Manufacturer business confidence plunges – CBA

CBA bank’s latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) shows a massive plunge in economic activity and confidence. The March 20 index, which surveys 800 Australian companies in the manufacturing and service sectors, dropped from 49.0 to 40.7, the steepest reduction since data collection began in 2016. The survey measures how output, orders, jobs, delivery times and…

Urban owls are losing their homes. So we’re 3D printing them new ones

By Dan Parker, University of Melbourne; Bronwyn Isaac, Monash University; Kylie Soanes, University of Melbourne; Nick Bradsworth, Deakin University; Stanislav Roudavski, University of Melbourne, and Therésa Jones, University of Melbourne Native to southeastern Australia, the powerful owl (Ninox strenua) is threatened and facing the prospect of homelessness. These birds don’t make nests – they use…

In the black: startup pushing ahead commercialising waste-to-activated-carbon technology

Environmental technology company Bygen is taking technology out of University of Adelaide labs and using it to give agricultural waste a higher purpose. Brent Balinski spoke to co-founder and CEO Dr Lewis Dunnigan about using almond shells and other ingredients to supply the growing activated carbon market.