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Australia's forward thinking, proactive, stance when it comes to energy storage continues to be strengthened by government's urgency to get more and more people balancing out the power grid by using home batteries. 

The Australian government has awarded 200 houses with discounted Tesla Powerwall batteries storage units in Canberra. The idea is that the houses would use the battery when the grid is under pressure so that they can alleviate some of the energy dependency. The Powerwall...

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Marking almost a week since the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, engineers are still scratching their heads at the randomness of the quakes. Seismologists are also trying to debunk the fact that the earthquakes could be linked to some unknown seismic activity.

Jonathan Stewart, a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the UCLA Henery Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, said: "The occurrence of earthquakes in time is more or less a random process."

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Apple Inc. has made a move that sort-of/totally confirms rumors that have been swirling for a year. They could be manufacturing their own vehicle. Today, the company hired the former vice president of vehicle engineering at Tesla Motors, Chris Porritt. They recruited him for what Apple are calling "special projects". On top of this, it was revealed that they also have a super-secret lab where they are building their next product. According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the lab is in...

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Hot off the press today is another revelation from a car manufacturer that has admitted to altering the truth in terms of carbon emissions data. Japanese car company, Mitsubishi, has said that the data of 625,000 vehicles was manipulated. 

 

In a statement released by Mitsubishi, they admitted: 

In connection with the certification process for the mini-cars manufactured by the MMC, we found that with respect to the consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of...

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And now for something completely different. Bear Grylls was right all along. Urine really does hold some sort of power. Researchers at the University of Bath and the Queen Mary University of London want to generate energy using...wait for it...urine. Allegedly, this would be able to provide electricity to rural areas at a very small cost of £1-£2. It is a microbial fuel cell that utilizing natural processes to generate natural 'electric' bacteria. This would theoretically turn urine into...

In the fourth industrial revolution, everything is connected to one network that is usually operated by cloud-based services. The problem is that cyber threat then becomes a real problem, due to hackers finding their way into networks and causing real problems for automated factories and industrial complexes that utilize the Internet of Things. 

Kaspersky has been keeping their eye on the future of security in industrial sectors and is advertising a solution to the issue of cyber...

MIT is researching new methods of how to produce medicines more efficiently in case of disease breakouts that require mass amounts of pills to be dumped and would act as a portable assembly line for creating new drugs on demand.

In a new report named On-Demand continuous-flow production of pharmaceuticals in compact, reconfigurable system written by a host of engineers at MIT, "a fridge sized box" is reportedly the next step into meeting these goals. 

In the abstract, the...

A robotic kangaroo that emulates actual kangaroo jumping is now being previewed at a worldwide automation company, Festo. The kangaroo isn't the only thing they are showing off. They have also just previewed a spherical, blue bottle looking bottle dispenser. The videos below speak for themselves, but Festo seems to be wanting to show off what they have created and fantasize about the future of robotics among us, whether these robots assist us or not. 

 

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A rare incident left NASA's aerospace engineers scratching their heads. The Kepler spacecraft in charge of finding new plants went into what NASA calls, 'emergency mode'. Allegedly the mode only switches on when it goes through some sort of turmoil and as a result, according to ArsTechnica, "limits its activity and burns through the probe's limited fuel supply at an accelerated pace." 

NASA's official website reported that mission operation engineers had successfully recovered the...

Boeing rival, Airbus, is reporting that the first quarter of the year wasn't a good one for them. The company is saying the slump they have found themselves is the slowest start to the year compared to 2011. Airbus was also said to be retrenching some of its aerospace engineers from within in the country in February. 

According to Reuters, Airbus reportedly only made 32 aircraft sales and delivered 125, which equals to 74 percent down compared to the same time last year. Airbus were...

A group of engineers from New Zealand has been awarded a prestigious award for their work in the Canterbury Earthquakes that started on the 4th of September, 2010 and continued into 2011. After the earthquake, the engineers started to research liquefaction damage to hopefully earthquake-proof roads and buildings for any future seismic activity. Liquefaction damage refers to the breakdown of soil during an earthquake that splits roads in two and causes some devastation for houses and...

