Jobs for rural Australia in synthetic biology revolution
Bee brains pave the way for advancements in AI
How video games could make us better people
Introducing the five-minute pet

Sydney Science Festival  7 - 19 August

Yes, we love our dogs and cats, but there’s a whole world of wild animals out there that can enrich our daily lives, too, if we let them.

The community now expects big business to meet its social responsibilities

A new book launched this month will explore ways the business community can improve society with Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility.

Many advanced melanomas can now be beaten

Oncologist Rick Kefford’s job is both heart-breaking and hugely rewarding, as melanoma cancer research leaps ahead, he now sees hope for patients who wouldn't have survived three years ago.

The wide and harmful reach of light pollution

Light pollution is doing more than obscuring our view of the universe: it could actually be bad for our health.

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Health and Medicine

Artificial Intelligence will improve our health system    

Australia has a once-in-a-generation chance to transform its health care if we spend some of the just-announced Medical Research Future Fund’s $240 million for Frontier Science on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Zebrafish take science a step closer to an MND cure

A diagnosis of motor neuron disease is a death sentence for 800 Australians every year.  But there is reason for hope.

New lymphoedema treatments help cancer survivors

Macquarie’s ALERT clinic is bringing new hope to people with the lifetime condition of lymphoedema.

Science and Technology

A star-gazers' guide to three celestial events you won't want to miss this year

Astronomy fans, save the dates - five planets will be visible in the early evening sky for ten days in October. And Department of Physics and Astronomy Senior Scientific Officer, Adam Joyce says there'll be a bonus meteor shower in December.

Bright idea: Lights under boards may hide surfers from sharks

The quest to understand how sharks perceive their world has led Macquarie researchers to develop a surfboard with lights that could save the lives of surfers and divers.

Arts and Society

PODCAST: Prof Ingrid Piller on how bilingualism can help strengthen communities
Professor of Linguistics Ingrid Piller talks to us about her research into migrant English language learning, generational patterns of language transmission, and how bilingualism can be an asset for Australian communities.
Australia’s population hits 25 million earlier than expected

This week on August 7, Australia’s population reached 25 million, more than two decades faster than predicted.

Five things you didn't know about Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that 201 years after her death, readers are just as enchanted by the author's sparkling wit as ever, says Dr Stephanie Russo.

Toughen up! Resilience is the key to happiness

No-one can live a life without adversity, so it's important to learn how to bounce back when things don't go our way in sport, at work or in our personal lives, research shows.

The Environment

Coastline crisis: polar ice melting faster than we thought

Sea levels may rise six to eight metres as polar ice-sheets melt – and geological records from the last interglacial period are helping researchers uncover what rising seas mean for global coasts.

Wetsuits that hide humans from sharks

A discovery about the eyesight of sharks has led to a real-life application that could save lives.

What is ephemeral art?

Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Michael Gillings explains.

The Economy

More women in boardrooms but research finds masculinity prevails

Despite targets that are unlikely to be met, it's not all bad news when it comes to the number of women on Australian boards, says Professor Anne Ross-Smith.

What is Bitcoin?

Dr Angela S. M. Irwin, from the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, explains.

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