How to engage people in science

Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has aired an alliterative array of attributes to engage audiences with science: attitude, ambassadors, access and ammunition.

Wound healing clinic to change lives

For patients with persistent wounds, years and sometime even decades of suffering could soon be over.

Graphene innovation lowers cost of production

A breakthrough by CSIRO-led scientists has made the world’s strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the humble soybean.

Smart needle uses IOT in brain surgery

A smart needle with an embedded camera is helping doctors perform safer brain surgery.

Business confidence surges in Australia

Small and medium business confidence has risen to its highest level in six and a half years.

Parents to thwart deadly beriberi with fish sauce

Researchers have found adding the vitamin thiamine to fish sauce is the best way to protect Cambodian infants against beriberi disease.

BioClay to create healthier food futures

University discovery ‘BioClay’ helps plants protect themselves from pests without the environmental and human health impacts associated with pesticides.

Tackling autism diagnosis on a national level

The NDIA and Autism CRC are creating a national guideline for autism diagnosis to address delayed diagnoses and other issues rife across state health systems.

Snakebite deaths prevented by Aussie expertise

Knowledge gained from the most venomous creatures on earth is being used to reduce deaths from snakebite in Myanmar.

Top stories of the year

With the new year approaching, we looked back over the year’s biggest news and picked the top 10 STEM stories of 2016 to share with you.

Young innovators from Australia honoured in MIT awards

Ten tech visionaries from Australasia have been honoured by MIT Tech Review, which unveiled its 2017 Regional List of ‘Innovators Under 35’.

Breast cancer probe detects deadly cells

A new fibre optic probe developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide can detect breast cancer tissue during surgery.

New river blindness vaccine begins trial

A new vaccine that could prevent river blindness has received a grant from the US Government to begin trials on cattle in the coming weeks.

Blockchain tech shaping spatial information

The CRC for Spatial Information has compiled the best blockchain ideas from PhD students taking part in their 2016 “Solvathon”.

GSK Award for Research Excellence winners

Researchers from Monash University have won the prestigious GSK Award for Research Excellence for developing “dimmer switch” medicines.

Luxury watch brand partners with nanotech

A luxury watch brand has teamed up with Flinders University nanotechnologists to develop a new casing material that will give their watches a competitive edge.

$7.6 million to take these products to market

Twenty-two new grants have been allocated to Australian businesses commercialising novel products under the government’s Entrepreneurs Programme.

Robots hunt down crown-of-thorns

QUT’s COTSbot is the world’s first robot to control the crown-of-thorns starfish, a coral killer that has destroyed vast stretches of the Great Barrier Reef.

3D printing turbo-boost for university spin-off

Melbourne’s 3D printed jet engine technology is flying into production in France.

Ensuring shelf-life right from the word ‘grow’

Curtin University collaborators have made a discovery that is set to make food and flowers last longer.

Sapphire Clock ticks towards the attosecond

The world’s most precise clock has been fine-tuned to boost radar and GPS capabilities.

L’Oréal Women in Science 2016

Meet the winners of the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships.

Micro-Swab enables DNA evidence

A new DNA extraction technology developed in South Australia has the potential to become a powerful forensic tool for criminal investigations.

Teachers and postdocs key to innovation

Key messages from the Science Meets Business summit held in Melbourne this week.