The psychology behind the gifts you will give this Christmas
New cochlear findings to help millions of Chinese children
Sydney's Macquarie Lighthouse turns 200
New child sex abuse laws go easier on 'sexting' teens, but pedophiles beware

NSW has broken new ground with its tough law reforms in response to the royal commission into child sex abuse, writes Associate Lecturer Zara Bending of Macquarie Law School.

Can dress codes be legally enforced?

Outrage ensued when an ABC journalist was kicked out of parliament this week for showing ‘too much shoulder’. Here’s why the attendant who asked Patricia Karvelas to leave had every right to do so. Macquarie Law School's Julian Dight explains.

New map reveals fastest growing languages across Sydney

Mandarin has overtaken Arabic to become the most common language spoken in Sydney after English, according to new research which makes a case for strengthening language education to bolster Australia’s economy.

Car parks could be used as power plants in electric car future

A little known benefit of electric vehicles is highlighted by new research showing that en masse, they could be used like a huge battery connected to the grid.

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Health and Medicine

National screening program will test Aussie kids for hearing loss

Macquarie research has confirmed the wide-reaching benefits of discovering hearing issues as early as possible.

New breast health clinic the first of its kind in Australia

A new breast health clinic at Macquarie University Hospital is revolutionising the way women can access specialist treatment.

World-first fish oil + testosterone Alzheimer's trial begins

Macquarie University Hospital is the Sydney hub for a multi-site trial looking at the effects of testosterone supplements on reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Digital mental health service reaches over 80,000 Australians

More than 80,000 people around Australia have accessed anxiety and depression assessment services since the launch of Macquarie’s revolutionary digital mental health portal, the MindSpot Clinic.

Science and Technology

Girls and boys are taught science differently, new study finds

A new research paper reveals why we need to address gender stereotypes before more women will win the Nobel Prize for Physics.

What causes a dust storm?

The extraordinary weather that caused dust storms across NSW in November was triggered by a large, swirling low pressure system characterised by strong winds and thunderstorms.

Arts and Society

Sydney's iconic Macquarie Lighthouse celebrates 200 years

From its famous convict architect to the enigmatic tunnel below it, Australia's first lighthouse has never stopped making history.

Leading Lights: Why we love scary stories

Why do audiences keep coming back to scary stories? What do we find in horror and the uncanny that keeps us glued to the page or screen in frightened delight? We chat with Dr Siobhan Lyons about flirting with darkness.

Unearthing museum fakes is critical for setting the historical record straight

Analysing fake artefacts helps historians to understand the motivations and environments that give rise to forgeries.

Meet Elias, trilingual at 3

The benefits of language education are vast, and yet in our multicultural society, we're lagging behind.

The Environment

Coffee waste to coffee cups? The ultimate recycle

A Macquarie researcher believes he's found a way to make the national take-away coffee habit more environmentally friendly.

Why do whales strand themselves?

Vanessa Pirotta, Macquarie University marine biologist and whale expert, explains.

Bright idea: Lights under boards may hide surfers from sharks

The quest to understand how sharks perceive their world has led Macquarie researchers to develop a surfboard with lights that could save the lives of surfers and divers.

The Economy

The epidemic of workplace unhappiness: new book

As the banking royal commission enters its final week of public hearings, a new book sheds light on how corrupt practices may have infected the entire workforce.

Why co-ops could be the solution to corporate corruption

Co-ops were a popular business model in previous centuries and they are slowly making a comeback as their community focus appeals to a disgruntled public.

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