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Science Matters

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

  1. 15 August 2018 – Climate Change, Economics, Extreme weather, Global Warming

    The great (climate) depression

    New University of Melbourne modelling shows the economics of some countries could collapse if global temperatures rise by 4 degrees Celsius this century.

  2. 14 August 2018 – Biodiversity, Conservation, Threatened Species, Urban Ecology, Urban Planning

    Making cities work for every urban-dweller

    With the urban age upon us, planners need to consider all the species that live in our cities, not just humans, a University of Melbourne expert argues.

  3. 31 July 2018 – Families, HILDA, HILDA 2018, House Prices, Housing

    Is rent-for-life becoming the new norm for families?

    The HILDA survey from the University of Melbourne finds the age group with the highest number of renters moving into home-ownership is now the 55-64 year-olds.

  4. 1 August 2018 – Environment, Plastic bags, Plastics, Pollution, Supermarket

    Why the plastic bag backflip is a bad idea

    Coles supermarket has reversed its ban on plastic bags: University of Melbourne experts explore the impact and what it means for Coles.

  5. 7 August 2018 – Astronomy, Black Holes, Galaxies, Space, Women In Science

    A quiet Sunday night discovering a supermassive black hole

    How two University of Melbourne astronomy students played a key role in one of the greatest space discoveries of 2018 – a fast-growing high redshift quasar.

  6. 5 August 2018 – Animals, Australia, Climate Change, Lizards, Water

    The sleepy lizard awakens new tools for climate change research

    University of Melbourne research into the impact of water shortages on Australia's sleepy lizard gives us insight into the effects of climate change on animals.

  7. 17 July 2018 – Cities, Commuting, Transport, Travel, Urban

    How commuting is transforming our cities

    A new book, Transit Life, by a University of Melbourne academic explores how the experience of our daily commute are transforming life in our cities.

  8. 5 July 2018 – Albert Einstein, Gravitational waves, Physics, Quantum Physics, Sciences

    From gravitational waves to mobile phones: 50 years of physics

    To celebrate 50 years of the July Lectures in Physics at the University of Melbourne, we look back at four physics discoveries that have changed our world.

  9. 5 July 2018 – Conservation, Extinction, Genetics, IVF, Threatened Species

    Bringing back the northern white rhino from ‘extinction’

    Researchers from Europe, Japan and the University of Melbourne could save a species - using eggs from southern white rhinos and sperm from northern white rhinos

  10. 2 July 2018 – Botany, Forestry, Forests, Stem Cells, Wood

    All the forests in the world from a single layer of cells

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered how wood-making cells inside trees work, settling a century-old debate about how plants make bark and wood