Something we hear quite frequently from some of the country’s top builders, large and small alike, is that they believe there is just too much red tape in the industry. For some, OH&S has simply gone too far; for others it’s the energy compliance regulations and the upcoming carbon tax; for yet others the apparent need to become ISO 9000-qualified is a hurdle too far.

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Nanoparticle Technology

Sea urchins are common enough in all oceans of the world and particularly plentiful on the many reefs around the shores of Australia. They are strange and rather unambitious animals whose idea of a good time is to lie half-hidden in sand at the bottom of the sea and sleep during daylight. In some parts of the world – the Mediterranean is an example – they form the basis of culinary recipes as diverse as Sea Urchin Bruschetta and Sea Urchin Risotto.

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Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

January 25, 2021, 8:24 PM AEDT