Sciences & Technology
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.
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
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
Quantum leap in computer simulation
University of Melbourne physicists have successfully simulated a quantum computer faster than any real prototype in a key step to help us become quantum-ready.
Fighting back against the Australian blowfly
University of Melbourne scientists have collected blowflies from farms across Australia as part of efforts to develop a vaccine to protect sheep from flystrike.
Crowdsourcing security intelligence
Inspired by how bees make collective decisions, University of Melbourne researchers are exploring how crowdsourcing techniques may help intelligence analysis
Finding the building blocks of wood
An international team, including University of Melbourne scientists, is looking inside trees to learn exactly how wood is formed at the cellular level.
Speeding natural selection in the name of conservation
University of Melbourne scientists are using breeding to genetically adapt quolls to resist toxic cane toads – if it works it may help other endangered species
The hard science behind surviving a zombie attack
As Xbox releases its survival game, State of Decay 2, the developers called on a University of Melbourne disaster expert to model a zombie outbreak in Australia
The legacy of a great scientific hoax
The University of Melbourne's anatomy museum features model fossils from the famous Piltdown Man hoax, which skewed the study of human evolution for decades.