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Australian Invention of the Year Award Winners Announced

Joint winners of the Australian Design Awards' Invention of the Year Award 2003 were announced last week in Melbourne. Tim Straatmans received the honour for his Coconut Net in conjunction with Ron Kukler, whose invention of an environmentally friendly diesel engine injector  Read More

Creating the clean diesel engine

Ron Kukler has spent 30 years as a combustion engineer, before he had a specific need - he wanted a lightweight diesel engine for a high-speedboating application and available motors were too heavy, too noisy, too expensive, or vibrated too much... so he decided to create his own  Read More

Enviromission Solar Project

An Australian plan to construct the world's first large-scale solar thermal power station is taking shape at Barooga, 23km northeast of Mildura. The first 200MW power station in the 'Solar Mission' project will produce enough electricity to power 200,000 households...  Read More

Australian science aids America's Cup Victory

When Swiss yacht Alinghi won the 2003 Americas cup from Team New Zealand, it wasn't just the result of a badly timed snapped mast or New Zealand sailors on the opposing side - behind the scenes Australian science played a critical role in providing accurate weather predictions for the Swiss team  Read More

Refrigeration efficiency breakthrough

Kelix Energies has developed a heating and cooling system that performs effectively without the use of a refrigeration compressor.  Read More

Perhaps the most important invention in human history is about to take its greatest leap forward since the printing press - pen and paper are going digital.  Read More

The rise and rise of the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee took the disparate threads of the "Internet" and created the level playing field "World Wide Web", allowing browser based surfing of documents stored on servers all over the world for the first time...  Read More

The match between Deep Fritz 7 and world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik is locked at 3 games each after the Kramnik lost game six on Tuesday despite playing "one of the best games of my life".  Read More

Extra help for oil stricken seabirds

A more efficient method of cleaning oil from seabirds' feathers has been invented using a magnetic-cleansing technology devised by scientists at Victoria University...  Read More

Charles Babbage: the brain that invented the computer

Though Silicon Valley may be the heart of the commercialisation of all things digital, it is the British who can proudly boast having invented the computer. Indeed, so proud are the British of the work done by eccentric British mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage, that the Science Museum in London has subsequently built the machines he conceived and the Royal College of Surgeons has preserved his brain - the brain that invented the computer. Babbage proposed the first computer, a machine he called "the difference engine", in 1822 - it was the size of a house, could store a program, was powered by steam and could even print results.  Read More

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