Aortic aneurysms are one of the leading causes of death in many industrialised countries including Australia and the United States of America. They occur when a segment of the aorta, (the body's largest artery that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs) becomes weakened and bulges. If left untreated, the bulge could expand over time and even rupture - a potentially fatal event.
The company: Seed Genetics Australia
Getting higher seed yields - and making more money as a result - has been a Holy Grail for growers. Through his company Seed Genetics Australia (SGA), former CSIRO scientist Dr Ross Downes is turning it into a reality.
The variety: 'White Cabernet Sauvignon' syn Shalistin
The South Australian grape variety 'Shalistin' is making a name for itself on the international wine scene. As the only white variety of cabernet sauvignon, it is unique.
The plant: 'Angel' sulfonylurea-resistant legume
The 'Angel' cultivar is a world first in pasture legumes - it is resistant to sulfonylurea (SU) herbicide soil residues that can hamper crop growth.
It may feel like you’re traversing a minefield in cross country skis when you go to register your trade mark but it really shouldn’t be a difficult process, says IP Australia examiner Alexandra Ashcroft, particularly if you complete your application properly the first time round.
Design examiners are often the first point of contact for many of the most ingenious innovations originating in Australia. They were among the first to see Speedo’s Fastskin suit for example and the technical drawings for the new shape of the 2003 Holden Monaro.
Patented in 1996, WLAN, or WiFi as it is commonly known, is now installed in an estimated five billion devices such as laptops, phones, cameras and games consoles. On 24 November 2013 the CSIRO confirmed that all of their WiFi patents have finally expired.
Canberran Trish Smith sat on a plane waiting for take-off. From her seat, she watched a bottleneck of passengers form behind a young woman who stood blocking the aisle, searching through her carry-on luggage bag, slowly unpacking items she apparently needed during the flight and putting them into the seat-back pocket, such as her iPad, headphones and a makeup bag.
Necessity is the mother of all inventions, and so it was with Emma Lovell and the birth of Fly Babee. This is a dual purpose travel canopy that packs flat into a 500 g case but pops out into a dome made from black-out material that can be used on planes or prams.