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The designer mozzies that could eradicate killer diseases
Engineered, designed-in-a-lab mosquitoes could be the key to wiping out a host of tropical diseases.
Invention: a breath test to detect asthma, diabetes and lung cancer
Macquarie scientist Dr Noushin Nasiri is fine-tuning years of research to develop a breathalyser that could potentially detect 22 different diseases.
Smartphones are making us stupid – and may be a 'gateway drug'
Neuroscience research shows that smartphones are making us stupider, less social, more forgetful, more prone to addiction, sleepless and depressed, and poor at navigation – so why are we giving them to kids?
‘Fitbits’ throw light on secret lives of sharks
Tagging technology is opening up new frontiers for scientists to observe the behaviour of animals.
Children who have music lessons are quick learners
Music lessons may one day be used for treating children and adults with certain kinds of learning impairments, researchers say.
What's the difference between business winners and losers?
Why do some companies succeed and some fail? What differentiates the one start-up that becomes a unicorn from the ones that go nowhere?
Why do we dream?
There are many different theories about why we dream, but of all of them, Sigmund Freud’s has proven to be the most provocative. Associate Professor Simon Boag explains.
Honey, they shrunk the groceries
No, it's not your imagination. In recent years, food manufacturers have shrunk the size of everything from jars of Vegemite to Freddo Frogs while keeping the price the same. It’s called shrinkflation.
Review: Lord of the Flies
With its unexpected casting and its anarchic energy, the STC's daring adaptation of Lord of the Flies teaches us about inclusion and exclusion - and the Beast that is still with us.
Girls and boys are taught science differently, new study finds
A new research paper reveals why we need to address gender stereotypes before more women will win the Nobel Prize for Physics.
Stargazers, don't miss this stellar three-day show
If you've ever wanted to see multiple meteor showers, then you're in for a fiery performance after 10pm this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, explains Macquarie University astronomer Dr Tayyaba Zafar.
Gym junkies, here's why you could be wasting your time
Muscle-strengthening exercises are vital for good health, but only up to a point, a Macquarie University review has revealed.