• Smart textiles and soft robots

    Neil Martin     |      August 12, 2022

    Smart textiles with artificial muscle fibres which allow them to move and take different forms have been produced by a team from UNSW’s Medical Robotics Lab.

  • Less talk, more action needed to reform IP

    Joel Lexchin     |      July 25, 2022

    IP laws are supposed to work to aid pharmaceutical innovation in rich nations. Can a new system support treating illnesses rife in developing economies, too?

  • 6 ways for governments to drive innovation

    Lucy Cameron     |      July 18, 2022

    Whereas most innovation now comes from the private sector, governments can encourage innovation and economic growth through creating the right conditions for change.

  • Turning pollution into plastics for a change

    Hydra Rodrigues     |      July 8, 2022

    As carbon dioxide levels continue to soar, the emerging carbon capture and utilization industry is developing ways to creating lower-carbon, degradable polymers using CO2 emissions as a feedstock.

  • Battling the super-bugs

    Jeremy Barr     |      June 24, 2022

    The over-use of antibiotics has reduced their effectiveness against many strains of bacteria, but the medical employment of phages – natural predators of bacteria – could help contain the growth of ‘super bugs’.

  • Multiverse madness

    Ben Knight     |      June 14, 2022

    Fans of Michael Moorcock are well acquainted with the concept of a ‘multiverse’, but a quantum mechanics interpretation can help the less literary inclined comprehend the hypothetical existence of many worlds.

  • Curiouser and curiouser!

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 8, 2022

    Modern science tends to ignore outsiders but reductionist science is not the only way of knowing things and more attention should be paid to ancient knowledge, new ideas and ‘thinking outside the box’.

  • Future-proofing Australia’s research

    Christobel Saunders     |      March 24, 2022

    Scientific and medical research research remain the key to solving some of the world’s biggest problems, but efforts must be fostered to maximise their practical outcomes.

  • Bladerunner 2022

    Jeannie Marie Paterson     |      February 23, 2022

    In 1982, Blade Runner floored audiences with its technodystopian depiction of the future. Almost 40 years on, some of these projections seem eerily and depressingly accurate today, particularly in the development of humanoid robots.

  • Exploring alternatives to plastic food packaging

    Thoo Yin Yin     |      February 23, 2022

    Research into new biodegradable biopolymer materials could reduce the world’s reliance on plastic food packaging.

  • Commercialising research – again

    Jared Mondschein     |      February 12, 2022

    There have been calls for better commercialisation of Australian research for decades but the Federal Government’s latest plan may help shape academic expectations and incentives in a more effective manner.

  • Australia needs an office for research integrity

    David Vaux     |      February 6, 2022

    Sweden is just the most recent of more than 20 European nations that have national offices for research integrity. So do the UK, US, Canada, Japan and China. Australia, which still lacks an Office for Research Integrity, is being left behind.