Science and Technology

Advancing our world with audacious ideas

Science and Technology

Advancing our world with audacious ideas

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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).

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Wetsuits that hide humans from sharks
A discovery about the eyesight of sharks has led to a real-life application that could save lives.

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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.

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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?

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Could your car be hacked?
Our smart vehicles are increasingly vulnerable and it’s time for stronger safety standards, warns security expert John Baird.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sugar is involved in almost all human diseases, new research
Advancements in protein screening developed at Macquarie are uncovering how carbohydrates are involved in everything from the flu to infertility.

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The new Big Bang theory: what to know about a neutron star collision
Macquarie astrophysicists explain how an explosion triggered by the collision of neutron stars 130 million years ago was detected for the first time, and why this astonishing event has made global headlines.

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Diamond laser beams a new weapon in defence
Professor Richard Mildren won the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia for his work on high-powered lasers.

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New heart surgery robot speeds recovery
The most advanced surgical robot available – the da Vinci Xi – heralds a new era of minimally invasive cardiac surgery.