- Transplanting farming knowledge from Africa to Australia
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See what's been happening in the Faculty of Science
- Plants have feelings and they know how to use them
- Funding success for new research into medical cannabis
- Student success at 2017 Melbourne International Flower Garden Show
- How staying close to mum pays off for kangaroos
- Alien life as we know it
- Managing bishfires for safety and biodiversity
- The physics that stops a bullet also makes your car more fuel efficient
- Lizards keep it local when it comes to colour change
- You snooze you lose in Victoria's electricity market
- Professor Frances Separovic honoured as a IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry
- Supergrain quinoa could help feed the world's hungry
- Supermassive black hole acts as 'maternity ward' for new stars
- Hidden Figures and the case for equality in science
- The science behind love songs
- A breakthrough for Motor Neurone Disease
- A colourful, native garden that doesn't need any maintenance
- The biggest recent developments in space exploration
- How healthy reefs can help save damaged reefs
- Making molecules dance by DNP and celebrating the arrival of the ‘gyrotron’
- New chemistry PhD opportunities
- Breakthrough in treatment for preeclampsia
- Chemistry professor awarded Australia Day honour
- In2science peer mentors acknowledged for their work
- BSc students inspire and entertain high schools with science experience
- Lloyd Hollenberg awarded 2016 RSV Research Medal
- Science students awarded scholarships
- Green roofs the way to cool down the future
- Tiger Mosquitos could arrive to Australia with diseases
- Printable and flexible solar panels are the future
- Go Figure: why do humans show the whites of our eyes?
- Frogs and the City
- A tiny solution for a big problem
- How urban living is impacting weather routines
- Hidden stories in Madagascar
- Research supporting Mildura’s ‘hidden farmers’
- Science wins big in ARC funding round
- Assoc/Prof Tim Dempster teams up with Four Corners
- Professor Madeleine van Oppen featured on Catalyst
- Science PhD students shine in thesis competition
- Prof Jon Barnett named new Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
- Celebration for Ruth Fincher's contribution to geography
- Humans can make rockfalls from earthquakes more dangerous
- ARC funding for new Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
- Turbulence: It's not as dangerous as you think
- Associate Professor James McCaw wins Eureka award
- Professor David Karoly causes media wave
- Hope and grief for our environmental future
- Stories from the Indian Himalayas
- Planting the seeds of sovereignty
- Yes, Aussie swimmers choked in Rio
- Faculty of Science academics honoured
- 2016 Woodward Medal goes to mathematical geneticist Stephen Leslie
- Empty calories no more
A biofortified rice high in iron and zinc is set to combat hidden hunger in developing countries
- Professor Mike Sandiford named Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
- Koalas hug trees to battle climate change
Koalas in the hotter, more arid parts of Australia could become extinct in the face of climate change, new modelling suggests.
- Chemistry students presented with prizes
- Obesity link to packaging chemical
New research brings scientists a step closer to understanding how exposure of embryos to BPA, a common chemical found in plastics, could impact our health
- How sunflowers track the sun
- What animals can tell us about sleeping
- Exposing the creatures of the deep
- First international mathematics research institute launched in Australia
- Genetic secrets of algae provide vital insight into coral bleaching
- New understanding of plant growth brings promise of tailored products for industry
- Hunt for dark matter sends scientists underground in a Victorian goldmine
- Dr Adam Bumpus in Top 5 Under 40 Science Communicators
- Unlocking the inner workings of plant growth
Sustainable biofuels are closer to reality after the discovery of a key step in plant cell wall production
- Bearded dragons change color on different body parts for social signals and temperature regulation
- Making megacities healthy for humans
How urban ecology can provide a greener alternative to the concrete jungles of the future
- Climate change likely to turn up heat on koalas
A changing climate means that by 2070 koalas may no longer call large parts of inland Australia home, researchers have found.
- How energy is hidden in colours
- Science academics honoured in World Environment Day Awards
- New molecular design to get hydrogen-powered cars motoring
- The climate legacies in our lakes
Biogeographer Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher tells of exploring ‘natural archives’ to piece together our environmental history – and shine a light on the future
- Four Science students and alumni inducted into Map16 Startup Accelerator
- Build it and they will come – chip design creates computer blueprint
- A Synthesis between chemistry and art
- New Colombo Plan Scholarship opportunities
- $8.5m in funding awarded to Faculty
- David Syme Research Prize Recipients Announced
- Is Bhutan’s earthquake hiatus over?
- The proof behind The Man Who Knew Infinity
- Planet search more than a numbers game
- Women in research rewarded for taking a risk
- Seven Super Mums of the animal kingdom
- Farmed salmon hard of hearing
- Earth Sciences academic appointed Science Editor for Geology
- Great Barrier Reef bleaching would be almost impossible without climate change
- International award for bushfire scientist
Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst has been awarded the International Association of Wildland Fire’s (IAWF) Ember Award
- Industry projects leverage collaboration in molecular pathology and skin cancer diagnostics
- Planting trees for the Earth
Campaigners want us to plant 7.8 billion trees to combat climate change. But what then?
