An astronomy lover's guide to 2021
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Solved – the site of Australia's first astronomical observatory

A Macquarie University researcher has re-written history books by discovering the true location of Australia’s first astronomical observatory.

Which of these 19 Australian ecosystems will succumb to climate change first?

Macquarie University's Professor Lesley Hughes is among a group of 38 scientists from Australia, the UK and the USA who has identified 19 environments in Australia and Antarctica where ecosystem collapse is happening now.

Family Court abolition doesn't fix the problems faced by divorcing families: study

Killing the Family Court is not about to make divorce easy, quick or cheap. Indeed, Macquarie Law School research shows that without careful implementation and further reform, it is likely a step in the wrong direction, write Sonya Willis and Rose Al-Kahili.

A plant that tells you it needs water? Welcome to the future of SynBio

We are now at the point when synthetic biology techniques can allow information to flow from digital systems into living organisms, paving the way for technologies of vast potential, say Macquarie University researchers.

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Health and Medicine

How we can stop animals making us sick

The best way to prevent outbreaks of disease passed from animals to humans lies in the One Health approach, says Macquarie University philosopher Dr Jane Johnson.

'Mind-reading' test validates remarkable world of synaesthetes

Cutting-edge research at Macquarie University has thrown long-awaited light on the strange sensory phenomenon of synaesthesia.

MindSpot study shows digital mental health services are here to stay

Thousands of Australians have been successfully treated for anxiety and depression through Macquarie University's MindSpot Clinic, new research reveals, proving that digital delivery of mental health services works.

Testing everyone is key to limit COVID-19 deaths, study finds

As political leaders and health policy makers struggle to contain COVID-19, Macquarie University researchers have assessed the best approach to limit deaths from the pandemic.

Please Explain

How will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

Despite 28 days of no community transmission in NSW – the state's longest stretch since the pandemic began – a ‘return to normal’ could be years away, say Macquarie University researchers.

Please explain: Why does the world need poetry?

When Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th US President, a spellbinding poetry reading from National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman stole the show. As Professor Louise D’Arcens explains, poets have long been helping us make sense of the world.

Science and Technology

In conservation parks, money matters if species are to survive: study

Macquarie University research has identified a pressing need to increase funding for conservation parks in Southeast Asia to avoid further extinction of endangered animals.

A stargazer's guide to 2021

There’s a lot to see in the Southern sky in 2021, from meteor showers to a visit from a famous comet, and two lunar events for the price of one, explains Macquarie University astronomer Ángel R. López-Sánchez.

Prepare for landing: NASA rover set to begin search for Martian life

NASA’s Perseverance rover touches down on Mars on Friday on a mission to search for ancient life – a timely reminder that humans are still capable of remarkable things, writes Macquarie geophysicist Associate Professor Craig O’Neill.

Did frozen mud balls in space make life on Earth possible?

New Macquarie University research shows a type of asteroid dating back to the dawn of the solar system may contain liquid water, supporting the theory that Earth's water came from meteorites that fell billions of years ago.

Business and The Economy

Are we ready for driverless cars?

Autonomous vehicles are on the way, but are we ready to take a back seat to driverless technology? Dr Mauricio Marrone, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie Business School, suggests we may be.

Banking anti-misconduct rules bring bosses into line: new research

After a string of scandals in Australia's banks, Macquarie Business School research shows that a new regime to make banking executives accountable is working – for now, writes Dr Dominic Canestrari-Soh.

In Kamala's footsteps: a girls' guide to crashing through the glass ceiling

VIDEO America's new Vice-President represents how high women can go, but also the obstacles they must overcome to get there, says Macquarie Business School Professor of Gender, Work and Organisation Alison Pullen.

Media at the crossroads: why 2021 is a game changer for news in Australia

2021 is a make-or-break year for Australian news media – and nothing less than the strength of our democracy is at stake, says Macquarie University media researcher Dr Tai Neilson.

Arts and Society

Ancient Roman city reveals its winemaking secrets

An archaeological dig in Turkey has uncovered a wine press likely to have made the sweet wine used in religious ceremonies, and drunk on the sly by women, says Dr Emlyn Dodd, Macquarie researcher and Assistant Director for Archaeology at the British School at Rome.

'Good for the soul': The PM who loved poetry

Australia’s wartime leader John Curtin declared from his first days in office that everyone should read poetry, writes Macquarie University poetry scholar and Curtin’s great-grandson, Dr Toby Davidson, author of a new book about the PM’s passion for verse.

Biden's burden: Time for America to shake its addiction to war on the cheap

Healing the deep wounds in US society includes reckoning with the consequences of endless war, writes Macquarie University international security specialist Dr Tom Waldman, author of a new book about modern American warfare.

The Buffy dilemma: when creators fall short, what's a fan to do?

Whether a creative work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer should be judged on its own merits or through the prism of its creator's alleged bad behaviour is a thorny issue for fans, writes historical fiction specialist Dr Stephanie Russo.

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