Archived News for Engineering Professionals - June, 2014
‘Platooning’ trucks could be tested on Australian roads, with a national body indicating it is interested in the benefits of partly-automated transport.
Billions in backlog to bring NSW up to speed
Federal motoring body NRMA has called on the Coalition Government to address a mound of backlogged road projects in NSW.
Evidence gathered for drones' day in court
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is looking at legal action against a drone operator who allegedly hit a triathlon runner with an unmanned aircraft in Western Australia.
Locals cut to heart of bio-printed tissue issues
A printer that prints organs made of human tissue has been enhanced by an international research effort.
Melbourne moves to ease transport strain
A range of upgrades have been announced for Melbourne’s road and public transport networks.
New problems from old mines continue to cost millions
Media investigations have shown the ongoing costs of the mining industry in New South Wales, with close to $9 million spent dealing with legacy mine issues in the last five years.
Tubes smashed to ribbons in big nano advance
Nano-engineers keep finding Nano-engineers keep finding new uses for ‘nanoribbons’, and a recent research project makes the tiny strips much easier to create.new uses for ‘nanoribbons’, and a recent research project makes the tiny strips much easier to create.
Better switch sheds new light on mind control
Optogenetics - using light to turn neurons on and off - is one of the most intriguing and rapidly-expanding fields of medicine, and recent efforts may have brought the treatment to a new level.
Smelters want exemption for huge energy use
Twenty-five Coalition lower house MPs have signed a petition asking for the aluminium smelting industry to be exempt from the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
Supply leaks sought by pipe-loving robot
A new robot could save millions of dollars across energy, water and gas pipe networks.
Textiles and sunlight shine in Techstyle Haus
Entrants in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe have shown what the energy-conscious house of the future may include.
Green light on skyscrapers as Victoria gets high
The first 100-storey building in the Southern Hemisphere has been approved for the Victorian Government, clearing the way for the 319-metre monolith.
High-tech side-steps paralysis to move by thought
A paralysed man has been able to move his hand for the first time in years, using the power of his mind and some cutting-edge technology.
Science staff fight taken up nationwide
Staff rallies will continue as CSIRO fights to preserve its ranks.
Ladybird among 'bots by Researcher of the Year
A giant robotic “ladybird” has been awarded for its contribution to the future of farming.
Metal centres outline tomorrow's trades
Australian and Chinese researchers will come together at new sites dedicated to advanced 3D-printing.
Millions saved means monitor to continue
A trial for some high-tech water-saving equipment will continue, after reports of broad successacross Queensland's Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions.
Braille gloves give better haptic learning
A pair of high-tech gloves could help people learn how to read and write Braille, and they won’t have to pay too much attention.
New network needed to let 36-cores talk
Researchers have unveiled an experimental 36-core processor with a number of intriguing design points.
Port projects progress and stall in WA
A combination of action and delays at ports across Western Australia this week, with the launch of plans for a massive new project while another hits a hitch.
Big billions give GE power in France
One of the world’s best-known companies will buy a power outfit for over $17 billion.