Engineering

  • The road ahead for driverless cars in Australia

    Seemingly only just over the horizon, autonomous vehicle trials in Australia seem stuck in first ...

    The phrase “driverless cars” likely conjures up images of sleek vehicles cruising city streets, ferrying passengers a...

    Engineering April 23, 2021
  • Magazine

    Lithium: Powering the Green Revolution

    The race for better battery power has caused a “white gold” rush on lithium.

    by Richard A LovettAs the climate warms, sea levels rise and droughts, heatwaves and bushfires multiply, the need...

    Sustainability March 16, 2021
  • Newton in the pilot’s seat

    How to land a Mars rover when you’re many, many millions of kilometres away.

    It takes a lot of thought and a lot of work to land a rover on Mars. It’s not as if you’re on Earth, where you can ch...

    Physics March 2, 2021
  • Rotating rocket science

    Australian engineers complete successful test of new rocket engine.

    As Australia’s space industry gears up, a team of Australian researchers has successfully tested a new type of engine...

    Engineering March 1, 2021
  • Mars news all good

    Data indicate all systems fine and helicopter Ingenuity working as expected.

    Less than a day after NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed, the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in...

    Space Exploration February 22, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Body batteryEngineers from the University of Colorado, Boulder, US, have created a wearable device that can draw ...

    Biology February 15, 2021
  • Highlight

    Cosmos Q&A: materials whirl

    From sticking plasters to wearable tech, functional materials are all around us.

    Engineer Madhu Bhaskaran co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University, Melbou...

    Materials February 11, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Sticky explanationMost of us have had the experience of the food we’re cooking sticking to a non-stick frying pan...

    News February 8, 2021
  • Tracking elephants from space

    Scientists count African elephants using satellites.

    It’s often said that certain geographical landmarks – like the Sahara Desert, or human-made structures like the Great...

    Animals February 4, 2021
  • Quantum brainiac

    Researchers prompt self-adapting atoms to mimic the human brain.

    Dutch physicists have just taken the first steps towards making a “quantum brain” by building a material that stores ...

    Physics February 2, 2021
  • Green lantern shoots straight

    Record-breaking laser cuts through atmosphere

    Scientists have set a world record for the most stable transmission of a laser signal through the atmosphere, effecti...

    Energy January 25, 2021
  • History

    Meet the Hornigs: building the bomb

    Manhattan Project’s prominent couple.

    In the late 1930s and into the 1940s, with much of the world engulfed by war, a group of scientists began to coalesce...

    Engineering January 24, 2021
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