Science & Nature

Beautiful numbers

Volume 9 Number 3 March 11 - April 8 2013

Emma Bland and Stéphanie Pradier from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute at the University of Melbourne report on a recent lecture by Princeton University mathematical ecologist Simon Levin, to launch Australia’s program for the International Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth.

Gardens in the sky

Volume 9 Number 3 March 11 - April 8 2013

The University of Melbourne and the Lord Mayor of Melbourne recently launched Australia’s largest Green Roof research and outreach project at the University’s Burnley Campus near Richmond. Nerissa Hannink reports.

Sustainability on the big screen

Volume 9 Number 2 February 11 - March 10 2013

Nerissa Hannink previews a film festival supported by the University of Melbourne’s Sustainable Society Institute that explores solutions to living sustainably in a post-carbon economy.

Making the case for sustainable transport

Volume 9 Number 2 February 11 - March 10 2013

Making the shift to sustainable transportation is a pressing necessity. But the benefits of giving up our carbon dependence will outweigh the inconvenience, by adding to the quality of place, and life. By Zoe Nikakis.

After the flood: restoring Warmun art

Volume 9 Number 2 February 11 - March 10 2013

In 2011 a flood raged through Warmun in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, gathering up and damaging much of the community’s treasured Indigenous art collection. Nearly two years later, a ground-breaking new partnership is bringing many of the restored works back to their rightful place. By Kate O’Hara.

Keeping track of time

Volume 9 Number 2 February 11 - March 10 2013

From the early days of modern seafaring to the synchronisation of time over the internet, the world relies on clocks, and depends on their accuracy. By Annie Rahilly.

Calming the crowds in Mecca

Volume 9 Number 2 February 11 - March 10 2013

Modelling of crowd behaviours is a well-established field of research, but a new doctoral study in infrastructure engineering has investigated the behaviours of pilgrims to Mecca. By Katherine Smith.

Speaking up for the intellect

Volume 9 Number 1 January 14 - February 11 2013

ABC Radio’s Science Show presenter Robin Williams delivered an inspiring graduation address to Melbourne students recently, in which he argued for improved public conversation about science and innovation. Following is an edited extract of his address.

Our beaches under pressure

Volume 9 Number 1 January 14 - February 11 2013

Have you ever noticed that every time you go to your favourite beach it looks a little different? Is the character of your coastal town changing because everyone wants a house with a view? Nerissa Hannink and Rebecca Scott investigate the natural and not so natural changes occurring along the Australian coastline and the effects on our oceans.

How do you pack your DNA?

Volume 8 Number 12 December 10 2012 - January 14 2013

How do you pack your DNA? No, this isn’t a quiz about your summer holiday suitcase, but an important question in evolutionary biology. By Nerissa Hannink.

Vet’s book teaches kids to play safe with pets

Volume 8 Number 12 December 10 2012 - January 14 2013

Veterinarian Amanda Chin, a 1998 graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, has combined her passion for animal welfare with an interest in the human-animal bond in a book teaching children how to play safely with their pets. By Lauren Hull with additional information from the book’s publisher, the American Animal Hospital Association.

Sustainability wins the day…twice

Volume 8 Number 11 November 12 - December 9 2012

Two University of Melbourne PhD candidates were recently awarded prizes by the Royal Society of Victoria. By Louise Bennet with David Scott.