Data communication engineers are on high alert after Whatsapp enabled something that only apps like Telegram, Signal, and other apps had; end-to-end encryption of messages. You might have seen it enabled on all of your chats - activating it on their platform. There are a billion people using Whatsapp in the world so it is quite the stance for privacy in the world of today. The sudden stance comes on the back of the revelations that the FBI were able to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernadino...

The WWF has released a report named Protecting People Through Nature: Natural Heritage Sites as Drivers of Sustainable Development that criticises industrial activity as being an irreparable problem to the environment. 

 

In the foreword of the document, written by the Director General of WWF International, Marco Lambertini:

Shockingly, almost half of all natural World Heritage sites are threatened by harmful industrial activities and operations, such as oil and gas...

Engineers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of South California and the California Institute of Technology have been investing their time to develop a new kind of steel that would be strong enough to survive damage without being significantly deformed, according to Design-Engineering

The steel is being called SAM2X5-630 and is an "amorphous steel alloy" that is cheap to make but a solid steel that has never been seen before. Made up of atom arrangements...

According to Reuters, engineering exports to the United States from Germany are not happening at a fast pace this year. The reasons given are "lower fracking investments, a weaker global economy and a euro-dollar rate stabilisation" according to an industry association, that remained unnamed in the report.

More than half of German firms believe that these figures will improve later on in 2016, according to a survey conducted by the VDMA association. The VDMA is one of Europe's leaders in...

Safe Work Australia and Good Design Australia are teaming up to present an award celebrating innovation, creativity and most importantly, safety in design in engineering projects. Safety in design has been reiterated globally due to recent incidents involving collapsing structures and bad design practices. 

Michelle Baxter, Safe Work Australia's CEO spoke to SafetyCulture.com, saying, "Considering safety in design is important because well-designed work can prevent work-related...

Like something out of an Isaac Asimov novel, Microsoft has shown what its HoloLens might be capable of in the near future. The HoloLens - if you haven't seen it by now - is a new augmented reality (AR) headset that integrates with the spaces visible in front of you, displaying objects around the world you know. Now, a new feature is being advertised that might revolutionize the technology and get the consumers salivating. 

It is called 'holoportation'. In short, it is a hologram that...

Tesla's Powerwall is no longer the only player in the game. Australian energy storage company, Redflow, has thrown their hat into the ring with the announcement of a 10-kilowatt battery called the  ZCellThe cell will cost between $17,500 and $19500 (USD) including installations and is the latest competitor in the energy storage range of products available to consumers. 

Executive Chairman of Redflow, Simon Hackett has hyped the battery up by saying: "ZCell lets you...

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's computer science engineers have made an unprecedented leap into the future of fiber-optic speeds. The university said that their engineers successfully reached 57 gigabits per second error free on a network of fiber optic technology. According to BGR, it is a new record in the industry. 

The team effort was led by Professor Milton Feng who was also in charge in 2014 when the team broke through the 40gbps mark. Feng said, "There is a lot...

It was just the other day when we saw a video of a mechanical engineer pushing a robot down with a stick and that same robot getting up and continuing its job. That video came out of a robotics company called Boston Dynamics that is owned by the company that owns Google, Alphabet. Then the news came streaming in that Alphabet was looking to sell off its robotics division in an interesting plot twist. On the back of that announcement, Amazon has announced its very...

2015 was a big year for renewable energy and energy storage, according to a new report. The report issued annually has shown that "renewable energy investments" went up by 5 percent in 2015. The new number indicates that the amount of money invested in renewable energy in 2015 would amount to $286 billion. This excludes any hydroelectric programs currently in the world. The report in question is UNEP's 10th Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report 2016. The report is a...

A photo of an exploded lithium-ion household energy storage battery is making its rounds on social media. The photo allegedly comes out of Victoria, Australia. According to RenewEconomy, Australia could see 50,000 batteries installed in households in the next 12 months.

