next big thing

  • Drones for good

    Remote vessels are familiar in  recreation and detection, but their potential for positive impact...

    I was born and raised in the 1980s in the UK, when Sir David Attenborough was everyone's third parent. I remember my ...

    Robotics January 21, 2022
  • No return to Eden

    The natural world is past conservation and restoration. We need to become interventionists and ec...

    Imagine this scenario. You are standing beside a highway and you see a tortoise slowly making its way across. A few h...

    Biology January 7, 2022
  • Cracking the epilepsy code

    With a smartwatch and an app on their phone, people living with epilepsy will soon be able to pre...

    Epileptic seizures don't always last very long. And it's not necessarily the seizure itself that does the harm – it c...

    Body and Mind December 17, 2021
  • Life-saving sensors

    A phone alert when the quality of the air you’re breathing has become unhealthy or downright dang...

    When we think of “air quality”, we imagine polluted air around our workplaces, factories and homes. Air quality can b...

    Chemistry December 10, 2021
  • A simple swab to make a world of difference

    The next big thing in the prevention of cervical cancer has arrived – no Pap smears required.

    Cervical cancer is unique: it’s the one cancer that can be almost entirely prevented through a combination of vaccina...

    Medicine November 26, 2021
  • Redlining the robots

    Advanced robotics are more than science fiction: the world needs to create an alliance to ensure ...

    Around the same time that Isaac Asimov published his short story introducing the laws of robotics in 1942, the world’...

    AI November 19, 2021
  • Next Big Thing: Catalysts can change the world

    It is possible to step towards a sustainable world – you just have to be clever with the chemistr...

    We now have more cars in Sydney’s CBD then we had in the 1970s, yet our air quality is radically better. Why? Because...

    Chemistry May 7, 2021
  • Next Big Thing: Passing the baton

    Australia has the innovators, the expertise, and the ambition. But to fulfil our potential and so...

    As a child I never imagined I would become a scientist. Nor could my school teachers! I have dyslexia, which made tho...

    People April 30, 2021
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