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VSS Unity reaches space 14 December, 2018 Tagged under: CRISPR, gene editing, mosquitoes - Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic was back in the air this week.  The new SpaceShipTwo launched from the SpacePort in Mojave, California achieved an altitude of weightless, and landed from a maiden flight to cheers from the teams at Virgin and The Spaceship Company. The mission was the first human spaceflight launched from an American soil since the ... Read more
Energy Forum: Batteries Will Run The World 14 December, 2018 Tagged under: batteries, Batteries will run the world, Energy, Energy Forum -   Recently The Warren Centre hosted our final Energy Forum for 2018 'Batteries will run the world'. This Energy Forum was an insightful look into the ways in which batteries currently shaping our world, and the potential batteries have to impact the future. We were fortunate enough to publish some of the top presentations into webinars for our readers. ... Read more
Moratorium deferred on gene drive 14 December, 2018 Tagged under: CRISPR, gene editing, mosquitoes -   An international conference in Egypt considered proposals by some scientists to ban the release of genetically modified organisms to the environment, but ultimately decided against an outright moratorium in favour of risk assessments of gene-drive releases on a case-by-case basis. The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in ... Read more
Gupta’s plan to turn around Whyalla steel 14 December, 2018 Tagged under: Sanjeev Gupta, south australia, Steel -   Billionaire investor Sanjeev Gupta attended a $600million signing ceremony to unveil grand plans to renovate Whyalla’s rusting steel factory which he acquired from Arrium two years ago. Liberty Primary Steel, a company in the Gupta Family Group Alliance, will install a new steel mill and rail connection from Danieli of Italy and a new ... Read more
Australia’s encryption rules trigger calls for 2019 re-write 14 December, 2018 Tagged under: data privacy, encryption, surveillance -   The new legislation drafts began in June.  On the last day of the 2018 Parliament, sweeping laws were passed giving ASIO and law enforcement agencies strong powers to eavesdrop on electronic communications.  The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, also called “TOLA”, has been criticised by Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google ... Read more
South Australia wins Space Agency 14 December, 2018 Tagged under: aerospace in australia, australian space agency, space - Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the new Australian Space Agency will be located at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site.  PM Morrison said, "Our Government's $41 million investment into the agency will act as a launching pad to triple Australia's space economy to $12 billion and create up to 20,000 jobs by 2030." Commonwealth ... Read more
Is your phone stalking you? 14 December, 2018 Tagged under: apps, consumer privacy, data privacy, Location Services - In February, The Prototype reported on the Australian student who uncovered the location data of coalition soldiers in Afghanistan whose daily jog around an airfield inadvertently de-anonymised themselves through the Strava fitness app.  This week, an investigation team bought “anonymous” but highly detailed mobile phone location data from a digital marketing house, then “easily” worked ... Read more
Is This the Most Humanitarian Idea Ever? 7 December, 2018 Tagged under: electric vehicles, elon musk, future transport, Tesla - When disaster strikes, the world comes together. Following earthquakes, fires, tsunamis and natural disasters, volunteers from around the world travel to the affected areas to help their fellow humans. The coordination of these relief efforts is enormously complicated with many factors that need to be taken into account. The expertise of the volunteers must be ... Read more
3D printed bridge in Holland 7 December, 2018 Tagged under: 3d printing, Bridge, structural engineering - Crossing one of the famous canals in Amsterdam, MX3D and ARUP have completed a robot arc welded a bridge that was displayed at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven in late October.  Pedestrians will cross the stainless steel footbridge at Oudezijds Achterburgwal.  Autodesk, Force Technology, Imperial College London, Lenovo & HBM collaborated to embed sensors in ... Read more
Paradise smoke: Not just wood 7 December, 2018 Tagged under: climate change, Toxins, wildfire - The World Meteorological Organization predicted 2018 will be the fourth hottest year on record.  The other three hottest years were 2017, 2016 and 2015.  The “new ab-normal” will be bush fires in Australia, forest fires in Sweden and wildfires in California—different countries, different names, but the same devastating effects.  The California State Senate issued a ... Read more