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Browse: Liquid Metal Pump Does Away with Moving Parts
Researchers have developed the world’s first liquid metal-enabled pump with no mechanical parts.
conSCIENCE: Engineering Australia’s New Wealth
It’s time to connect the dots between invention, innovation and the role of engineering.
Browse: Plastic Toughens Concrete conSCIENCE: Serendipity, Your Number Is Up
Science, technology, engineering and maths skills are needed to build the nation, but student and teacher numbers are in decline.
Directions: How to Address the Engineering Shortage
Shaping the future of a thriving Australia means addressing the national opportunity cost by building engineering capacity.
Directions: No More Studies: It’s Time for STEM Action
The STEM situation is desperate and needs to be addressed as a high priority.
Lowe Tech: Engineering Numbers Aren’t Adding Up
Our universities aren’t producing enough engineers to meet demand, and gender balance remains an issue.
Simon Says: Engineer in Charge
Redefining pepper and implanting STEM cells are on the agenda of the new Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science.
Up Close: Tender connections: Fitting prosthetic limbs for comfort and cost
Mechanical engineer Peter Lee and prosthetist Jim Lavranos describe the challenges of creating low-cost prosthetic limb technologies in developing countries, and contrast this with how things are done in wealthier economies.
Up Close: Refracted brilliance: How nature’s structures produce colour
Physicist Professor Ullrich Steiner explains how nature generates vibrant colors, as seen in many butterflies and beetles, through the structure of materials, and how these properties can be usefully reproduced.
Up Close: Thought Controlled Futures
We talk to the people behind revolutionary technologies enabling people to control movement and manipulate objects using their thoughts alone. In particular, we take a look at the stentrode, a metal scaffold implanted in a blood vessel, that allows brain activity to be recorded and commands generated to control a full-body exoskeleton.
Up Close: The social life of algorithms: Shaping, and being shaped by, our world
Informatics researcher Professor Paul Dourish explains how algorithms, as more than mere technical objects, guide our social lives and organization, and are themselves evolving products of human social actions.