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  • The future of hydrogen fuel

    Heaters and cookers may one day burn climate-friendly hydrogen instead of natural gas.

    When I was very young, our gas stove ran on town gas. I didn’t know it at the time but it was a mixture of hydrogen a...

    Technology July 23, 2017
  • DNA sequencing in zero gravity with handheld nanotech

    A “pocket sequencer” promises to make DNA sequencing cheaper and more accessible, writes Alan FIn...

    Nanotechnology. When American engineer Eric Drexler coined this futuristic term in 1981, he had in mind molecule-size...

    Technology May 8, 2017
  • Don't be afraid of your microwave

    Most households contain much greater hazards than this useful kitchen appliance, says Alan Finkel.

    Our microwave oven is a much appreciated companion, but some of our friends regard the microwave as a health hazard. ...

    Technology June 15, 2015
  • Are electric cars green or black?

    Alan Finkel explains why he loves his electric car.

    I love driving my Nissan Leaf pure electric car. But in my home state of Victoria most of the electricity is produced...

    Technology April 20, 2015
  • Why silicon computers rule

    Media reports often predict the silicon chip will soon be outdated – but the claims are far ahead...

    A 45-nanometre process 300 mm silicon wafer from Intel Japan. The processors have improved power efficiency and perfo...

    Technology February 23, 2015