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How good are humans at performing manual surgery? Major surgical errors must be reported and there has been research into the attitudes of surgeons in how they report such errors.
When your mum told you to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, she was teaching you to prevent the infection of other people. New research findings are reinforcing that advice because the risk of infection by sharing germs this way is a lot higher than we thought. The current medical consensus is that if you sneeze or cough within about 1–2m of someone, and they breathe it in, or make oral contact with bacterial cells within a number of seconds or so, there is a chance of infection spreading to them. What if we have been underestimating the potential spread and lifetime of infectious agents?
Marine scientists working with laser data have revealed a vast reef behind the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, three times larger and its structure is differently shaped than previously thought. The reef isn’t made of corals, but of algae called Halimeda bioherms. This is the first time anyone has mapped a reef of this type to such detail, anywhere in the world.
Becoming more proactive rather than reactive can pay off. Being ahead of the curve with predictive technology, we save lives in the event of major climate events or infection outbreaks, for example. In terms of crop security, scientifically it is possible to predict problems using indicator plants.
Without safety checks, effective systems and proven technology, where would the future of safe travel be? Developments in space travel are realising exciting opportunities for passenger experiences beyond the stratosphere. Elon Musk’s phenomenal project, SpaceX, provides a prime example of a private space transportation service already in operation. Virgin Galactic is testing its passenger vehicles for space travel and is due to launch by the end of 2018. How do these companies, as well as standard airlines ensure the safety of their crew and passengers? What precautions are being taken to avoid such ambitious projects ending in an expensive fiery tragedy?
A new wireless system to power heart pumps could save lives by reducing deadly infections caused by current forms of the device. The current system used to power a heart pump, which is attached directly to the heart to assist weakened muscle to keep working, requires a cable running from the heart pump through the skin to a battery.
Where you live and how much your household earns can influence your health and wellbeing. Every year, more than 120,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer. That is one new case of cancer diagnosed every four minutes, and some of us face greater risks than others. Your location directly influences the possibility of you having access to timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer, a fact that is well known in Australia’s regional centres. In response to this, and to identify the gaps in our knowledge of these patterns, researchers working with the Cancer Council are developing a national map of the incidences of cancer across the entire country, including survival and screening practices.
Improved mattress design means better sleep, and importantly, improved spinal health for consumers. What exactly do we know about how sleep positions affect spinal health? And what does this mean for mattress design?
Recycling and upcycling (reusing materials or waste to create higher value products) have become common practice in some industries. As technology improves, it becomes more common for manufacturers in other industries to turn their waste into useful products. Industrial amounts of farm waste are available across Australia and can contribute to farm income if converted into saleable products. Australian scientists are working to produce improved quality, lower-cost feed for farm animals such as cattle, pigs, and chickens by using a molasses-like syrup from the left over material on sugar cane farms. Using chemical processes, it is possible to upcycle large amounts of sugar cane leaves and the dry residue left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane stalk, called bagasse, into quality feed ingredients for farm animals.
Workplace safety laws for catastrophic accidents in the Australian construction industry are not as good as most of us would expect them to be. Workers whose daily jobs involve higher levels of risk may expect that if they were accidentally killed at work, the fine for their workplace would be significant. In fact, they are not as harsh as in other comparable countries. New penalties in the UK seem to be delivering the desired impact with employers changing the stringency of safety precautions in the interests of keeping all workers alive and well, and not just to avoid fines.
Threatened with extinction, the jaguars of the Amazon present an urgent management challenge. Factors such as climate change, hunting and land clearing impact their populations, pushing them towards an extinction tipping point. The crucial conditions to identify that tipping point have been established using field data gathered in collaboration with government and local Amazonian inhabitants.
Uber has shaken up the taxi industry and is trying to put driverless cars on our roads. Now the company aims to have flying ride-sharing vehicles in our skies by 2020. Uber is not alone in working towards flying cars. But is this realistic, or just marketing hype?
Future proofing the planet’s population involves researching foods that can grow in arid climates, provide high yields and be used in a wide variety of ways. Mungbeans have been a staple in Asia and used in everything from poppadums and noodles to desserts for centuries. They have come to the attention of scientists because they can be genetically manipulated for resilience in harsh climates and to produce high yields. To accelerate research into this useful protein source, the information about all the different varieties of this important food source is being shared globally.
*Last week’s storm and subsequent state-wide blackout in South Australia reminds us how important the electricity grid — and other infrastructure — is for our communities. *The article refers to the storm event on 28 September, 2016.
Star-Lord Peter Quill and the gang are back as Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 opens in cinemas from today in another outing of the galactic blockbuster. It’s one of the most fun films I’ve seen in years, combining hilarity with characters you care about, and spectacular visuals that trump the first instalment, Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.
If the popular media are to be believed, artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to steal your job and threaten life as we know it. If we do not prepare now, we may face a future where AI runs free and dominates humans in society.
Life on the land for graziers presents a great many challenges, many of which are beyond their control. There are the immediately evident challenges: climate events and their impacts on available feed and water, for example. What might not be apparent though is the considerable amount of data that farmers regularly manage and utilise; and the newly evolving tools with which they are able to monitor and manage their farms.
Whether you’re a boatie or not, everyone realises the importance of keeping the water on the outside when you go sailing or fishing. The less leaky the boat, the less you have to rely on devices like bilge pumps to stay afloat.
Heatwaves across much of the country this summer have revealed a serious problem with our national housing stock.
Microchip manufacturer Intel has invested heavily in the driverless car race with the latest US$15 billion (A$19.5bn) purchase of Israeli tech company Mobileye.
New places can be confusing. Particularly places like airports and train stations that provide no small a dose of anxiety for unfamiliar travellers. Additional confidence from prior knowledge gained through virtual reality familiarisation videos contributes to reduce some of those anxieties. For people with intellectual disabilities, having this prior knowledge, customised in the way they like to experience a place, improves their capacity to enjoy that experience.
The Great Barrier Reef was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Area in 1981 and is widely recognised for its exceptional natural beauty. Under the World Heritage Convention, the Australian federal and Queensland state governments have a responsibility to monitor and report on the reef aesthetic values, as well as more traditional reef health measures such as water quality and biological diversity.
The Republic of Vanuatu is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change, and ranked among the most vulnerable countries in the world to both geological and climate risks. Vanuatu fisheries provide for a sustainable supply of fresh protein, as well as new opportunities for employment and improvements.
Starlings could cause an estimated $42.8 million per year in damage to Western Australia’s grain and horticulture industries. In addition, starlings aggressively push native birds from their nests and cause damage to property, incurring costs for cleanup and the reestablishment of native birds.
Driverless car interior (BMW i3 presented at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show)
Ningaloo Reef at the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage site in Western Australia