• 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.

  • 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!

  • tse
    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.

  • YSA Melbourne Ball
    YSA Melbourne ball on the horizon?

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

Spiderman, Spiderman, why can he do what spiders can?


Spiderman, Spiderman, why can he do what spiders can?
By Lauren Cracknell
The release of the Marvel reboot movie, Amazing Spiderman 2, has renewed the love of the famous arachnid-themed superhero for fans worldwide. The movie is filled with interesting messages about the dangers of scientific research. Spiderman himself is a science enthusiast and is shown using his science knowledge to …

The Cure to Autoimmune Diseases in our Sights


The Cure to Autoimmune Diseases in our Sights
By Rebecca Hall

Modern medicine has done so much for general health and what was once vicious diseases are now nothing more than trivial annoyances. Before, even the common flu was a horror for anyone to catch. However, there are so many diseases out there which are so complex that it has been very difficult to find cures and prevention…

When North is Not North


When North is Not North
Melina Jablonka
When a phenomenon known as geomagnetic reversal occurs!

Geomagnetic reversal is the ‘flipping’ of the Earth’s magnetic field. This causes the positions of magnetic North and South to become interchanged; North becomes South, and South becomes North! We’ve all heard the term ‘reversing the polarity’; it’s been in every high-tech sci-fi and…

Caffeine versus Drowsiness


Caffeine versus Drowsiness
By Rebecca Hall
Did you know that caffeine can actually make you sleepier?
That’s right, caffeine whilst energising you initially, actually affects the quality of the sleep you get later. The caffeine affects your sleep cycle so that it isn’t as deep as it could be meaning that you wake up groggier than if you hadn’t had the caffeine.

Effects on sleep:
It has…

Giants vs Aliens vs The Square Cube Law: Why Physics Hates Fun


Giants vs Aliens vs The Square Cube Law:
Why Physics Hates Fun
By Timothy Newport

Hong Kong, 2014.

An enormous alien, emerging from deep beneath the sea, is threatening the safety of all humanity. As it approaches the shore, water streaming off its gargantuan hide, it raise an enormous claw and swipes at a passing oil tanker, snapping it in half like a twig. Reaching down into t…

The Dinosaur-Bird Link: Reexamined Fossil Says Otherwise


The Dinosaur-Bird Link: Reexamined Fossil Says Otherwise
By Lucy Caine
Since the early 1990s, bird enthusiasts have had at their fingertips a very cool scientific theory; that their feathered friends are descended from dinosaurs. This theory originated with the discovery of several Early Cretaceous period fossils in China, several of which were observed to be birdlike. Three new species wer…

The Dangers of Endangered Elements


The dangers of Endangered elements
By Luke Mariadas
We are facing tough times currently, but now things are really bad; the elements that we love so much are becoming endangered! That’s right, the substances that produce pretty much everything in our day to day life- such as, consumer products (medicine, computers, the transport of electricity and jewellery) are finite, who would hav…

It Might Be Crazy What I’m About To Say – Mythbusting “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Pharrell - Happy

Happy by Pharrell Williams: it was the song that struck a chord with Australians nation-wide earlier this year, seemingly being played around the clock by all radio stations, all the time. It was definitely a smash hit, shooting straight to the top of the weekly ARIA charts, where it remained there for quite some time. Your friends were singing it, your parents were singing it, and television…

Waking Dreams: A Study of Lucid Dreaming


Waking Dreams: A Study of Lucid Dreaming
By Monique Mclennan

First you might ask, what is a lucid dream? Lucid dreaming is the strange sensation of being aware that you are dreaming while you are dreaming. People who have experienced lucid dreaming report that they were able to access past memories, have more control over the plot of the dream, and that they become dissociated from t…

I Come From a Land Down Under Under: The Story of a Kiwi’s Origins


I Come From a Land Down Under Under: The Story of a Kiwi’s Origins
By Justin Sorbello


As Australian’s we are very good at claiming credit for things that our cousins across the ditch in New Zealand do. Sam Neil, Russel Crowe and the Kiwi bird. Yes that’s right, for years Australia has laid claim to being the likely evolutionary source of the Kiwi.  But like famous mov…

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