Archived News for Engineering Professionals - May, 2014
A piece of equipment from one of mankind’s most astounding technological achievements has been sold at auction.
Broad roads plan calls for $11bn improvements
Governments have made a worldwide call for companies interested in building a huge Sydney roads project.
Cuts to save now leave future in better shape too
Though it may not be enough to stop the tide of unemployment rising in Australia’s automotive-manufacturing sector, one expert has a suggestion for way energy efficiency can boost local industries.
European team beams info over three metres
European scientists claim to have teleported quantum information across a three metre space.
Familiar sticks to take control of machine safety
There is plenty of gear to keep workers safe around heavy machinery on a construction site, but a new device aims to reduce risks by running equipment from a remote distance.
Hawke hunts for dollars from dumping
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke says Australia should once again consider becoming a storage ground for the world’s nuclear waste.
High-tech help on the biggest world stage
FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil next month will have a particularly high-tech start, as the first ball of the world’s biggest sporting event is kicked by a paralysed teen in a robotic exoskeleton.
Iron finding attracts better magnetic future
A new finding could add value to Australian iron, and reduce the need for rare-earth mineral mining.
New recall to fix seatbelt safety glitch
Loose seatbelts have prompted the recall of 42,000 Holden Commodores.
Rail to unlock resources fails to spark local love
The Queensland Government will build two rail corridors in the Galilee Basin, which it has declared a ‘State Development Area’.
Research puts DNA to work building rare enzymes
Bio-engineers have developed a way to use molecules of DNA like scaffolding to build entirely new structures.
Big birds prompt power line re-jig in QLD
Ergon Energy has embarked on a half-million dollar effort to stop birds running into powerlines.
Copper rolled-up to clear path for unfettered NBN
Telstra has begun winding-down services on its copper network, freeing-up the decades-old telecoms infrastructure for sale to NBN Co.
Food fears from Friends not swallowed by scientists
Environmental group Friends of The Earth is pushing for a ban on food products containing nanomaterials.
Transforming tables bring residential robotics indoors
The house of the future may have just one kind of furniture.
Floating gas giants fail to fill industry's demands
An industry body has warned that mining and processing natural gas in giant offshore factories will cost thousands of onshore Australian jobs.
Mine moves knock engineering needs, could be caught in construction
Industry analysts say Australia’s lack of engineers has been reversed, and there is now an oversupply in many sectors.
Mix considered in multi-billion dollar jet plan
Some more details on the planned purchase of nearly 100 questionably-effective Joint Strike Fighters, with some talk that a vertical landing option could bring the cost even higher.
Prototypes soon to bring new angles, better view
Holograms are not here yet, but we may soon be about half way to true 3D projection.
Raw deal shows the flowing the costs of closure
When big companies fail, it is often subcontractors such as logistics operators that feel the pain, but their plight has now been brought to the attention of the Federal Parliament.
Rocket man returns, leaving first robot alone in space
A Japanese astronaut has bid farewell to his small robot companion, after the two spent six months together orbiting the Earth.