Liquid Instruments attracts $15 million investment, will hire “dozens” at upcoming Melbourne site 

Breakthrough Victoria, which manages a $2 billion investment fund on behalf of the state government, has announced that it is investing $15 million in software-defined test instrumentation company Liquid Instruments. The company’s devices are described as using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and software to create more adaptable instrumentation, “providing up to fourteen different instruments accessible…

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More rocket launches planned for Koonibba Test Range German rocket manufacturer Hyimpulse is negotiating further space launches from Southern Launch’s South Australian launch facilities following the successful launch its SL1 sub-orbital vehicle from the Koonibba Test Range near Ceduna, SA (pictured). The launch tested Hyimpulse’s novel propulsion technology. The company now plans further launches from…

$58.3 million awarded to ARC Laureate Fellows

Funding totalling $58.3 million has been announced through the most recent round of the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme, supporting projects including quantum computing devices, more durable perovskite-based solar photovoltaic cells, and terahertz biosensing. Funding for 17 researchers was announced on Tuesday through the scheme, which is part of ARC’s Discovery Program and supports researchers “to…

Critical minerals for the world – or just for the US? Turning Australia into a green minerals powerhouse comes with risks

By Marina Yue Zhang, University of Technology Sydney; David Gann, University of Oxford, and Mark Dodgson, The University of Queensland Globalisation is on shaky ground. As China rises, the United States and its allies are moving to reduce their reliance on the world’s factory. The rivalry between the US and China is wide-ranging, from competition…

Empowering the next generation of innovators with Altium’s cutting-edge tools

Sponsored article Australia’s space ambitions are set to reach greater heights with projects like the Melbourne Space Program (MSP), where some of the nation’s brightest students are not just dreaming about space—they’re exploring it. Through the ACRUX-2 project, MSP students are gaining hands-on experience by designing, building, and launching an Earth-imaging satellite. Altium supports these…

Sydney haem team makes nanowires out of modified protein filaments, suggesting possibility of ‘green electronics’

University of NSW Sydney researchers have assembled “protein nanowires” created by engineered bacteria and found that these were able to conduct electricity over short distances and even create it out of thin air. According to a statement from UNSW on Monday, the team used protein filaments created by E. coli (a bacteria that can cause…

Climate change puts global semiconductor manufacturing at risk. Can the industry cope?

By Josh Lepawsky, Memorial University of Newfoundland Semiconductors are the basic building blocks of microchips. These technological marvels are in everything from lightbulbs and toothbrushes to cars, trains and planes, not to mention the vast array of electronics that have become integral to many people’s daily lives. The 21st century chip manufacturing industry has been…

Extel Technologies acquires Synergetics

Melbourne-headquartered product development and electronics engineering company Extel Technologies has announced the acquisition of Monterey, California-based contract electronics manufacturer Synergetics Manufacturing, following “several years of diligent efforts”. In a statement on Monday, Extel said the acquisition is a culmination of a long-time presence in California in pursuit of its US expansion plan and would add…