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Ramses: golden treasures of the superstar pharaoh come to Sydney

A new blockbuster exhibition combining antiquities with high-tech special effects is set to change the way we think about ancient Egypt.

Rising interest rates and the RBA’s inflation problem explained

With persistent high inflation, the Reserve Bank of Australia has little choice but to use the blunt instrument of interest rate rises to control price pressures. Dr Ponomareva from the Macquarie Business School explains.

Problem screen use hits attention and higher-level thinking: study 

In a research first, an analysis of all the available evidence on the cognitive impacts of problematic screen use has shown it interferes with vital brain functions.

What will the new jobs be in the AI world of work?

Though the possibilities are infinite when it comes to AI replacing human tasks in the workplace, economist Professor David Orsmond and data scientist Professor Amin Beheshti believe businesses will always need people.

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Health and Medicine

Speedy inner-ear messages signal a leap forward for balance disorder treatments

A cross-disciplinary research team has found balance signals get processed by the inner ear much faster than hearing, unlocking potential for innovative treatments.

Residue from household disinfectants may be leading to drug resistance in deadly bacteria

Macquarie University scientists have contributed to a new study that suggests we may need to rethink current disinfection strategies at home and in hospitals in the fight against superbugs.

Online treatment can reduce effects of chronic pain: study

Research is showing a free online program for people with chronic pain can reduce how much the pain affects them and improve their overall quality of life – and the effects are long lasting.

Common asthma medications no longer recommended for use alone

Many asthmatics are relying on medication that could increase their likelihood of being hospitalised or even dying due to a severe asthma attack, even though guidelines recommending against its use on its own have been in place since 2019.

Please Explain

Please explain: Why do magpies swoop?

Behavioural ecologist Dr Ben Ashton, who is researching magpie cognition and behaviour, explains.

Please explain: Why do 2.5 million tourists pour into Pompeii every year?

VIDEO: The vast archaeological site of Pompeii in southern Italy’s Campania region offers a unique snapshot of ancient Roman life, frozen at the moment it was buried under metres of volcanic ash and pumice. Professor of Ancient History Ray Laurence explains.

Science and Technology

Scamming the scammers: New AI fake victims to disrupt criminal business model

Macquarie University cyber security experts have invented a multilingual chatbot designed to keep scammers on long fake calls and ultimately reduce the huge number of people who lose money to global criminals every day.

Please explain: How are diamonds grown in a lab?

What exactly are lab-grown diamonds and how do they compare with the real thing?  Professors Tracey Rushmer and Rich Mildren explain.

How Australian wattles took over the world and brought their fire risk with them: new book

National Wattle Day on the first of September celebrates our national floral emblem but elsewhere in the world their prolific spread has sparked increased wildfire threats, according to authors of a new book.

Hungry caterpillars: new hero emerges in the war against plastic waste
The powerful combination of a unique caterpillar research facility and Macquarie's synthetic biology expertise may be key to a novel method of recycling plastic.

Arts and Society

The Dictionary of Lost Words: STC play review

Macquarie Dictionary co-creator Emeritus Professor Pam Peters reviews the new Sydney Theatre Company stage adaptation of Pip Williams' best-selling book, on at the Sydney Opera House now.

Days are numbered for indefinite detention but hidden hotel custody must end too

Opinion: The recent High Court of Australia ruling that indefinite detention is unlawful is good news for people being held in detention centres, and also bodes well for the end of a hidden aspect of the scheme where asylum seekers are held in hotels and motels.

Viral verse: how Instapoets are reinventing the art

Canadian Instapoet Rupi Kaur has 4.5 million followers and has just completed a world tour which included Australia. Dr Veronica Alfano unpacks the impact of this new artform on traditional poetry.

A portrait of crime in 1950s Sydney suburbia: new book

A forensic dive into police photo archives by crime aficionado Peter Doyle, Macquarie University Honorary Associate Professor of Media, exposes the double life of Sydney suburbia in the 1950s and 1960s.

Business and The Economy

New project empowers migrant women to launch businesses

The Food Moves Skills into Migrant Women program, an initiative by Macquarie Business School, is paving the way for former refugees to acquire vital business skills.

Sustainability reports help boost CEO pay: new research

Corporate Social Responsibility reports are intended to drive positive environmental and social change in Australian companies, but some are also being used to boost executive bonuses, according to new Macquarie Business School research.

How COVID has changed the Australian job market: new data

Which are the country’s top 20 employers? What skills are they seeking? Which job sectors are struggling to recover from COVID? A data analysis of 2.2 million Australian job ads by Macquarie Business School researchers reveals a new employment landscape.

Raise the Australian pension age to 70 by 2050: expert modelling

With protests against raising the pension age raging in France, statistical modelling from the Macquarie Business School suggests Australia’s optimal pension age should be increased to 68 by 2030, 69 by 2036 and 70 by 2050.

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