Science and Technology


Can we predict when a volcano will erupt?
This week’s tragedy in New Zealand highlights the difficulties faced by scientists in forecasting volcanic eruptions. Dr Christina Magill, from Macquarie University's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, explains.
Bid to beat tech giants in developing digital scribe for doctors
Macquarie University researchers developing an artificial intelligence that transcribes and summarises consultations between doctors and patients are eager for more data.
Don't miss this heavenly performance of shooting stars
Treat yourself to the year’s best meteor shower, the spectacular Geminids, writes astrophysicist Dr Tayyaba Zafar of Macquarie University's Australian Astronomical Optics.
What is the Dark Net and how does it work?
Dr Stephen McCombie, Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, explains.
Fastest star's incredible escape from the galaxy's black heart
Macquarie University astronomers are part of an international team whose accidental discovery of the fastest star in the galaxy is set to shine a light on the Milky Way’s darkest mysteries.
World-first findings pinpoint where and when sharks are more likely to attack
With the number of shark attacks increasing across Australia and the world, the findings of a Macquarie University-led study could help reduce the occurrence of these traumatic events.
Just like humans, sharks learn how to do things from each other
Few people think of sharks as intelligent and socially complex animals but it seems that even solitary sharks can learn by watching their neighbours, a Macquarie University study reveals.
How do planes stay in the air?
Now that Qantas has flown into the history books after completing a record 19-hour flight from New York to Sydney, aeronautical engineer Byron Wilson answers the question on everyone's lips.
Why can you see the sun and the moon at the same time?
Professor Orsola De Marco from Macquarie University's Department of Physics and Astronomy explains.
Macquarie changing the world through the power of research
From seeking cures for devastating diseases to developing heat-resistant crops, Macquarie University is making a real-world impact through its research, writes Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius.
Smartphones are making us stupid – and may be a 'gateway drug'
Neuroscience research shows that smartphones are making us stupider, less social, more forgetful, more prone to addiction, sleepless and depressed, and poor at navigation – so why are we giving them to kids?
When will Australia’s volcanoes erupt?
A Macquarie University volcanologist is calling on authorities to implement an emergency response plan, warning an eruption in the Newer Volcanics Province - an area with over 400 volcanoes - could threaten Melbourne, Sydney and the east of Australia