Australians breaking new ground in science

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Microscopes, telescopes, artificial intelligence and 3D printers: The tools of the trade of Australian scientists fighting disease, empowering the blind and the disabled and exploring the universe.


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Marita Cheng
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Marita Cheng: The Australian roboticist helping blind people see with the click of a button
Discover how roboticist Marita Cheng is helping vision-impaired people see the world around them.
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Anatomics products
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Anatomics: The neurosurgeon’s bone factory
A quarter of a century ago Paul D’Urso wondered if the then emerging technologies of 3D imaging and 3D printing could be combined to create artificial body parts. Anatomics, the medical devices company that grew out of that curiosity, is creating the technology that will allow surgeons all around the world to print off an implant to their exact specifications.
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Professor David Fidock with his award from Advance Global Australians. Credit: Advance Global Australians
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On the path to eliminating malaria
Malaria kills more than 400,000 people each year, many of them children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Australian scientist David Fidock from Columbia University has uncovered the genetic basis for drug resistance in deadly malaria parasites, and is now working on new drugs that will aid the global effort to eradicate malaria once and for all.
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Dr Thomas Oxley in New York City. Credit: Lance Kaplan
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The bionic spine powered by brain waves
Discover how neurologist Thomas Oxley is transforming prosthetics with the world’s first bionic spine.
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Dr Jonathan Clarke on a previous mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, US. (Credit: Mars Society Australia)
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Mars 160: simulating life on the red planet
A pair of Australians have left their friends, family and most of their possessions behind for an otherworldly adventure. For 160 days, geologist Dr Jonathan Clarke and artist Annalea Beattie will live like human settlers on Mars, helping humanity prepare for its first mission to the Red Planet.
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CSIRO's Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. Photo credit: CSIRO
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Exploring the origins of the universe
Discover how the world’s largest radio telescope will help scientists explore the origins of the universe.
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Baba Marda live rocks
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Live rock stars
The trio of blue-collar blokes behind Baba Marda (Abrolhos Live Rock Pty Ltd) leveraged a lifetime of fishing knowledge to create a limestone substrate that can be used to regrow reefs. After investing a decade of their lives and almost a million dollars, they’re now beginning to make waves around the world.
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Dr Vikram Khurana
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Battling baffling brain disease
Using yeast, stem cells and his impressive brain power, clinician and neuroscientist Vikram Khurana is tracking down the causes of – and treatments for - debilitating brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. It’s all happening at the biotech start-up he co-founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Seamus Thomson
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The Australian PhD student helping NASA find alien life
University of Sydney PhD student Seamus Thomson, has been handpicked by NASA to look for alien life, on Mars and Saturn’s oceanic moon Enceladus. The 24-year-old is using his biomedical engineering skills, to help identify alien life and ensure other planets are not contaminated by material from Earth.
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