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 Heart of darkness

Heart of darkness

  The dark net is the internet’s version of the Wild West, where organised crime is rampant and law enforcement holds running battles with cyber criminals. Macquarie researchers are leading the fightback. On Silk Road, an online marketplace on the Dark Net – drug buyers left ebay-style ratings on the service levels and product quality of their dealers, who advertised organic can...

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 In memory of memory

In memory of memory

Music occupies a special place in our hearts and in our memories; so much so that it is being explored as a tool to help people who have lost their map to the past and their ability to remember. Macquarie University researchers Dr Amee Baird and Professor Bill Thompson are looking at how music might be used in individuals with dementia, not only to help reduce stress and anxiety, but also t...

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 For the love of hearing, turn the volume down

For the love of hearing, turn the volume down

“You wouldn’t stare into a laser for four hours, because you know it would permanently damage your sight, so why do people think it’s okay to risk permanent hearing loss by attending loud music concerts and sports events?” asks Professor David McAlpine, Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain and Director of Hearing Research at Macquarie. “Saying you were deaf for a week afte...

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 Innovative technologies

Innovative technologies

In the final of our series on Macquarie’s five future-shaping research priorities, we are exploring Innovative Technologies, which focuses on advancing our interconnected world with frontier technologies, systems, designs and creative practice. Recently, Professor Nicolle Packer won a 2015 Research Excellence Award for her work understanding the role carbohydrates play in the spread of di...

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 A picture is worth a thousand words if you want to change the world

A picture is worth a thousand words if you want to change the world

If you want to get your message across, be an agent for organisational change, or be elected to public office, then finding a story that resonates with your audience is crucial. “A lot of people think that we communicate through facts but if we really want to persuade people, we need to tell a good story,” says Dr Richard Badham, Professor in Management at MGSM. “That goes for whether...

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 New agreement opens the door to next generation cell therapies

New agreement opens the door to next generation cell therapies

Macquarie University and clinical-stage regenerative medicine company Regeneus Ltd have formalised an agreement to commercialise a breakthrough cell selection technology. It will allow high potency secreting stem cells to be identified and selected for the manufacture of next generation cell therapies. The technology was developed in a research group led by Professor Ewa Goldys and Dr Guozh...