Teaching plants to be better spenders

Teaching plants to be better spenders

Energy is an all-important currency for plants, and scientists have now calculated the cost of one of their biggest expenses. The knowledge could be a key to creating more energy efficient crops. To grow and maintain themselves plants must constantly create new proteins and break down existing ones. The process, called ‘protein turnover’, uses much…

Drone app - keep skies safe

Drone app - keep skies safe

A new app is being developed to help people flying drones stay safe. The app will show no-drone zones such as aerodromes, helicopter landing areas and restricted airspace. These are all areas where it is not safe or legal to fly a drone. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has teamed up with specialist company Drone…

Soybeans for high-quality graphene

Soybeans for high-quality graphene

A breakthrough by CSIRO-led scientists has made the world’s strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the humble soybean. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick. Its thin composition and high conductivity means it is used in applications ranging from miniaturised electronics to biomedical devices. These properties also enable thinner wire connections;…

Rob Scott Wesfarmers new MD

Rob Scott Wesfarmers new MD

Rob Scott will be the next Wesfarmers Managing Director, succeeding Richard Goyder who will step down towards the end of 2017 after more than 12 years in the role. Mr Scott becomes the Group’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer effective immediately and will join the Board as Managing Director at the conclusion of the 2017 Annual…

He's goat your back

He's goat your back

Goats can identify when their stablemate friends are calling by developing a mental image of how they sound and look. “We observed that goats can differentiate between a call from their stablemate and a call from an unfamiliar goat, meaning that these animals are able to use sounds to help identify familiar goats,” explained Dr…