Science and Technology

Advancing our world with audacious ideas

Science and Technology

Advancing our world with audacious ideas

Could your smart car be hacked?
Our smart vehicles are increasingly vulnerable and it’s time for stronger safety standards, warns security expert John Baird.
Jobs for rural Australia in synthetic biology revolution
Scientific innovation in Macquarie labs can help drive an emerging – and lucrative – biomanufacturing industry.
The wide and harmful reach of light pollution
Light pollution is doing more than obscuring our view of the universe: it could actually be bad for our health.
Busy bees reveal what stress can do to the brain
Research into bees' brains has revealed insights into the impact of stress, using a combination of old-school observational science and powerful computer models.
Artificial Intelligence will improve our health system    
Australia has a once-in-a-generation chance to transform its health care if we spend some of the just-announced Medical Research Future Fund’s $240 million for Frontier Science on Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Is Facebook listening to our conversations?
Professor Dali Kaafar, Scientific Director, Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub and Leader of Data61 Information Security and Privacy Group, explains.
Wetsuits that hide humans from sharks
A discovery about the eyesight of sharks has led to a real-life application that could save lives.
Bright idea: Lights under boards may hide surfers from sharks
The quest to understand how sharks perceive their world has led Macquarie researchers to develop a surfboard with lights that could save the lives of surfers and divers.
What is it like to be a bee? Insects can teach us about the origins of consciousness
Does the ant foraging for your crumbs feel better when she finds one? Do bees like the taste of nectar? Or are insects merely tiny robots?
Evolution redefined: humans are older than we thought
Did you know that Hobbits exist outside of fiction? Recent discoveries have thrown a spanner in the work of how we once understood the timeline of human evolution.
From sea monsters to BFFs: the amazing mateship of sharks
Sharks loom large and menacingly in the Australian imagination but new research shows that, just like humans, sharks have friends.
How baker's yeast made in a lab is set to change the world
Science fiction is becoming reality as researchers move closer to creating the first synthetic complex life form.