 23 April 2020 – Agriculture, Farming, Forestry, Resources, Trees

    Planting timber forests on Australian farms

    University of Melbourne research into new business models finds planting trees on existing farms can help guarantee Australia's future timber resources.

  5. 23 March 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Modelling, Pandemic, Viruses

    Modelling the spread of COVID-19

    Forecasting the spread of COVID-19 including undetected cases is difficult but important; a University of Melbourne scientist has an app to track the outlook.

  6. 16 March 2020 – Computer Science, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Qubits, Technology

    Machine learning to scale up the quantum computer

    Machine learning could help precisely locate quantum bits; a crucial step for large-scale silicon quantum computers finds a University of Melbourne-led study.

  7. 13 March 2020 – Ageing, Animals, Dogs, Evolution, Species

    Why do small dogs live longer than big dogs?

    Larger animals tend to live longer than smaller ones, but within the dog kingdom it pays to be small. A University of Melbourne expert explains what's going on.

  8. 13 March 2020 – Climate, Earth Sciences, Ice Age, Paleoclimatology, Polar

    What causes an ice age to end?

    New University of Melbourne research is solving one of the enigmas in palaeoclimatology – to understand why an ice age ended, we need to know when it ended.

  9. 10 March 2020 – Biomimicry, Microscopy, Nature, Quantum Physics, Quantum Sensing

    Magnetic teeth revealed using quantum imaging

    Tougher than stainless steel, magnetite is a biomineral in mollusc teeth; now imaged using quantum technology by scientists including University of Melbourne.

  10. 3 March 2020 – Marsupials, Native Animals, Pregnancy, Reproduction, Zoology

    The wallaby that's permanently pregnant

    The swamp wallaby is the the only mammal known to be pregnant and lactating throughout the female’s entire adult life finds new University of Melbourne research