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  1. 19 October 2020 - Science Matters

    Secrets of the basket-web spider’s silk

    A new study, including the University of Melbourne, reveals the first insights into the evolution and structure of the Australian basket-web spider’s rare silk.

  2. 12 October 2020 - Health & Wellbeing

    Deciphering ‘cell talk’ to understand our evolution

    By understanding how cells communicate, researchers including University of Melbourne hope to gain insights into how multicellular life first came to exist.

  3. 26 August 2020 - Science Matters

    Willie wagtails: The werewolves of the bird world

    By recording birds across Victoria, a new University of Melbourne study shows that willie wagtails are a bit like werewolves because they also sing to the moon.

  4. 19 August 2020 - Under the Microscope

    The mathematics of evolution

    Dr Jared Field’s work in mathematical biology is working to understand real-world issues – and has landed him in the ABC's Top 5 Media Residency Program.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.