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How to cope with Christmas

Not everyone loves this time of year. Professor Nick Titov, of Macquarie University's MindSpot Clinic, shares key tips for managing the pressures of the festive season.

Bid to beat tech giants in developing digital scribe for doctors

Macquarie University researchers developing an artificial intelligence that transcribes and summarises consultations between doctors and patients are eager for more data.

Don't miss this heavenly performance of shooting stars

Treat yourself to the year’s best meteor shower, the spectacular Geminids, writes astrophysicist Dr Tayyaba Zafar of Macquarie University's Australian Astronomical Optics.

Friday FOMO helps loosen our purse strings

December takes a back seat now as Black Friday kicks off the festive sales season where Australians are expected to spend $53 billion in the lead up to Christmas.

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Health and Medicine

'I had literally lost all hope': How surgeons are transforming lives through low-cost operations

A group of altruistic surgeons in Australia, led by Macquarie University Professor Anand Deva, is performing life-changing surgery at greatly reduced out-of-pocket cost for people who have private health insurance.

What exactly is a hangover and can they be cured?

As we head into the Christmas party season, Alexandra Bhatti, Associate Lecturer in Public Health, busts some myths about the dreaded side effects of drinking too much alcohol.

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.

Listen up! Experts call for action on hearing loss-depression link

Understanding and addressing the impacts of hearing loss on mental wellbeing has become an urgent issue, write renowned Macquarie University audiologists Professor Cath McMahon and Associate Professor Piers Dawes.

Science and Technology

Designer bacteria could fuel the future with cheap hydrogen

Macquarie synthetic biologists have made a breakthrough in renewable energy production by creating genetically-engineered sugar-loving bacteria that can produce on-demand, zero-emission hydrogen fuel faster than has been done anywhere else.

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.

Smartphones are making us stupid – and may be a 'gateway drug'

Neuroscience research shows that smartphones are making us stupider, less social, more forgetful, more prone to addiction, sleepless and depressed, and poor at navigation – so why are we giving them to kids?

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.

Arts and Society

How museums can hook children for a lifetime of learning

Macquarie University researchers attached GoPros to young children and watched them play in different museums – what they found will help shape a new way of designing family-friendly exhibits at two of Sydney's most popular venues.

Celebrating the role of women in passing on Indigenous knowledge

A new book gives unique insights into the ways Indigenous women nurture songspirals to pass on the knowledge of their history and ancestral lands.

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.

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.

Business and The Economy

There's more to musical collaborations than money: study

As revenues from music sales continue to dwindle, there is a growing tendency for artists to collaborate to boost online streams and broaden their fan base – but it’s not always just a shameless cash grab.

Citizensourcing our way to Utopia

What if the average citizen could not only easily volunteer ideas to governments but have those ideas seriously considered and, on occasion, implemented? Could 'citizensourcing' be the answer to voter disenchantment?

The customer is NOT always right

Most employers expect staff to grin and bear it when customers are rude. They might take a different approach if they understood the impact it can have on their business.

What is a low-carbon economy?

Professor Martina Linnenluecke, head of Macquarie Business School's Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance, explains.

The Environment

Would you like fries with your lab-grown burger?
The race is on to develop alternatives to meat, so what will the beef burger of the future be made of? Macquarie University Associate Professor Andrew McGregor's new research explains the possibilities.
Get out now: Why Sydney’s first catastrophic fire warning will save lives

The first “catastrophic” fire danger rating for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra Shoalhaven areas comes with warnings that people living in bushfire zones should get out now.

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