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Researchers at the University's Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation are combining art history knowledge with chemistry and physics to conserve Australia's cultural heritage.

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It used to be that computer models of weather events such as thunderstorms could only be run using supercomputers. But now these kinds of models can be run on the humble laptop. Visions explores this democratisation of weather modelling using the example of a spectacular thunderstorm called 'Hector the Convector', a daily occurance off the coast of Darwin.

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A new robotic dairy that uses lasers to detect cow teats, allowing the animals to 'self milk', has been opened in northern Victoria.

It's the centrepiece of the University of Melbourne's revamped Dookie campus, located near Shepparton.

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Charging up an electric car can put as much strain on the energy grid as a small family home. 

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Wollemi Pines are one of the oldest and rarest plants on earth — they are also currently the focus of a large amount of acadmeic research.

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