Science & Nature

Watering advice in your pocket

Volume 8 Number 2 February 13 - March 11 2012

University of Melbourne researchers have launched a new iPhone app that factors in local rainfall information and plant type to help gardeners determine how much to water and when. By Nerissa Hannink.

Earthquakes interpreted

Volume 8 Number 2 February 13 - March 11 2012

Chris Weaver speaks to alumnus Mark Quigley, a tectonics scientist who has won the NZ PM’s Science Media Communication Prize for explaining the whys and wherefores of the country’s earthquake activity.

Mental health recovery focus for bushfires studies

Volume 8 Number 2 February 13 - March 11 2012

Researchers are working to determine the right kinds of services and the right levels of human resourcing required to maximise community mental health after natural disaster. By Rebecca Scott.

Getting ready to cope with disasters

Volume 8 Number 2 February 13 - March 11 2012

Natural events are difficult to predict and impossible to prevent, but two new research projects aim to make us better prepared for them. By Nerissa Hannink and Annie Rahilly.

Design for a future of extremes

Volume 8 Number 2 February 13 - March 11 2012

University researchers talk to Kate O’Hara about a project letting design lead the way in predicting extreme weather conditions.

Dealing with disaster

Volume 8 Number 2 February 13 - March 11 2012

With the pressure on to mitigate against natural disasters the University of Melbourne’s Natural Disaster Management Initiative in partnership with IBM is harnessing expertise in disaster management from across the University and beyond. By Silvia Dropulich.

Caring for Asia-Pacific’s forests

Volume 8 Number 1 January 9 - February 12 2012

An innovative subject run jointly with the Australian National University is giving Masters students first-hand insight into the complex nature of forest management in the Asia-Pacific. By Katherine Smith.

The power of two

Volume 8 Number 1 January 9 - February 12 2012

Medical and sociological researchers love twins – both identical and non-identical – because they help with understanding genetic and environmental factors in health, family functioning, attitudes to learning and so much more. Professor John Hopper explains the role of the ATR.

The language and art of maths

Volume 8 Number 1 January 9 - February 12 2012

With its own rules and grammar, maths is a very precise language that one University of Melbourne mathematician has turned into an art form. Nerissa Hannink reports.

Animals talking to each other – and us

Volume 8 Number 1 January 9 - February 12 2012

Just as humans have developed effective ways to communicate with one another, fellow members of the animal kingdom have evolved ingenious ways to convey information. Sally Sherwen reports.

Meeting the health challenges of climate change

Volume 8 Number 1 January 9 - February 12 2012

A recent graduate, a current professor and a Nobel Laureate from the University of Melbourne are participating in the not-for-profit organisation Doctors for the Environment Australia. By University of Melbourne medical student Imogen Hamel-Green.

Future chemists

Volume 7 Number 12 December 12 2011 - January 8 2012

Connections with a Nobel Laureate, sharing their work space with established researchers and brand new facilities are sure to inspire the next generation of chemists. Nerissa Hannink reports.