Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Drivers risk death when driving into flood water: new study
New research shows that most Australian drivers think they can work out when it is safe to enter flood waters - as foolhardy Hobart drivers proved during last week's natural disaster.
Will there be space travel in our lifetime?
To mark Star Wars Day - May fourth - we asked mechanical engineering lecturer, Dr Sammy Diasinos, if commercial flights into the galaxy will be taking off any time soon?
Will flying cars become a reality?
Mechanical Engineering Lecturer Dr Sammy Diasinos explains.
Late bushfire season and extreme heat put pressure on resources
A longer fire season means less chance to reduce bushfire fuel load through hazard reduction, says natural hazards expert Andrew Gissing, putting a greater burden on resources.
What is a laser beam?
Professor Rich Mildren, Deputy Director of the Macquarie Photonics Research Centre, explains.
Wetsuits that hide humans from sharks
A discovery about the eyesight of sharks has led to a real-life application that could save lives.
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.
Cities need more rooftop gardens to balance urban sprawl
Green places are vital for improving our health and creating a sense of community. So how do we balance development with green space?
Could your car be hacked?
Our smart vehicles are increasingly vulnerable and it’s time for stronger safety standards, warns security expert John Baird.
Do fish have feelings?
Associate Professor Culum Brown, from the Department of Biological Sciences, explains.
Evolution redefined: humans are older than we thought
Did you know that Hobbits exist outside of fiction? Recent discoveries have thrown a spanner in the work of how we once understood the timeline of human evolution.
Why are the oceans salty?
Dr April Abbott, geochemical oceanographer and lecturer in sediment geochemistry and palaeoceanography, explains.