Technology

  • Cosmos Briefing: Lithium

    Experts discuss lithium and renewable energy needs.

    As the demand for renewable-energy technologies skyrockets, we need to think about how to source their constituent ma...

    Energy January 25, 2021
  • Explainer

    Keeping bites at bay

    Love the ocean but worried about sharks? We look at the science  – and success – of shark deterre...

    It’s summer, the heat’s glimmering off the tarmac, and Australians are flocking to the beach: it’s when we start thin...

    Materials January 22, 2021
  • Silicone memory?

    Metamaterial can be reprogrammed with different properties.

    If you need a material that can literally be changed to suit you over time, look no further. Metamaterials – meani...

    Materials January 21, 2021
  • Fold here for success

    DNA origami might be the answer for making superconducting nanomaterials.

    DNA is a clever molecule that folds easily, so it can be used to act as scaffolds for nanomaterials. This involves lo...

    Materials January 20, 2021
  • School of fishy little robots

    Fish-like Bluebots use LED lights and cameras to swarm like the real thing.

    Why have a school of fish when you can have a school of robots? This is a question recently answered by a team of ...

    Robotics January 15, 2021
  • Spice up your solar

    A touch of chilli may create more stable photovoltaic cells.

    Chilli is known to have a range of health benefits, from reducing infections to improving digestive performance. But ...

    Energy January 15, 2021
  • New charge for old battery?

    Researchers find a way to make zinc-air batteries reusable.

    Zinc-air (Zn-air) batteries aren’t new – they were first commercially produced in the 1930s – and they have a lot of ...

    Energy January 8, 2021
  • The lure of lithium gets serious

    Power demand means we need new sources.

    Scientists and engineers seeking to power the alternative-energy future are scrambling to find new sources of lithium...

    Energy December 18, 2020
  • Magazine

    It’s hip to be square

    Why CubeSats are the coolest things in space.

    By Bianca Nogrady Like orbiting LEGO bricks crammed with tech, CubeSats are simple, customisable and the next big ...

    Robotics December 15, 2020
  • Nature inspires a new hydrogen sensor

    Microstructures imitate the surface of butterfly wings.

    Some see hydrogen as the fuel of the future, with the potential to service energy-intensive industries – like aviatio...

    Materials December 9, 2020
  • Creating nanobots like they do in movies

    Design theory seeks to control how they assemble.

    Researchers in Australia and the UK are bringing a sci-fi concept closer to reality as they work to overcome a major ...

    Robotics December 8, 2020
  • AI makes its mark in the stratosphere

    Unmanned balloons kept in position for weeks.

    Canadian and US scientists have kept an unmanned balloon in position in the stratosphere for weeks at a time by teach...

    AI December 4, 2020
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