What’s made of legumes but sizzles on the barbie like beef? Australia’s new high-tech meat alternative

By Martin Cole, CSIRO and Mary Ann Augustin, CSIRO There is a revolution taking place in burger joints and supermarkets across Australia. Plant products that taste and behave like meat are increasingly making their way onto the plates of consumers as concern grows over the environmental impact of food production. This week the CSIRO launched…

Plastic: from problem to circular resource

By Andrea Polson, Marketing and Communications Manager, Licella   Currently only 50% of plastics can be physically recycled. The rest, termed ‘End-of-Life Plastic’, is sent to landfill, incinerated or ends up in our oceans.   Almost two years after China Sword (the World’s major waste importer banning the import of foreign waste), we still need to…

2021: a space business’s odyssey

Despite a recent mishap, Gilmour Space Technologies’ goal of offering commercial trips to orbit in 2021 is unchanged. Brent Balinski spoke to founder and CEO Adam Gilmour about the need for local launches, the $150 million federal boost to space companies, and the enduring mystery of a recent award nomination.  

Why are scientists so excited about a recently claimed quantum computing milestone?

A quantum computer may have solved a problem in minutes that would take the fastest conventional supercomputer more than 10,000 years. A draft of a paper by Google researchers laying out the achievement leaked in recent days, setting off an avalanche of news coverage and speculation.

Dig deep: Australia’s mining know-how makes it the perfect $150m partner for NASA’s Moon and Mars shots

By Andrew Dempster, Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research; UNSW   In the wake of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s meeting with US President Donald Trump, the Australian government announced on Sunday a commitment of A$150million “into our local businesses and new technologies that will support NASA on its inspirational campaign to return to the…

We can make roof tiles with built-in solar cells – now the challenge is to make them cheaper

Despite being such a sunkissed country, Australia is still lagging behind in the race to embrace solar power. While solar panels adorn hundreds of thousands of rooftops throughout the nation, we have not yet seen the logical next step: buildings with solar photovoltaic cells as an integral part of their structure.