Archived News for Engineering Professionals - April, 2020
A confidential Defence Department report last year predicted many of the shortages and behaviours of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Satellites spot plastic waste
Scientists have developed a new method of detecting patches of floating plastic based on satellite images.
ACCC allows mining links
The competition watchdog has allowed mining companies to work together in ways that they previously could not.
Fundamental force may change
New measurements suggest that laws of nature are not as constant as previously thought.
AI energy assessed
Experts are working on ways to reduce the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence (AI).
MP calls for power plan probe
The auditor general has been asked to investigate a Morrison government scheme to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power.
New sensors for smart shirts
Engineers have developed a way to incorporate electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics, allowing clothes to monitor vital signs.
Domestic reserves to wait overseas
The Federal Government has come up with a plan to boost domestic fuel reserves by buying and storing fuel overseas.
Desal solar announced
A new solar setup will reduce the power bill for Adelaide’s desalination plant.
Diamonds tied for new power
Experts are looking at ways to store energy in the twisted threads of diamond.
Windows seen as new source
Australian engineers are working on windows that can generate electricity.
AFP used face-scraping app
The AFP has admitted its interest in the facial recognition tool Clearview AI.
Fossil fuels see 5% drop
New data suggests global carbon emissions from the fossil fuel industry could fall by a record 2.5 billion tonnes this year.
Low-use warning for WA
Experts say a steep drop in power use could lead to system overload and blackouts in WA.
Power plant plans progressed
The West Australian Government has announced the next step in the $218 million redevelopment of an old power plant.
Sewers swept for virus data
Every flush of the toilet could soon play a role in tracking and stemming the spread of COVID-19.
Paris goals could pay off
A new study suggests meeting the Paris Agreement goals would benefit the world's economy in the long-term.
Green power for hydro-fuel
Energy Minister Angus Taylor is backing renewable energy sources as a way to drive a new hydrogen industry.