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Steam powered space probes may soon be refuelling themselves on asteroids

Warp-drives? Impulse engines? Forget all that. NASA’s on a quest to invent steam-powered spaceships. And it could solve its most pressing problem. If there’s one thing holding us back from exploring space, it’s fuel. It’s bulky. It’s heavy. And probes must carry their own supply. When that runs out, their lights go out. But what if [...]

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Gender equity needed ‘in every nook and cranny of architecture,’ census analysis shows

In 2012, Parlour published its first and devastating statistical portrayal of the loss of women from the architecture profession and their sparseness at senior levels. Back then, many thought that architecture simply did not have a problem with gender. The data convinced them otherwise. Condensed into a series of visualizations, the data (collected by myself [...]

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​Australia’s tallest engineered timber office building opens in Brisbane

A 52-metre-tall office tower made of engineered timber, designed by Bates Smart, has opened in Brisbane.The timber tower, dubbed 25 King, is the tallest engineered timber building in Australia. It is just one metre shy of the world’s tallest timber building, Brock Commons in Vancouver, designed by Acton Ostry Architects, which was completed in 2016.Engineered [...]

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What will become of the Queenslander home and should more be done to protect them?

The traditional Queenslander home is an iconic piece of architectural design, but debate is growing about the best ways to protect their heritage value and keep them standing for years to come.PHOTO: Some renovated Queenslanders still hold their original detail including verandah trims and entrances.New developments have now have moved away from the classic style [...]

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Amazing vintage photos that show how people worked before AutoCAD

Technological advances cause some professions to cease to exist, but in the case of drafting technicians, it just made their desks smaller and tidier. AutoCAD was released in 1982 and by 1994 as many as 750 training centers had been using it worldwide. Before, drafting required pencils, erasers, t-squares, and much more time. And the [...]

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Virtual power plant projects in local communities

Posted by Nick Whigham September 11, 2018 on news.com.auAUSTRALIAN communities are joining together to pursue an innovative energy sharing future — and cashing in at the same time. How the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub worksA COLLECTIVE of Australian businesses and advocacy groups are working to give residents more control over their energy and power bills by establishing virtual [...]

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Brisbane the new home for startup incubators? When technology and creativity collide

REALITY TV show The Shark Tank has proved a hit as it gives Aussie viewers an insight into the high risks and rewards of the adrenaline-fuelled startup industry. But while it has made Steve Baxter and his Brisbane-based River City Labs household names, they’re far from the only startup incubator in an increasingly crowded market. Another Brisbane [...]

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Drone Eyes in the Sky Can Save Time and Money on the Construction Site

The drone market has seen an incredible explosion in the past several years. Widely available models, costing well below $2,000, have contributed to an increase in sales, from $44 million in 2013 to an estimated $1.3 billion this past year. Original article posted by Autodesk can be found here.

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Autodesk BIM 360 Now & the Future

New BIM 360 Features: Unify, Review, Integrate and ShareFor those fortunate to be given a paid leave pass by their employer, the annual Autodesk University (AU) conference in Las Vegas represents an opportunity to share your achievements, learn from others, meet vendors, and of course talk with Autodesk staff. There is a little something for everyone. And after the conference [...]

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Autodesk and NASA's JPL partner for next-gen space exploration | An update from AU 2018 in Las Vegas

For decades, the design of spacefaring vehicles has followed a consistent and pragmatic process; ensure the vehicle, payload, design, and material selection is kept to a bare minimum. This reduces the weight and therefore the overall cost of sending it into space. But that is now all in the past after Autodesk partnered with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and [...]

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