Research

Can sunshine help prevent pneumonia?

Can sunshine help prevent pneumonia?

February 26, 2016

The possibility of a link between vitamin D deficiency and pneumonia is being investigated in two studies by Indonesian and Australian scientists in Indonesia. They’re tracking the incidence and severity in early childhood of respiratory tract infections, including the common cold, asthma, pneumonia, and bronchiolitis, in hospitals and the community, in the hope of providing […]

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Riding the rails to an efficient freight system

Riding the rails to an efficient freight system

February 19, 2016

From 2016 a specially-equipped standard railcar will be rocking and rolling along the tracks of East Java. It will have carefully positioned sensors to detect its movement during normal operation, including its displacement and vibration. The railcar instrumentation has been designed by Monash University’s Institute of Rail Technology (IRT) to provide data on the condition […]

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Fishing for food security

Fishing for food security

February 19, 2016

Local fishermen in Indonesia are catching less fish. Whatever the reason, it is a significant problem for those who live on small islands in particular, as fish make up about 90 per cent of the protein they eat. A team of Indonesian and Australian social scientists is looking at how communities adapt to these changes. […]

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Power to the people

Power to the people

February 11, 2016

Today the Indonesian Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said, will open the Indonesian Clean Energy Centre of Excellence in Bali, with Australia to be an important partner in the Centre’s new activities. In support of the opening the Australia Indonesia Centre announced the signing of an MoU and the commencement of a suite […]

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Power to the islands

Power to the islands

February 11, 2016

Over sixty-five million Indonesians live off the grid. But what does that mean in the era of micro-grids, batteries and efficient solar panels? And how do communities change with 24/7 energy? Providing reliable electric power is one of the keys to unlocking the potential of the remote islands and landlocked areas of Indonesia and of […]

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Putting a window and lasers in a ship’s hull

Putting a window and lasers in a ship’s hull

January 27, 2016

Every shipping manager wages an endless battle against fouling – the bacteria, seaweed, barnacles and other marine life that take residence on the hull of ships. This biofouling is thought to add more than 20 per cent to the fuel costs of commercial shipping. That’s a big cost for the maritime trading nations of Australia […]

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