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

  1. 5 March 2017 – Elections, Electronic Voting, Internet Security, West Australian Election 2016, iVote

    iVote West Australia: Who voted for you?

    Voters casting online ballots must be able to trust the process. In a world where hackers have been accused of meddling in elections, iVote is not the answer.

  2. 3 March 2017 – Air Pollutants, Fragrance Chemicals, Preventive Medicine

    Fragrance fallout

    Fragrances are put in all sorts of products but the chemicals that make our air smell sweet are making about a third of us feel sick, according to research

  3. 16 February 2017 – Big Data, Culture, Melbourne, Visual Arts, White Night

    Big Data projects big things for White Night

    Using algorithms to analyse large amounts of social media data can tell us a great deal about how visitors experience White Night.

  4. 6 February 2017 – Big Data, Critical Thinking, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Reasoning, SWARM

    Making big sense of big data: The quest to improve human reasoning

    US intelligence is investing millions of dollars in a global research effort to boost analytical thinking by unlocking the reason in crowds

  5. 31 January 2017 – Blindness, Lasers, Vision Australia, Vision-Impaired

    Laser device will see what the eyes cannot

    Spotting hazards like potholes is difficult for those with vision impairments - but a new laser device could change that, giving users greater independence.

  6. Podcast30 December 2016 – Bioscience, Chemical engineering, Cities, Environment

    How are birds faring in our cities?

    We chat with two PhD researchers about their work on the impact of city lights on birds, and learning from our digestive systems to build better detergents.

  7. 15 December 2016 – BBQ, Ketchup, Newton's Laws of Motion, Rheology, Tomato Sauce

    Getting tomato sauce out of the bottle – minus the mess

    Here's how you can stop yourself being covered by tomato sauce at the summer BBQ when you try to get it out of the bottle and onto your freshly-cooked food.

  8. 29 October 2016 – Drones, Farm Technology, Innovation, Water

    Digital Vineyards

    Drones will one day help Australian farms think for themselves: living, breathing self-sufficient pieces of land.

  9. 29 October 2016 – 3D Printing, Engineering, Movement, Neuroscience, Robotics, Touch

    Robots with a human touch

    Prosthetic arms that ‘talk to the brain’ may offer greater dexterity and sense of touch to people who have lost their limbs.

  10. 29 October 2016 – China, Engineering, Irrigation, Water

    Food that does not waste water

    Automated watering systems and in-ground sensors are helping farmers produce more crops by using less water, sometimes by half.