Science & Nature

Melako’s message: are you tuned in?

Volume 9 Number 5 May 13 - June 9 2013

Little Melako, the youngest member of Werribee Open Range Zoo’s 18-strong zebra herd, is doing his bit for the Beads for Wildlife program, but is the message getting through? By Kate O’Hara.

Animals and us: a shared approach to health

Volume 9 Number 5 May 13 - June 9 2013

Veterinary science is moving toward a more integrated, ‘one health model’, with vets and human doctors sharing research and treatment techniques for diseases such as cancers and immune disorders, to benefit both us and our pets.  By Nerissa Hannink.

Wallaby a tiny climber

Volume 9 Number 4 April 8 - May 12 2013

Researchers have for the first time seen the movements of the Australian tammar wallaby in utero. By Rebecca Scott.

Turning stormwater into food

Volume 9 Number 4 April 8 - May 12 2013

 

For most of us, watching stormwater gurgle down the drain is a sad waste, but it also does a lot of damage to the environment when a deluge floods local waterways. So researchers are trying to put stormwater to good use before it leaves the city – using vegetable raingardens. Nerissa Hannink reports.

 

Ice age extinction shaped Australian plant diversity

Volume 9 Number 3 March 11 - April 8 2013

Surprising results from the study of plant fossils in south-east Australia have shown that extinction, rather than evolution, impacts plant diversity. By Rebecca Scott.

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.