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.

Angela Merkel’s career shows why we need more scientists in politics

Emma Johnston, Professor and Dean of Science, UNSW and Kylie Walker, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University imagine a world where more politicians have science qualifications.

New technology detects stress and fatigue cracks in aircraft

The technology was developed in collaboration with scientists at the Australian Department of Defence where a prototype helped support sustainment of the F/A-18 Classic Hornet.

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.

Tech heavy-weights combined forces to form new industry association

Leaders in Australian tech companies combine forces to shape Australia’s digital future.

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.

SA Science and Innovation Awards, nominations now open

Nominations are now open for the 2021 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards, celebrating South Australia’s top researchers, industry leaders and educators.

Drones for life-saving medical supplies for remote communities

Medical drones with a flying range of up to 250km will be developed and trialled for delivery of potentially life-saving medicines.

COVID-19, cameras and AI: the story of a pandemic drone

World-first technology combines engineering, drones, cameras, and artificial intelligence to monitor people’s vital health signs remotely.

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.

CSIRO ‘gene sandwich’ to enhance wheat rust resistance

Australia is expecting a strong wheat crop this year, but that would be threatened if a large outbreak of wheat rust occurred. CSIRO, led an international effort to develop wheats with a stronger and potentially more durable level of resistance against rust diseases.

Thermal energy storage the key to reducing agricultural food pollution

UniSA thermal energy researcher Professor Frank Bruno has been awarded almost $1 million by the Federal Government to find a solution to agricultural pollution in Australia and India.

Boehringer Ingelheim and Google partner for quantum pharma R&D

Quantum computing offers the potential to significantly accelerate and optimize the discovery of future new medicines for patients

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.

Machine learning helps to map invasive gamba grass from space

Researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that reliably detects invasive gamba grass from high-resolution satellite imagery.

CSIRO and partners take aim at ending plastic waste

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is developing a major research program to tackle plastic waste and reimagine the future of plastics.

How to live in space: what we’ve learned from 20 years of the International Space Station

As future missions to the Moon and Mars are planned, it’s important to know what people need to thrive in remote, dangerous and enclosed environments, where there is no easy way back home.

Space technology to boost water quality management

Satellites in space and a network of ground-based sensors could be used to monitor the quality of Australia’s inland waterways, reservoirs and coastal environments.

New electronic skin can react to pain like human skin

Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts.

Perseverance: the Mars rover searching for ancient life, and the Aussie scientists who helped build it

Every two years or so, when Mars passes close to Earth in its orbit around the Sun, conditions are right to launch a spacecraft to the red planet.

From sewage tracing to the DNA Zoo: Research responses to COVID-19

The rapid response to COVID-19 by the Australia’s university science sector helped avert an early disaster.

The vaccine vanguard

The expertise embedded in Australian university science ranges from complex modelling to trailblazing in genomic mapping, protein chemistry, bioinformatics and epidemiology.

Satellites and AI to help fight bushfires

Launched in September 2019, the SmartSat CRC is working towards the capability of tracking fire fronts in real time.