Today’s waste plastic, tomorrow’s prototype

Brent Balinski spoke to Chris Larkin, CEO and co-founder at PolyLab, about the startup’s origins in humanitarian work and its plans to close the loop for rapid prototyping.   3D printing for prototyping can be expensive and wasteful, with a large amount of unused support material and the prototypes themselves binned after they’ve outlived their…

Orthocell spikes on research result

Nerve technology developer Orthocell (ASX:OCC) has reported a study validating ‘high quality nerve repair’ from its CelGro treatment. The pre-clinical study indicaed CelGro facilitated the regeneration of severed peripheral nerves, returning them to normal nerve structure. This reinforces earlier human trials that CelGro restored nerve sensation, reducing the need for sutures. Orthocell managing director, Paul…

EOSCOM satellite achieves 21 years continuous operation

Defence and space manufacturer Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS) has celebrated 21 years of continuous operation of its EOSCOM communications and science test satellite. The satellite was launched on 17 July, 1998 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and has been involved in numerous scientific experiments and helped developed advanced technologies and devices. EOS is best…

Pumped hydro energy storage wins $610 million federal loan

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has approved a loan of up to $610 million for Genex’s Kidston pumped hydro project in Queensland, 270 km north of Townsville. The Kidston Project is the first globally to utilise an abandoned mine and will be capable of producing 250MW of power for eight hours. NAIF CEO Laurie…

Native Australian tea brand to launch on international markets

By Jessica Bassano An Australian range of teas flavoured with native ingredients such as lemon myrtle, finger lime and ants is preparing for an international launch. Co-founded by cook and food writer Rebecca Sullivan and artist and high school teacher Damien Coulthard, Warndu has sold its native teas, vinegars and oils in Australia since 2016.…

Pressure is building to expand defence sector

Comment by Peter Roberts If you are a manufacturer in the defence business, or are diversifying into the sector, you are very likely onto a good thing. Yes, everyone has heard the government’s boast that it has spending of $200 billion planned on new equipment, including $50 billion for submarines and $35 billion for frigates.…

Peter Roberts – on the road in Kuala Lumpur

By Peter Roberts in Kuala Lumpur I have been travelling to Malaysia for more than two decades since I worked in the region but nowadays my view of the city has been transformed. While once it was easy to dismiss Malaysia as a developing country compared to my home in Australia, progress in the capital…