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“Give me some skin! No, really.” “Give me some skin! No, really.” saikofish

Explainer: what is electronic skin?

Once a topic explored exclusively in science fiction, the notion of restoring sensory feelings to humans and to machines is now approaching reality. Scientists around the world are developing artificial…
Carbon fibre: it’s super light and super strong (even more so than dreadlocks). Carbon fibre: it’s super light and super strong (even more so than dreadlocks). Lucas Grumet/Flickr

Black to the future: carbon fibre research seeds new innovation

A unique cutting-edge carbon fibre research facility Carbon Nexus officially opened at Deakin University in Geelong last week. It houses laboratories, a pilot scale carbon fibre line and a smaller single-tow…
The humble fishing line. The humble fishing line. Flickr/derfian

Fishing for artificial muscles nets a very simple solution

Sometimes in research the answer is right under your nose. In our case, we spent nearly two decades developing exotic materials as artificial muscles – to now show in a paper published in Science today…
Graphene is an exciting and lucrative new industry – so why isn’t the Australian government funding local commercial development? Graphene is an exciting and lucrative new industry – so why isn’t the Australian government funding local commercial development? Hinkle Group

Graphene can pave the way for Australian manufacturing

Australian industries have reached a turning point. With old industries on the way out, the Australian manufacturing sector’s biggest challenge is to move from a low-cost mass production model to one that…
It’s been a long and lonely road for scientists in the quasicrystal camp. It’s been a long and lonely road for scientists in the quasicrystal camp. lovine

To the ends of the earth and beyond – the search for ‘impossible’ quasicrystals

Earlier this year, an international team of scientists reported that a sample of natural “quasicrystal” found in a Russian mountain range had formed 4.5 billion years ago and arrived on Earth as a meteorite…

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