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Whale and dolphin stranding is being investigated to discover what part disease plays in this phenomenon.

Improvements in risk management processes can and should be made to avert the next bushfire catastrophe, says Dr Les Coleman, in the wake of the release of the bushfires Royal Commission interim report.  "It comes back to looking at the risks, putting in place mechanisms to try and reduce those risks ahead of time, and recognising that when these extreme events start to unfold, its really beyond anyone's physical resources to handle every part of it."

"It's hard to be critical of people under these circumstances. The Royal Commission has spent a lot of time looking at risk - and will spend more time looking at it - as risk is a major part of this issue: how do we understand it, quantify it, and work out what to do." 

However Dr Coleman, a senior lecturer in finance and a risk and crisis management expert from the Department of Finance, says criticism of the CFA is harsh.

"The CFA certainly came in for criticism, but if you look at the resources deployed on the day, they were huge: around 15 000 firefighters, 1000 vehicles, 50 aircraft and so on.  It's actually quite hard to work out what more they could have done.  So I think a lot of the criticism of the CFA is ‘Monday Morning Quarterbacking’ if you like, looking back on how to handle something that, at the time, they really couldn’t get more information about and didn’t have any additional resources."

"It would have been very very difficult to improve their management on the day.

A new study confirms controversial findings that ice ages may have ended due to warmer summers in both northern and southern hemispheres, not just the northern hemisphere as was previously believed.

While most people can name their favourite wine, they can now discover the science behind their tastebuds’ preference at a unique wine tasting event.

Victoria’s first wildlife rope bridges are allowing threatened squirrel gliders and other native animals to cross the Hume highway and access food, shelter and mates.

A gift of $4.7million - the residual estate of two farming brothers from Seymour - was presented to the Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne today.

Why do parmesan and cheddar cheese crumble differently? And how much more cheese could manufacturers produce if they could predict and control the texture of cheese during its manufacture?

Dr Sally Gras, from the University of Melbourne’s school of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, is one step closer to answering these questions after being named a recipient of this year’s Victorian Fellowship Award. Dr Gras will travel to Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe with her $18,000 Fellowship and visit dairy-based industrial and research centres to learn about their product microstructure and functional food research.

“There is a lot we don’t know about the intermediate stages of cheese making, and I hope my team’s research will help build Victoria’s capability in cheese production to ensure it remains internationally competitive by boosting quality and decreasing waste,” she says.

Dr Gras’ research will focus on how raw ingredients such as milk proteins, fat globules and starter bacteria are transformed to make cheese and how these ingredients, together with the cheese making process, determines cheese texture.

“Cheese texture is quite important for consumers as it determines the taste and feel of the cheese within our mouth. Cheese texture is also important for manufacturers who would like to consistently produce a cheese product with the same texture and increase yield,” she says.

“Our research, which will help manufacturers predict and control cheese texture, is likely to have a big impact on cheese manufacturing and the dairy industry. Up to $5 million dollars may be realised from increased sales with just an increase of 0.5 per cent yield (resulting in 2,000 tones more cheese per year).  This will strengthen the dairy industry, improve exports and help the Australian economy."

Australia’s only certified specialist veterinary  neurologist and neurosurgeon practicing in Australia Dr Sam Long will remove a brain tumour from family pet, Ruby tomorrow, Tuesday 4 August, at 11am.

Two leading scientific organizations today urged international carbon traders to help save some of the world’s most endangered forests and wildlife.

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