Compounds that affect respiratory health have been found in biodiesel exhausts. This might lead to restrictions on the use of this form of biofuel as an alternative to fossil fuel, according to researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
“With fossil fuel reserves dwindling, developing renewable alternative fuels is important,” postdoctoral fellow Dr Nicholas Surawski says, “but we should be particularly careful to protect against unwanted respiratory illness when we adopt new transport fuels.” The team is now looking at ways of cleaning up biofuel exhausts. [click to continue…]
A new technology to stop falls before they happen could help the elderly stay in their own homes longer.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have developed a simple way of predicting the likelihood of an elderly person falling in the near future, allowing action to reduce the chances of it happening. [click to continue…]
Australian researchers have invented nanotech solar cells that are thin, flexible and use 1/100th the materials of conventional solar cells.
Printable, flexible solar cells that could dramatically decrease the cost of renewable energy have been developed by PhD student Brandon MacDonald in collaboration with his colleagues from CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship and the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute. [click to continue…]
A minor modification to your car could reduce fuel consumption by over seven per cent.
The Deakin University invention uses waste heat to reduce friction by warming the engine oil. A prototype has been built and tested and the inventors are now talking to the car manufacturers and developing an aftermarket conversion kit. [click to continue…]
Melbourne researchers have developed smart bandages that change colour to reveal the state of the wound beneath.
Their invention could reduce the $500 million cost of chronic wound care in Australia. [click to continue…]
Imagine printing your own room lighting, lasers, or solar cells from inks you buy at the local newsagent. Jacek Jasieniak and his colleagues at CSIRO, the University of Melbourne and the University of Padua in Italy, have moved a step closer to such a future, by developing liquid inks based on quantum dots that can be used to print devices.
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High tech cling wraps that ‘sieve out’ carbon dioxide from waste gases can help save the world, says Melbourne University chemical engineer, Colin Scholes who developed the technology.
The membranes can be fitted to existing chimneys where they capture CO2 for removal and storage. They are already being tested on brown coal power stations in Victoria’s La Trobe Valley, Colin says. His work is being presented for the first time in public through Fresh Science, a communication boot camp for early career scientists held at the Melbourne Museum. Colin was one of 16 winners from across Australia. [click to continue…]
A shoulder-joint implant, with the ball and socket on the opposite bones from nature, can significantly improve the quality of life of patients with severe arthritis and tendon tears, says medical engineer David Ackland from the University of Melbourne.
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Come along to hear the Fresh Scientists of 2010 talk about their discoveries at one of our public events.
You will be able to hear them at the following venues:
- Monday 7 June, 7pm at the Duke of Kent for Fresh Science at the pub.
- Thursday 10 June 11-12 or 12:30-1:30 at the Melbourne Museum at the free school forums.
For more information on these events, visit our events page.
We are pleased to announce the Fresh Scientists of 2010:
- Peter Domachuk, School of Physics, University of Sydney
- Naomi McSweeney, School of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Australia
- Andrew Dowdy, Bureau of Meteorology
- Julien Ridoux, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne
- Bridget Murphy, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney
- Dave Ackland, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Melbourne
- Colin Scholes, CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies
- Bianca van Lierop, School of Chemistry, Monash University
- Jason Du, CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment
- David Floyd, Anglo-Australian Observatory /The University of Melbourne
- Nasrin Ghouchi Eskandar, Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia
- Rylie Green, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales
- Jennifer Firn, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
- Natalia Galin, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science, University of Tasmania
- Andrew Ward, South Australian Research and Development Institute
- Jacek Jasieniak, CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies
More information on the 2010 Fresh Scientists will be available in the coming weeks.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales have improved the aerodynamics of aircraft by putting rows of tiny synthetic jets along the wings of aeroplanes —much like the suck and blow jets octopuses use to move through the water.
The models tested demonstrated smoothing of the air flow over the wing section. This would infer a faster and smoother ride on aeroplanes.
If adapted to aircraft this would potentially mean less fuel and ultimately less cost. [click to continue…]
The odds that a futuristic quantum computer will be built of silicon have received a boost, thanks to new technology recently invented by researchers in the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology (CQCT). [click to continue…]
A Sydney research team has developed a sun and wind driven ventilation system to cool commercial buildings on the hottest summer days. They hope that the new system will reduce the power requirements of a commercial ventilation system by 15 to 20 per cent.
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