Innovation (1132 Stories)

Which horror movie is ANU sending its researchers into? [With Poll]

By 9 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

It sure as hell sounds like the start to a horror movie over at ANU:
Something massive is going on in East Antarctica’s Enderby Land and a team of researchers from the Research School of Earth Sciences are on their way to investigate.
The first hint of mystery came from the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate [...]

Raiders win most statistically incompetent comparison

By 5 October 2013

In an article that will make you stupider for having read it the Herald Sun is declaring the Canberra Raiders have won the not at all coveted “facebook fan page growth” competition for 2013.
With no raw numbers it’s hard to say if 181% growth is anything to get excited about. Going from 1 fan to [...]

My hat. And the future of retail

By 3 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Bear with me here. A huge chunk of Canberra’s economy turns on this hat.
Recently I was in the market for a hat. Fedoras had served me well in recent years but a man needs a bit of variety and really, if you can pick one up in Target how cool can it be? (Nerf guns [...]

NBN, internal home enclosures in Canberra?

By 3 October 2013

NBN has come to my street and I am looking to wall mount behind the family PC in a central main living area rather than in the garage or a cupboard.
Does anyone have any recommendations on an NBN specific enclosures (or something to keep it all neat in a public space)?

When can we move into the simulations of Canberra?

By 1 October 2013

This in from John Dow:
I applied for unrestricted access to the Canberra airspace to celebrate the ferry flight of my new L-39 Albatross into Canberra. I don’t think they had any idea what they were in for when they approved it!
I made this video to showcase the incredible Canberra Cityscape scenery for FSX from [...]

Geoscience Australia putting on a pile of events for Earth Science Week

By 26 September 2013

[ 15 October 2013 to 19 October 2013. ] We’ve just gotten word of a stack of activities that are happening as a part of Earth Science Week. These events are spread between Questacon, CSIRO Discovery Centre, and Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, are completely free, and are just chock-full of information to feed your brain mouths with.

Get to it.

Petroleum Geology: helping to secure Australia’s [...]

Druggie bomb enthusiast only locked up on weekends

By 20 September 2013

The ABC has the less than reassuring news that Ainslie Village’s Joseph Lawson will be serving weekend detention for burglary and possession of numerous explosives:
The ACT Supreme Court heard Lawson had been keen on explosives since he was young.
At one point he was suspended from his school for taking explosives along.
But Lawson agreed with [...]

Computer repairs around Canberra?

By 18 September 2013

I have both Mac computer and a PC laptop, both in need of repairs.
Your recommendations for local businesses would be welcome.

How to make Canberra a digital city

By 18 September 2013

This in from the Canberra Business Council:
Canberra Business Council, CollabIT and the ACT Government are interested in your thoughts and ideas on how Canberra can capitalise on digital opportunities and promote our digital success stories to inspire others.
As you know Canberra has unique attributes that we can leverage to transform the way we live, [...]

iParkr – App for Canberra Pay Parking

By 17 September 2013

Hello Everyone,
MyndWorks is an Australian company and we have developed a smart phone pay parking solution for councils. Please see
You can check out the demo (including Canberra parking) at or just scan the QR.
Users can

Search meter
find nearest pay parking on the map,
see the parking details
select parking duration
and use reminder function

Obviously this is still [...]

An end to the ERP gravy train

By 17 September 2013

Government News reports that the happy time of SAP and Oracle selling to Government might be coming to an end:
Just a week after the election of a new Coalition government, technology vendors have been notified that an “investigation into optimising Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems across the public service” will be put in train, [...]

Mobile phone repair?

By 17 September 2013

My daughter just cracked the screen on her new Samsung Galaxy s4, does anyone know of reliable repairer here in Canberra please?
Fortunately the phone is still working, but I’d prefer to get it repaired if at all poss.

Finally Big Brother can talk to you

By 11 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell brings the creepy to your Tuesday Morning with word he can now not only watch you from afar, but talk to you as well:
A new ‘talking CCTV’ speaker system will be trialled in Civic from tomorrow to help prevent crime, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell said ACT [...]

ANU researches are building elaborate fish torture chambers

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Sandra Binning and Dominique Roche are building fish gyms to see if humans are the only species stupid enough to buy into that CrossFit nonsense.
That’s not actually why they are doing this.
The husband and wife duo, from the Research School of Biology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, work on exercise [...]

What does this mast do?

By 10 September 2013

This antenna/transmitter was installed during the night (literally) over the weekend on the 9th hole of the Gold Creek Golf Course.
Calls to the club manager received the helpful advice that he doesnt know anything about it(!)
Anyone know what it is?

Niraj Lal wins ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Award

By 3 September 2013

The Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s scientific researchers and communicators.
Dr Niraj Lal won the 2013 ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Award and The Australian National University Medal for the ACT Young Tall Poppy of the year.
Dr Lal’s research in nanophotonics, photovoltaics and renewable energy impressed the judges.
Along with his research [...]

