News, research and experts from the University of Melbourne
Chronic disease and public health failures fuel COVID-19 pandemic
Australia was not spared as a 30-year global rise in chronic illness and related risk factors such as obesity, high blood sugar, and outdoor air pollution created a perfect storm to fuel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, new research shows.
Gender inequalities accelerate during early adolescence, study finds
Early adolescence is where gender inequalities most markedly emerge, according to new research from across 40 low- and middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Tapping the silk secrets of Australia’s basket-web spider
An international collaboration has provided the first insights into a new type of silk produced by the very unusual Australian basket-web spider, which uses it to build a lobster pot web that protects its eggs and trap prey.
Bear in a window: capturing children’s voices of the pandemic
A new project is giving a voice to Australian children, inviting them to share their experiences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
New theory on the origin of Dark Matter
A recent study from the University of Melbourne proposes a new theory for the origin of dark matter, helping experimentalists in Australia and abroad in the search for the mysterious new matter.
NASA’s James Webb Telescopes will reveal hidden galaxies
Two new studies from the University of Melbourne will help the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built to uncover galaxies never before seen by humanity.
Report calls for overhaul of careers education to help young women embrace STEM opportunities
One in five Australian school students don’t receive careers advice from an advisor or teacher - exacerbating why young women aren’t engaging with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunities, a new report has found.
Shining a spotlight on student health and wellbeing
A report delving into the health and wellbeing of university students that aims to help Australian universities enhance student experiences and academic outcomes has been released.
Despite strong gains in 2020 Australians remain disengaged with politics, poll finds
A poll of more than 1,000 Australians has found that despite the disruptions of 2020 and the effect on the lives of every Australian, we continue to be broadly disengaged in politics as a nation.