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Australia’s FIRST National Space Funding Program

Posted: April 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia’s FIRST National Space Funding Program

Australia's FIRST National Space Funding Program

The Australian Federal Government has launched Australia’s first national space policy at Canberra’s Mount Stromlo Observatory. The launch showcased 14 Australian space research projects, funded by a $40 million Federal Government investment to support space-related research and education. Melbourne’s RMIT is one six universities in Australia to receive the funding boost, our favourite University scored almost $3M in funding :: Read the full article »»»»


RMIT’s Dr Madhu Bhaskaran Piezoelectric Keyboard Powered Laptops

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler, M.Aaron Silverman, Protoscience, Science | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on RMIT’s Dr Madhu Bhaskaran Piezoelectric Keyboard Powered Laptops

RMIT's Dr Madhu Bhaskaran Piezoelectric Keyboard Powered LaptopsAccording to results of new research by Australian scientists from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – RMIT – self-powered electronics have come one step closer to reality. RMIT researchers have successfully measured a piezoelectric film’s capacity for turning mechanical pressure into electricity. It may sound like an idea from the realm of science fiction, the discovery could eventually allow laptops to be powered through their typing.

“The concept of energy harvesting using piezoelectric nanomaterials has been demonstrated but the realisation of these structures can be complex and they are poorly suited to mass fabrication” said RMIT’s Dr. Bhaskaran

In a crucial step towards the development of self-powering portable electronics, RMIT University researchers have for the first time characterised the ability of piezoelectric thin films to turn mechanical pressure into electricity. Lead co-author Dr Madhu Bhaskaran said the research combined the potential of piezoelectrics – materials capable of converting pressure into electrical energy – and the cornerstone of microchip manufacturing, thin film technology.

“The power of piezoelectrics could be integrated into running shoes to charge mobile phones, enable laptops to be powered through typing or even used to convert blood pressure into a power source for pacemakers – essentially creating an everlasting battery,” Dr Bhaskaran said. Read the full article »»»»