Archived News for Engineering Professionals - June, 2016
Media investigations have raised claims of rorting and double-dipping in the government's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
Rio relocating offshore funds
Rio Tinto says it is moving its money away from tax-dodging offshore havens.
Waste dump plans unpicked
A scientific review has found that the economic benefits of South Australia's nuclear waste storage proposal are based on shaky assumptions and may be unethical.
Delays cost big as opponents dig in
Economic analysts say delays to major projects will cost Queensland $3.9 billion over the next decade.
GM rejection can be reversed
Decisions made decades ago could explain why many consumers still reject genetically modified foods.
Lenses laid on the tip of a needle
German researchers can 3D-print miniscule lenses onto the tip of a needle.
Coal cuts life short for millions
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says coal power leads to about 6.5 million premature deaths per year.
Self-made straw launched
Australian scientists have made a new material that, on contact with water, folds itself into a straw and starts sucking up liquid.
Big bill volleyed at Volkswagen
Insiders say the Volkswagen Group will pay more than $US10 billion ($13.3 billion) over its emissions scandal.
Telstra taking hold of mine automation
Telstra is looking to acquire the minesite network firm CBO Telecommunications.
Gas extraction greened by CO2
Adding carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of water to fracking fluids could improve the efficiency of gas extraction, new reports say.
NSW pipe plan slammed
The NSW Government has already been criticised for its new plan to fix Broken Hill’s water issues.
Custom proteins come in new forms
Biological engineers are developing a programmable protein that could deliver next-generation drugs.
Key mine firms face credit hits
Analysts say Australia's mining contractors are facing credit downgrades by several ratings agencies.
Skills switch could leave labour lagging
ANZ has warned that Australia’s shift to a services economy could create a skilled labour shortage by 2030.
ACS wants NBN and cyber security boost
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) says a faster National Broadband Network needs to be delivered.
All sectors to see robo-disruption
The Productivity Commission has again warned of the rise of the machines.
Light sheets to illuminate new chips
Engineers have developed a new way to turn electricity into light.
Locals improve quantum view
Australian tech-heads have improved the method for detecting the entanglement of quantum particles.