Matt Smith's End of the Spectrum

Melbourne-based writer and journalist. Purveyor of finally crafted radio plays. A Muppet of a man.

Surveyor Hoddle and how he shaped Melbourne

In 1837 a surveyor named Robert Hoddle was sent from Sydney to the mouth of the Yarra, charged with the duties of laying out what would become the city of … Continue reading

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Birds get lucky after prolonged lack of sleep

If people miss just one night’s sleep, we feel groggy and lose motivation. We can easily fall asleep whilst driving. But some birds can go for up to 19 days … Continue reading

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Support for autism

Children with autism do best with intensive one-on-one teaching. A La Trobe University study led by researcher Giocomo Vivanti investigates how early childhood classes can deliver this kind of support … Continue reading

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The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (Dryococelus australis) is one of Australia’s rare ecological success stories. Long thought to be extinct on Lord Howe Island following the introduction of rats, … Continue reading

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Flinders Street Station Ballroom

Flinders Street Station is an iconic structure in Melbourne, but not many know it has a ballroom. Built in the early 1900s, the ballroom has fallen into disrepair, and is … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Pentridge Prison airing yards

At Pentridge Prison in Melbourne an archaeological excavation has uncovered three airing yards. These were giant cartwheel shaped structures with open air ends that allowed prisoners to get some fresh … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

A failure to communicate

Researchers at Facebook have released a study declaring they’ve discovered how to make its users feel happier or sadder. The results were published in a scientific paper which stated that … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · Leave a comment