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Non-smokers and teens take up vaping: study blames ads
New research shows that non-smokers and teens are taking up vaping thanks to advertising and social media ‘influencers’.
Will there ever be a supercomputer that can think like HAL?
Dr Matthew Crossley and Dr David Kaplan, researchers in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, explain.
Anxiety fuels asthma as fires rage
A Macquarie research fellow has come up with a new strategy for how children with asthma and anxiety can become more resilient and independent.
Feeling festive makes us spend money
Christmas shopping triggers hormonal hits of pleasure in our brains, says Jana Bowden from the Macquarie Business School.
Just how dangerous is bushfire smoke to your health?
As a thick haze continues to cover New South Wales' east coast and air quality reaches 11 times the 'hazardous' level, Professor Mark Patrick Taylor and Dr Cynthia Faye Isley, from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, explain the main
Can you create your own Game of Thrones-style language?
Dr Nick Wilson, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, explains.
Can we predict when a volcano will erupt?
This week’s tragedy in New Zealand highlights the difficulties faced by scientists in forecasting volcanic eruptions. Dr Christina Magill, from Macquarie University's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, explains.
Do festive tunes make Christmas shopping ‘ho, ho, hell’?
Whether it be Jingle Bells, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You or Wham! harmonising with Last Christmas, these songs can polarise shoppers - driving them to distraction or turning them into rampant consumers.
Bid to beat tech giants in developing digital scribe for doctors
Macquarie University researchers developing an artificial intelligence that transcribes and summarises consultations between doctors and patients are eager for more data.
Don't miss this heavenly performance of shooting stars
Treat yourself to the year’s best meteor shower, the spectacular Geminids, writes astrophysicist Dr Tayyaba Zafar of Macquarie University's Australian Astronomical Optics.
How to cope with Christmas
Not everyone loves this time of year. Professor Nick Titov, of Macquarie University's MindSpot Clinic, shares key tips for managing the pressures of the festive season.
What exactly is a hangover and can they be cured?
As we head into the Christmas party season, Alexandra Bhatti, Associate Lecturer in Public Health, busts some myths about the dreaded side effects of drinking too much alcohol.