Seven positive outcomes of COVID-19
Passengers on board the Greg Mortimer ship on a cruise to Antarctica where 81 per cent of passengers infected with COVID were asymptomatic.
World-first study at sea reveals COVID's silent menace
Physio tips to fix home office aches and pains
World-first lung repair shows promise

WORLD FIRST: A new lung repair operation pioneered at Macquarie University Hospital is dramatically improving the quality of life of patients with chronic lung disease.

Airline industry in a tailspin: what's next for Australian aviation?

While the sector has hit turbulent times, a more sustainable, efficient and robust industry that connects the global community could emerge. Dr Troy Sarina from the Macquarie Business School explains.

Sexual harassment an issue beyond the legal industry

The allegations of sexual harassment against Dyson Heydon have put the spotlight on the power imbalance in male-dominated professions, explains Dr Raymond Trau from the Macquarie Business School.

World-first findings pinpoint where and when sharks are more likely to attack

With the number of shark attacks increasing across Australia and the world, the findings of a Macquarie University-led study could help reduce the occurrence of these traumatic events.

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Health and Medicine

New precision pictures improve diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases

The new AI-driven, world-first neurosurgery lab at Macquarie University Hospital is using a magnetic resonance technique to produce more accurate images of the brain, and improving outcomes for patients.

81% of COVID-positive passengers on Antarctic cruise ship had no symptoms: new study

WORLD FIRST: Macquarie University respiratory physician Professor Alvin Ing was on the MV Greg Mortimer Antarctic cruise ship when COVID-19 struck the passengers and crew in March. His subsequent research findings raise an alarm about how we may be underestimating the prevalence of the virus.

Lawyers and doctors work together in new clinic to support vulnerable decision-makers

Macquarie University’s new Capacity and Capability clinic helps people with early-stage dementia -  and other cognitive challenges - make sound decisions about their welfare including their financial and legal affairs.

Please explain: how vaccines work

Billions of dollars and countless hours are being devoted to developing a vaccine for COVID-19. Infectious diseases epidemiologist Professor Janaki Amin explains how vaccines work and what might lie ahead in the search for a solution to the pandemic.

Please Explain

Please explain: What is cabin fever?

What are the impacts of being stuck in a confined space for weeks on end? Macquarie Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist Dr Carly Johnco explains.

Please explain: why is Canberra splurging on cyber security?

The federal government has just announced an extra $1.35 billion in cyber security funding, in the wake of online attacks in Australia. Dr Stephen McCombie, Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, explains what's behind the spending boost.

Business and The Economy

Budget blues: why Canberra's COVID-19 spending is far from over

With the federal government’s mini-budget due next week, Macquarie Business School economist Professor David Orsmond writes that rescue measures may need to extend beyond the September cut-off.

Seven positive outcomes of COVID-19

From recovering ecosystems to new ways of learning, there are silver linings to the global pandemic, writes Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal of Macquarie Business School.

The shift to thrift

Economists and politicians are warning that Australian society is entering a time of austerity after a long and prosperous age of consumption – but what exactly does this look like?

Put down your phone: why daydreaming on the commute is crucial

While many workers heading back to public transport may feel anxious around the potential for COVID-19 infection, there is an upside to the time spent travelling to work, says Macquarie University management expert Professor Rebecca Mitchell.

Arts and Society

Uni teams up with council to launch anti-racism campaign

In response to new research results, a campaign aimed at stamping out incidents of casual and verbal racism will launch in Sydney's municipality of Ryde, where international students make up more than 10 per cent of the population.

Why the timing could not be worse as newspapers close across Australia

Communities around the nation enter a new era without a local newspaper at a time when the bush faces issues that affect us all, says Macquarie University Senior Lecturer in Media Dr Willa McDonald.

Please explain: What's behind the brawl over our borders?

As Australia's premiers skirmish over the reopening of state borders, Dr Andrew Burridge, a Lecturer in Macquarie University's Department of Geography and Planning, explains why we have these borders in the first place – and why they make us fight.

Sexual harassment an issue beyond the legal industry

The allegations of sexual harassment against Dyson Heydon have put the spotlight on the power imbalance in male-dominated professions, explains Dr Raymond Trau from the Macquarie Business School.

Science and Technology

Invisible monsters: why infectious diseases are so hard to conquer

Globally, infectious disease is the leading cause of child and adolescent mortality and one of the leading causes of adult deaths. One of the biggest contributing factors is air travel, explains anthropologist Associate Professor Lisa Wynn.

Why can you see the sun and the moon at the same time?

Professor Orsola De Marco from Macquarie University's Department of Physics and Astronomy explains.

New starlight collector detects earth-sized planets outside our solar system

For the first time we will be able to see the light from unimaginably distant stars thanks to a breakthrough astronomical instrument designed by Macquarie astrophysicist Christian Schwab.

How soon will all Australians be driving electric cars?

Following the UK’s announcement that it will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2035, Professor Graham Town nominates the year Australians will make the switch to all-electric vehicles.

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