The STEM stories you need to read

To celebrate Science Week, we’re looking at the most exciting STEM stories in the past year from The Lighthouse.


Please explain: What is La Nina and does it affect me?

Adjunct Fellow Andrew Gissing from the School of Natural Sciences explains the cause and effect of La Nina, the five-month long weather event that occurred in Australia earlier in 2022.

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World first: Study confirms mistaken identity may explain why sharks bite humans

Dr Laura Ryan from the School of Natural Sciences and Professor Nathan Hart from the Department of Biological Sciences have confirmed why great white sharks bite humans.

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You know you’re swimming in it: worst beaches for microplastics revealed

Dr Scott Wilson from the School of Natural Sciences reveals the worst Australian beaches for micro-plastics pollution.
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Tricks used by phone scammers exposed in new study

Professor Dali Kaafar and Dr Ian Wood from the School of Computing and the Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub identify the scripts and emotions that drive most scam calls.


Light up your nightlife: Astronomy events still to come in 2022

Professor Orsola De Marco from the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences shares the exciting upcoming astronomy events for 2022.


Two year study shows living seawalls promote regeneration in Sydney Harbour

Associate Professor Melanie Bishop from the School of Natural Sciences announces the success of the Living Seawalls marine science initiative in producing evidence to support the environmental benefits of the project.

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Please explain: What’s so scary about the honeybee Varroa mite?

Professor Andrew Barron from the School of Natural Sciences explains the importance of Australia’s biosecurity response to the honeybee parasite and why we should be worried about the Varroa mite.

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