Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Diamonds, volcanoes and a rock star: what a new map of the Earth's interior will reveal
We know surprisingly little about the ground beneath our feet. Now a Macquarie University geologist has created a new way of mapping the Earth’s interior that could find diamonds, as well as predict earthquakes and volcanic eruption risk
It’s not just fish, plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help us breathe
Ten per cent of the oxygen we breathe comes from just one kind of bacteria in the ocean. Now laboratory tests have shown that these bacteria are susceptible to plastic pollution, according to a study published in Communications Biology overnight.
Better pictures from space on the way thanks to new astronomy squad
High in the Chilean desert, some of the world’s most powerful telescopes are trained on the night sky, searching for clues to unlock the secrets of the universe.  AAO Macquarie researchers have won a contract to improve how to
What goes on in the private lives of sharks
Sharks are very smart, they learn quickly and they have feelings, says leading biological scientist Professor Culum Brown.
Vox pop: What needs to change to get more women into science top jobs?
A chemist, a geologist and a young scientist are among five Macquarie University leaders who we asked what needs to change to get more women into top jobs in science.
Internet download speed rockets to 10 gigabytes per second using 'magic' chip
Schools, hospitals and universities stand to benefit from a Macquarie University invention, which can cut download speeds in a classroom from 40 minutes to 24 seconds.
First accurate 3D map of the Milky Way reveals a warped galaxy
Astronomers from Macquarie University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have revealed for the first time the true shape of the Milky Way.
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).