Science & Nature

‘Lifeboat’ cities for survival

Volume 8 Number 9 September 3 - October 8 2012

Melbourne’s newest Professor of Urban Planning Brendon Gleeson is concerned humanity is living in an urban ‘age of risk’, due to increasing rates of growth, migration and pursuits of modern ideals. Following is an edited extract of his inaugural Professorial Lecture.

Laureate scientists

Volume 8 Number 9 September 3 - October 8 2012

Melbourne’s two new Laureate Fellows are set to uncover new discoveries in nanotechnology and turbulence. By Silvia Dropulich

Understanding the world at the fundamental level

Volume 8 Number 9 September 3 - October 8 2012

Anthony van Eysden will soon embark on the opportunity of a lifetime when he begins his two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA) in Sweden. ByRebecca Hobden.

Looking into deep space

Volume 8 Number 9 September 3 - October 8 2012

Melbourne academics are punching above their weight in efforts to understand the mysteries of the Universe. By Rebecca Scott.

Animal health on the farm

Volume 8 Number 8 August 13 - September 9 2012

Making sure animals raised for food production are well cared can be a rewarding career. ByNerissa Hannink.

Researchers identify unusual Black Saturday weather

Volume 8 Number 8 August 13 - September 9 2012

New research has revealed the extreme and unusual weather patterns that occurred on Black Saturday 2009, our worst bushfire event on record, helping to explain fire behaviour and provide insights for future fire management and warning systems. By Nerissa Hannink.

Out of this world

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

An exchange to Sweden brought engineering student Will Reid face to face with a real-life rocket. By Annie Rahilly.

Adapting to climate change: more questions than answers!

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

Professor Rod Keenan, Director of the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research in the Melbourne School of Land and Environment explains that as Australia faces almost inevitable climate warming, the solution via adaptation depends upon research.

Putting the squeeze on science

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

A citrus super computer and lab visits at the University? Kate O’Hara discovers it’s all in the name of science.

University scientists build telescope to find earliest galaxies

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

The University of Melbourne is playing a lead role in developing a low frequency radio telescope providing hope for detection of the universe’s earliest stars and galaxies. By Rebecca Scott.

Rural dairy vet training in action

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Researchers from the University Of Melbourne are participating in rural placements around Victoria to help increase the skill levels of vets working with dairy farmers and their herds. By Nerissa Hannink and Sara Brocklesbury

Twenty ways to achieve sustainability

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Twenty specific actions that enable media, governments, individuals and businesses to contribute to a sustainable future by 2020 have been documented in a new book by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), with contributions from Australia’s leading public thinkers. By Katherine Smith