Snapshot Issue05.17

01 Customers

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Boeing steady with the world's largest aerospace company

All good relationships are based on commitment, which is why we're head over heels with our latest funding announcement with Boeing. We've signed a new, $35 million research agreement that will see us working together on a broad range of areas of mutual interest including space sciences, advanced materials and manufacturing. It's the latest step in a 28-year partnership with Boeing that has provided a huge boost for Australia in the global aviation industry, and which saw us named as one of their Suppliers of the Year last month. You could say things are really taking off.

02 Research

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Our booster shot for Australian health sector

With our strong research base, Australia has the potential to become a real player in the global medical technologies and pharmaceutical (MTP) sector, which is estimated will be worth $3 trillion by 2025. We've just released an MTP Roadmap that shows how we can build an industry structured to reap the economic benefits of this development and ensure Australians can access world-class health and medical technology. And not to mention create an additional 28,000 jobs and add $18 billion to the Australian economy by 2025.

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Nickel's role in the Great Dying

The Great Dying occurred around 250 million years ago when life on Earth nearly came to an end in the worst-ever mass extinction. Some 90 per cent of the species in the oceans and 70 per cent of vertebrate families on land were killed. This catastrophic episode was caused by several different events (like declining oxygen levels and massively rising temperatures) but the debate over their triggers has been an international academia version of 'whodunnit'. It turns out the murder scene was Siberia and it was nickel in the atmosphere with bacteria in the oceans.

03 Discoveries

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04 People

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Meet NASA's new Aussie command centre

In a valley near Canberra lies a hidden complex that will help land the first people on Mars. Our Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is one of only three of its kind in the world - the other two are based in Madrid, Spain and Goldstone, California, US. Each complex is positioned on a different side of the planet for vital rolling communications with deep space. A brand new command centre has been built on the site, in part, for staffers to communicate with the first astronauts to walk on Mars.

JOBS

Secure position

Based in Geelong, as a Research Veterinarian you will support our animal studies in the Dangerous Pathogens area at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory. To work at the high-security complex, you will be trained to work at high levels of bio-containment and with a variety of serious human pathogens. As part of the Dangerous Pathogens team you will work with a variety of infectious agents at different levels of bio-containment.

Solid platforms

We have a number of positions across Australia in the Synthetic Biology (SynBio) group of our Future Science Platforms area. We're looking for scientists to work in the design and construction of biological parts, devices, and organisms, usually based on DNA-encoded componentry; and their application for useful purposes. SynBio is the next transformative technology and is an interdisciplinary field representing the convergence of domains, and has potential applications in areas as diverse as manufacturing, human health, agriculture and protecting ecosystems.

05 Participate

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WiFi goes mile high as we celebrate Reuters success

We were recently lucky enough to be invited on Qantas’ first ever WiFi-enabled flight. The flight was hosted by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and our very own Dr Terry Percival, who led our team responsible for the invention of fast WiFi technology in 1991. It's plane to see the impact WiFi has had on everyday life, but it's only one invention in our track record of innovation stretching back over the last century. In fact, we recently landed in 18th place in Reuters’ Top 25 Global Innovators.

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Bird in the hand worth 900 in the book

We've just released the Australian Bird Guide, the most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated field guide to Australia’s unique birdlife. Australia’s avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting our continent’s impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is a must have for bird watchers, twitchers, ornithologists or any lover of Australian wildlife. Can you spot them all?

Extras

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