Science and Technology

Advancing our world with audacious ideas

Science and Technology

Advancing our world with audacious ideas

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.
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.
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.
Fridges that order milk? How the IoT will ease everyday drudgery
Engineering advances mean soon our devices will talk to each other and be able to control everything from our cars to grocery shopping.
Robert Pfeifer explains how quantum computing is in the stars
Science fiction or science fact? Quantum computing is a little of both. We break down the complex but vital work of harnessing the unpredictable and enormous power of what lies within an atom.