National shortage of Australian groundwater experts

National shortage of Australian groundwater experts

Permanent waterholes in arid Australia are sustained by groundwater. Credit: linders University Australia's future growth is closely aligned to good resources management, and water is top of the list. This is underpinning a growing shortage of groundwater scientists and engineers. The demand is rising, with the National Centre for Groundwater...

Researchers build $400 self-navigating smart cane

Stanford PhD candidate Michael John Raitor tests out the augmented cane, created with way-finding capabilities similar to those used in autonomous vehicles. Credit: Andrew Brodhead Most know the white cane as a simple-but-crucial tool that assists people with visual impairments in making their way through the world. Researchers at Stanford University...

Getting flying taxis off the ground

Getting flying taxis off the ground

Credit: University of Missouri Engineers still have some kinks to work out before flying taxis become reality. But when they do hit the market, what will demand look like at different times and places? That's one question Suchithra Rajendran and Sharan Srinivas, assistant professors of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering...

Building out of concrete, but without pouring concrete

Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL researchers have built a footbridge prototype using reinforced-concrete blocks from walls of a building being renovated. The blocks were cut into individual pieces on site and assembled into a prestressed arch. This project, which marks the first time concrete has been reused in...

Researchers snap first image of an ‘electron ice’

This scanning tunneling microscope image of a graphene sheet reveals that a Wigner crystal — a honeycomb arrangement of electrons, like an electron ice — has formed inside a layered structure underneath. Credit: Hongyuan Li and Shaowei Li, courtesy of NatureMore than 90 years ago, physicist Eugene Wigner predicted that...

Patent on sustainable energy

Credit: CC0 Public Domain If we want to reach the climate goals set for 2030 and 2050, we are going to have to do our utmost to continue developing sustainable energy technologies. In order to make appropriate government policy, it is important whether a technology builds primarily on earlier technology...

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