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  1. 1 May 2018 - Science Matters

    Why parts of Earth have barely changed in 3 billion years

    University of Melbourne geologists have shown how strong cratons formed billions of years ago, when Earth transitioned from a volcanic state to plate tectonics.

  2. 29 April 2018 - Science Matters

    Creating Pandora on Earth

    China’s famous Zhangjiajie rocks may look like scenery from Avatar, but University of Melbourne research finds water, tectonics and time created this wonder.

  3. 7 October 2016 - Science Matters

    Stories from the field: Madagascar

    PhD student Catherine Wheller visited this enigmatic African island of Madagascar in search of rocks that hold the key to the formation of Gondwana.

  4. 14 September 2016 - Science Matters

    Turbulence: Not as dangerous as you think

    Many people think turbulence causes major damage or can even bring down a passenger jet, but the truth should sooth nervous flyers.

  5. Podcast25 August 2016 - Up Close

    Earthquakes: The lessons learned

    Earthquake researcher Associate Professor Mark Quigley on the lessons learned from recent major earthquakes and how to better prepare regions at risk.

  6. 17 August 2016 - Inside Business

    Bushfires: How politics is compromising safety

    As Australia's fire seasons become longer, more complex and damaging, an industrial dispute is the last thing fire-prone communities need.

  7. 12 May 2016 - Science Matters

    Is Bhutan’s earthquake hiatus over?

    After centuries with no major earthquake, new research suggests Bhutan’s luck may be running out.

  8. 18 March 2016 - Science Matters

    How we can link some extreme weather to climate change

    Increasingly, we see human factors on not just the climate but the weather, and Australia is at the forefront of research in this rapidly developing science.

  9. 8 March 2016 - Science Matters

    A long climatic affair

    New research by the University of Melbourne has traced the human impact on record-breaking hot temperatures as far back as the 1930s.

  10. 9 February 2016 - Science Matters

    The not-so-plain Nullarbor

    The Nullarbor Plain, one of Australia's driest spots, was once a forest packed with gums and banksias as little as 3.5 million years ago, research shows.