- Swapping guns for gardening
Returned WWII servicemen and women were given a fresh start through training in horticulture and gardening at Burnley
- Pistol and Boo saga a win for Australian biosecurity: Andrew Robinson tells SBS News
- Promiscuity may help some corals survive bleaching events
- Agreement on Point Nepean Research Centre
- Sky's the limit
Laby Fellow Jacinta den Besten is helping women to believe in themselves and succeed in science
- Trapping malaria in a gene net
The ability of this disease to mutate to nullify drugs is actually its downfall
- Move it or lose it: exploiting genetic diversity to fight extinction
We need to think differently about species conservation
- Video: A new way to save bees
- Governor of Victoria visits Bio21 Institute
- A new planetarium show highlights two new frontiers in Australian astrophysics
- Climate change could put eucalypts at risk of death from air bubbles
- Six reasons behind our love of chocolate
We can explain this enduring food obsession with a little chemistry
- PhD student goes from Madagascar to FameLab
- The Drain Scene Investigators
Melbourne water researchers have turned detectives to track down the source of pollution in our waterways
- Universities should require science, engineering and commerce students to know their maths
- Students win at MIFGS
Burnley students take out second and third place in the 'Avenue of Achievable Gardens' competition
- How we can link some extreme weather to climate change
Australia is at the forefront of research in the rapidly developing science of “Event Attribution”
- Discovered: The Drowned Apostles
Scientists have discovered a range of ancient limestone stacks, just offshore from their iconic cousins, the Twelve Apostles on Australia’s south coast
- A long climatic affair
The first extensive retrospective of our climate history has traced the human fingerprint on record-breaking hot temperatures as far back as the 1930s
- Eradicating weeds one woof at a time
Is our best defence against pests and diseases to smell them out?
- A galaxy (very) far, far away
Meet GN-z11. We’ve found it 13.4 billion light years away – and it’s a big one
- New Computational Biology major for BSc
- Prof. Raoul Mulder featured on SBS documentary about paternity
- Tassie fires linked to human-induced climate change, study finds
- A weed by any other name
One habitat’s sweet meadow flower is another’s worst nightmare. So what makes a plant a weed and how do they get about?
- Found: The little surprise in leafy greens
Scientists have solved a 50-year mystery by discovering an enzyme that reveals how good gut bacteria works, giving us another reason to eat our greens
- Treatment breakthrough for life-threatening pregnancy condition
A team of researchers from the School of Biosciences in the Faculty of Science has been integral to an exciting medical breakthrough - a likely treatment for pre-eclampsia.
- Revealed: The billion-year soundbite
Einstein was right all along. The discovery of gravitational waves proves the universe is talking to us – and listening to it will take us to places we’ve never been before
- The not-so-plain Nullarbor
Today it’s one of the driest spots in Australia, but just a few million years ago the Nullarbor was flush with trees and plants and had four times as much rain
- Moving with the power of thought
A device the size of a matchstick, implanted next to the brain’s motor cortex, could one day help paralysed people move their limbs
- Why don’t humans have tails?
Yes, there is a good tale behind the disappearance of tails from monkeys to humans
- Top 10 ways to give nature a helping hand
Victorians are being urged to help nature adapt to new conditions under climate change through a new 10-point guide
- Leadership study shows that age beats height
New research out of the University of Melbourne suggests that when it comes to good leadership at the Olympic level, age trumps physical stature
- Vale Professor Peter Hall
- Discovered: A treasure trove of new fish
Researchers have found 20 new species of freshwater fish in the remote Kimberley region - and had to fend off an angry crocodile in the process
- Three ways frogs, roads and cars don't mix
... But there are seven things we can do to make their lives just a little easier
- The science behind these big monsters
We’ve all seen footage of tropical cyclones. But this is how they form and why climate change is reducing their number – but increasing their power
- The hole in the ozone
The environmental issue we managed to fix* and why we still need to be sunsmart
- Why science matters: Five of the best stories
A potential Ebola vaccine, water on Mars, record warming, 3D body parts and the cancer risks of processed meats all made headlines during the past 12 months
- Thousands attend historic graduation ceremony
- Professor David Jamieson: The View from 2050
Video from the Centre for Environmental Science seminar
- Cities for climate change
Citizens often want greener policies, but why don’t cities listen?
- What is tree bark?
It’s strong, thick and protective – but why is it bark brown instead of green?
- Engagement award for Andrew Robinson
Dr Andrew Robinson, has been awarded the University of Melbourne’s inaugural Excellence in Engagement Award - Public Value
- Three ways to save stressed-out coral
What if coral could be made more resistant to the effects of climate change?
- Why flies and mosquitoes are irritating little pests
- High fives for Science in ERA
The reputation of the Faculty of Science as a destination for world-leading research has been given a boost from ERA 2015
- New Colombo scholar to study Indonesian haze
Geography student Laura Porter-Jacobs was this week awarded a prestigious New Colombo Scholarship at an event hosted by Deputy Prime-Minister Julie Bishop.
