Sun Cable streams ahead with a boost from Glasgow

The highly ambitious Sun Cable project is gaining momentum and passing key hurdles and milestones on the path to becoming one of the world’s largest international exporting-renewable-energy projects. The Sun Cable project, or Australia-Asia Power Link, is an Australian initiative with the financial backing of big names such as Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest and Mike Cannon-Brookes. … Continue reading Sun Cable streams ahead with a boost from Glasgow

The problem rocket scientists fear the most …

It ain’t rocket science. And that’s the problem! Eager researchers with innovative solutions for the burgeoning space industry often find themselves stumped when faced with the “b” word. That’s b for business. It’s a delicate subject that needs to be confronted carefully and considerately, says University of South Australia (UniSA) Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC) … Continue reading The problem rocket scientists fear the most …

The wonder crystal that’s set to transform solar-generated electricity.

The technology of perovskite solar cells might be young, but predictions are that it’s almost ready to bust out of the lab and revolutionise the photovoltaic industry. Just 12 years after the first research into the use of perovskite in solar cells, the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic – a projection of technologies published by … Continue reading The wonder crystal that’s set to transform solar-generated electricity.

Building a lighter, twistier, cheaper solar cell

Lighter. More flexible. Resilient. These are the core catchwords of the space industry. And Adelaide-based startup Spacelis thinks it’s cracked a significant challenge – solar panels. Photovoltaics need materials that are conductive. And this must be set on a transparent substrate. In the case of traditional technology, that’s usually silver on silicon (glass). Both components … Continue reading Building a lighter, twistier, cheaper solar cell

Open algorithms and secret keys: will existing encryption solutions solace quantum?

When we design an algorithm for encryption, we’re not devising some kind of secret code. In fact, the whole algorithm is open – it’s published, and well-known. The only part which is not known is this relatively short 128-bit piece of information – a simple, secret key. And every time you’d like to communicate, you … Continue reading Open algorithms and secret keys: will existing encryption solutions solace quantum?

Connected through space

As the Australian space industry reaches new heights, data collected in orbit will connect farmers, land managers, and emergency services with changes on Earth in real time and minute detail. But these breakthrough technologies don’t simply jump from academia to industry; they must be transformed into products and even spun out into companies to achieve … Continue reading Connected through space

A token of safety

In June, the father of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, took his original source code for the very first Web server, “wrapped” it in a secure bit of digital packaging, brought it to the auction house Sotheby’s, and put it up for sale in a lot named, appropriately, “This Changed Everything”. So it … Continue reading A token of safety

Super-fast Hendra test

Tests for the deadly Hendra virus, most often found in horses but transmissible to humans, can be quicker than ever thanks to a new diagnostic point-of-care testing kit that can detect the pathogen in less than an hour, according to its developers at the University of Queensland (UQ). Hendra was first detected in 1994, in … Continue reading Super-fast Hendra test

Where do you go when the chips are down?

This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 9 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. TAIWAN LEADS THE WORLD in semiconductor manufacturing, with a single company – Taiwan SemiconductorManufacturing Company (TSMC) – accounting for an astonishing 55% of the world’s sales by revenue. That number alone confirms TSMC as the central … Continue reading Where do you go when the chips are down?

The next-generation biology revolution promises new products and industries

At the start of my career, I didn’t set out to work in the field of synthetic biology. It didn’t exist. But the pace of change with technology has opened many doors. Synthetic biology is one of the most exciting fields today. It’s about recoding DNA to design useful things in biological systems, and it … Continue reading The next-generation biology revolution promises new products and industries

Where do you go when the chips are down? Why Taiwan’s water supply matters to us all

TAIWAN LEADS THE WORLD in semiconductor manufacturing, with a single company – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) – accounting for an astonishing 55% of the world’s sales by revenue. That number alone confirms TSMC as the central player in the manufacture of the integrated circuit chips at the heart of the world’s modern computer processors … Continue reading Where do you go when the chips are down? Why Taiwan’s water supply matters to us all