Innovation (1118 Stories)

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 [...]

Do we need a Space Agency here in Canberra?


Ten reasons why Australia urgently needs a space agency
By Andrew Dempster
There is a hole in the Australian public administration where a space agency should be. That was the clear lesson from the Australian Space Research Program (ASRP) project delivered at the end of June this year.
In 2008, the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Economics produced [...]

Go Brumbies Wallpaper!


Following on from yesterday’s news that the ACT Government computers are all being switched over to a Brumbies theme a reader has sent in the above.
Now you can all join in, and no one needs to feel left out.

Australia’s most powerful super computer unveiled


The ANU have revealed their new super computer and I have some serious tech-envy.
It’s called the Raijin, it’s the most powerful computer in Australia, and I want one.
The nation’s most powerful computer was officially launched today at the opening of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computing centre at The Australian National University [...]

Jurors and social media: is there a solution?


By Lorana Bartels, University of Canberra
actually excited for jury duty tomorrow…it’s gonna be fun to tell the defendant they’re GUILTY – Facebook post, 2010

Guilty guilty…I will not be swayed. Practicing [sic] for jury duty. – Twitter post, 2010

These are just two examples from the United States of jurors apparently prejudging the outcome of [...]

Calvary ED going paperless

By 27 July 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that Calvary has rolled out a new paperless system:
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at Calvary Hospital are now using an electronic clinical information system following the successful rollout of the new ICT system MetaVision, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced today.
“MetaVision is [...]

Web Page Basics in Canberra?

By 17 July 2013

Given the poor economic climate, by necessity I have been fortunate to come up with a product that could well save my business.
I would appreciate the opinion of the hive mind on who, how, and at what sort of cost I should expect to put up a one or two page web page to [...]

Where was Canberra 165 million years ago?

By 5 July 2013

A team of researchers at the ANU have been having a second look at the movements of Australian, Indian and Antarctic tectonic plates though out history and have determined that the ideas we had about the shape of Gondwana, and Australia’s position in it, were not entirely correct.
“We used a simple technique of matching [...]

Free Public Lecture by NASA Astronaut

By 4 July 2013

[ 25 July 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society proudly presents a free public lecture entitled


by Dr Greg Chamitoff – NASA Astronaut & Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney

Date: Thursday 25 July 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Theatre 1, Manning Clarke [...]

Canberra Science & Innovation Precinct wants your input

By 3 July 2013

The ANU and CSIRO are working together to create the Canberra Science and Innovation Precinct (CSIP) and are looking for individuals and organisations to lend their perspectives on how it should work with an online survey.
CSIP is a collaboration between ANU and CSIRO, with assistance from the ACT Government under the Strategic Opportunities Funding program.
This [...]

Questacon running workshops these school holidays

By 2 July 2013

Questacon is running some school holiday workshops at their new shiny QTLC centre, and they sound pretty awesome.
Does your child have a bright idea?
Check out our newest facility, the Questacon Technology Learning Centre (QTLC) in Deakin and sign the kids up to a workshop these ACT school holidays.
These two innovation workshop experiences are for young [...]

Testing a NASA rover in a harsh environment. Belconnen…


This in from Kazza the Blank One:
because.. what the ??
as seen in belconnen mall yesterday morning…
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Southern Cross Ten: broken?

By 26 June 2013

Anyone else having reception issues with Southern Cross Ten / Eleven / ONE?
I know no one actually watches Ten, but thought someone might have noticed when flipping channels to avoid sitting through ads. It seems to have been playing up since yesterday arvo.

Radar sick again?

By 25 June 2013

Is there something funny going on with the Captain’s Flat radar again?
Just that there has been an area of heavy rain centred over the radar for several hours (since 11 am or so).
It doesn’t seem to be moving.

Geoscience Australia Open Day 2013

By 24 June 2013

[ 18 August 2013 at 10:00 am; ]

Geoscience Australia’s Open Day is always wildly popular with our readers.

They’ve sent in some information on this year:

Geoscience Australia will host its annual Open Day on Sunday 18 August 2013 as part of National Science Week.

A range of science talks, tours and activities for all ages throughout the day highlighting Geoscience Australia’s broad [...]

NBN rollout starts in Belconnen


Andrew Leigh is celebrating the start of NBN work in the Belconnen area:
Construction has commenced to bring the NBN to hundreds of households in the Belconnen area, Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh said today.
Andrew Leigh today welcomed the release of detailed maps by NBN Co, showing where construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) [...]

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