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20 July 2021

Touchscreen alternative allays fear of world indium shortage

Indium is used to manufacture touchscreens and other smart devices, but there is no guaranteed, long-term supply of this scarce substance. A new plasma technology may be the answer, writes Dr Behnam Akhavan.
20 July 2021

Plasma tech could replace one of world's rarest materials

New plasma coating technology could see the phase-out of rare earth metal indium that is used in smartphone glass and dimmable windows, which is predicted to run out in 10 years.
17 July 2021

Galactic fireworks: stunning features of nearby galaxies revealed

Using the most advanced telescopes on Earth and in orbit, scientists like Dr Rebecca McElroy have gained unprecedented access to nearby galaxies, investigating how clouds of cold gas coalesce into hot balls of nuclear fusion giving birth to stars.
15 July 2021

You can help identify what’s killing lorikeets

Lorikeets in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland are becoming paralysed, often resulting in death. Scientists are beginning to discover why - but need your help.
14 July 2021

Defence awards engineers $2m extension funding

Thanks to $2million in funding awarded by the Department of Defence, Sydney researchers will co-lead a truly global R&D collaboration, involving nine universities, on frontier materials science challenges in advanced manufacturing.
09 July 2021

Q-CTRL secures funding to expand its remote sensing tech for space

University of Sydney spin-off company Q-CTRL will play a pivotal role in Australia’s growing space industry, developing quantum technology solutions that can be used for near earth observation and remote sensing.
08 July 2021

Leading biologists publish review of SARS-CoV-2 origin evidence

Amid debate around the origins of SARS-CoV-2, leading global biologists have reviewed the scientific evidence to help clarify the origin of the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.
07 July 2021

NSW Smart Sensing Network celebrates its fifth anniversary

Backed by the NSW Government, the NSW Smart Sensing Network brings together academia, industry and government to translate world-class smart-sensing research into compelling solutions. It is jointly led by Sydney Nano Director Professor Ben Eggleton.
07 July 2021

Voluntary betting controls are a bad gamble

Voluntary gambling harm-reduction tools generally don't work as people don't use them, a new study finds. Though mandating that people set deposit limits - or opt-out of setting them - is a promising mechanism to curb problem gambling.
07 July 2021

A man in the moon: why our brains see human faces everywhere

Our brain is hardwired to see images of faces in everyday items. Neuroscientist Professor David Alais and colleagues have now discovered why - and why it is we can give those faces an emotional value.