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Why do some young people take drugs at festivals and others don't?
Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee, Founding Director of Macquarie’s Centre for Emotional Health, explains.
Are left-handed people really more creative?
Nic Badcock, Senior Researcher in the Department of Cognitive Science, and Marietta Papadatou-Pastou, Lecturer in Neuropsychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, explain.
What is a low-carbon economy?
Professor Martina Linnenluecke, head of Macquarie Business School's Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance, explains.
Vox pop: What needs to change to get more women into science top jobs?
A chemist, a geologist and a young scientist are among five Macquarie University leaders who we asked what needs to change to get more women into top jobs in science.
Why should academics and industry collaborate?
Industry funding of academic research can be a win-win situation, explains Anna Grocholsky, Macquarie’s Director of Commercialisation and Innovation.
Why do petrol prices fluctuate so much?
Dr Lurion De Mello, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Finance, explains.
Why do we swear?
Dr Nick Wilson, lecturer in the Department of Linguistics explains.
Why do whales strand themselves?
Vanessa Pirotta, Macquarie University marine biologist and whale expert, explains.
What causes a dust storm?
The extraordinary weather that caused dust storms across NSW in November was triggered by a large, swirling low pressure system characterised by strong winds and thunderstorms.
How is interstellar dust formed?
Astrophysicist Tayyaba Zafar, from the new Australian Astronomical Optics team at Macquarie, explains.
What is a laser beam?
Professor Rich Mildren, Deputy Director of the Macquarie Photonics Research Centre, explains.
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.