Biomimicry of butterfly wings applied to solar panels – In the news

Mengtian Z from Mentone Girls' Grammar School   Solar energy is a form of renewable energy that is harvested by capturing sunlight. One way to harness such energy is the use of Solar photovoltaic (Solar PV) which converts sunlight directly into electricity using solar PV cells (What is solar power?, 2020). Despite being low maintenance and renewable, solar energy only accounts for about 0.1 percent of Australia’s total energy consumption (Solar Energy, 2020) as solar...Read More

Slug-inspired hydrogel adhesive – In the news

Sahana R from Nossal High School   Sticking a Band-Aid® on damp skin is not easy as we all know. There is a bigger challenge when a similar plaster is required to be used on internal parts of the body. The human body comprising 70% water, encloses the body’s tissues and organs and supports the regulation of various body functions. Therefore, a strong, biocompatible adhesive is essential to repair an open internal wound. Surgical glues...Read More

Microneedles inspired by mosquitos – In the news

Sophie H., East Loddon P-12 College No one likes needles. They’re big, sharp and scary, however, we all have to have them at one point or another. But what if needles didn’t have to be this way? Researchers from Ohio state university and Osaka's Kansai University are using a mosquito (Culicidae) as their inspiration for a new design of needle. This new type of hypodermic needle would make injections a less agonising experience. The biggest...Read More

The dew bank bottle and namib beetle – In the news

Zoe L, Mentone Girls' Grammar School Water is essential to all life but for some it can be hard to access. In hot climates water is a scarce resource and sometimes can be contaminated. An estimated 3,575,000 people die each year because of diseases related to water (The World Counts, 2019) and with a reliable water source these deaths could be prevented. Even today 1 in 9 people worldwide do not have access to clean...Read More

Sharkskin inspired surfaces – In the news

Britney P, Presbyterian Ladies' College Everyone imagines a hospital as seemingly clean and white on the outside, but teeming with microscopic germs and pathogens on the inside. Although we often conceptualise rigorous sterilising procedures involving chemicals and cleaning agents, microorganisms continue to be scattered about from bed to sink in hospitals. In fact, 1.7 million nosocomial infections occur in U.S. hospitals every year alone. These 99,000 deaths and the loss of $20 billion in healthcare...Read More

Magnificent microscopy: Life under a lens – News

GTAC is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a National Science Week grant, as part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, to host Magnificent Microscopy: Life under a Lens in 2018. Ever wonder if microscopic creatures live in your local creek? What do beetles feet look like? How do plants release oxygen? Young people aged 7 – 14 will discover the answer to these and many other questions in Magnificent...Read More

Spiderweb inspired bird-safe glass – In the news

Madison H, Mount St. Joseph Girls' College   We’ve all heard the disheartening thud of an innocent bird unsuspectingly crashing hard and fast into a glass window. It’d be assuring to know that it wouldn't happen again and that the bird would, hopefully, be okay. However, in most cases this isn't the case. The glass structures and windows that dominate our modern world cause the death of hundreds of millions of birds worldwide. The birds...Read More

Bioscience in Central Victoria

In June the GTAC crew took bioscience programs to Wodonga, Rochester, Bendigo, Maryborough and Seymour. Students from Echuca and East Loddon also joined the sessions at Rochester Secondary College. Students in years 10-12 explored a range of topics where biotechnology is used to investigate the DNA of people, bacteria and viruses. Working with DNA allows us to investigate a wide range of topics in modern and ancient biology. DNA can be used to identify whether...Read More

Biomedical Sciences Day 2016 – News

GTAC and The School of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne recently hosted Biomedical Science Day, a full day program for Year 10 and 11 students from rural schools. Students interested in studying biomedical sciences had the opportunity to visit the University of Melbourne and find out about studying Biomedical Sciences at the university. The day commenced with an address from Professor Fabienne Mackay, Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences. A speaker from...Read More

The Kingfisher and the bullet train – In the news

Zoe E, Elwood College   The Shinkansen bullet trains in Japan were conceived in the early 1900s as a means of high-speed travel. They succeeded in their job, however, due to travelling at 200 miles per hour (about 320 kph), they generated noise levels that could be heard 400 metres away. This was due to changes in air resistance when the trains entered tunnels creating low-frequency atmospheric pressure waves. To function effectively without creating so...Read More