Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Announcement of the new Centre of Excellence for Synthetic Biology
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced that a consortium centred around Macquarie University’s Biofoundry will receive $35m in funding to create a new ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) from 2020.
Designer bacteria could fuel the future with cheap hydrogen
Macquarie synthetic biologists have made a breakthrough in renewable energy production by creating genetically-engineered sugar-loving bacteria that can produce on-demand, zero-emission hydrogen fuel faster than has been done anywhere else.
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.
Immune response depends on mathematics of narrow escapes
The way immune cells pick friends from foes can be described by a classic maths puzzle known as the “narrow escape problem”.
There’s no place like home: butterflies stick to their burbs
Birthplace exerts a lifelong influence on butterflies as well as humans, new research reveals.
The suburb earmarked to host Sydney's first national park in the sky
Astronomers fighting light pollution have high hopes this well-heeled coastal retreat will become home to the Southern Hemisphere’s first accredited urban dark sky reserve.
Blue Carbon Horizons wins 2019 Eureka Prize for Environmental Science
Professor Neil Saintilan of Macquarie University’s Department of Environmental Sciences has won the 2019 Eureka Prize for Environmental Science, as part of the Blue Carbon Horizons team.
STEM program for Indigenous school children wins Eureka Prize
A project dedicated to using science to place Indigenous young people into leadership positions was last night awarded the Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion at the 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Silence can be smart and sneaky for surprised male cane toads
New research recently published in Biology Letters has shed a light on the sneaky reproductive tactics of male cane toads.
Tall Poppy awards for four outstanding Macquarie researchers
Four Macquarie researchers have been honoured as 2019 NSW Tall Poppies. The Tall Poppy Campaign, now in its 22nd year, was created by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific
Gender bending: Baby turtles influence their own sex
Baby turtles influence their gender by moving around inside their eggs, research has revealed.
How do shells form?
PhD student Matthew Kerr, from the Department of Biological Sciences, explains.