Sciences & Technology
The ‘freak wave’ myth
New University of Melbourne research finds 'freak waves’ don’t really exist and Australia’s experienced rock fishers best understand the dangers of the ocean.
Mimicking nature’s own plastic
Amino acid polypeptides are nature's own plastic and University of Melbourne researchers are aiming to chemically mimic nature to make fully compostable plastic
Will a computer take your job?
Although many predict that computers could become smarter than us, a University of Melbourne experts says we shouldn't forget people power in the age of AI.
Prove it – with maths
Pythagoras' theorem and other mathematical proofs are not just intellectual exercises but reveal the fundamentals of nature say University of Melbourne experts.
Earthquakes that talk to each other
University of Melbourne research finds two earthquakes in Victoria seven years ago can tell us a lot about how fault lines ‘talk to each other’.
The costs and benefits of a clean economy
As the cost of renewable energy falls, Australia’s transition to clean energy makes sound economic and environmental sense says a University of Melbourne expert
How can we tell if an animal is depressed?
Professor Mike Mendl is developing new ways of assessing animal welfare that work to improve the wellbeing and conditions of all animals.
Reading the body’s electrical signals to treat illness
Embedded devices can treat some chronic illnesses, but a University of Melbourne engineer is now seeking to 'read' our electrical signals to predict symptoms.
The art of inexplicable eddies
A University of Melbourne collaboration between art and science explores the turbulent physics of eddies to produce a mesmerising artistic experience.
The superheroes of nutrient detection living in our oceans
With no Uber Eats for bacteria, a University of Melbourne-led study reveals how ocean microorganisms are supremely evolved to detect and swim toward nutrients.