CSIRO spins carbon web

Australia government-owned research body, CSIRO, says Australia may get an entirely new industry as a result of Australian developed carbon fibre technology. It has announced “Australia’s first entirely home grown carbon fibre,” which it says will enable Australian industry to mass-produce products that use the advanced material, “used in everything from bicycles and tennis rackets […]

New book shows how computing started in Australia

Digital computing started in Australia in 1949, when Trevor Pearcey first switched on his CSIR Mark 1. It was only the fourth computer in the world. Pearcey, an Englishman who had worked on radar during World War II, had designed the machine from scratch and built it largely from surplus war material. It used 1500 […]


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