Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Leadership Program

Calling all first year students!

Ancora Imparo is a leadership program open to all first years that aims to unlock the potential and enhance the ability of students to make an impact. In this leadership training, students will hear from inspiring leaders from various backgrounds and be provided with a range of opportunities.

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Future Science Leaders, we need to talk.

Australia is at a critical moment. We need to make some urgent decisions about the future of our nation.

How will our society look in the year 2050? How will technology change the way we interact? What will drive economic growth? What will the jobs of the future be like? How could we power the future? How can we care for an ageing population?

We are thrilled to launch Monash Future Thinkers: Australia in 2050, our inaugural event to be held on May 7th designed to foster the interdisciplinary conversation we need to have about our future.

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Antarctic Fungi survives Martian simulation

After 18 months aboard the International Space Station a species of Fungi from Antarctica has survived Martian like conditions relatively intact.

At least 60% of the cryptoendolithic cells managed to survive the simulation and continued to exhibit stable DNA.

The fungi were kept in an environment of 95% CO2, 1.6% argon, 0.15% oxygen and 2.7% nitrogen at a pressure of 1,000 pascals. Samples were also exposed to harsh ultra violet radiation as they would be on the surface of Mars.

The simulation will help to provide answers on what biological life on Mars might look like and where it could be hiding.

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Number 3 unraveled at last!

Did you know that any integer with digits that add up to a number divisible by 3 is itself divisible by 3.

Give it a try, type any mess of numbers and tack on the last number to make the digits sum to a number divisible by 3.

For example:


4+2+1+8+9+0+1+2 = 27 (divisible by 3).

42189012 / 3 = 14 063 004 An integer!

How does this work?

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Instagram for doctors is ‘bloody’ amazing…

While the layman might enjoy perusing their phone to gaze upon their friend’s lunches or recent trips overseas medical professionals are using their very own social media apps to help save patient’s lives. Newly developed apps such as Figure 1 are taking the guess work out of complicated medical cases.

Launched in 2013 Figure 1 allows medical professional (doctors, EMTs, nurses etc) to upload images of their various medical scans/samples/specimens to crowd-source diagnosis. Technically anyone can view the images but only medical professionals can become verified (much like celebrities and their social media pages). The idea was born from the fact that 10,000 medically related emails and texts were already being sent between doctors each day in the U.S, according to Figure 1 co-founder Dr. Joshua Landy.

.....Images are often heavily censored to protect patient’s privacy and are not published if deemed unnecessary. Not only does it allow professional collaboration but can be used as a teaching tool, professors often upload medical images for their students to comment and discuss to support their classes.

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Liquid water flows on Mars….somewhat intermittently.

Evidence has been found recently, via NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), indicating the presence of liquid water on Mars.

Dark, long streaks found on Mars’ surface (referred to as recurring slope lineae) have been an area of inquiry since 2010. Since they appear to ebb and flow with time and are present only in the warmer season, scientists have often thought that these downhill flows could be related to liquid water.

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Time lapse videos for your viewing pleasure.

Need a guilt free study break?? Feast your scientist eyes on these remarkable time lapse videos brought to you by Patel Lab.

Below is a video recording the development of frog eggs but other videos on the site include those documentingDrosophila development (genetics students will be familar with this model organism) as well as the water basedParhyale.

Published by Nipam H. Patel


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What actually happens when a jellyfish stings you?

We all know that jellyfish are venomous and that they sting you if you are unfortunate enough to get too close but what is actually happening?

Australian scientists at James Cook University in Cairns have captured the microscopic response of nematocysts (the organelle responsible for injecting you with venom) belonging to a sea anemone. On average it took 11 milliseconds before these microscopic needles deployed and therefore needed to be watched in slow motion (see GIF below).


For the full length video, brought to you by youtuber SmaterEveryDay click here.

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