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Aussie innovations: mealworm snack packs, in-mouth robots, drone weeding and more

Aussie innovations: mealworm snack packs, in-mouth robots, drone weeding and more

There are many areas in which Australia could combine its creative smarts, raw materials and manufacturing capabilities to gain an edge.

  • by Tony Davis

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Metropolis now: Japan’s high-tech, high-hopes ‘city of the future’

Metropolis now: Japan’s high-tech, high-hopes ‘city of the future’

In the foothills of Mount Fuji, 2000-odd “Woven City” inhabitants will safety-test self-driving cars, domestic robots and smart-home tech.

  • by Mark White
Logan abuzz as the ‘drone delivery capital of the world’

Logan abuzz as the ‘drone delivery capital of the world’

With more than 50,000 orders in the city so far this year, drone delivery company Wing says “we think Logan is what drone delivery will look like globally”.

  • by Stuart Layt
Bamboozled in the bamboo, quick-thinking professor turns to batteries

Bamboozled in the bamboo, quick-thinking professor turns to batteries

QUT Professor Ziqi Sun was having a relaxing walk through the park when he stumbled across an insight that has led to ultra-fast-charging batteries.

  • by Stuart Layt
AI system can blow the whistle if people can’t keep their distance

AI system can blow the whistle if people can’t keep their distance

A new AI system could help maintain social distancing in public spaces, but has already raised concerns from privacy advocates who say it goes too far.

  • by Stuart Layt
‘The de-extinction club’: Could we resurrect mammoths, Tassie tigers and dinosaurs?
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Biodiversity

‘The de-extinction club’: Could we resurrect mammoths, Tassie tigers and dinosaurs?

New technology means we may soon be able to turn back the clock on extinction. In the final part of our series exploring the science behind science fiction, we meet the contenders for revival.

  • by Sherryn Groch
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‘Beam me up, Scotty’: Will we ever teleport or travel the universe (and live on Mars)?
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Space

‘Beam me up, Scotty’: Will we ever teleport or travel the universe (and live on Mars)?

In the fourth part of our series exploring the science behind sci-fi, we look at wormholes, warp drives and “spooky action at a distance”.

  • by Sherryn Groch and Liam Mannix
Curing cancer, designer babies, supersoldiers: How will gene-editing change us?
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Genetics

Curing cancer, designer babies, supersoldiers: How will gene-editing change us?

Saving lives or playing God? Why are the stakes so high in genetic engineering?

  • by Sherryn Groch
Robots, electric cars and face-scanners: China and the US vie to build the future

Robots, electric cars and face-scanners: China and the US vie to build the future

China has long held ambitions to dominate the technologies that will shape the 21st century. It was only when it announced them that the US finally responded.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
CSIRO and Ampol fund start-up to take green hydrogen tech off-grid

CSIRO and Ampol fund start-up to take green hydrogen tech off-grid

CSIRO and Ampol have funded a new company to develop hydrogen batteries that could replace diesel generators in remote off-grid areas.

  • by Stuart Layt
Bitcoin and beyond: Making dollars and sense of blockchain

Bitcoin and beyond: Making dollars and sense of blockchain

Blockchain underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but experts in the sector are now looking at other applications for the technology.

  • by Stuart Layt