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New nanowire sensors are the next step in the Internet of Things

A new miniscule nitrogen dioxide sensor could help protect the environment from vehicle pollutants that cause lung disease and acid rain. Researchers from TMOS, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems have developed a sensor made from an array of nanowires, in a square one fifth of a millimetre per side, […]

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Cervical Cancer Awareness week

This week is National Cervical Cancer Awareness week and two of our TMOS members, Shaban Sulejman and Lukas Wesemann, are conducting research that can be applied to the detection of cervical cancer. There are around 900 new cases of cervical cancer reported every year, cervical cancer screening saves lives. Screening is one of the most […]

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A smartphone could spell the end for malaria and other infectious diseases

Scientists are about to turn your smartphone into a tool that can diagnose diseases such as malaria, making mobile medical diagnostics affordable and accessible to remote areas such as third world countries and outback Australia. Currently, disease diagnostics usually requires chemical staining of cells and bulky and expensive microscopes that perform a process referred to […]

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Australian research helping self-driving cars get on the road

Researchers from the Australian National University and TMOS, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, have developed a highly sensitive self-powered single photon detector that could be used to make self-driving cars safer and more energy efficient. A fast, single-photon Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) is far more sensitive than other forms of LIDARs, allowing […]

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Phobia of needles? New research could spell the end for blood testing.

Trypanophobics rejoice. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and TMOS, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, have made new progress towards the development of mid-infrared nanophotonics, which could potentially be used in future biomolecular detectors to allow for breath testing for coming illnesses, replacing blood testing and providing immediate results to doctors […]

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Bright idea: new LEDs can detect off food and lethal gases

Your smart device could soon be even smarter with a new infrared light emitting diode (LED) that is ‘tuneable’ to different wavelengths of light – it could enable your fridge to tell you when your food is going off and your phone to tell you if that Gucci purse is real. Researchers from TMOS have […]

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Reimagining medical diagnostics in developing countries: meta-optics offers a new way to look inside cells

Developing countries face many challenges in the fight against infectious diseases. One of these is the lack of access to medical diagnostic tools. This is considered a key reason why malaria and tuberculosis are still two of the leading causes of death in sub-Sahara Africa and parts of Asia. In order to address issue of […]

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Seeing the invisible

Professor Ann Roberts’ research goal in TMOS sounds like a magic spell from Harry Potter. “I want to see invisible things,” says the Leader of the Detection Theme within TMOS. While it is in fact optical physics, Ann is continually thrilled by her magical results. One of her students recently popped a transparent cancer cell […]

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Building technology by building confidence

A professor working on futuristic technology, with a string of prestigious fellowships behind her, it’s surprising to discover Lan Fu didn’t feel she had the talent to be a scientist. “I never thought I would end up as a physicist – even though my Dad is a physicist. I had no idea if I would […]