Making motorcycle clothing safer, a robotic arm for stroke rehab, prospecting for gold using prehistoric volcanoes—these are some of the highlights of the past year featured in Stories of Australian Science 2017.
Australian scientists are making silk-derived implants to fix damaged eardrums, and working to stop people going into flood waters. They’re flying unmanned drones to record our reefs in incredible detail, and teaching bots to search out and destroy crown-of-thorns starfish. They’re keeping stored red blood cells in shape, testing water safety with fingernail-sized sensors, expanding the net for gravitational waves, and much more.
Australians are also working with colleagues in the USA, Indonesia, and Japan. We’ve got special features on these collaborations, including: ‘blood tests’ for big machines and new artificial hearts; using a radar-in-a-suitcase to make bridges safer; and making chewing gum that reverses tooth decay.
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- After 160 years, it’s time to throw away the needle and syringe
- Aussie kit detecting threat of toxic algal blooms
- Drone swarms that can think for themselves
- Using algorithms to predict flu outbreaks
- Tracking space junk
- Measuring the risk of an Australian Zika outbreak
- A scarce Sarah: new blood group making transfusions safer
- Keeping in shape: what happens to red blood cells in storage?
- How to stop people entering floodwater
- The sweet side of sulphur: cheap mercury clean-up
- Touch of silk to repair ruptured eardrums
- When boron nitride outshines gold and silver
- Converting body heat into useable electricity
- Making motorcycle clothing safer
- Improving carbon fibre production
- Seeing medical devices from concept to commercialisation
- Towards a portable test for tiredness
- The right juice for your heart
- Turning off toxic T-cells in MS clinical trial
- Testing water safety with tiny nanodot sensors
- Making pollution sponges out of nanoparticles
- Mobile games are for paws, too
- How social media can help businesses get ahead
- Teaching search engines to know what you need
- The dream to get every Australian connected online
- Mapping liveability across cities
- How the ice plane thrives in high-salt areas
- Mangroves’ message from the grave
- Drones protecting humans and sharks
- Sharpening vision in bionic eyes
- Robotic arm to help stroke patients regain movement
- Using stars to overpower superbugs
- Honey for your wounds?
- The hidden infection causing infertility
- Unravelling atoms: the Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter
- Improving survival for patients with acute leukaemia
- Are memories stored in DNA?
- Hearing voices is normal; harnessing the Internet of Things; and more—Swinburne University of Technology
Gravitational waves—looking further
Lenses a fraction of a hair’s width, faster communication and better solar cells
Quantum computers with photons
Tuning out our internal voices
Harnessing the data from everything that’s online
- America and Australia: partners in innovation
Protecting phones, robots and governments
Heading into deep water
From car batteries to grid storage
Paint fit for a Dreamliner
A new heart
‘Blood tests’ for big machines
- Japan and Australia: partners in innovation
- Fighting disease together
Repairing teeth together
Making mining safer
Harnessing the sun
Improving agriculture, together
- Radar in a suitcase; rain gardens to grow food and stop floods; earthquake-proofing ports—The Australia-Indonesia Centre
Radar-in-a-suitcase making bridges safer
Growing food and stopping floods with rain gardens
- Detection of cancer and PTSD
- Prehistoric volcanoes to prospect for metals
- Technology to save the reefs
Robo reef protector
Does coral help create rain?
The hidden reef made of giant algae doughnuts
Mapping species and coral bleaching by drone
- 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
- Macquarie University
The mystery of leaf size solved
Reinventing the laser
Modern humans were in Southeast Asia 20,000 years earlier than previously thought
Protecting surfers from shark attacks
- Australian Science Prizes 2016
- Fresh Science 2016
Curing blindness by repairing corneas with invisible films (Vic)
Fighting dust-mite allergies with fish oil (SA)
Perth community can help save Carnaby’s cockatoo (WA)
Immune boost for cancer patients with HIV (NSW)
Taking the cow piss out of our waterways (Qld)
- Thanks to our supporters
Editor in Chief: Lydia Hales
Concept/Editor: Niall Byrne
Writing: Rebecca Barker, Rebecca Blackburn, Signe Dean, Suzannah Lyons, Ellie Michaelides, Toni Stevens, Tim Thwaites, Tanya Ha, Karl Gruber, Branwen Morgan, Niall Byrne, Lydia Hales.
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