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  1. 13 March 2020 - Science Matters

    Why do small dogs live longer than big dogs?

    Larger animals tend to live longer than smaller ones, but within the dog kingdom it pays to be small. A University of Melbourne expert explains what's going on.

  2. Podcast7 March 2020 - Eavesdrop on Experts

    On the hunt for ancient reefs

    As we mark International Women's Day, the university of Melbourne's Dr Ashleigh Hood describes the inspiration behind her worldwide search for ancient reefs.

  3. 3 December 2019 - Science Matters

    Iron and Ice: How life survived snowball Earth

    Early life forms survived Snowball Earth in ocean refuges that were oxygenated by melting glaciers, suggests discoveries by University of Melbourne geologists.

  4. 24 September 2019 - Science Matters

    The shared evolution of the Tasmanian tiger and the wolf

    Through a molecular quirk, the Tasmanian tiger and grey wolf have evolved to look like twins finds new University of Melbourne research.

  5. 5 June 2019 - Health & Wellbeing

    The evolution of schizophrenia

    University of Melbourne research finds that the genetic risks of schizophrenia may eventually evolve out of existence, but the environmental risk factors remain

  6. 14 May 2019 - Science Matters

    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.

  7. 28 May 2018 - Science Matters

    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

  8. 17 May 2018 - Health & Wellbeing

    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.

  9. 14 March 2018 - Science Matters

    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

  10. 9 November 2017 - Science Matters

    Genes don’t always dictate that ‘boys will be boys’

    New University of Melbourne evolutionary biology research finds that genes don't always dictate that 'boys will be boys' in the animal world, just like humans.