If you buy it, why can’t you fix it? Here’s why we still don’t have the ‘right to repair’

By Leanne Wiseman, Griffith University and John Gertsakis, University of Technology Sydney When you buy a product, you expect to be able to repair it. The problem is, many modern products are designed so that you can’t fix them. Vital parts are inaccessible. Or you have to go through the manufacturer, which may well just…

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Advanced Navigation unveils subsea robotics centre

AI-based inertial navigation technology company Advanced Navigation has unveiled Australia’s largest subsea robotics centre in Balcatta, Western Australia, incorporating high tech manufacturing and R&D facilities on a 5.5 acre site. The new facility (pictured) will accelerate the production of the company’s revolutionary subsea technologies, including autonomous underwater robot Hydrus, and the growth of its underwater…

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Renewable energy plans “will simply not be a reality” without industry and skills support: Weld Australia

Professional body Weld Australia says that the results of a member survey conducted last month show delivery of the federal government’s renewable energy plans is “almost impossible” due to skills shortages and other challenges. Weld Australia’s annual survey took responses from more than 130 companies. The organisation’s CEO, Geoff Crittenden, said it indicated that, “Labour shortages,…

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Plastic eating fungi get to work

Hard to recycle plastic has successfully been biodegraded by two strains of fungi in a new laboratory experiment led by researchers at the University of Sydney. The researchers reported their success in breaking down the common plastic polypropylene in a study just published in npj: Materials Degradation, using two common strains of fungi. Polypropylene accounts…

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XTEK signs MoU with Tata, targets Indian defence market

Defence contractor XTEK has announced an MoU between its US-based HighCom division and Indian conglomerate Tata, covering the use of Australian-developed composite curing technology for ballistic helmets for the Indian market. According to a statement from XTEK on Monday (Australian time), the collaboration agreement between HighCom Armour Solutions and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) covers…

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