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Phycologic harnesses algae to purify indoor air Sydney start up Phycologic has launched its novel Seatree which harnesses the photosynthetic power of algae to purify indoor air. Founded by engineers and marine scientists Zac Duryea and Jack Vitnell (pictured), the company worked with University of Technology Sydney’s Deep Green Biotech Hub to develop the algae-filled…

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We are closer than ever to being able to 3D print medicines. Here’s why that’s important

By Amirali Popat, The University of Queensland; Jared Miles, The University of Queensland, and Liam Krueger, The University of Queensland 3D-printed medicine could be the future of personalised healthcare, with research now suggesting printed tablets have reached a sufficient quality to match the standards set for conventionally manufactured tablets. Our new study, published in the…

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UQ team shows how yeast can be used as a sensor for virus detection

Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) have made powdery “nanoprobes” from baker’s yeast, which could one day be used to cheaply and rapidly detect viruses in an environment. The dust created is made up of synthetic fragments of the yeast cell walls. According to AIBN Professor Matt Trau,…

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BluGlass to showcase upgraded GaN laser products at Munich industry event

ASX-listed semiconductor business BluGlass will unveil its upgraded gallium nitride (GaN) laser products at the Laser World of Photonics industry event in Munich, Germany this week. According to a statement from BluGlass on Monday (Australian time), the new version of their blue 450-nanometre wavelength single-mode and multi-mode devices demonstrate power conversion efficiencies up 55 per…

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Best of the week — the five most popular stories among @AuManufacturing’s readers

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading 5) Western Australia moves towards green steel production Western Australia has joined South Australia in ambitions to create a green steel manufacturing capability, with the release of a new report by the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA).…

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Ford slashes engineers as automotive sector continues its decline

By Peter Roberts When Ford Australia stopped making cars in Australia in 2016 it retained a significant workforce including perhaps 1,000 engineers involved in engineering and designing new vehicles. Their skills with technologies such as finite element analysis for analysing designs and their design flair was said at the time to ensure the continued life…

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Luerssen spruiks corvette for the navy

Shipbuilders are lining up to supply a new class of smaller warship to met the needs of the Royal Australian Navy with German shipbuilder Luerssen Australia the latest to spruik its solution. The company, whose Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) are under construction in Adelaide and Perth, is offering a design based on its…

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Biomethane being injected into Sydney gas system

Renewable biomethane is being injected into Sydney’s gas distribution system following the completion of an upgrade to Sydney Water’s Malabar Wastewater Treatment Plant. The eastern suburbs facility has seen gas distributor Jemena’s Malabar Biomethane Injection Plant producing biomethane from waste and added to its gas distribution network. The plant previously processed organic material in wastewater…

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