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Can we predict when a volcano will erupt?
The recent 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.
What is the Dark Net and how does it work?
Dr Stephen McCombie, Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, explains.
Friday FOMO helps loosen our purse strings
December takes a back seat now as Black Friday kicks off the festive sales season where Australians are expected to spend $53 billion in the lead up to Christmas.
Why selling fake horns won't save rhinos
As Australia moves closer to enacting elephant ivory and rhino horn trade bans, new tech projects aim to hit traders where it hurts by flooding the market with fakes. But it won't work, argues Macquarie Law School's Zara Bending.
Digging up the dirt: are your home-grown vegies safe to eat?
The level of heavy-metal contamination in Australian gardens is being exposed by a Macquarie University program which is testing thousands of soil samples sent in by concerned citizens.
Would you like fries with your lab-grown burger?
The race is on to develop alternatives to meat, so what will the beef burger of the future be made of? Macquarie University Associate Professor Andrew McGregor's new research explains the possibilities.
Celebrating the role of women in passing on Indigenous knowledge
A new book gives unique insights into the ways Indigenous women nurture songspirals to pass on the knowledge of their history and ancestral lands.