• Socials
    Exciting social events!

    We hold monthly social events. In February we just had 90 people at our Ice Skating Social. Stay tuned for details on our next social in March!

  • YSA Melbourne Ball
    YSA Melbourne ball on the horizon?

    It's time for the second YSA Melbourne Ball! Stay tuned for more info

  • Murder myster
    Murder Mystery V: Cold war Crisis

    Our fifth annual Murder Mystery was a night of Cold War Intrigue in 1960s Berlin. With 30 different guests and characters, great food it was a night of mystery and entertainment.

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    The Science Experience

    YSA Melbourne's volunteer leaders helped with programs at Monash Clayton, Melbourne University, Swinburne University and Monash Gippsland.

  • sc i com
    Science Communication Opportunities

    Do you want to get involved with our new science communication projects? Head to the opportunites page! Podcasts, mentoring, tutoring and science shows are all projects we're keen to have more people involved in.

Meteorological Musings Part 1: ‘Why Does it Always Rain on Me?’

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Meteorological Musings Part 1: ‘Why Does it Always Rain on Me?’
By Ben Hague

As a student of meteorology I am often asked, both flippantly and interestedly, ‘why does it rain?’ (Or, as is often more pertinent in Australia, ‘why doesn’t it rain?’) Here I attempt to outline some answers to this question as well as highlight some other important related meteorological concept.

Firstly,…

Taipei 101 Tower & Human Ingenuity: How we not only survive, but thrive, despite the extreme challenges we face living on planet Earth.

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Taipei 101 Tower & Human Ingenuity: How we not only survive, but thrive, despite the extreme challenges we face living on planet Earth.
By Ricardo Cannizzaro
 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. – Marianne Williamson

Our species, humankind, are quite the resourceful bunch. From the very beginning, our greatest…

The Rollercoaster of Emotion

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The Rollercoaster of Emotion
By Rebecca Hall
 

Emotions can seem to rule our lives, making us feel like we’re on a rollercoaster of life. But what is emotion? How do we experience it and control or change it?

Emotions are created by specific activation of particular areas such as the amygdala shown below. One of the main emotions that is associated with the amygdala is fear and…

That’s all folks, the end of the world

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That’s all folks, the end of the world
Alexander Tashevski-Beckwith
In the last few years there has been a notable shift in the rhetoric of climate experts from ‘promoting action to reduce greenhouse gasses’, to ‘a need to mitigate the now irreversible effects of climate change’. While the difference appears subtle, it in fact marks the historic point at which humanity is incapable of…

The UK’s first Moon mission and crowd sourced space travel

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The UK’s first Moon mission and crowd sourced space travel
Alexander Tashevski-Beckwith

Lunar Mission One, which was announced today at the Royal Society in London, will be the UK’s first trip to the moon. Unlike every other lunar mission thus far Lunar Mission One will focus on analysing bellow the regolith by drilling through the surface, reaching a depth of at least 20 meters, but…

Hoverboards: The Future is Now

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Hoverboards: The Future is Now
Melina Jablonka
For years now, inventions depicted in sci-fi movies have been becoming a reality; from bionic limbs, to touchscreen technology, to 3-D printers. Probably the coolest sci-fi invention (besides time travel itself) is the hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II. Since its first appearance in the 1989 film, the hoverboard has appeared in hundreds of…

A Visionary Pathway: The journey from the eye to the brain

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A Visionary Pathway: The journey from the eye to the brain
By Rebecca Hall
The brain is arguably the most complicated organ we have. It has so many processes and functions, most of which we are barely concious of, that we are still learning about them all. One of which is how we perceive the world. Now, you might think that what you see is a direct translation of what the world actually…

Murder Mystery VII – 1900 Paris Worlds Fair

Murder Mystery VII
1900 Paris Worlds Fair
5th December 5:30pm RSVP HERE
 Paris is hosting the Exposition Universale (the World’s Fair) where the entire world can show off their latest creations, inventions, artwork and culture. Exhibits have been crafted, superb pavilions constructed and countries are jostling for fame and glory. It is also the home of the first Olympic Games to be held…

The Real Dropbear

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The Real Dropbear
Oakley Germech
The Australians of today delight in scaring enthusiastic tourists with tales of the “dropbear”, a fierce, bloodthirsty denizen of the treetops that just so happens to resemble a cute, cuddly koala. What most of us don’t know is that, until recently, Australia had a real dropbear of its own.

Meet Thylacoleo. Thylacoleo, or the “marsupial lion”,…

When Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow

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When Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow
Helen zhou
 

Time travel has long since been lauded as the holy grail of both scientists and sci-fi enthusiasts alike. In Harry Potter, we have the Time Turners; in Back to the Future we have the DeLorean; and last but definitely not least, in Doctor Who we have the TARDIS, an acronym standing for ‘Time and Relative Dimensions in Space’. Time trav…

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