Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Wetsuits that hide humans from sharks
A discovery about the eyesight of sharks has led to a real-life application that could save lives.
Cracking the mysteries of a summer lunch favourite
Macquarie scientists helped save oyster farming in NSW, ensuring the survival of an Australian festive food staple. Now, they have turned their attention to returning oysters to the wild.
New pedestrian counters aim to improve walkability in Macquarie Park
Macquarie University and the City of Ryde Council are installing pedestrian-counting sensors throughout Macquarie Park, as part of a project to ease congestion in the growing education, residential, retail and business hub.
Whale experts call for rethink of global shipping routes to stop marine giants becoming ‘roadkill’
In a new report, researchers from Macquarie University are calling for a rethink of global shipping routes, to protect whales and sharks from becoming marine ‘roadkill’.
Macquarie’s STEM superstars named, smashing gender assumptions about scientists
Three Macquarie University academics from the Faculty of Science and Engineering have been named in 2018’s list of the superstars of STEM, announced today by Science & Technology Australia (STA).
Australia leads project to revolutionise astronomy
Australian scientists will lead the design phase of a multimillion-dollar project for a new system on one of the world’s most powerful ground-based optical telescopes that will produce images up to three times sharper than the Hubble Space
Australia unprepared for climate change impact on allergies
A rise in dangerous and even fatal asthma and other allergic attacks – as occurred in Melbourne’s deadly 2016 ‘thunderstorm asthma event’ – could be one of Australia’s biggest health challenges from climate change,
Why do whales strand themselves?
Vanessa Pirotta, Macquarie University marine biologist and whale expert, explains.
More wild weather on the way
The wild conditions across Sydney on Wednesday – followed by a hot weekend – are becoming far more common as the climate continues to change.
Synthetic biology breakthrough announced at Macquarie
Scientists have successfully synthesised all sixteen chromosomes of a yeast organism, achieving a world first that has repercussions for human health and environmental sustainability.
Drivers risk death when driving into flood water: new study
As torrential rain and flash flooding hit NSW on Wednesday, drivers were warned again it is never safe to enter flood waters - as Macquarie research has shown, a slight error of judgement can be the difference between life and death.
The Mars landing: 5 things you need to know
Planetary scientist Associate Professor Craig O’Neill from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences explains.