Archived News for Engineering Professionals - November, 2015
The almost accidental discovery of a metal dubbed ‘stainless magnesium’ could one day make cars and trucks lighter and more efficient.
Roy Hill court case hears of Samsung delays
Roy Hill Holdings is in court after accusations that principal contractor Samsung C&T deliberately held up the project for commercial advantage.
Climate moves could leave trillions stranded
Measures to limit global warming could put the world on track to build trillions of dollars worth of uneconomic fossil fuel projects, new analysis says.
New hub to help green tech students
A new high-tech virtual classroom will soon help Australia's universities create “greener” engineers of the future.
Light talking spied in marine mantis
Australian experts have discovered that the ocean lights up with secret forms of communication between marine animals, and they might have applications in satellite remote sensing, biomedical imaging, cancer detection and computer data storage.
Study shows low effect of ERF
In the lead up to UN climate talks in Paris, a new report warns that Australia will barely come close to achieving any “real” emissions reductions under its current Direct Action climate policy.
Water Act changes force more reporting
The Northern Territory Government has moved to include the mining, oil and gas sectors under the regulations of the Water Act.
Costly Brazil spill reaches coast
Toxic sludge from Samarco’s burst dam in Brazil has reached the Atlantic Ocean, in what could be the worst environmental disaster the country has seen.
WA's partial road plan still stands
The WA Government is resolute in its desire to extend the Roe Highway across the Beeliar Wetlands, despite big protests in recent days.
Battery boom coming soon
A new study says the uptake of high-capacity renewable energy storage for homes will increase significantly next year.
Victoria uses coal failure to move forward
The Victorian Government is withdrawing funding for new coal-powered generators and will review past development projects, after attempts to attract investment with a demonstration power plant failed.
BHP gets first bill for Brazil spill
Brazilian mining company Samarco has agreed to a $366 million damage bill after its tailings dam burst, spreading toxic waste over hundreds of kilometres, killing 10 people, and flattening entire villages.
Staff vote to save steel jobs
Steelworkers in New South Wales have agreed to a new enterprise agreement that will see them forfeit working conditions to keep the BlueScope Port Kembla plant open.
Clean water cracked in shocking new machine
As populations grow and the planet dries, the need for safe, potable water will only continue to expand.
Wagons circle to charge up 'Charlie'
Progress has been made on a $1.7 billion development in western Queensland, which proponents says will see 300 to 400 natural gas wells created, along with 1600 production jobs.
'Internet of Things' under expert lens
People say ‘the Internet of Things’ a lot these days, but the concept may not actually be new.
Big result from home-grown anti-cancer algae
Australian scientists have genetically-engineered algae for a promising new a cancer treatment.
Crowds flock to call for local sub build
Hundreds of people took part in a union march in Adelaide late last week to demand that the Federal Government build submarines in South Australia.
Experts experiment with bottled Pilbara sunshine
A high-tech pilot project in WA will test a system that uses solar power to purify seawater and then convert it to hydrogen fuel.