Science & Nature

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

The art of complex systems

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

A Victorian College of the Arts Masters graduate in Fine Art and a University of Melbourne astrophysicist have come together to design an interactive drawing experiment enacting complex systems. By Rebecca Scott

Walking the green mile to climate agreement

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

International climate conferences often end in stalemate. By Chris Weaver.

Cleaning up an unforgiving landscape

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Dr Meenakshi Arora has been part of a project led by Professor Geoff Stevens from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Melbourne to clean up the contaminated sites in Australian Antarctic Territory. Annie Rahilly reports on her contribution to the ‘clean team.’

Bird colour variations speed up evolution

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Bird species with multiple plumage colouring within the same population evolve into new species faster than those with only one colour, according to a new study which confirms a 60 year-old theory of evolution. By Nerissa Hannink.

Olympics: Culture, Commerce, Hype

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Mega events such as the Olympics and the World Cup, are celebrations of the national and the international, bringing together transient, transnational communities every four years. But behind the competition for individual and national glory, the lavish opening and closing ceremonies, and the crowds of excited fans, are ongoing issues. In the month before London 2012, Zoe Nikakis asks the question: is the Olympics the culturally and historically significant event it’s said to be, or is it all just commerce and hype?

Geothermal heats up

Volume 8 Number 5 May 14 - June 9 2012

A new project by infrastucture engineers at the University Of Melbourne is piloting ways of using geothermal energy for heating and cooling buildings. By Annie Rahilly.

Girl’s own adventure

Volume 8 Number 5 May 14 - June 9 2012

The University community recently celebrated Nancy Millis’s 90th birthday, and her significant contribution to agricultural science. Annie Rahilly reports.