Australian quantum computer chip manufacturing a step closer

By Peter Roberts An announcement by technology group Silex Systems (ASX: SLX) that it will make silicon suitable for fabricating quantum computing chips shows the way forward for Australian involvement in this emerging manufacturing sector. Silex has entered into a R&D project with Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC), a spin off from the University of NSW,…

AVA Group sells fibre optic security systems

Security and risk management group AVA Risk Group (ASX:AVA) has won additional orders for Future Fibre Technologies’ (FFT) perimeter detection systems from government clients. The Melbourne company received orders worth $630,000 for FFT’s Aura Ai-2 platform which will be installed in sensitive US Government sites. A second order worth $350,000 was for FFT’s SecureFence platform…

Bio-Gene’s insecticide proven to kill dangerous mosquitoes

Agricultural technology company Bio-Gene (ASX:BGT) has reported its proprietary Flavocide insecticide is highly toxic to dangerous Malaria carrying mosquitoes. In laboratory studies Flavocide successfully killed Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes that are resistant to synthetic pyrethroids, the most commonly used insecticides since the 1970s. Anopheles gambiae potentially carry Malaria, Zika virus and Dengue fever. “The company said…

The new battery metals supply chains – infographic

The world is rapidly shifting to renewable energy technologies. Battery minerals are set to become the new oil, with lithium-ion battery supply chains becoming the new pipelines. China is currently leading this lithium-ion battery revolution—leaving the U.S. and its allies including Australia dependent on imports. However, there is pressure to develop our own domestic energy…

Apprentice numbers down as training effort in freefall

Australia’s latest apprentice and trainee data shows a continuation of the long term slump which has halved Australia’s training effort in only seven years. The number of Australians in training, measured by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), has been in a savage slump since the election of the Coalition in Canberra. The…