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

  1. 17 November 2017 – Aquaculture, Ecology, Fish, Fish Farms, Sustainability

    How data can keep fish and chips on the menu

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered one of Australia's favourite fish, Rock Flathead, is likely to grow faster as the climate warms.

  2. 16 November 2017 – Chemistry, Dairy, Engineering, Food, Food Sciences

    Tricking our tongues: Creating guilt-free cheese

    University of Melbourne researchers are using high pressure and sonic waves to create low fat cheese that tastes just like the real thing.

  3. 10 November 2017 – Gardens, Pollution, Sustainability, Water, Wetlands

    Saving stormwater with a veggie raingarden

    Using stormwater to create a veggie raingarden at home can also help reduce pollution in our waterways, according to University of Melbourne research.

  4. 9 November 2017 – Agriculture, Australia, Biosecurity, Borders, Disease

    From racehorses to bananas: The importance of biosecurity

    Australia's biosecurity measures protect us from many diseases, and racehorses here for spring racing are no exception, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  5. 9 November 2017 – Charles Darwin, Evolution, Genes, Sex, Sexual Selection

    Genes don’t always dictate that ‘boys will be boys’

    New University of Melbourne evolutionary biology research finds that genes don't always dictate that 'boys will be boys' in the animal world, just like humans.

  6. Podcast6 November 2017 – Bioscience, Crops, Plants, Trees, Women In Science

    Making friends with fronds: understanding plants’ feelings

    Dr Kim Johnson from the University of Melbourne discusses how plants respond to their environments and how this understanding can help grow better crops.

  7. 5 November 2017 – Climate Change, Extreme weather, Migration, Pacific, Refugees

    The future of climate refugees

    As COP23 begins in Bonn, a University of Melbourne expert says Fiji's role at the UN could be vital for the future of climate change refugees and displacement.

  8. 4 November 2017 – Criminal Law, DNA, Juries, Justice, Mathematics

    How convincing is a Y-chromosome profile match?

    Y chromosome profiles are used in sexual assault cases but can confuse juries; a new approach from the University of Melbourne will help clarify this evidence.

  9. 26 October 2017 – Archaeology, Art, History, Sciences, Technology

    The hi-tech archaeological scientists

    Archaeological science combines technology and history to answer ancient questions; a new University of Melbourne chair looks to advance those specialist skills

  10. 22 October 2017 – Animals, Extinction, Genetics, Marsupials, Threatened Species

    Coming to the genetic rescue of our endangered marsupials

    A technique of genetic rescue developed by University of Melbourne researchers is bringing some of Australia's endangered marsupials back from the brink.