Canberra youth to learn the Huawei way…

By 2 September 2013

Chief MInister Gallagher has announced she’s deepening Canberra’s ties with the People’s Liberation Army subsidiary tech giant Huawei (which has been banned from working on the NBN for national security reasons):
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today secured an agreement with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for local ACT students and academics to study and learn with the [...]

Camera repairs in Canberra?

By 29 August 2013

Does anyone know of a decent camera repair place in  Canberra?
I’m having all sorts of problems with mine!!

ANU abandoning humanities for space

By 29 August 2013

As the Australian National University makes does away with pesky messy humanities it’s good to hear the focus is turning to a place with a vanishingly small presence of messy meatbags, space:
A multimillion dollar Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership, to be headquartered at Mount Stromlo, will create industry growth and jobs.
Federal funding was announced [...]

Digital radio trial extended

By 28 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has the happy news for the glorious few digital radio listeners that your shiny new radio is going to keep working:
Digital radio trials in Canberra and Darwin have been extended until August 2014.
Without this extension these digital radio trials (and the services provided under them) would have ceased [...]

UC hosts crystal growing competition

By 21 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

More than 3,000 kids have created their own crystals to compete in UC’s crystal growing competition, which is a pretty fantastic thing.
The crystals will be displayed at Questacon also, which is another pretty fantastic thing.

Graham Walker pilots the Scicycle

By 20 August 2013

Graham Walker is a bit of a Science Communication legend, and his Scicycle is a wonder example of why.
The Scicycle is a custom trike kitted out with a smorgasbord of science equipment, from eye- and balloon-popping liquid nitrogen experiments to pressure-powered canons and highly flammable hydrogen balloons. Created by Dr Graham Walker from the ANU [...]

Katy wants your help with going digital

By 20 August 2013

For reasons passing understanding Chief Minister Gallagher is asking for your help in taking Canberra out of the analogue and into the digital.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the start of a citizens forum and business ‘digital’ survey and is calling on Canberrans to have their say on Canberra becoming a digital city.
“Canberra [...]

Electric Car Show rolls in 2013

By 20 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 12 October 2013; ]

The ACT Electric Vehicle Council is making it known that their big shindig is on again this year, albeit after a restructure:

Since 2009, Canberra has hosted the annual Canberra International Electric Vehicle Festival produced in partnership with the Australian Electric Vehicle Association Inc. (AEVA) and the ACT Electric Vehicle Council (EVC). Since its inception, [...]

ANU claiming crack-proof encryption

By 19 August 2013

Courageous ANU Researchers are claiming to have perfected encryption:
Current encryption systems have flaws – as ASIO and Sony can no doubt tell you. But QuintessenceLabs – a cyber security company developed by ANU researchers – has invented a crack-proof encryption system that has been attracting attention from some of the world’s largest organisations.
Secret codes [...]

ANU Three Minute Thesis Final

By 19 August 2013

[ 18 September 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: 80,000 word research projects presented in just three minutes!

Join us for an evening of education and entertainment.

Come along to ANU for an hour and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on the campus by PhD students.

On the night, watch eleven [...]

Respite for the leccy leechers at Canberra Hospital

By 19 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Gallagher has a nod to modernity in the form of Chargebars going in across Canberra Hospital thanks to Dry July:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today welcomed the addition of mobile phone Chargebars across several areas of Canberra Hospital.
The mobile phone Chargebars were installed as a result of donations from Dry [...]

Maker Meetup!

By 16 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Australians have always loved fiddling in their sheds (if only as an excuse to get away from the wife), but now Maker culture is a growing way to be a bit more sociable about it, and learn from the experience of others.
Canberra’s Maker space, Make Hack Void in Downer has a meetup coming up where [...]

Fibre to the node

By 8 August 2013

Living the Liberal parties future of the NBN, fibre to the node, right now. My ADSL2 speed has received a major rev up with the fibre to the node which has been laid out in the inner north. One can only think how fast an actaul fibre to my house would deliver
Now all I need [...]

National Science Week launch at Questacon


I just returned from the launch of National Science Week at Questacon.
There were several impassioned speeches from members of the Government and of the scientific community, however it was the live demonstrations and hilarious antics of Science Communicator Graham Walker and Excited Particle David Cannell along with emcee Alison McGregor which best captured the spirit [...]

$42 million bonus to communications technology

By 7 August 2013

The Government have announced that National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) will be receiving a further $42 million in funding over 2015 to 2016, according to
Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator Kate Lundy, is pushing the financial top-up for the research house as an essential element to boost the so-called digital economy [...]

ANU links language problems with mental health

By 6 August 2013

ANU researchers have linked childhood language impairments with the development of mental health issues later in life.
Using data sourced from research articles dating back to the 80′s, ANU researchers Shaun Goh and Richard O’Kearney found that young children with specific language impairments (SLI) were over twice as likely to be diagnosed in their later childhood [...]

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