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Monash scientists discover key to predicting fitness of birds

An international study led by Monash biologists has found that the length of a baby bird's telomeres, the DNA caps that protect chromosomes, can predict its future fitness.

Biology 12 February 2019

Researchers shed new light on the pulse of plate tectonics

This NW Argentian outcrop

Monash researchers have shown for the first time that the melting of rocks within the Earth’s continental crust occurs in ‘pulses’.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 7 February 2019

Melbourne and Adelaide night temperatures amplified by heatwaves, study finds

As if the daytime heatwave temperatures weren’t bad enough, Melbourne and Adelaide residents will also have to put up with nightly temperatures significantly higher than surrounding rural areas thanks to amplification caused by the ‘urban heat island effect’.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 24 January 2019

The largest mass extinction of all time began with forest ecosystem collapse, study finds

World-first international research involving a Monash palaeontologist has provided new new insights into what caused the biotic crisis known as  the ‘Mother of all Mass-Extinctions’ or the ‘Great Dying’, in which up to 96% of marine species and 70% of land vertebrate species became extinct.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 23 January 2019
Warmer ocean temperatures and unusual wind patterns have contributed to a record decline of sea ice levels in Antarctica.

Ocean and wind changes cause Antarctic sea ice drop to record low

Warmer ocean temperatures, combined with unusual wind patterns, contributed to the record decline of sea ice levels in Antarctica, according to new research published in the prestigious international science journal Nature Communications.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 18 January 2019
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