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…

Five of Brickworks US plants forced to close in virus fallout

Five of the 12 brick making plants operated by Brickworks in the United States are to close immediately as fallout spreads from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The Sydney company announced today that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in the state to close their physical locations to slow the spread of Covid-19.…

DXN to build its tenth Pacific data station

Modular data centre specialist DXN has signed a contract to supply its tenth pre-fabricated modular data cable landing station to the Pacific islands. The latest agreement, for $714,000, will see three terrestrial cable landing stations constructed, delivering high-speed broadband communications to Tokelau. DXN announced the contract with Telecommunication Tokelau Corporation which supplies services to the…

Bondor to recycle plastics into prefabricated building components

The Bondor Metecno Group and its partners will use a $2.7 million Cooperative Research Centre Projects grant to transform plastic waste into lightweight prefabricated building products. The leading manufacturer of insulated wall, ceiling and roof panels will work with Pipemakers Australia , M Modular Pty Ltd and the University of Melbourne to boost the local…

Schneider Electric partners with AZZO

Automation and electrical systems manufacturer Schnieder Electric has partnered with Adelaide software developer AZZO to incorporate its expert solutions into the company’s power monitoring systems. A manufacturer’s electrical power system incorporates millions of dollars worth of equipment and hundreds of data points, but making sense of it all and keeping power flowing safely and efficiently…

Eden conquers US concrete market

Carbon nanotube concrete additive developer, Eden Innovations (ASX: EDE) begins 2020 the way it ended the previous year – with the announcement that another American state had approved the use of its innovative products. The company announced that North Carolina Department of Transportation had approved the use of EdenCrete PZ after extensive trials. This brings…