‘We need their brains’: donating to the brain bank in search of a dementia cure

From The Guardian, 14 November 2018: It’s a rainy Wednesday morning and Dr Andrew Affleck is driving more carefully than usual on his way to the Neuroscience Research Australia building in Randwick. It’s not just the slick, crowded roads putting the edge on his caution; in the boot of his car, cocooned in several layers Continue reading ‘We need their brains’: donating to the brain bank in search of a dementia cure

Waste crisis: where’s your recycling going now?

From The Guardian, 26 June 2018: “Did you put the recycling out?” It’s a phrase regularly recited in millions of households across Australia, followed by a hollow rumble as the yellow-lidded wheelie bin is hauled to the kerb. It’s a ritual that, in one form or another, takes place in more than 90% of Australian Continue reading Waste crisis: where’s your recycling going now?

China’s emissions trading scheme puts Australian companies on notice

From The Guardian, 4 October 2017: For a brief and shining moment in 2012, Australia was at the global forefront of climate change action, as one of the first countries to implement a carbon pricing mechanism. It lasted only two years, and was repealed amid much fanfare by the Abbott government in July 2014. During Continue reading China’s emissions trading scheme puts Australian companies on notice

No more business as usual: the corporates stepping up to save the planet

From The Guardian, 30 June 2017: When the US president, Donald Trump, announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, one might have anticipated a hearty cheer from industry around the world relieved that business as usual could continue. Instead the opposite has happened. Across the United States, the business community is taking Continue reading No more business as usual: the corporates stepping up to save the planet

Smart city: using technology to tackle traffic and social isolation in Melbourne

From The Guardian, 19 June 2017: Traffic congestion and social isolation are two concepts that don’t immediately appear to be connected. But in 2012, the Grattan Institute’s Social Cities report drew a direct line between inefficient urban transport and less time spent with friends and family. One estimate suggested every 10 minutes of commuting equates Continue reading Smart city: using technology to tackle traffic and social isolation in Melbourne

Battery storage and rooftop solar could mean new life post-grid for consumers

From The Guardian, 13 June 2017: To illustrate the impact of battery storage on the electricity network in Australia, Prof Guoxiu Wang likes to compare it to the invention of refrigeration. “Before people invented the fridge, we produced food, we consumed food immediately,” says Wang, director of the Centre for Clean Energy Technology at the Continue reading Battery storage and rooftop solar could mean new life post-grid for consumers

How Australia can use hydrogen to export its solar power around the world

From The Guardian, 19 May 2017: Nearly a century ago, British scientist JB Haldane saw an energy future in which wind power would be used to generate hydrogen; a fuel he described as, weight-for-weight, the most efficient known method of storing energy. He thought this future was four hundred years away, but the so-called “hydrogen Continue reading How Australia can use hydrogen to export its solar power around the world

Age discrimination: older Australian workers viewed as slow to learn

From The Guardian, 20 April 2017: The trope of the older worker thrust back into the hurly-burly of working life made for great comedy in the 2015 film The Intern. But in reality this scenario isn’t always such a laughing matter. Older workers face unique hardships. Hampered by unfair stereotypes about their abilities, their role Continue reading Age discrimination: older Australian workers viewed as slow to learn

Food security: the gene banks future-proofing Australian agriculture

From The Guardian, 27 April 2017: n February 2018 the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the remote Norwegian Arctic will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Among the gifts it will receive are two collections of precious seeds and grains from the Australian Pastures Genebank and the Australian Grains Genebank, to be deposited into the vault as Continue reading Food security: the gene banks future-proofing Australian agriculture

Australian consortium launches world-first digital energy marketplace for rooftop solar

From The Guardian, 23 February 2017: Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies. The Decentralised Energy Exchange – or deX – was launched on Thursday with the promise to “change the Continue reading Australian consortium launches world-first digital energy marketplace for rooftop solar