Vhairi Mackintosh

Vhairi Mackintosh is a scientific educator, writer and researcher based in Melbourne who holds a PhD in earth sciences.

Vhairi Mackintosh is a scientific educator, writer and researcher based in Melbourne who holds a PhD in earth sciences.

  • Melbourne gallery investigates the science of perfection

    An exhibition combines science, maths, robotics and art, with startling results.

    Australia’s University of Melbourne School of Design has been transformed by event organisers Science Gallery Melbour...

    September 25, 2018
  • Earth’s most volcanic places

    Appearances can be deceiving, not all volcanoes are the same.

    Volcanic activity. It’s the reason why the town of El Rodeo in Guatemala is currently uninhabitable, why the Big Isla...

    September 17, 2018
  • New design promises more efficient ocean wave power by becoming ‘invisible’

    Chinese researchers reveal proof-of-concept for next-gen renewables. Vhairi Mackintosh reports.

    A newly engineered device has the potential to better exploit ocean-wave energy, protect coastal settlements and make...

    September 17, 2018
  • Clean cars and dirty plastic go hand in hand

    UK researchers use PET waste to create hydrogen fuel. Vhairi Mackintosh reports.

    Hydrogen cars are thought to be the ultimate green motors of the future. Except for water, they are emission-free. Th...

    September 9, 2018
  • Machine learning promises better aftershock forecasting

    A new approach might help people better endure the aftermath of earthquakes. Vhairi Mackintosh re...

    Aftershocks occur as a response to stress changes produced by a large earthquake. Unlike their maximum magnitudes and...

    August 30, 2018
  • Human-induced landslides are increasing

    Preventable fatal slope accidents hit the poor harder than the rich. Vhairi Mackintosh reports.

    A new global dataset, published in the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, reveals that, excluding tho...

    August 26, 2018
  • Some granites are cooler than others

    Low crystallisation temperatures of Yosemite granites challenge models of how they form. The find...

    In a paper published in the journal Nature, a team of US-based scientists have shown that 90-million-year-old granite...

    July 2, 2018
  • Teaching machines to listen for earthquakes

    New approach could help control seismic activity linked to geothermal production. Vhairi Mackinto...

    Seismic waves are often studied to determine the magnitude and epicentre of an earthquake. Sound waves have been stud...

    May 24, 2018
  • Satellite data reveals depth and size of last North Korea nuke test

    Observing changes to mountain shape provides a new way to verify and measure underground blasts. ...

    In the first study to combine radar satellite imagery with seismic waveform data, geologists have revealed sought-aft...

    May 10, 2018
  • Porous materials with “memory” provide new possibilities for medical implants

    Researchers work to formulate design principles for future biomedical devices. Vhairi Mackintosh ...

    Shape-memory is the ability of a material to change and hold its appearance, then revert to its original shape in res...

    May 1, 2018
  • Where planets are born may set their chances of hosting life

    Phosphorus is a vital element for life, but a new study of the Crab Nebula suggests it may not be...

    When it comes to searching for life, we’ve usually assumed that all parts of our galaxy are equally likely contenders...

    April 16, 2018

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