Australians leading the way in science

23 Mar 2017




Meet the next generation of scientific leaders who are developing our knowledge of the universe and finding new ways to solve complex problems. From a heart device that works without a pulse, to the race to build the world's first quantum computer.
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  • A blood test for breast cancer

    Australian scientist Dr Dharmica Mistry is working on a way to provide a simple, affordable, non-invasive and accessible blood test that could change the way people access breast cancer testing. 
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  • The heart without a pulse

    A new artificial heart could cut waiting times and change the lives of millions of people suffering from heart disease. Incredibly, the new device has no pulse. Instead it works by perpetually pushing blood throughout the body using magnetic levitation technology.
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  • Eliminating malaria once and for all

    Malaria could soon be history, thanks to the pioneering research work of Australian molecular biologist Professor David Fidock.
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  • All eyes on the road

    Ever felt drowsy while driving? Fatigue is a major killer on the roads, with one-in-six fatal accidents involving a drowsy driver. This clever piece of life-saving Australian technology detects and alerts a driver when they are distracted or drowsy.
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  • The computers of the future

    Quantum technology could revolutionise the way the world works by ripping through enormous amounts of big data. This new technology could improve productivity in all industries – from tracking financial markets, to health care services or even weather forecasting. Meet the scientist who is helping Australia lead the global race to build a quantum computer. 
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  • The next generation of transport

    Imagine ordering a pizza from your favourite restaurant 600 kilometres away and having it delivered to your home in 30 minutes. A team of Australian students are working to make Hyperloop technology a reality.
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  • Using social media to help mental health

    How we use social media can tell us a lot about our mental health. Australian researchers are using the technology to track the world’s emotional pulse in real time and developing digital tools to help improve mental health.
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  • Space junk: fuelling intergalactic adventures

    To Mars and back again without refuelling. That’s the plan and it could be made possible with a new Australian-designed rocket system that recycles space junk in the atmosphere to fuel journeys to outer space. The new technology is set to be tested on the International Space Station in a year-long experiment.
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  • Shatter proof mirrors

    A team of Australian scientists have developed the world's first plastic mirror, that is half the weight of glass, easier to assemble and shatterproof. The mirror has been made using an advanced thin-film manufacturing process which could see lightweight plastics replacing glass windows and mirrors in a range of passenger vehicles.  
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