Archived News for Engineering Professionals - August, 2015
Engineers have unveiled an exciting advance in the field of 3D-printing, with a device that can print in 10 different materials.
Heydon's embattled wagon rolls ahead
Dyson Heydon has ruled himself fit to continue running the royal commission into trade unions, sending the unions off to find new ways of avoiding the legal lens.
Miners find flying robots for safety's sake
Fortescue Metals Group will use unmanned drones to survey its Cloudbreak mine in the Pilbara, as part of an effort to reduce the health and safety risks for survey staff.
Smart sub leader gets prestigious prize
Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky has received the prestigious 2015 MA Sargent Medal from Engineers Australia.
Big find to bring gas for years
Italian energy firm Eni has found a massive new natural gas field, which could be one of the world’s largest.
Gas firm seeks sunny side of WA
Gas giant Alinta Energy has seen the future – announcing that it will offer solar and battery storage systems to households later this year.
Green light for NBN's big Optus buy
The competition regulator has given the green light to NBN's $800 million buy-out of Optus' cable TV and broadband network.
Labour worries could scuttle China deal
The Federal Government is ramping up its rhetoric to ensure the China free trade agreement (FTA) goes ahead.
Glass joins 3D-printing palette
3D-printing has already changed the face of manufacturing, and a new development will only add to the range of the exciting technique.
NT seeks ways to get gas east-bound
The Northern Territory Chief Minister says NT gas will flow to east coast markets by 2018.
Defence tech arm reveals spy-stopping device
Scientists from Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group have showcased a unique computer security device that provides protection against cyber intrusion.
Grape fuel finding leaves experts bubbling
Australian engineers have found that the solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive biofuel.
Oil drop makes heads roll at Santos
Santos’ half-year profits have slumped 82 per cent to $37 million, tumbling alongside global oil prices.
Studies line kids up for disappearing jobs
A new study says that 60 per cent of Australian students are studying for jobs that will not exists, or be very different, in 15 years’ time.
Turnbull tries to explain away huge NBN bill
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been forced to defend a massive cost blow-out on the National Broadband Network.
Ship-building review gives SA smaller fraction
A leading defence industry body says just a small slice of the Federal Government's $39 billion promise for shipbuilding will actually go to South Australia.
Big new dish to bring better space talk
A giant crane is placing an enormous saucer-shaped dish on its base at Canberra's Deep Space Communication Complex today.
Locals score world's best water-splitting
Australian researchers have set a new record for generating hydrogen fuel with solar power.
Senator says useful uranium buried by nuclear naysayers
Family First senator Bob Day is optimistic despite failing in a bid to remove the ban on nuclear power plants in Australia.
Building cop bid fails
The Federal Government will keep fighting to bring back the workplace cop - the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) - after failing to reintroduce it this week.
Plastic ear pinpoints sound for AI
A simple device could bring robots and artificial intelligence closer to natural human abilities.