Now Microsoft and Google make quantum breakthroughs

Technology giant Microsoft has joined rival Google in announcing important advances in quantum computing, the next stage in smaller and ever more capable computers. Yesterday Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced the technology company had developed a “full-stack, open cloud ecosystem” to bring the benefits of quantum computing to developers around the world. He…

BAE systems demonstrates fully autonomous armoured vehicles

Defence manufacturer BAE systems demonstrated two fully autonomous armoured vehicles for the Australian Army this week, providing insights into autonomous technologies on future battlefields. The ‘battlefield simulation’ demonstration was held at the Majura Training Site where the Chief of Army was shown two customised M113 tracked armoured vehicles (pictured) in operation. BAE Systems engineers and…

Wage underpayment infects the economy – but not manufacturing…

Comment by Peter Roberts This week the seamier side of Australian business was again in the spotlight as supermarket group Woolworths admitted to underpaying staff by as much as $300 million over a decade. There were the usual explanations that this was all the fault of our complex industrial relations system. This is a ridiculous…

Titomic producing trial parts for major space, nuclear, defence customers

Metal 3D printing company Titomic’s (ASX: TTT) Melbourne production bureau has been busy manufacturing test parts for prospective customers using its Titomic Kinetic Fusion process (TKF) 3D printers. In his monthly investor update, Titomic managing director Jeff Lang listed a number of cases where the company’s strategy of producing test parts for customers was leading…

Leigh Creek in talks for new fertiliser plant

Leigh Creek Energy (ASX: LCK) is in discussions with ‘several international companies’ in the nitrogen fertiliser market to establish a new production plant in South Australia. The company has successfully demonstrated in-situ gassification of coal reserves at Leigh Creek, making it the largest uncontracted gas reserve in eastern Australia. The company said in a statement:…

EOS completes takeover, boosts profit forecast

Canberra-based electronics and systems developer Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS) has completed the takeover of communications business EM Solutions and released increased profit forecasts for the year. The company is now a subsidiary and a foundation for EOS’s new communications division, alongside its divisions in defence and space business. EOS’s expertise is in laser communications…