SoMAC CRC launches with Gilmour into spacecraft composites

The new Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites CRC (SoMAC CRC) has launched its first-ever research collaboration which could lead to the development of a new cost-effective solution for protecting space launch vehicles and spacecraft against extreme heat and pressure. Space vehicles can experience temperatures exceeding 3,000°C during launch and atmospheric re-entry. A common solution is…

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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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