Australia's federal government has thrown its weight behind energy storage which will fund promotion, local research, and innovation in the industry. Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister in Australia, said...

It was only two weeks ago that a self-driving car belonging to Google crashed into the side of a bus due to judgment calls the software deemed necessary. As we reported there would be some scrutiny of the engineering behind self-driving car technology and now a robotics expert from Duke University came through for the skeptics. 

Missy Cummings is the director of a robotics focused lab called the Human and Autonomy Lab at Duke University and testified to a Senate commerce...

A new report on water scarcity and how to solve it, compiled by a group of chemical engineers and scientists will be presented at the 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The report in question is titled Chemistry and Water: Challenges and Solutions in a Changing World. 

Conspiracy theorists love waxing lyrically about how water will be the cause of the next wars, but as time and climate change progress it is becoming more and more of a...

The Internet of Things abbreviated as 'IoT' is a word that you should familiarize yourself with because you're going to be hearing that word for years to come. Unless, of course, you're up to here with hearing about the Internet of Things. 

The definition Oxford Dictionary gives us is: "The interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data." 

Making the world's appliances, cars, televisions, radios, houses...

Want to go into a joint venture with Aston Martin? It's not only good-looking cars the company produces, they also design a host of other quality products. Now they are looking to consult and collaborate with companies again. 

Aston Martin worked with Foster + Partners to work on the London bus of the future. According to Autocar, they also worked along with Quintessence Yachts to build the AM37 powerboat. 

Now, Aston Martin wants further engineering and...

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Lithium – What is it?

Lithium batteries are commonly used in consumer electronics but the global interest in lithium batteries of late has generated state-of-the-art breakthroughs in lithium battery technology opening up new markets and applications. The trend seems to be moving away from traditional lead acid batteries in favour of lightweight lithium based batteries. The technology is developing so quickly that Standards Australia has recently announced it is forming working groups to...

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has said LTE and LTE-Advanced connections skyrocketed by 156 million connections in the fourth quarter of 2015. In the last year, LTE connections went up by 552.2 million. 

Alan Hadden, VP of research at GSA said, "A daily average of almost 1.7 million LTE subscriptions were being signed up during Q4 2015 and the rate of LTE subscriptions growth is accelerating. LTE technology is now being used by one in seven mobile subscriptions...

The construction industry is fluctuating globally according to multiple news sources this week. IOL reports that in South Africa, the construction industry has been in a decline since the concluding of the 2010 World Cup. Murray & Roberts and Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon - companies that designed and established Cape Town Stadium - have allegedly retrenched staff and are blaming the lack of new projects that require their engineering teams and/or workers. 

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TheEconomist.com estimates that more than a million people have lost their lives due to earthquakes in the last two decades alone. Most of these deaths are caused due to collapsing buildings, which has spurred a fascination amongst civil engineers with earthquake-proofing buildings to ensure less of them fall down during an earthquake.

Engineering students that form part of the Seismic Design Team at the University of California, Los Angeles, are to present their new project focusing on...

It had to happen at some point...right? 

Google's self-driving car technology has caused an accident. The company's self-driving Lexus SUV was the first out of the fleet of self-driving vehicles that has CAUSED a crash. The incident occurred on the 14th of February 2016, colliding with the side of a bus near Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. 

The company now has to appear before California's Department of Motor Vehicles, otherwise known as the DMV, to engage in...

The battle continues between the FBI and tech industry giant, Apple. The FBI are wanting to access the contents of an iPhone belonging to a terrorist known as the San Bernadino shooter who shot 14 people in the United States. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is warning against allowing such a bypass of security services because of the prescedent it might set and is also warning against the criminal hackers that could get their hands on the software that would need to be invented to make such a...

Airplane engineers at Boeing might have a rocky week ahead. Boeing Co said that it is planning to retrench some of its airplane engineering staff, confirmed by an exclusive Reuters report

Allegedly, a memo sent around within the company stated that they could be making voluntary layoffs. The memo quoted by Reuters stated, "We do not intend to backfill for people who retire from their executive or management roles unless the position is absolutely vital to carrying out our work...

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