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Introducing the five-minute pet
Sydney Science Festival  7 - 19 AugustYes, we love our dogs and cats, but there’s a whole world of wild animals out there that can enrich our daily lives, too, if we let them.
Australia’s population hits 25 million earlier than expected
This week on August 7, Australia’s population reached 25 million, more than two decades faster than predicted.
How video games could make us better people
There is much hand-wringing about negative effects of video games. But what if they can actually develop the ethics of those who play them?
PODCAST: Prof Ingrid Piller on how bilingualism can help strengthen communities
Professor of Linguistics Ingrid Piller talks to us about her research into migrant English language learning, generational patterns of language transmission, and how bilingualism can be an asset for Australian communities.
Jobs for rural Australia in synthetic biology revolution
Scientific innovation in Macquarie labs can help drive an emerging – and lucrative – biomanufacturing industry.
The community now expects big business to meet its social responsibilities
A new book launched this month will explore ways the business community can improve society with Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility.
What is a lunar eclipse?
Astrophysicist Professor Richard de Grijs explains exactly what happens during a lunar eclipse like the rare spectacle that occured on July 28.
Five things you didn't know about Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged that 201 years after her death, readers are just as enchanted by the author's sparkling wit as ever, says Dr Stephanie Russo.
New lymphoedema treatments help cancer survivors
Macquarie’s ALERT clinic is bringing new hope to people with the lifetime condition of lymphoedema.
Young women most likely to have poor mental health
The prevalence of anxiety disorders in young women points to a crisis that needs serious attention.
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.
What will the average life expectancy be in 100 years?
Alexandra Bhatti, Associate Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Health Systems and Populations, explains.