Viral room-temperature superconductor claims spark excitement – and skepticism

By Mahboobeh Shahbazi, Queensland University of Technology Last week, a group of South Korean physicists made a startling claim. In two papers uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, they say they have created a material that “opens a new era for humankind”. LK-99, a lead-based compound, is purportedly a room-temperature, ambient-pressure superconductor. Such a material,…

All pain and no gain in Victoria’s gas ban – by Jon Seeley

Gas manufacturers have reacted strongly against moves by Victoria to ban new gas connections. Here Jon Seeley, whose company manufactures the Braemar range of gas appliances and Seeley air coolers, attacks the decision for driving up emissions. The Victorian Government’s foolish and short-sighted ban on gas in new homes will only push emissions higher and…

Plotlogic raises cash for push into minining technology

US and Australian venture capital climate and sustainability heavyweights have led a $US28 million Series B funding round for deep-tech mining company Plotlogic. In the five years since its inception, Queensland-based Plotlogic has fast become a leader in ore characterisation. Their technology helps customers, including BHP, Vale, South32 and leading lithium company Pilbara Minerals, increase…

Capral receives first Chain of Custody-certified shipment

Capral Aluminium has announced the achievement of what it says is a “significant milestone in sustainable sourcing” this month, receiving its first Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Chain of Custody (CoC)-certified shipment from Aluminium Bahrain (Alba.)  According to a statement from Capral, the certification assures that the aluminium in its products has been responsibly sourced and…

Australia’s lack of economic complexity on display – again

Australia’s overreliance on exporting largely undifferentiated commodities has been laid bare in data released by the Harvard Kennedy School which shows that the country’s Economic Complexity Index (ECI) rating has plummeted to 93rd, down 12 positions in the past ten years. The Harvard Index systematically ranks 133 countries by their ability to manufacture and export…

ARC awards almost $65 million under Industrial Transformation Research Program 2023

Funding totalling nearly $65 million has been announced for eight new Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centres and five new ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, covering themes including battery recycling, digital manufacturing and radiation innovation. Industry partners and universities would also provide additional funding worth $227 million to the new ARC Training Centres,…