Archived News for Engineering Professionals - November, 2014
The Federal Government has revised its Fair and Lawful Building Sites Code, which could be the key to withholding infrastructure money from the new Victorian Government.
Easier donations to pad major parties
The ACT Government wants to remove the cap on donations to political parties, just weeks after dodgy developer donations were revealed.
New NBN map draws faster, cheaper path
A new rollout map for the latest version of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is on the way – the most recent chapter in a long-running quest to improve Australia’s internet.
Next tier turbines online in five years
Australian engineers are working on superconductor-powered wind turbines, complete with some mind-blowing improvements.
Yellowcake and bananas ahead of green talks
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has revived one of the most contentious topics in the Australian political debate – nuclear power.
Super-WiFi could be the TV of tomorrow
Experts say old television frequencies should be used to set up huge WiFi network, boosting internet access and productivity.
Better view from free maps of high-res Australia
Two billion pixels have come together to form the most comprehensive three-dimensional view of Australia ever.
Bot finds cold facts on ice sheet
Australian scientists have used an underwater robot to show that Antarctic sea ice may be thicker than previously thought.
Little love for deep water dig
There is very little support for the Queensland Government’s plan to deregulate water for mining companies.
Action taken on 'cartel' unions
The consumer watchdog is taking the CFMEU to court over claims the union engaged in boycott conduct directed at concrete company Boral.
Beans brewing after galaxy's longest coffee run
A Russian spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station.
Future battle-bots need your help now!
Giant fighting robots – a phrase that easily evokes a thousand sci-fi fantasies - could soon be very real.
Spinning, coiling drill rig to cut cost of rock checks
A new device from Curtin University could drastically slash the cost of mineral exploration drilling.
Veil slips from deep spying game
Computer security experts have uncovered one of the most malicious pieces of software they have seen, and it could be a secret surveillance program for world governments.
Water maps bring shower of praise
Geoscience Australia has been recognised for its incredible work to strengthen community disaster resilience through advanced mapping and warning projects.
Nuclear probe creates crazy conditions for science
A new report details some of the mind-boggling conditions inside a nuclear reactor during a meltdown.
Rally rails against possible planning change
Protesters have rallied against potential changes to Queensland planning laws that they believe would fill their neighbourhoods with high-rises.
WA digs for money over jobs
Western Australia’s resources sector workforce will be smashed over the coming decade, as companies cut costs during production and increase FIFO staff arrangements.
Billions and billions linked in new telescopic view
Attempts to visualise the size and shape of the universe have boggled even history’s greatest minds, but it is getting easier.
Metal makers' new home at Monash
A new research facility will allow Australian engineers to grab hold of the future, and carve it with some incredible machinery.
Mega-mine's cost to be counted just before the dig
Work on Australia’s largest mine ever will be underway long before its impacts are understood, reports say.