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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapour
Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen - the cleanest source of energy.
Guts and glory for smart pills
Researchers have successfully completed phase one human trials of ingestible capsules that have the potential to revolutionise the prevention and diagnosis of gut disorders and diseases.
Bio-inspired energy storage
Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution.
Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionise electronics
A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics.
Making cheaper electronics with a flash of light
Researchers have developed a way of printing electronic components using cheap and widely available materials, and a flash of light.
Liquid metals propel future electronics
Science fiction is inching closer to reality with the development of revolutionary self-propelling liquid metals -- a critical step towards future elastic electronics.
Salt baths boost next gen batteries for electric cars
The next generation of rechargeable lithium batteries set to disrupt the electric vehicle industry may soon be here, thanks to the humble salt bath.
MIT develops nontoxic way of generating portable power
Researchers at MIT have come up with an alternative system for generating electricity, which harnesses heat and uses no metals or toxic materials.
Stretchy sensors can detect deadly gases and UV radiation
Researchers have created wearable sensor patches that detect harmful UV radiation and dangerous, toxic gases such as hydrogen and nitrogen dioxide.