Tagged: infrastructure

Tech giants are battling it out to supply the global internet – here’s why that’s a problem - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 23, 2018

Claudio Bozzi, Deakin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The US Federal Communications Commission last month granted Elon Musk’s SpaceX permission to launch 4,425 satellites that will provide affordable high speed broadband internet to consumers. The Starlink network will be accessible in the US and around the world … Read More

Opinion: Precious arable land - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 23, 2018

I just don’t get the fixation with making sure that nobody builds a house on agricultural land. The government plans to make it harder for councils to approve new homes and lifestyle blocks on productive land near urban areas. A report out today, called Our Land 2018, shows New Zealand’s urban sprawl is eating up some of the … Read More

The public has a vital role to play in preventing future cyber attacks - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 20, 2018

Sandeep Gopalan, Deakin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Up to 400 Australian organisations may have been snared in a massive hacking incident detailed today. The attack, allegedly engineered by the Russian government, targeted millions of government and private sector machines globally via devices such as routers, … Read More

How to solve the ‘monster’ fatberg problem - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 09, 2017

By Alison Browne, University of Manchester and Mike Foden, Keele University.  Fatbergs – enormous solid masses of oil, grease, wet wipes and other hygiene products that congeal together to cause major blockages – are wreaking havoc on the sewers of cities around the world. A 130 tonne specimen described as a “monster” recently caused backups … Read More

Google Street View – A Useful Research Tool? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jul 10, 2017

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Amber Pearson, Amanda Rzotkiewicz, A/Prof George Thomson Looking at Google Street View can be highly amusing. If you’ve ever wandered around a neighbourhood with Street View on Google Maps, you’ll have realised that everyone’s faces are blurred. Google is very concerned with privacy, so they’ve implemented an algorithm that finds out which parts of their photos … Read More

Cycling and walking in six NZ cities: Where are we at? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 04, 2016

Dr Caroline Shaw, Dr Marie Russell On-road cycle lane Wellington. Photo credit: Jenny Ombler. Active transport is important for health and sustainability. But no one has previously looked systematically at how NZ cities support cycling and walking. Therefore, a new study has been performed and is now published online. This blog reports its main findings. Walking and cycling for … Read More

What social insects can teach us about resilient infrastructure - Guest Work

Guest Author May 26, 2016

By Eliza Middleton, University of Sydney Accidents, natural disasters and random or targeted attacks can cripple human infrastructure. Our transportation networks, supply chains and communication networks are increasing in size and becoming more complex as our populations grow. How do we protect those networks from becoming vulnerable and failing? Social insects may provide some inspiration. Social insects, … Read More

A once in a generation opportunity - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Mar 10, 2016

I’m going to be talking about infrastructure, but first let’s detour back to August 1968. President Johnson is waging the Vietnam War, the Warsaw Pact forces have invaded Czechoslovakia. In Dublin I have just turned 17, and I’m hoping that José Feliciano’s Come on baby light my fire will encourage one of the prettier girls from St Louis Rathmines to … Read More

How fast can we transition to a low-carbon energy system? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 02, 2015

Paul N Edwards, University of Michigan The world’s nations are convening in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require “decarbonizing” the world energy economy – that is, shifting to power sources that use little or no fossil fuel. How fast can this happen, and what could we do to … Read More