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Category Archives: Engineering, Arch & IT

Quantum leap

In computing, Moore’s law says the number of transistors on a circuit doubles every two years. That rate of growth, however, is likely to start slowing from as early as next year, according to some in the industry. Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest information technology corporation, has identified the importance of quantum approaches to help maintain theContinue Reading

iPad app revolutionising therapy for autistic children

Australian researchers have harnessed tablet technology to develop an iPad app that is set to revolutionise the way parents around the world provide in-home therapy for their autistic children. Named the TOBY Playpad (Therapy Outcomes by You), the app enables parents to provide early intervention therapy for their children as soon as an autism spectrum disorder hasContinue Reading

Corridors the key to unlocking congestion

The commentary on the O’Farrell government’s transport master plan has focused almost exclusively on a lack of timelines for action and any detail on where the money is coming from to pay for the projects. While we might be nervous about the realisation of the plan, given the recent history of plans that are producedContinue Reading

Endangered language thrown a digital lifeline

One of the world’s most endangered languages is to be brought into the digital age through the first phone app designed specifically for the documentation of an Australian Indigenous language. The Ma! Iwaidja (pronounced ‘ee-WHY-jah’) smartphone app has been developed as part of the Minjilang Endangered Languages Publication Project. The project team, based on CrokerContinue Reading

Aussies leaders in social networking

Well over half of Australia’s estimated 15 million adult internet users go on social networking sites, and a third of them now use one every day. The latest survey The Internet in Australia, part of the World Internet Project (WIP), reveals that Australia has the highest proportion of daily internet social networkers, compared to countries suchContinue Reading

Remotely Piloted Aircraft will help fight bushfires in the future

With much of Australia looking like reverting to a dry bushfire-prone weather pattern avionics engineers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are pulling out all stops to develop the technology to enable remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to become airborne. QUT Professor Duncan Campbell who heads the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) said whileContinue Reading

“All of a sudden I could see a little flash of light”

“All of a sudden I could see a little flash of light”

In a major development, Bionic Vision Australia researchers have successfully performed the first implantation of an early prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes. Ms Dianne Ashworth has profound vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited condition. She has now received what she calls a ‘pre-bionic eye’ implant that enables her to experience some vision.Continue Reading

The energy efficiency gap

As everyday Australians battle to absorb the cost of electricity price rises, part of the answer to reducing energy costs may lie with business. UTS Business School PhD student Patrick Crittenden explains how better support for corporate energy efficiency programs may mean lower electricity bills for us all, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions along theContinue Reading

Before the ink dries

Lorena Kanellopoulos tells KATHARINE PIERCE why getting published is no longer the expensive and lengthy process it used to be. Newspapers are undergoing a painful, and very public, reinvention. Around the world, including in Australia, they are struggling to find new business models as readership levels drop and people turn away from physical printed papersContinue Reading

Pixel perfect

SARINA TALIP takes a journey into the not so distant future, where artificial intelligence makes life less of a chore and computers can recognise objects. A car drives along a road in downtown Nevada. It slows down for the pedestrians who run out in front of it, trying to make their bus on the otherContinue Reading

Australia’s satellite scarcity leaves us vulnerable

Australia’s satellite scarcity leaves us vulnerable

OPINION: Australia has long been something of a Blanche Dubois of satellite earth observation; keen to rub shoulders with the global space industry but ultimately dependent “on the kindness of strangers”. And like the protagonist in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, that dependency makes Australia vulnerable. Australia’s size and remote geography means we relyContinue Reading

Artful algorithms

Money laundering and other suspicious behaviours will become more detectable with the refinement of a 2D graphic visualisation tool currently under development at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. Super-fast algorithms that will allow IT security analysts to detect an eclectic range of abnormal behaviours are being created by Professor Seok-HeeContinue Reading

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