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World’s economic malaise gut-punches Australian R&D as new bill gets tabled

Australian companies continue to increase their investment in research and development, but the growth rate has dropped dramatically, according to figures from the national Bureau of Statistics. This coincides with amendments to the Governments R&D tax credit bill.

Can you sue your accountant for failure to claim R&D tax breaks? The answer...

Who should we blame when we find out that we’ve missed the boat on hundreds of thousands of dollars in guaranteed government R&D funding? Ourselves? The Government? Or our Accountant? In other words, who has the responsibility and duty of care to ensure we make our R&D tax claim at tax time?

Snazzy Napper: Anthill’s search for the world’s most brainless innovation continues

The product developers describe the innovation as "the snazzy way to sleep while you travel". What they don't explain is how this innovation hasn't yet caused race riots in a country already irrationally fearful of similar headware and community centres. Could this be the most brainless innovation ever?

Snazzy Napper: Anthill's search for the world's most brainless innovation continues

The product developers describe the innovation as "the snazzy way to sleep while you travel". What they don't explain is how this innovation hasn't yet caused race riots in a country already irrationally fearful of similar headware and community centres. Could this be the most brainless innovation ever?

Anthill's SMART 100: Winners revealed! (2010)

They represent the spoils of skunkworks and the rigours of R&D laboratories. They embody the passions of earnest inventors and the dreams of budding business builders. They are the products of industries old and new, from organisations both large and small. They're innovative, Australian and they're changing the world, one idea at a time. Yes, it's time to reveal the SMART 100, 2010.

Anthill’s SMART 100: Winners revealed! (2010)

They represent the spoils of skunkworks and the rigours of R&D laboratories. They embody the passions of earnest inventors and the dreams of budding business builders. They are the products of industries old and new, from organisations both large and small. They're innovative, Australian and they're changing the world, one idea at a time. Yes, it's time to reveal the SMART 100, 2010.

Making plants "happy" lands Geomite Biomineral second place in Anthill's SMART 100

As the new century dawned, this inventor/innovator focused on sustainable agriculture -- farming techniques that strive to work with the environment, not against it. His latest venture in that discipline -- Geomite Biomineral Development -- has landed him the runner-up spot on the SMART 100.

Making plants “happy” lands Geomite Biomineral second place in Anthill’s SMART 100

As the new century dawned, this inventor/innovator focused on sustainable agriculture -- farming techniques that strive to work with the environment, not against it. His latest venture in that discipline -- Geomite Biomineral Development -- has landed him the runner-up spot on the SMART 100.

Innovation designed to assist other innovators scores top spot in Anthill's SMART 100

Caroline Hughes transformed her frustration into a business that boasts a suite of online tools that make the R&D tax claim process more accessible and far less intimidating. For that, Hughes and her company top the charts in Anthill's SMART 100.

Innovation designed to assist other innovators scores top spot in Anthill’s SMART 100

Caroline Hughes transformed her frustration into a business that boasts a suite of online tools that make the R&D tax claim process more accessible and far less intimidating. For that, Hughes and her company top the charts in Anthill's SMART 100.

Beer innovation hits the spot and gets served with third place in Anthill’s SMART...

BeerVaults is the messiah of all adventurous beer lovers who wish to try exotic new beers but not at exorbitant prices. Its in-built reservoir with cooling carbonation technology not only maintains the temperature and freshness of beer but it also hit the spot with our maven judges.

Beer innovation hits the spot and gets served with third place in Anthill's SMART...

BeerVaults is the messiah of all adventurous beer lovers who wish to try exotic new beers but not at exorbitant prices. Its in-built reservoir with cooling carbonation technology not only maintains the temperature and freshness of beer but it also hit the spot with our maven judges.

Service to audit doctors stacks up at number four in Anthill’s SMART 100

A doctor will do a better job is he or she compares patient treatment and outcomes to those performed by peers. That's the core idea behind SurgicalPerformance, a website that allows physicians to audit themselves and see how their work stacks up against others in the field.

Service to audit doctors stacks up at number four in Anthill's SMART 100

A doctor will do a better job is he or she compares patient treatment and outcomes to those performed by peers. That's the core idea behind SurgicalPerformance, a website that allows physicians to audit themselves and see how their work stacks up against others in the field.

Eye-opening driving fatigue technology takes fifth place in SMART 100

Researchers at Australian National University linked up with Volvo to help develop a vehicle-safety system that keeps an eye on the driver. And the eye-opening technology has scored the innovators the number four slot in Anthill's SMART 100.

Beam me down Scottie! New $63m nanotech research centre opens in Melbourne

When someone says "nanotechnology" to me, I get very Star Trekkie. My ears begin to taper elvishly. My eyebrows arch inquisitively. I embrace a peculiar affection for sticking my head into an upturned bowl. I develop a fondness for soaring arias and cavorting with semi-clad women of an emerald hue. But I have been corrupted by an unnatural relationship with television in my youth.

University of Sydney PhD students score $57 million contract to create military robots

Marathon Robotics, a Sydney-based robotics company founded by three University of Sydney PhD students, has won a $57 million contract with the United States Marine Corps to trial its "Rover" robotic system as a live-fire marksmanship training utility.

Splish splash, I was takin’ a jog… on my underwater treadmill [Australian Innovation]

Take your standard fitness centre treadmill. Add water. Lots and lots of water. In unimaginative hands, the result would be a sloshy, slippery mess that only a bucket and mop could cure. But in the hands of the folk at HydroCo, based at Seaford in Victoria, wetness plus walking-in-place equals the Physio 1611, a compact aquatic centre that can go where an Olympic-size pool couldn't hope to fit.

Splish splash, I was takin' a jog… on my underwater treadmill [Australian Innovation]

Take your standard fitness centre treadmill. Add water. Lots and lots of water. In unimaginative hands, the result would be a sloshy, slippery mess that only a bucket and mop could cure. But in the hands of the folk at HydroCo, based at Seaford in Victoria, wetness plus walking-in-place equals the Physio 1611, a compact aquatic centre that can go where an Olympic-size pool couldn't hope to fit.

The Power of Design: Part 4 — Birth of an eye-grabbing headset

The four-part Power of Design series wraps up with a case study, showing how smart principles were applied to the creation of an award-winning Bluetooth headset.

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