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.
The opportunists after the fires
University of Melbourne research finds a dramatic increase in feral predators after fires, making some native Australian animals even more vulnerable.
Annie and the swans (not a band)
A bioscience PhD candidate discusses studying urban birds and light pollution and how she tracks the movements and behaviours of swans and pigeons.
How are birds faring in our cities?
We chat with two PhD researchers about their work on the impact of city lights on birds, and learning from our digestive systems to build better detergents.
A stone, skip and a hop away from saving a bay
Scientists are using healthy reefs in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, to help repair damaged ones via a mechanism known as population connectivity.
A tiny device implanted next to the brain’s motor cortex could one day help paralysed people move their limbs again.
Obesity link to packaging chemical
New research from the University of Melbourne sheds light on a possible link between common household chemical BPA and obesity later in life
Unlocking the inner workings of plant growth
An international team of scientists have identified several proteins that are essential to producing the main component of plant cell walls – cellulose.
How sunflowers track the sun
An internal clock drives the daily dance of these plants, even though their movement was once put down to a mythological Greek love story.
Exposing the creatures of the deep
For the first time, a light has been shone on the diversity of creatures that exists in the world’s dark, deep seas.