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Who is Alexander von Humboldt, and why do we care?
On the eve of the biennial Humboldt Symposium at Macquarie University this weekend, we asked its chair Ingrid Piller, Humboldtian scholar and Distinguished Professor of Applied Linguistics, to explain.
Life after the HSC: how to find the right job
You don't have to decide what to do with the rest of your life right now -  in this cheat sheet for school leavers, workplace expert Dr Patrick Garcia busts common myths about choosing a career.
How museums can hook children for a lifetime of learning
Macquarie University researchers attached GoPros to young children and watched them play in different museums – what they found will help shape a new way of designing family-friendly exhibits at two of Sydney's most popular venues.
Fastest star's incredible escape from the galaxy's black heart
Macquarie University astronomers are part of an international team whose accidental discovery of the fastest star in the galaxy is set to shine a light on the Milky Way’s darkest mysteries.
Get out now: Why Sydney’s first catastrophic fire warning will save lives
The first “catastrophic” fire danger rating for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra Shoalhaven areas comes with warnings that people living in bushfire zones should get out now.
World-first findings pinpoint where and when sharks are more likely to attack
With the number of shark attacks increasing across Australia and the world, the findings of a Macquarie University-led study could help reduce the occurrence of these traumatic events.
Just like humans, sharks learn how to do things from each other
Few people think of sharks as intelligent and socially complex animals but it seems that even solitary sharks can learn by watching their neighbours, a Macquarie University study reveals.
There's more to musical collaborations than money: study
As revenues from music sales continue to dwindle, there is a growing tendency for artists to collaborate to boost online streams and broaden their fan base – but it’s not always just a shameless cash grab.
Spooky how kids remember things
A Halloween event in Sydney has helped researchers discover that children remember different details of an event in its aftermath depending on who they are talking to.
Citizensourcing our way to Utopia
What if the average citizen could not only easily volunteer ideas to governments but have those ideas seriously considered and, on occasion, implemented? Could 'citizensourcing' be the answer to voter disenchantment?
The customer is NOT always right
Most employers expect staff to grin and bear it when customers are rude. They might take a different approach if they understood the impact it can have on their business.
'I had literally lost all hope': How surgeons are transforming lives through low-cost operations
A group of altruistic surgeons in Australia, led by Macquarie University Professor Anand Deva, is performing life-changing surgery at greatly reduced out-of-pocket cost for people who have private health insurance.