- The Paris climate change summit
The world comes together: Regular updates from the Paris COP 21 meeting
- The human fingerprint on a record hot year
Global temperature records are being toppled and it's mostly our fault
- Australian Academy of Science award for Jane Elith
- Big white clouds are light and fluffy right? Wrong!
- Even fires rest on Sunday
Fires aren't meant to abide by the working week, but new research suggests they do - and (surprise) it's because of us.
- Boosting science and maths study starts in primary school
- New Victorian land management curriculum to boost student numbers
A $2.25 million project bringing together six education providers across Victoria's west is set to strengthen pathways for rural and regional students entering the vital discipline of land management
- When a theoretical astrophysicist and a visual artist meet, things get complex
- The man who smashes diamonds for science
Watch the video: A diamond is smashed by a hammer, all in the name of research
- Kevin Tolhurst gives farewell talk on complexity, bushfires and engagement
- How do penguins find their mate in a sea of tuxedos?
Penguin colonies can number tens of thousands, so how do penguins hook up and find their families?
- What happened to Mars' atmosphere?
Now we know the answer: It's blowing in the (solar) winds
- Sinkholes - What on earth's happening?
Have no fear. It might seem as if the earth is opening up everywhere around us, but it's down to a mix of factors, from geology to human behaviour
- Growing Greener Cities
Collaboration between researchers, urban planners and industry to green our walls and roofs wins Premier's Sustainability Award
- Jane Elith named Life Scientist of the Year
Dr Jane Elith has been awarded the 2015 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the six awards in the annual Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.
- Follow the leader - the roadmap out of climate gridlock
A new method will let countries choose their own way of setting "fair" emissions targets
- What's the heaviest thing in the universe?
Clue: it's not the shopping bags you'll lug out of the supermarket tomorrow - but it does fit neatly into a teaspoon
- From Killer Whales to underworld killers, the evolution of a documentary filmmaker
- Printing the next generation of solar cells
University of Melbourne researchers have teamed up with industry to develop flexible solar cells to cover roofs, windows, clothing, phones and cars
- Physics and chemistry PhD students jointly awarded Royal Society of Victoria prize
PhD students Catherine de Burgh-Day and Edward Nagul were jointly awarded the 2015 Young Scientist Research Prize for Physical Sciences from the Royal Society of Victoria.
- Helping corals survive a rapidly changing world
Professor Madeleine van Oppen wants to manipulate the complex relationship between corals and microbes to accelerate coral evolution
- The women rebels, geniuses and pioneers who inspired us
They are the unsung heroines who changed the face of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
- Veggie gardens are so hot right now
City slickers are rediscovering the joy of getting their hands dirty
- Oxygen machine powers on to save lives
How a physicist and a global health expert joined forces to give the breath of life to critically-ill children in hospitals without a secure source of electricity
- The marauding march of invasive plant species
Weeds have changed landscapes around the world, but should we be doing anything to stop them?
- Running water = possibly life on Mars
The discovery of liquid water on the Red Planet is an important step in the search for life on our planetary neighbour, but it will take many more missions before we might find anything
- An astrophysicist meets The Martian
Dr Katie Mack says there's science and there's fiction in Ridley Scott's new blockbuster
- How a numbers man and a botanist are helping business go green
- Chasing the secrets of the universe
Rising star and physicist Phillip Urquijo, winner of the Eureka Prize Emerging Leader in Science award 2015, is working on some of the remaining puzzles in fundamental physics
- The computer program that saved a town
A fire ecologist and a programmer have teamed up to develop a tool that is changing the way we fight bushfires - for the better
- Karen Day wins Advance Award
Professor Karen Day, Dean of Science, has won the 2015 Advance Global Australian Award in recognition of her international career in life sciences.
- PhD student wins award at environmental toxicology conference
PhD student Clare Death has won the prize for "Best Student Presentation" at the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Australasia conference, in Nelson, New Zealand, for a talk titled "Industrial fluoride emissions and marsupials: pathology, epidemiology and biomarkers".
- Conference award for credit card study
PhD Student Jonathan Budd and Professor Peter Taylor, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) have been awarded "Best Paper" at the Credit Scoring and Credit Control Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
- Humpty Dumpty program wins iAward
MSc (Bioinformatics) student Ryan Wick was named the 2015 National Winner at the iAwards on 27 August for a program he developed to analyse whole genomes.
- Happy Father's Day: Five best dads in the animal kingdom
From cuckoos to seahorses, toads to beetles, these dads are the best
- How a mathematical equation opened a new frontier in nanotechnology
Frequencies reveal the shape and weight of nano-scale objects.
- Cities and nature working together for clean air
Clean air is a crucial cog in the complex urban machine. The air quality of our future depends on what we are building now.
- Art-science collaboration explores the secret life of coral
A new illustrated children's book tells the dramatic story of the complex animal-microbial relationships that sustain coral reefs.
- How to train your dinosaur
The science of complex behaviour in Jurassic World
- Harnessing the power of experts
Relying on expert judgement is a risky but necessary business, requiring the right tools ... and the right experts.