Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Please explain: what's so special about the winter solstice?
Forget the calendar - it's all about the solstices when it comes to officially marking the change of seasons. Macquarie University astrophysicist Angel Rafael Lopez Sanchez explains.
Why can you see the sun and the moon at the same time?
Professor Orsola De Marco from Macquarie University's Department of Physics and Astronomy explains.
Please explain: what is the point of mosquitoes?
Cases of Ross River fever have risen sharply in NSW and Queensland, due to an autumn explosion in mosquito numbers.  Entomologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Biology at Macquarie University, Dr Matthew Bulbert, explains why these
Coronavirus contact-tracing app raises privacy concerns
A mobile contact-tracing app is a potential lifesaver, but even in desperate times privacy is an issue. Hassan Asghar and Dali Kaafar, from Macquarie University’s Cybersecurity Hub, suggest some quick solutions.
$21m grant to boost to infrastructure productivity
Improving infrastructure productivity through reduced cost of concrete construction, improved durability and sustainability are among the goals of a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) receiving $21 million in Australian Government grant funds.
How soon will all Australians be driving electric cars?
Following the UK’s announcement that it will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2035, Professor Graham Town nominates the year Australians will make the switch to all-electric vehicles.
New starlight collector detects earth-sized planets outside our solar system
For the first time we will be able to see the light from unimaginably distant stars thanks to a breakthrough astronomical instrument designed by Macquarie astrophysicist Christian Schwab.
River recovery research wins ARC Linkage Project funding
Macquarie University’s Professor Kirstie Fryirs and her team have been awarded $600,000 over three years under the Australian Research Council Linkage Project scheme.
'Bees with backpacks' study crucial in fight to protect fresh food supply
Australia’s Honey Bee population has taken a blow over the past 12 months with drought and fires resulting in a 70 per-cent drop in honey production - but Macquarie researchers hope their innovative new project will help solve the crisis.
NEID Exoplanet Instrument sees first light
Its name means ‘to see’, and it has just taken its first observations.
Stopping poaching by the numbers
Mathematics can help reduce poaching and illegal logging in national parks, researchers have found.
The 2010s: A fiery wake-up call over environment inaction
Macquarie University experts look back on the big events of the last 10 years in the economy, health and medicine, the environment and politics and predict what the 2020s might bring.