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How athletes prepare for an Olympics without supporters

Athletes competing at the Tokyo Olympics are likely to face highly partisan crowds with overseas spectators barred from attending – but top performers won’t let it change their game, says Macquarie University researcher Dr Kath Bicknell.

Conservation on ice: How frozen zoos can help save animals

Countless species worldwide are in need of urgent conservation, but we only have the resources to provide for captive populations of a small number of them. Biobanking could be the answer, say Macquarie University researchers.

For golf pros, cool heads beat hot hands: new study

VIDEO: As Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his US Masters win, Macquarie University researchers reveal performance-enhancing insights for professional golfers that all of us might learn from.

'Right thing to do': Gig economy firms face the music

Work in the gig economy may have flourished during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the writing is on the wall for a business model that relies on avoiding the existence of an employment relationship, say researchers from Macquarie Business School's Centre for Workforce Futures.

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Health and Medicine

Hero volunteers of the AIDS crisis tell their stories at last

Forty years since HIV/AIDS began taking lives, stories of the Australian volunteers who cared for the dying during the crisis years have been told in a moving new book co-authored by Macquarie University historian Robert Reynolds.

Family workshops share the load of long-term brain injury

Support groups to help people at risk of the concussion-linked dementia syndrome, CTE, are part of a range of treatments underway by Macquarie University neurologist Dr Rowena Mobbs, whose research has identified symptoms that can be early signs of the disease.

New hope as research collaboration throws Alzheimer’s theory overboard

A partnership between Macquarie neuroscientists and a leading cancer researcher has led to the breakthrough discovery of a mechanism that protects neurons from dementia-causing plaques.

Study boosts link between diet and depression

Evidence is building that fruit and vegetables play a vital role in good mental health, say Macquarie University researchers.

Please Explain

How critical can you be in online reviews without being sued for defamation?

As summer hits, borders reopen and Australians start travelling again, Julian Dight, a legal academic at Macquarie Law School, explains to what extent you can vent your holiday frustrations.

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.

Science and Technology

Climate change: Cattle burp issue on the rise

Massive scientific efforts to tackle the impact of cattle burps on climate change has only tinkered around the edges of this major environmental problem, say Macquarie University researchers.

Solved – the site of Australia's first astronomical observatory

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

Crime-busting smart app uses AI to speed up police response

Macquarie University is developing a technology that collates a mass of data and analyses it in minutes, and which in the future could help solve crimes and save lives.

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.

Business and The Economy

'Right thing to do': Gig economy firms face the music

Work in the gig economy may have flourished during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the writing is on the wall for a business model that relies on avoiding the existence of an employment relationship, say researchers from Macquarie Business School's Centre for Workforce Futures.

The power of quotas and why Australia needs them

Quotas are necessary to achieve equal numbers of women in parliaments and other institutions across society, says Macquarie University Professor Alison Pullen.

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.

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

Hero volunteers of the AIDS crisis tell their stories at last

Forty years since HIV/AIDS began taking lives, stories of the Australian volunteers who cared for the dying during the crisis years have been told in a moving new book co-authored by Macquarie University historian Robert Reynolds.

Why do people overshare on social media?

Narcissism or new social norm? What does oversharing online say about our 21st century selves? Associate Professor of Psychology Simon Boag explains.

Can you fix a family rift?

When Harry and Meghan revealed to Oprah Winfrey the emotional details of their break with the royal family, they were telling a tale as old as time, says Macquarie University Professor of Social Psychology, Julie Fitness.

Machines can't invent, says the law, but at what cost to progress?

With new court rulings that machines cannot be inventors, Macquarie Law School’s Dr Rita Matulionyte explores the implications for AI-driven innovation.

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