Science & Nature

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.

Roadmaps and roadblocks to climate action

Volume 8 Number 11 November 12 - December 9 2012

Experts predict there are just 50 months left before we will be locked into runaway climate change, so researchers are examining the societal and political roadblocks to creating a world without carbon fuels. Nerissa Hannink reports.

Water for generations

Volume 8 Number 10 October 8 - November 11 2012

Take a national government, three states or territories, a water system that impacts on a vast number of people and industries and what do you have? While it sounds like our own Murray-Darling Basin that sustains up to two million people, the answer is also: the Krishna River Basin in India that influences the lives of up to 90 million people.

Mining for innovation in a boom industry

Volume 8 Number 10 October 8 - November 11 2012

Professor Doreen Thomas is the Head of Mechanical Engineering. The following is an edited extract of her presentation to the recent Melbourne Latin America Dialogue on the need for innovation in mining, together with Mathematics and Statistics’ Professor Hyam Rubinstein

Swans’ serenity masks stress of Grand Prix

Volume 8 Number 10 October 8 - November 11 2012

A study of the impact of the Grand Prix on the iconic swans on Albert Park lake has generated some surprising findings. By Rebecca Scott.

Land of plenty?

Volume 8 Number 10 October 8 - November 11 2012

Covering 14 per cent of Australia’s landmass, the Murray-Darling Basin is by far our largest agricultural region, feeding the nation, and contributing a huge amount to export income. But the recent rains may be lulling us into a false sense of security that this is a basin of plenty. Amid predictions of a warmer, drier climate and political pressures of river management, Melbourne researchers are looking at how to ensure environmentally sustainable food and water. By Nerissa Hannink and Katherine Smith

Sentinel chickens on guard

Volume 8 Number 9 September 3 - October 8 2012

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Peter Doherty’s latest book explores the role birds plays as guardians of human and environmental health. By Kate O’Hara.

US President honours Melbourne climate scientist

Volume 8 Number 9 September 3 - October 8 2012

American-based alumnus Dr David Noone recently received a prestigious Presidential award for his work on climate modelling. He recently talked to Chris Weaver about his stellar career.

Timorese shouldn’t have to pick up the climate-change bill

Volume 8 Number 9 September 3 - October 8 2012

A developing country like Timor-Leste should not have to bear the cost of reducing global GHG emissions, according to a social justice researcher. By Silvia Dropulich.

Collaborations to understand natural disaster

Volume 8 Number 9 September 3 - October 8 2012

A new project looking at how wireless sensor networks can provide better information around natural disasters is linking researchers from California to Parkville. By David Scott.

‘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