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Banking, healthcare and education set to be transformed by AI

Virtual assistants who give personalised answers to customer queries are among the huge opportunities to transform current business practices across many industries using ChatGPT, according to scholars from the Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence at Macquarie University.

How to find purpose in life and work: new book

Living a meaningful life revolves around purpose and passion, explains Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal in an inspiring new book.

Education rethink ahead as ChatGPT hits classrooms

The public release of the Artificial Intelligence tool ChatGPT is set to trigger major disruption in school and university classrooms – but banning it is not the solution, says Macquarie University education technology scholar, Professor Matt Bower.

Hubris and Humiliation: Sydney Theatre Company play review

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a play featuring a makeover scene set to Madonna’s Material Girl in which the hero dresses as a Jane Austen heroine must be tremendously entertaining.

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Health and Medicine

Modern scanning techniques let ancient mummies 'live' again

New light has been shed on the lives of six people who lived and died in Egypt between two and three thousand years ago through a collaboration involving archaeologists, forensic anthropologists – and one Macquarie University radiologist.

Progress on Alzheimer’s blood test could improve early intervention opportunities

Researchers have taken a step closer to developing a blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease long before symptoms appear and potentially in enough time to defend against the disease.

Language development problems are common in under fives - and hard to spot

Around one in ten Australian children has problems with language development by the time they start school, but the signs aren’t always obvious. How can we tell if a child needs assistance?

Gene therapy offers hope for severe epilepsy

A new gene therapy treatment that has been shown to reduce uncontrolled seizures in mice will be ready to begin clinical trials within two years.

Please Explain

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder and unresolved grief are both terms that are being used frequently in the media following the release of Prince Harry’s memoir. Professor Maria Kangas of the School of Psychological Sciences explains what they are and how they can be treated.

Please explain: What is the Law of the Sea and why is it so important?

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea recently overturned the UK’s 55-year unlawful occupation of the Chagos Islands. And, as sea levels rise, this ruling has the potential to cause a ripple effect in international law.

Science and Technology

Zebra birds are social singers: new study

Song plays an important social role for zebra finches in the wild, upending theories that songbirds only sing to establish territory and attract a mate, a new study reveals.

Leached chemicals from plastic pollution kill key marine microbes: study

Research has found the chemicals leaching from plastics can change the mix of microbial life in seawater, and harm the tiny life forms which are critical to oxygen production in our oceans.

Death spiral: New James Webb Space Telescope images show a star's murder scene

The first images of a nebula from the James Webb Telescope gave astronomers remarkable insights into the death of the star that created these beautiful haloes of gas and dust.

Land clearing and climate change put half the world's wilderness areas at risk

A world-first study projects that climate change and land clearing will profoundly change half of the world’s remaining wilderness areas by 2050 unless governments act immediately to protect them.

Arts and Society

Actually Mr Darcy ... it's not all about you

Plot twist: To mark the 210th anniversary of Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice, literature scholar Dr Stephanie Russo explains why a lesser-known character beats Fitzwilliam Darcy for the title of her best romantic hero.

100-years: Why Tutankhamun's tomb remains one of the greatest archaeological discoveries

A century on, the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb remains one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Dr Karin Sowada, director of Macquarie's Australian Centre for Egyptology, explains why it still fires our imagination.

Why we'll take Wednesday every day of the week

REVIEW: It's still a little creepy but a new Netflix series about the Gothic Addams Family family has nudged the character of Wednesday Addams into the zeitgeist as a pop culture phenomenon.

World population milestone: the impact of 8 billion people explained

The human population will tick over to 8 billion on November 15. What does this mean for the environment, our cities, our health and our food supply? Six Macquarie University experts explain the impact of the milestone in their fields.

Business and The Economy

Expert insights into the economic year ahead

With cost-of-living pressure soaring for many Australian households, four Macquarie Business School experts predict how economic conditions might unfold in 2023 with energy prices, 'revenge' spending and inflation under the microscope.

Greenwashing in the firing line as Australian super funds pursue authentic sustainability

Australia is described as a utopia for impact investing, as super funds force the companies they invest in to adopt environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles, Macquarie applied finance researchers found.

Tricks used by phone scammers exposed in new study

New Macquarie University research into phone scams has identified the scripts and emotions that drive most calls.

What's stopping Australians from buying electric cars?

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.

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