New CSIRO report weighs up national circularity performance

CSIRO has published a new analysis of Australia’s circular economy, finding that though things have improved, the nation lags the global average of “circularity” for material flows. Released on Wednesday, the Australian material flow analysis to progress to a circular economy report used data on economy-wide material flows for 2019. It found that Australia’s circularity…

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Applications opened for grants between $200,000 and $2 million through Physical Sciences Fund

Applications are open for Round 5 of the NSW government’s Physical Sciences Fund, which offers grant funding of between $200,000 and $2 million to assist commercialisation of devices and systems. Preliminary applications were opened on Tuesday for the program, which is administered by the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and has been…

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Australian-made flexible solar cells part of satellite aboard SpaceX mission

CSIRO-developed printed flexible solar cells are travelling on Space Machines Company’s Optimus-1 private satellite, which flew  as cargo aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched on Tuesday (Australian time.) A statement from the national science agency following the launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California explained that it is exploring such solar cells as a…

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Indigenous company’s unique building framing system

Indigenous construction company Warle Construction is addressing housing affordability and availability through a project commercialising its innovative house framing system. The project will establish new manufacturing capabilities and jobs in the Northern Territory while delivering affordable housing designed to withstand harsh climate conditions such as cyclones, according to a statement. Warle’s process makes use of…

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Australian “road to space” now laid with Bowen Orbital Spaceport’s new licence

The Gilmour Space Technologies-operated spaceport in north Queensland has gained approval as an orbital launch facility, Gilmour announced on Tuesday morning. The Bowen Orbital Spaceport is the first granted its licence by federal industry minister Ed Husic under the Space (Launches & Returns) Act 2018, the company said. Rocket manufacturer and launch services provider Gilmour…

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