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  1. 25 March 2022 - Animals, Food & You

    Science can help dogs enjoy their best life

    A University of Melbourne expert is part of a new TV series exploring the life of dogs and how science is helping us understand what makes our canine pals happy

  2. 20 January 2022 - Science Matters

    Human-driven evolution threatens fish stocks

    Warming oceans and overfishing is causing some species of fish to evolve in ways that threaten their sustainability, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 9 June 2021 - Science Matters

    Solving the mystery of the four-headed echidna penis

    The first highly detailed anatomical study of the short-beaked echidna penis has demonstrated its innovative evolution, say experts from University of Melbourne

  4. 11 January 2021 - Science Matters

    Tasmanian tigers start to look like dogs in the pouch

    The Tasmanian tiger and wolf evolved similar genetic blueprints, lifestyle strategies and skull shapes, even as puppies finds University of Melbourne-led study.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.