Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Coffee waste to coffee cups? The ultimate recycle
A Macquarie researcher believes he's found a way to make the national take-away coffee habit more environmentally friendly.
Sulawesi's earthquake and tsunami provide key insights into catastrophe response
Disaster researchers, who are keeping a close watch on the situation in Indonesia, highlight the gaps Australia has in its ability to handle a catastrophic event here.
How is interstellar dust formed?
Astrophysicist Tayyaba Zafar, from the new Australian Astronomical Optics team at Macquarie, explains.
A star-gazers' guide as five brightest planets align in the night sky
Astronomy fans, five aligned planets are visible in the early evening sky for ten days in October. Department of Physics and Astronomy Senior Scientific Officer Adam Joyce shares what to expect from this spectacular line-up.
What is a laser beam?
Professor Rich Mildren, Deputy Director of the Macquarie Photonics Research Centre, explains.
How baker's yeast made in a lab is set to change the world
Science fiction is becoming reality as researchers move closer to creating the first synthetic complex life form.
Sparrow in a lead mine: birds adapt to life in contaminated areas
A new study of house sparrows’ genes has found the first evidence of animals adapting to lead contamination in heavily polluted areas of Australia.
Call for co-operation on coastal developments
Experts from Macquarie University and James Cook University are calling for scientists, engineers and planners to work together to manage the burgeoning growth of new construction on Australia’s coastline.
Could your smart car be hacked?
Our smart vehicles are increasingly vulnerable and it’s time for stronger safety standards, warns security expert John Baird.
Bugs’ burps for efficient hydrogen production
Bacteria that turn sugar into hydrogen are being engineered by Macquarie University researchers who received a $1.1 million grant from ARENA, the Australian government’s renewable energy agency.
Sydney's biggest green roof welcomes researchers and community gardeners
Through a partnership with Macquarie, a 1920s coal depot has been transformed into a community garden, science lab and outdoor classroom, with more plans afoot.
Turning coffee waste into coffee cups
A Macquarie PhD student believes he’s come up with a way to turn coffee waste into biodegradable plastic coffee cups.