Research value highlighted at innovation awards
Passion, dedication and the rich return to Australia from investment in scientific research were the major themes at the recent 2006 Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Awards, where six noted scientists were honoured with prestigious national recognition of their outstanding achievements in the application of science and technology for social and economic benefit.
On the vanguard of cleantech
Prematurely misunderstood in Australia, 'cleantech' is a rapidly maturing international paradigm changing the way we see green and clean technologies, investment, business and politics.
Rain gardens buffer Melbourne's waterways
Joint venture work by Monash University and company Ecological Engineering has developed ingeniously simple 'rain gardens' that filter stormwater before it is collected for re-use, thereby preventing chemically tainted urban run-off from polluting Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay and local streams.
Greening Australia's spirit is leading a rousing community buy-in to its ambition to revive Australia’s struggling rivers.
Learning to change
It's early days in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, but change is already underway to have sustainability high on the agenda across a wide range of industry, business and educational endeavours by the decade's end in 2014.
Plant detectives struggle against time
In a crumbling Armenian institute, priceless botanical records of crop lineages and unique floral biodiversity are being lost to the blanket of time. Australian agricultural scientists, who know the archives hold vital information about the world’s food plants and their adaptability, are pitching in to safeguard what they can.
Roof tiles go solar
A short-listed entry in this year's Australian Design Award®-Dyson Student Award has the potential to revolutionise adoption of solar power in Australian suburbs, transforming the humble concrete roof tile into a technical package delivering both solar power and solar hot water to grid-connected homes.
New geopolymers have multiple benefits
Geopolymers are new ceramic-like, inorganic composite building materials produced at low temperatures with dramatically lower emissions compared to concrete. Add in that they are fully recyclable, as well as fire, blast, and acid-resistant, and it’s obvious why they have the potential to transform the building products industry.