Latest issue of Australian University Science explores the rise of critical minerals

In the latest issue we explore how uncovering, processing and extracting critical minerals relies on continuous and evolving research and people trained in science.

Profile: Dr Melanie Finch works with mining companies to better understand ore deposits

“Research we are doing today could impact the discovery of critical mineral deposits within the next five to 10 years.”

Profile: Allison Britt’s career combines science, communications and a love of minerals

“My most satisfying job is helping to ensure that Australia understands its own national minerals inventory.”

Australian university scientists are working with industry to re-mine old mineral deposits

Supplying the world with critical minerals is going to require innovation in re-mining old deposits.

Fundamental university science is driving the discovery process for rare earth elements

Critical minerals are essential for tech we use today and for the green economy. Accessing these elements is thanks to innovation in Earth science research.

Concrete using recycled tyre rubber hits the road to a circular economy

Engineers in Melbourne have discovered a way to replace 100% of conventional aggregates in concrete with rubber from discarded tyres.

Australia’s global role helping safeguard nuclear technologies

ANSTO, Australia’s knowledge centre for nuclear science and technology, is playing a vital role in a global monitoring system designed to ensure peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

4 simple ways to keep indoor air quality safe

Dr Claire Bird, an Australian indoor air quality and microbiology scientist has shed some light on the best ways to keep your environment safe, here are her top tips to help combat the four most common indoor air quality issues.

Carbonix selected for five year ANU/RFS bushfire project

Australian drone manufacturer Carbonix has been selected by ANU to provide a drone solution for early detection of bushfires.

CommBank and CSIRO partner to develop climate change insights to boost finance sector resilience

Joint public-private sector initiative to investigate potential impacts of climate change to the finance sector

CSIRO and partners scope NT Hub to lower emissions and boost investment

NT hub could create a blueprint for other low emissions hubs around Australia.

Catalysts found to convert carbon dioxide to fuel

The goal of tackling global warming by turning carbon dioxide into fuel could be one step closer with researchers using a supercomputer to identify a group of “single-atom” catalysts that could play a key role.

Metal-absorbing plants and a sustainable future for mining

Phytomining research has the potential to unlock a sustainable stream of critical metals, including from mine wastes and tailings, that still hold residual metals of interest.

Investment in youth environmental education key to addressing climate change

Greater investment and innovation in educating children about environmental issues is needed to help future generations respond to the climate emergency, experts warn.

Roadmap highlights opportunity to lead in carbon capture and utilisation

Australia could turn carbon dioxide waste into a valuable revenue stream according to a new report from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

New DNA test to transform wild fish population management

A DNA test developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, can improve management of wild fish populations for conservation or harvest by determining the ages of fishes.

Australian finalist in international science communication prize

The successful Australian video entry about Project Gilghi details an initiative to supply remote communities with energy-efficient, transportable water purifying treatment plants.

Virtual tourists to be ‘teleported’ into the deep past for World Heritage bid

Flinders Ranges virtual tourists to be ‘teleported’ into the deep past for World Heritage bid.

Conserving coastal seaweed: a must-have for migrating sea birds

UniSA researchers show that beach-cast seaweed provides shelter, and a range of microclimates, in addition to food, that ensure the survival of many shore-bird species

University science helps businesses bridge the ‘valley of death’

University science helps businesses bridge commercialisation’s ‘valley of death’ by taking opportunities through to end products.

Food waste helps secure future fish

Human food scraps could be used to create high-quality food for farmed fish, leading to a more sustainable global fish economy.

Recycling face masks into roads to tackle COVID-generated waste

Researchers have shown how disposable face masks could be recycled to make roads, in a circular economy solution to pandemic-generated waste.

Reducing risk in mega wildfires

Fighting wildfires is one of the most dangerous professions in the world but new ECU research may reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities whilst responding to large wildfires.

Determining shark ‘Deterrent’ devices from snake oil

Globally, the number of shark bites is on the rise, with a threefold increase since 1982. White sharks, bull sharks and tiger sharks are most commonly responsible.