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Science Matters

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

  1. 14 March 2018 – Charles Darwin, Evolution, Insects, Sex, Sexual Selection

    It’s not just antenna size, but scales that matter for lonely male moths

    University of Melbourne research finds some male moths have evolved intricate scale arrangements on their antennae to enhance detection of female sex pheromones

  2. 11 March 2018 – Chemistry, Feminism, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Women, Women In Science

    Trailblazing for women in science

    The University of Melbourne's Frances Separovic was Victoria's first female chemistry professor and has now been included on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

  3. 6 March 2018 – Drought, Water, Water Management

    Will water ever be worth more than oil?

    As Cape Town runs dry, could water ever become more valuable than oil? University of Melbourne experts discuss the possibility of water demand exceeding supply.

  4. 21 February 2018 – Animals, Australia, Extinction, Genetics, Marsupials

    Extinct Tasmanian tiger now back in 3D

    University of Melbourne experts have scanned and modelled preserved Tasmanian Tiger joeys, allowing them to reconstruct the marsupials' growth and development.

  5. 13 February 2018 – Biosecurity, Epidemics, Flu, Influenza Virus, Statistics

    Forecasting flu outbreaks

    New software, developed by University of Melbourne experts, uses statistical probability to forecast our flu season, but may also help respond to bio-terrorism.

  6. 16 February 2018 – Biodiversity, Climate Change, Coastlines, Marine, Oceans

    Protecting our coasts naturally

    University of Melbourne scientists are trialling nature-based coastal defence systems (mussel reefs and mangrove forests) in Port Phillip Bay.

  7. 15 February 2018 – CRISPR, DNA, Genes, Genetics, Genomics

    The tip of the CRISPR iceberg

    CRISPR gene editing technology has become closely associated with human gene editing, but it offers much wider benefits, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 11 February 2018 – Biodiversity, Conservation, Extinction, Species, Urban

    The threatened species in our urban jungle

    With almost 380 threatened species living with us in our cities, a University of Melbourne expert says we can help conserve those species in our neighbourhoods

  9. 8 February 2018 – Sciences, Tiegs Museum, Women, Women In Science, Zoology

    Miss Lambert’s Thylacine skull

    Pioneering women zoologists and explorers, including those at the University of Melbourne, contributed to naturalist collections like the Tiegs Museum.

  10. 8 February 2018 – Extinction, Genetics, Insects, Native Animals, Threatened Species

    Grasshoppers: The new poster bug for insect conservation

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered Key's matchstick grasshopper is threatened, and are now looking into how it can be reintroduced in Victoria.