High-tech shortages loom as coronavirus shutdowns hit manufacturers

There are now more than 45,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, and the disease has caused at least 1,115 deaths. The impact of the virus is now reaching way beyond public health: China is at the heart of global manufacturing, and as supply chains suffer, panic is beginning to set in.

Geelong precision farming startup begins trials

Deakin University-based IoT company Strut has begun a three-month trial of its ground-based sensor products, which update farmers on soil moisture and temperature, humidity and air temperature.   The company was founded by four engineers to make a simple precision agriculture offering, and went through Deakin’s three-month Spark accelerator program last year. Strut is based…

Small world: atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

By Baohua Jia, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron Ages. We might even call today’s information-driven society the Silicon Age. Since the 1960s, silicon nanostructures, the building-blocks of microchips, have supercharged the development of electronics, communications,…