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A star-gazers' guide as five brightest planets align in the night sky tonight
Astronomy fans, five aligned planets are visible in the early evening sky for ten days in October. Department of Physics and Astronomy Senior Scientific Officer Adam Joyce shares what to expect from this spectacular line-up.
Fragments from an ancient time reveal new insights into the human story
Dr Ronika Power works on human remains from ancient sites to build pictures of life and death in human societies from our shared past.
How Assassin's Creed triggered a world-first Egyptian hieroglyphics decoder
A new digital decoder uses Macquarie University research to help scholars and students more easily translate stories from the ancient Egyptian world.
Low-cost weight loss surgery launched for patients in need
"It's a life changer," says first patient of a new affordable surgery deal at Macquarie University Hospital.
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, from the Department of Psychology, explains.
Carpe diem: Adults learn Latin in rising numbers
Secondary schools still offer Latin, but interest in learning ancient languages for pleasure is undergoing a resurgence among adults.
Jobs for rural Australia in synthetic biology revolution
Scientific innovation in Macquarie labs can help drive an emerging – and lucrative – biomanufacturing industry.
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.
Zebrafish take science a step closer to an MND cure
A diagnosis of motor neuron disease is a death sentence for 800 Australians every year.  But there is reason for hope.
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.
Why you should take a guilt-free mental health day
Days off work are essential both for performing well and protecting yourself from exhaustion and work-related stress, says psychologist Dr Monique Crane.
Too much dash tech a dangerous distraction
While police focus on reducing mobile phone use while driving, new Macquarie research finds 'range stress' is the latest distraction for technologically overloaded drivers.