Small world: atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

By Baohua Jia, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron Ages. We might even call today’s information-driven society the Silicon Age. Since the 1960s, silicon nanostructures, the building-blocks of microchips, have supercharged the development of electronics, communications,…

Smaller manufacturers and the big challenge of digitalisation

It’s been said that Australia’s population of enterprises has a “missing middle.”    Within manufacturing, there is certainly a heavy weighting towards the smaller end of town. A count published in the Australian Industry Group’s Australian Manufacturing in 2019 report found that of 47,530 employing companies, 87 per cent were between 1 and 19 employees…

Australia’s digital competitiveness is slipping. Here’s how we can catch up

David Tuffley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics & CyberSecurity, Griffith University Australia’s ability to compete with other nations in a technology-enabled world is declining, according to a report recently released by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). In 2019 Australia dropped to 14th on the global league table of digital competitiveness, down from…

BAE Systems installs new mast on HMAS Anzac

HMAS Anzac’s new taller and wider mast has been installed in a major milestone in the ship’s modernisation and technology upgrade. Installed at BAE System Australia’s Henderson facility in Western Australia, the mast incorporates the new Australian developed and made CEA L-Band high power active phase array radar. Incorporating an integrated ‘Friend and Foe’ capability,…