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SpaceX Roadster - Perth

Quite simply, because he can. WATCH: Highlights from SpaceX's successful launch of the Falcon Heavy from Florida. See the full launch and rocket landing here: https://t.co/0OsiG8TFbB pic.twitter.com/RFiikvOR0L— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 7, 2018 In an age of "likes", "friends", virtual business, "disruption" and automation, it appears there is still room for the genuine steel-bending industrialist with a bold vision,…

Volvo EV

The Volvo motor-car company confirmed in 2017 the strategic decoupling of their vehicles from the internal combustion engine, supplementing all vehicles from 2019 with electric motors. We are committed to electrification, so from 2019 all new Volvo car models will include an electric motor. [ Hakan Samuelsson - President & CEO ] It will launch five fully electric cars between…

Tesla Semi

The announcement by Elon Musk of his proposed electric semi-truck and new roadster almost broke the internet last week. Perhaps missed in the hype, cheering and very loud music accompanying a very, very, very fast red car, was a small, but potentially profound announcement about the truck "mega-chargers" and the flat-priced provision for charging these trucks. Innovations in this sector…

A film created by Carl Schlesinger and David Loeb Weiss documenting the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times.

Innovation Five frogs sitting on a log, four decide to jump in, how many are left? The answer? Five!  ... because deciding and doing are two very different things...   The Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald produced its first hydrogen plasma on 3 February 2016. This marks the start of scientific operation.…

Innovation The term "innovation" has been embedded in Australian public policy discussions for many decades, in many domains of activity, from Education, to Science, Health, Manufacturing, Agriculture and yes, even Mining. We hear this term a lot... Unfortunately, we seem to conflate genuine innovation, [which in my view requires the interdisciplinary approach of many groups, supplemented by visionary legislative and…

Can Apple still change the world?

60 Minutes USA looks at Apple Computer, the world's largest Company [for the third year]. Insights in to design, innovation and modern business practices, including labour-practices, skills and education.  Yes the tax questions were asked. Encryption is worth considering.  #keepitlockedtim What's next for Apple? 60 Minutes [USA] Apple Inc    

Maker Movement

John Tierney [ The Atlantic ] raises some excellent questions/challenges regarding the rapidly changing and profoundly reforming "maker-movement". He refers to the comments by panelists at the recent Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, USA. Tierney states:  I want to consider some of the intriguing challenges and dilemmas (educational, legal, moral, and ethical) all this will increasingly pose in the years to come.…

Monash - 3D Jet Engine

There are moments in history that require capability, vision, skills and will. Amaero Engineering recently demonstrated an additive manufacturing process at the Avalon Airshow that gives us [Australia] the capability to manufacture complex metallic components by laser-based additive manufacturing - 3D printing. In a global-first, they have created a Jet-Engine using a 3-D printer. This is a partnership between Monash University…

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