The surprisingly complicated technology that goes into picking winners
Choosing and gathering an apple is simple for humans, but it’s a task that has frustrated robotics researchers for decades. Now, thanks to a Matrix simulation-style training regime, it seems it’s finally within reach.
Ian Gust’s big ideas for Australia’s future
In the 2021 budget, $15.2 billion was earmarked for infrastructure over the next decade. In the first of a new series, we ask eminent Australians what they’d do with $15 billion to splash on making the country better.
Next Big Thing
Counting on maths to manage our oceans
To understand how to preserve our diminishing natural marine resources, the next big thing we have to learn is how to count the cost of climate change.
Breaking bad (and sometimes good)
A new device is making the task of finding flaws in a thing – like every thing – a whole lot easier.
28 May - 03 Jun 2021
What could be built instead of the Hunter Valley gas-fired power station; Agri-tech innovator Sarah Nolet’s next big thing; Deepfake geography’s perils and potential; Building a telescope on the moon; Behind the scenes with the world’s most powerful microscopes;
21 - 27 May 2021
Internet of livestock things; COVID-19 and the ethics of patent waiver; Carbon capture creativity; PCR’s unexpected uses; CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall’s next best thing.
14 - 20 May 2021
Flying cars; genetic doping in sport; AI hunting misinformation; the questions of long COVID; and arguments in bushfire science.
07 - 13 May 2021
A seismograph on your phone; Inside Australia’s vaccine advisory group; Bruce Pascoe’s farm of the future; Next Best Thing: PM’s innovation prize-winner Thomas Maschmeyer; Modelling’s non-COVID uses.
30 Apr - 06 May 2021
Whyalla’s green steel; Can we get brainjacked?; Chief Scientist Cathy Foley’s Next Big Thing; How algorithms can transform clinical trials; What’s it like to be a test pilot?
23 - 29 Apr 2021
Y2Q; climate v weather; Melbourne’s mini Large Hadron Collider; war crimes in space; driverless cars in Australia; editors’ welcome