Aurizon to trial battery-electric tender on freight train

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded a $9.4 million grant to Aurizon to support the development and trial of a retrofitted 1.8 megawatt-hour battery-electric tender (BET) to power diesel-electric locomotive. According to a statement from energy minister Chris Bowen on Friday, the country’s largest rail freight hauler will partner with Alta Battery Technology,…

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Immuron booms on Travelan’s positive research result

Drug developer Immuron’s Travelan anti-diarrhoea oral antibody product set the company share price alight this morning following positive news from clinical trials in the United States. Travelan, which is made in Melbourne and on sale through Chemist Warehouse, is a non-absorbable, safe product which is composed of anti-bacterial antibodies that boost the gut immune system.…

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SKA radio telescope installs first antenna

One of the world’s largest science infrastructure projects, the billion dollar Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, is closer to fruition following the installation of the first antennas. These are part of more than 130,000 two-metre-tall, Christmas tree-shaped antennas (pictured) to be installed across 74 km of the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. When signals…

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VAILO launches new PC amber luminaire

LED lighting manufacturer VAILO has announced the official launch of the PC amber variant of its Zenith Gen-V flagship luminaire. According to a fact sheet from the company, white LEDs “pose significant challenges in wildlife sensitive areas due to their blue-rich spectrum.” Phosphor Converted Amber LEDs “offer a promising solution by providing a spectrum closer…

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What is a GPU? An expert explains the chips powering the AI boom, and why they’re worth trillions

By Conrad Sanderson, CSIRO As the world rushes to make use of the latest wave of AI technologies, one piece of high-tech hardware has become a surprisingly hot commodity: the graphics processing unit, or GPU. A top-of-the-line GPU can sell for tens of thousands of dollars, and leading manufacturer NVIDIA has seen its market valuation…

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Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Austal delivers another LCS Shipbuilder Austal has announced that the future USS Kingsville Littoral Combat Ship has been delivered to the United States Navy – the 18th Independence-variant LCS built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. Austal Chief Executive Officer Paddy Gregg said Kingsville was the penultimate delivery for the Independence-variant programme. “With the delivery…

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