- Why batteries have started catching fire so often
All our lives we have relied on batteries in everything from mobile phones and cars to hand torches, but confidence in the technology has deteriorated of late.
- Daily commutes are draining our water reserves
Melbourne’s transport uses 311 billion litres of water each year – equivalent to flooding the city’s centre 8 metres deep. That’s just one of the findings of a new study looking at how much water different modes of transport use.
- Debunking the myth of password security
Just how secure are text-based passwords, really? Associate Professor Gao Debin from Singapore Management University has shown the need for alternatives to the ubiquitous, text-based user authentication method.
- Lack of cyber security knowledge leads to lazy decisions from executives
Research from ANU shows executive/board knowledge of cyber risks among medium sized businesses is inadequate and board-level governance of cyber security risks varies wildly between organisations.
- Making fuel out of sewage
Wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
- Why does the future take so long to arrive?
What will it take to ‘kill’ analogue systems off once and for all?
- Electric motors find new roles in robots, ships, cars, and microgrids
MIT Professor James Kirtley discusses the transition from gas to electric motors and the impact these motors have had on modern technologies.
- Are wind farms messing up the electricity market?
Following South Australia’s recent state-wide blackout, there are important questions being asked. Was extreme weather the only cause? Has South Australia replaced fossil fuels with renewables too quickly?
- It’s time for Australia to embrace ocean renewable energy
Wind and solar may be currently leading the way in Australia’s renewable energy race, but there’s another contender lurking in the nation’s oceans.
- Using computer frequencies to improve water quality
Computer-generated frequencies are being used to alter the composition of water to improve quality and eliminate scaling.
- First solar farm in community renewables project joins the grid
The first commercial solar farm in a project aiming to provide options for Australia’s struggling vignerons has gone live.
- A future world full of driverless cars… Seriously?
If only we could eliminate the human factor, we would have cities teeming with safe, efficient cars whizzing us to our destinations. Right?
- One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong
There is a replicability crisis in science – unidentified “false positives” are pervading even our top research journals.
- Keeping modern manufacturing secure
In the classic factory of the 1950s, security was simple. Managers strolled from their offices on a floor that towered over plant activity, closely observing whether shift crews below were doing what they were supposed to do.
- What caused South Australia’s state-wide blackout?
Power is gradually returning to South Australia after wild storms blew across the state last night, but some areas could be offline for days, as the storm damaged essential infrastructure.
- The engineer inside the system
The adoption of scalable, intelligent ‘engineering-in-the-box’ estimating and (Front End Engineering and Design) FEED software captures knowledge during each phase of a project’s lifecycle.
- Aussie firm to help with Ganga River project
An inexpensive, portable and safe water disinfection system from Australia could be one solution to rehabilitating the Ganga River in Rajasthan.
- NSW energy sector firmly anchored in the ground
According to the NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, NSW will aim to meet its renewable energy target as per the Paris agreement. However, fossil fuels aren’t going anywhere, writes Stephanie Stefanovic.
- Cool solution cuts the angel’s share in barrel halls
A barrel hall cooling system designed to efficiently maintain ideal temperatures and raise humidity is robbing the wine gods of the ‘angel’s share’.
- The Internet of Zombies
Since Dawn of the Dead was first released in 1978, the possibility of a viral outbreak that will turn us all into night crawling, flesh-eating zombies has become a worry for many and a very prolific Hollywood theme.