For just over a century, between the Spanish flu of 1918-19 and COVID-19, millions have lived and died without ever knowing the impacts of a global health pandemic capable of such death and destruction to social organisation as we're seeing now.
Lithium-ion batteries have changed the world. Without the ability to store meaningful amounts of energy in a rechargeable, portable format we would have no smartphones or other personal electronic devices.
The session on sustainable development at the 2018 Monash Global Leaders’ Summit kicked off with a question: how many people think about sustainability when they’re devising strategy, thinking about threats or looking for opportunities?
Australia’s energy market is a prominent fixture in our daily news cycle. Amid the endless ideology and politics swirling around the sector, technical terms such as “baseload power” and “dispatchable generation” are thrown around so often that there is a danger the meaning of these terms can get lost in the public debate.
The future of materials engineering has a Monash University address. Housed in the Clayton campus’ New Horizons building, the Woodside Innovation Centre, part of the Woodside FutureLab network, is the result of the largest corporate philanthropic gift in Monash history.
Despite the absence of clear climate or energy policy over the past 10 years, the Australian energy market has experienced a series of transformational disruptions that have fundamentally changed its nature.
Predictive data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automated decision-making (ADM) are gradually, almost unnoticed, entering the vocabularies of our news, and becoming part of our everyday lives.
When Monash chemistry Professor Doug MacFarlane was a PhD student at Purdue University in Indiana, he worked on “liquid salts” for use in preserving living tissue – including human kidneys and marine corals.
In 2004, before the invention of bitcoin, Joseph Liu wrote his PhD thesis on how to secure the anonymity of people who were buying and selling goods on the internet, using some cryptographic algorithms.
Hydrogen gas is the perfect green fuel – it can be extracted from water and is non-polluting. But although hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, it doesn’t naturally occur in large quantities as a gas on Earth.
Corporate Australia is taking action on climate change. Most recently, at the UN Climate Summit, Atlassian cofounder Michael Cannon-Brookes announced the A$26 billion Australian software company’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
The golden age for biofuel research and investment in Australia was between 2007 and 2014 when the oil price soared to over US$100 a barrel. Suddenly, the world was looking more closely at alternative fuels.