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2020
8 Sep 2020

New Electronic Skin can React to Pain Like Human Skin

Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts.
22 May 2020

Electrics and Electronics Becomes User-Dedicated Smart Material

An important new trend is buying electrics and electronics you customise to function not just shape. See the new IDTechEx report, "Complete Electronics as Smart Material, User-Customized 2020-2040". Builders, textile manufacturers, those doing home improvement and others are starting to buy electrically-smart materials direct from materials companies, bypassing the electronics industry.
1 May 2020

Personalised Nutrition Smart Patch to Reduce Diabetes Risk

A wearable smart patch will deliver precision data to help people personalise their diets and reduce their risk of developing lifestyle-related chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes.
19 Feb 2020

Touch-Responsive Indium Tin Oxide is Very Thin and Flexible

The first highly transparent, touch-responsive and conducting ultra-flexible thin sheets of indium tin oxide have been made by researchers in Australia. Made using a new liquid metal printing technique, the sheets are just 1.5 nm thick and can be deposited onto a variety of substrates - which can then be rolled up like a tube.
29 Jan 2020

Nano-thin Flexible Touchscreens Could be Printed Like Newspaper

Researchers have developed an ultra-thin and ultra-flexible electronic material that could be printed and rolled out like newspaper, for the touchscreens of the future.
13 Jan 2020

Ultrasound Can Make Stronger 3d-Printed Alloys

Researchers have used sound vibrations to shake metal alloy grains into tighter formation during 3D printing.
2019
20 Dec 2019

Australian-First Microgrid Brings Renewable Energy to Apartments

More people living in rental accommodation will soon have access to cheaper, renewable energy as part of an Australian-first microgrid project.
12 Dec 2019

Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium, Study Finds

Successful trials of titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could kickstart a new range of high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
28 Aug 2019

Laser printing tech produces waterproof e-textiles in minutes

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That's the future imagined by the researchers behind new e-textile technology.
5 Jul 2019

Branching out: Making graphene from gum trees

Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known to humans. It's also flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper, making it ideal for anything from flexible nanoelectronics to better fuel cells.
4 Feb 2019

Harnessing light for a solar-powered chemical industry

New technology that harnesses sunlight to drive chemical reactions is paving the way for a more sustainable chemical manufacturing industry, one of the globe's biggest energy users.
2018
14 Dec 2018

Next gen unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines

Researchers unveiled experiments with drones that can sense wind gusts and thermals, then use them to gain speed or altitude, just like birds do.
27 Nov 2018

Solution for next generation nanochips comes out of thin air

Researchers have engineered a new type of transistor, the building block for all electronics. Instead of sending electrical currents through silicon, these transistors send electrons through narrow air gaps, where they can travel unimpeded as if in space.
1 Oct 2018

Wearable UV sensors monitor sun exposure

Managing vitamin absorption and avoiding sun damage could soon be as simple as slipping on a bracelet thanks to new personalised sensors.
15 Mar 2018

All power to the proton: battery breakthrough

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable "proton battery" that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.
7 Mar 2018

Research partnership to advance 3-D printing of energetic materials

Minister Pyne said additive manufacturing or 3-D printing of energetic materials such as explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics has the potential to transform their performance and also offer significant logistical and cost benefits in their manufacture.
1 Mar 2018

Clever coating opens door to smart windows

Researchers have developed a new ultra-thin coating that responds to heat and cold, opening the door to "smart windows".
19 Jan 2018

Swallowable sensors reveal mysteries of human gut health

Findings from the first human trials of a breakthrough gas-sensing swallowable capsule could revolutionise the way that gut disorders and diseases are prevented and diagnosed.
2017
1 Nov 2017

Just in time implants set to radically advance tumour surgery

A major new Australian research project is set to transform the way physicians surgically treat tumours and bone cancer, and dramatically improve patient and healthcare outcomes.
22 Jun 2017

The exciting future of light energy

In a world of growing energy needs, and a global imperative to halt carbon emissions, a tiny 'quasiparticle' called an exciton could provide the answer to our problems.