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Aussie workers fear future job prospects as employers face digital skills shortages

According to the latest research commissioned by HR and recruitment specialists, Randstad, more than half of Australian workers don’t think they have the digital skills to guarantee future employability.

Many businesses believe they’re ‘forward-thinking’ but are actually yet to ‘see the light’ of...

Many businesses believe they’re ‘forward-thinking’ and have escaped the ‘cave’ of analogue to ‘see the light’ of digital – but the question begs: have we even left the cave yet? Or have we only made it as far away from the wall as the fire?

A Sleeping Duck Mattress will help you sleep like a baby…erm…duck

Melbourne entrepreneurs and former engineering students Winston Wijeyeratne and Selvam Sinnappan founded online mattress company Sleeping Duck earlier this year, which has seen impressive growth since its...

The vanguard of humanity’s evolution: 30 years at Melbourne’s Bionics Institute

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Melbourne’s Bionics Institute, which has been responsible for actually bringing to market the type of technology we...

This rugby league player turned PhD is the man behind the biggest websites you...

Enter Dr Ian Birkby, a former professional first grade rugby league player turned science PhD whose Sydney-based website network is whipping up a storm...

I know nothing about American football but I know these Christmas lights are awesome...

Imagine the electricity bill! Apparently, the sound track to this epic display of Christmas lights has some thing to do with American Football rivalry between...

If you had to redesign the chicken, how would you design it? [VIDEO]

This is the question you should ask every potential software developer wanting to join your team.

Seven minutes of terror. How to land a rover on Mars [VIDEO]

It takes a special kind of crazy to want to explore space. It also takes a special kind of engineering and entrepreneurial team. NASA's Curiosity rover is heading to Mars. It's due to land on the surface on August 5. Well, that's the intention. The thing is, there are so many things that have to happen to make this landing possible. And, the margin for error is zero. There is no wiggle room, at all.

Australian startup Beehive crowdfunding DIY 3D printed eyewear

What do you get when you leave a bunch of industrial designers and engineers to their own devices? A fancy new website in early-2012 that will allow anyone to create their own 3D-printed eyewear.

Lachlan Blackhall, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

Education and business are not separate worlds for Lachlan Blackhall. Out in Canberra, he's proving how intricately they can weave together. While his background is technical -- he has a PhD in Engineering -- he feels just as at home in the domain of the consumer. "I am passionate about the beneficial and long-term impact that education and engineering can have on the world," says Blackhall, founder of 17Dynamics.

Despite spectre of big tax, mining goes boom with jobs

“Since the Henry Tax Review recommendations were released in January, miners have not curbed their hiring activities in anticipation of a tax on profits," said Robert Olivier, director of global market intelligence for Advantage Resourcing. "In fact, they have done quite the opposite. They’ve hit the employment button hard to meet surging global demand.”

The Martin Jetpack: a personal rocket while you wait for those flying cars

They promised us flying cars, back in the day, and I don't know about you but mine hasn't been delivered yet. Never mind. For the time being I'll settle for one of these. The Martin Jetpack shows just how far jetpack technology has come since Rocketman ignited the imaginations of little (and big) boys with his demonstration at the '84 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Silex Systems buys collapsed Solar Systems’ assets, raising solar energy hopes (and many questions)

Plans by Silex Systems Limited to buy the assets of Solar Systems, the Melbourne-based solar energy company that was placed into administration last September, injects life into a cherished plan, but uncertainty persists. Government support is in the offing and, worse for engineers, the technology remains unproven at utility scale.

Wanted: Australia’s greatest innovators

Sydney University’s Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering is on the hunt again for Australia’s greatest innovators. Nominations are being sort for the Innovation Heroes Award, which the Warren Centre bestows each year on innovators who have created successful products or services from brilliant engineering ideas or inventions.

Wanted: Australia's greatest innovators

Sydney University’s Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering is on the hunt again for Australia’s greatest innovators. Nominations are being sort for the Innovation Heroes Award, which the Warren Centre bestows each year on innovators who have created successful products or services from brilliant engineering ideas or inventions.

This is what most investors hear when inventors pitch for capital

Just because it makes sense to you doesn't guarantee that it will impress everyone that matters. By the way, what is a Chrysler Turbo Encabulator?

New website aims to make engineering sexy for students

The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney used the occasion of Engineering Week to launch www.engineeringicons.org.au. The site is designed to encourage more high school students to see engineering as an interesting and viable career path.

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