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The Skynet concept offers a solution to the problems posed by drone delivery

With drone technology progressing so quickly, it may not be too long before they start dropping packages at our doorsteps. But proposals for how the vehicles can safely navigate fences, pets and small children haven't been entirely convincing so far. A pair of Australians believe they have the answer, with a system that sees drones zero in to drop deliveries into a purpose-built net, guided by LEDs to ensure centimeter-perfect accuracy.  Read More

According to engineering firm Arup, the floating surf park will be the first of its kind i...

Melbourne may soon receive a new choice location to surf, courtesy of local firm Damian Rogers Architecture and engineering giant Arup. The two companies recently unveiled a concept floating surf park slated for the city that features a beach and wave pool with height-controllable waves. Arup reports that it'll be the first of its kind in Australia.  Read More

The Tiny, by James Galletly (Photo: Alicia Fox Photography)

Australian James Galletly, also known as "The Upcyclist," is on a mission. He wants to expose Sydney residents to the small living movement, and demonstrate that salvaged materials can prove useful long after they're discarded. In a bid to bring this about, he has built The Tiny: a pint-sized off-grid retreat made from an estimated 99 percent recycled materials that could serve as an extra bedroom or writer's studio.  Read More

A 3D printed titanium implant has replaced the heel bone of a 71-year-old cancer  (Photo: ...

Slowly but surely, 3D printing is working its way through the human anatomy, replacing infected jaws, cancerous vertebrae and deformed hips in a procession of world-first medical treatments. The latest body part to be ticked off the list is the heel, putting a 71-year-old cancer patient who was facing an amputation below the knee back on his feet.  Read More

Motorclassica 2014 featured a stunning collection of rare and classic vehicles  (Photo: Ni...

Thousands of auto enthusiasts flocked to the Royal Exhibition building in Melbourne, Australia, over the weekend for Motorclassica 2014. Adding to the drawing power of the event was the celebration of Maserati's 100th anniversary, which saw the display of iconic gems plucked from the Italian automaker's famed history. Gizmag was among those keen to feast their eyes on the collection of rare and classic vehicles on show.  Read More

Melbourne-based architectural studio Modscape has created a modern off-the-grid home that ...

Modscape, the architectural studio responsible for the Cliff House concept, has created a modern off-the-grid home that took twelve weeks to complete. Located on the southern banks of the Murray River, in Victoria, Australia, the Tintaldra home is a single-module cabin that was prefabricated in Melbourne before being transported to its rural location.  Read More

Members of the Sunswift team and the eVe after it's record-breaking run (Photo: Sunswift /...

The world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 km (311 mi) claimed by a group of engineering students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) earlier this year has now been officially homologated by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).  Read More

The SKA array will detect UHE cosmic rays as they strike the lunar surface (Image: SKA Pro...

What is the Moon good for? Aside from inspiring poets, helping you see at night, and giving Neil Armstrong some place for a stroll, what can you do with it? If you ask scientists at the University of Southampton, they’ll tell you that it makes a cracking particle detector. With the help of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, the team hopes to use the mass of the satellite to detect the most energetic particles known; Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays.  Read More

The water runs through a piece of piping, which rests in a trench-shaped structure coated ...

Armed with plywood, a glass tube and some empty chip packets, mechanical engineering students from the University of Adelaide have developed a low-cost water purification system capable of killing off harmful bacteria. The solution is designed for remote communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG), an area where water is particularly susceptible to pathogen infestation.  Read More

Dr Niraj Lal says that the way Buddhist singing bowls interact with light mimics the way t...

While the unique shape of Buddhist singing bowls is vital to the creation of their signature sound, a researcher from Australia National University (ANU) has used their design as the inspiration for a new breed of solar cells. In completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Dr Niraj Lal found that just as the bowls cause sound to resonate, miniaturized versions can be made to interact with light in much the same way, inspiring solar cells better able to capture sunlight.  Read More

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