Smart phones are making us stupid - and may be a gateway drug
Erupting volcano
When will Australia’s volcanoes erupt?
The Palazzo Pitti in Florence
The man behind the Tuscan splendour tourists come to see
Why your 'couple song' could mean so much more, as time goes by

If you share a special song with your partner, chances are it could be more than a romantic connection - new research has revealed it could also have a positive effect on memory and well-being.

‘Fitbits’ throw light on secret lives of sharks

Tagging technology is opening up new frontiers for scientists to observe the behaviour of animals.

New scam-busting toolkit could save your number from being hijacked

You don’t have to fall in love with a Nigerian ‘prince’ or inherit €650,000,000 from a 'philanthropist' to be the victim of a scammer. Theft linked with the unauthorised porting of your mobile number is shockingly easy, but a new Macquarie University project will protect unwitting victims.

Invention: a breath test to detect asthma, diabetes and lung cancer

Macquarie scientist Dr Noushin Nasiri is fine-tuning years of research to develop a breathalyser that could potentially detect 22 different diseases.

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Health and Medicine

New tests uncover killer cannabinoids

Macquarie University researcher Shivani Sachdev has developed new tests to analyse synthetic cannabinoids and found some are up to 300 times more powerful than the cannabis plant.

The designer mozzies that could eradicate killer diseases

Engineered, designed-in-a-lab mosquitoes could be the key to wiping out a host of tropical diseases.

Do mobile phones affect your sleep?

Probably. And your late-night scrolling might be inhibiting your ability to learn as well. Psychologist Dr Wayne Warburton explains.

New Dementia Centre offers hope in fight against our second biggest killer disease

The new Macquarie University Dementia Research Centre brings together a team of leading scientists from Australia and overseas who will work together to better understand Alzheimer’s disease and develop better diagnostic tools and treatments.

Science and Technology

When will Australia’s volcanoes erupt?

A Macquarie University volcanologist is calling on authorities to implement an emergency response plan, warning an eruption in the Newer Volcanics Province - an area with over 400 volcanoes - could threaten Melbourne, Sydney and the east of Australia.

How do shells form?

PhD student Matthew Kerr, from the Department of Biological Sciences, explains.

Arts and Society

Right of resistance: the Hong Kong protests explained

With protests over an unpopular extradition bill continuing, Amy Barrow from the Macquarie Law School explains the chain of events leading to the latest eruption of the fight for civil liberties and democracy in Hong Kong.

Review: Lord of the Flies

With its unexpected casting and its anarchic energy, the STC's daring adaptation of Lord of the Flies teaches us about inclusion and exclusion - and the Beast that is still with us.

Are left-handed people really more creative?

Nic Badcock, Senior Researcher in the Department of Cognitive Science, and Marietta Papadatou-Pastou, Lecturer in Neuropsychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, explain.

Mystery of stolen Egyptian artefact cracked by hieroglyphs

The director of Macquarie University's Museum of Ancient Cultures has been praised by Egyptian authorities for returning the fragment dating back to 380 BC which was stolen from Egypt 25 years ago.

The Economy

New scam-busting toolkit could save your number from being hijacked

You don’t have to fall in love with a Nigerian ‘prince’ or inherit €650,000,000 from a 'philanthropist' to be the victim of a scammer. Theft linked with the unauthorised porting of your mobile number is shockingly easy, but a new Macquarie University project will protect unwitting victims.

Honey, they shrunk the groceries

No, it's not your imagination. In recent years, food manufacturers have shrunk the size of everything from jars of Vegemite to Freddo Frogs while keeping the price the same. It’s called shrinkflation.

What's the difference between business winners and losers?

Why do some companies succeed and some fail? What differentiates the one start-up that becomes a unicorn from the ones that go nowhere?

Time for renters to share in solar energy savings

More Australian households, including renters, could be paying less for their power and helping reduce carbon emissions by using solar energy.

The Environment

Ocean plastics could be killing oxygen-making bacteria, research finds

Chemicals that leach from plastic pollution could harm ocean bacteria which produces ten per cent of the oxygen we breathe, according to new research from Macquarie University.

Bush remedies leading to advances in modern medicine

The potential of Indigenous bush remedies to lead to advances in conventional medicine is being explored in a unique partnership between Macquarie University and the Yaegl people of northern NSW.

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