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From robotics to medical technology. From skyscrapers to startups. Stories from our pioneering Engineering and IT researchers.

  1. 29 September 2021 – Brownmillerite, Chlorine, Global Warming, Water, Water Treatment

    Purifying water with a simple powder

    Drinking water can be made safe by adding a bacteria-killing mineral – brownmillerite – a cheaper alternative to chlorine, says University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 16 August 2021 – Aerosol, COVID-19, Consumer products, National Science Week, Pandemic

    Which air cleaners work best to remove aerosols that contain viruses?

    Makers of air cleaners claim to remove SARS-CoV-2 containing particles from homes, offices and classrooms; a University of Melbourne expert explains what works

  3. 10 August 2021 – Environment, Fertiliser, Food Security, Sustainability, Urine

    We need to stop flushing opportunity down the toilet

    A new technology that converts human urine into fertiliser onsite could enable a sustainable expansion of urban farming says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 5 August 2021 – Air Pollutants, Mortality , Particles, Pollution, Population Health

    The impact of air pollution on life expectancy

    A new study led by the University of Melbourne shows how particulate matter in the air is associated with premature deaths, highlighting the need for action.

  5. 28 July 2021 – Aged Care, Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, Philosophy, Robotics

    Are robots the answer for aged care during pandemics?

    Care robots may be a safer option in aged care during pandemics – University of Melbourne experts ask how far robot care can go and how far do we want it to go?

  6. 26 July 2021 – Cybersecurity, Data, Privacy, Social Media, Surveillance

    TikTok captures your face

    University of Melbourne experts say that TikTok's decision to capture unique digital copies of your face and voice is a cybersecurity threat to your identity.

  7. 19 July 2021 – Circadian Rhythms, Computer Science, Emotions, Mental Health, Science Gallery Melbourne

    Your face is muted

    Science Gallery Melbourne's MENTAL: Head Inside explores the search for technologies that help us bridge the gap towards humane interactions in a hi-tech world.

  8. 13 July 2021 – Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare, Hospitals, Insurance, Patients

    Using AI to predict hospital costs in real time

    Hospitals can't predict how much a patient's care might cost; University of Melbourne-developed predictive algorithms can estimate costs soon after diagnosis.

  9. 25 June 2021 – Artificial Intelligence, Aviation Industry, Human-Computer Interaction, Voice Assistants, Work

    What do pilots think of having more AI in the cockpit?

    Pilots want to explore technology like cockpit digital voice assistants but pilots need to be central to any new systems, say University of Melbourne experts