Could understanding how we bond with our furry friends help scientists to design robots that can reduce loneliness?
Teachers who try to use fear of failure as a motivator in Year 12 are often adding to student stress, which can reduce exam performance, according to new psychology research from Macquarie University.
Psychologists from Macquarie University’s mental health service, MindSpot, have identified five key types of behaviour that contribute to good mental health – and they think they could help people not only in Australia, but around the world.
Organic wine is healthier for the planet and those who drink it than the conventional variety. So, why the lack of interest from Australians?
Health and Medicine
Anyone who owns a smartphone has probably found themselves reaching for it automatically and aimlessly scrolling for much longer than they intended. What is this doing to us, and how can we take back control?
Healthy people over 65 with a high level of a certain marker in their blood are 35 times more likely to transition to mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s. Macquarie Medical School's Dr David Lovejoy explains the results of his team’s cutting-edge study.
Too much video gaming can have serious behavioural impacts on children and teens, and in extreme cases can lead to missing school and aggressive behavior towards family members, warns Associate Professor Wayne Warburton.
Professor Fred Watson, the Australian Government’s Astronomer-at-Large and an honorary fellow at Macquarie University, explores our lasting love affair with stars and the technology that drives it.
One in five Australians suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, a painful problem that can be highly disruptive to day-to-day life. MQ Health Gastroenterologist Professor Rupert Leong explains what IBS is and how it can be treated.
Science and Technology
September 1 may be upon us but Macquarie University astrophysicist Dr Ángel R. López-Sánchez says spring in the Southern Hemisphere won’t begin until September 23.
Solid evidence is now available to support the value of the Living Seawalls project to marine environments that have been affected by construction.
Divers’ online videos have triggered a re-think of what we know about stingray communication – and left marine scientists wondering if there’s more undersea sounds we may not know about.
If you loved Vivid, get ready to rug up again for some spectacular astronomical light shows in Sydney’s night sky for the remainder of the year – Macquarie University astronomer Professor Orsola De Marco guides us through upcoming events.
Arts and Society
Shorter emails, camera-off Zoom calls and deleting old photos could reduce our digital carbon footprints – but sustainability expert Dr Jessica McLean says this is too big for individuals, and governments and organisations need to take responsibility.
How might recognising coercive control as a form of violence save lives? Dr Kate Gleeson, Associate Professor at Macquarie Law School, explains the proposed amendments to the NSW Crimes Act and the NSW Domestic Violence Act.
The NSW Government plans to introduce a pre-kindergarten year and lift the school starting age to six. But Professor Sheila Degotardi from the Macquarie University School of Education says age is just one aspect of school readiness with many other factors at play.
With the return to ‘normal’ shopping patterns following the lifting of COVID restrictions, what does the future hold for Australian shopping centres? Macquarie University retail historian Dr Matthew Bailey explores the question.
Business and The Economy
While higher petrol prices are looming on the horizon, the Federal Government should use this as an opportunity to review the entire fuel tax system, says Dr Lurion De Mello from the Macquarie Business School.
Considered a world authority on bushfires, retired Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins completed a Masters of Management at Macquarie and has dedicated his new book 'Firestorm' to his two grandsons. Here he reflects on half-a-century of fighting danger on many fronts, both natural and political.
New Macquarie University research into phone scams has identified the scripts and emotions that drive most calls.
New research from Macquarie Business School suggests the low uptake of electric vehicles is about purchase price and the availability and cost of charging stations.