2014

  • Cars can be lighter, faster, stronger – but they need more arms
    Posted in: 2014, Vic

    Scientist available for interview, Tuesday 17 June 2014 Lighter-weight, fuel-efficient cars may be closer to reality thanks to Geelong researchers who are giving carbon fibre the gripping power it needs to be able to stand up to impacts from motorists. High-performance vehicles already use carbon fibre – a high-strength lightweight material that can be moulded […]

  • Future fuels will come in orange flavour
    Posted in: 2014, QLD

    But researchers have to teach yeast to make it Thursday 5 June 2014 Queensland researchers are persuading baker’s yeast to produce orange-flavoured renewable jet fuel from sugar. Mr Timothy Brennan and his colleagues at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have helped genetically-engineered yeast to evolve to make an oil called […]

  • A ‘tango’ between light and mirrors could help find signs of life on Mars, and identify minerals and water deposits here on Earth
    Posted in: 2014, WA

    Tuesday 3 June 2014 Dr Francis Torres, a physicist at the University of Western Australia, has developed the mirror device at the heart of a new amplifier technology, which uses an interaction between a high-powered laser and mirror motion to magnify subtle metal, temperature and biological vibrations so they are more easily detected. “Our idea […]

  • Jetlag skin patch may prevent brain damage in newborns
    Posted in: 2014, Vic

    A simple and affordable ‘jetlag’ skin patch could help prevent deaths and disabilities of two million babies worldwide each year by reducing brain damage caused by low oxygen during birth. Monash University PhD student James Aridas and his colleagues at MIMR-PHI Institute’s Ritchie Centre have found that melatonin patches, commonly used to treat jetlag in […]