• 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Is it possible to build an underwater city such as the one shown in bioshock?

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Is it possible to build an underwater city such as the one shown in bioshock?
Alexander Tashevski-Beckwith
 

 

 To build a city at the bottom of the sea! Insanity. But where else could we be free from the clutching hand of the Parasites? Where else could we build an economy that they would not try to control, a society that they would not try to destroy? It was not…

Meteorological Musings Part 2: ‘It’s Raining Men’

Meteorological Musings Part 2: ‘It’s Raining Men’
By Ben Hague

In the first instalment of my meteorological musings I detailed how clouds form (from a physical and chemical perspective) once convection (rising motion in the atmosphere) and the gas-liquid phase transition occurs. This time I try to detail the main ways that this convection occurs in the first place.

There are two…

Alcohol and the Brain

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Alcohol and the Brain
By Rebecca
I’ve always found the idea of alcohol in our society interesting. As a drug, it effects our body in so many ways and whilst some of those effects can be short term, they can become long term issues. However, alcohol is still accepted within our society and encouraged so thoroughly in most social settings. Whether we’re a part of the drinking or yet to get to…

Jingle Bells – the reindeer are here

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Jingle Bells – the reindeer are here
By Rebecca Hall

Dashing through the snow, or perhaps the dusty summer air, is Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course, good old Rudolph. We learn about these nine reindeer in our early childhood but rarely do we actually stop to think about what reindeer do when they’re not pulling Santa’s sleigh. So here’s a 10…

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…

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