How could degrowth tackle environmental issues and social inequities?
Successful economies are characterised by growth, so how can “degrowth” in our cities and housing possibly be good for us? Urban academic Anitra Nelson explains.
Blazing a trail for innovation
RMIT’s Professor Anne-Laure Mention looks beyond theories to understand the practice of incorporating innovation and knowledge transfer, as it unfolds in business and wider society.
Six ways to keep Melbourne moving at 8 million
More people living in Melbourne means more trips across our transport network. RMIT experts share their views on how to plan for this pressure and keep our city moving.
Smart filters: Next gen materials for modern gas masks
Gas masks have barely changed in over 100 years but with the help of some computational wizardry, next gen smart materials are bringing the outdated technology into the 21st century.
Bees have brains for basic maths: study
Researchers have found bees can do basic mathematics, in a discovery that expands our understanding of the relationship between brain size and brain power.
Drunk history: Bottle shops, urban life and public order
From colonial times to our suburban spread, the humble bottle shop has been surprisingly central in urban attempts to create order and contain violence - but it’s a complicated history.
Banks get royal slap on the wrist
Hayne's failure to tackle bank structures means problem hasn't gone away.
Sleep apnoea creates gaps in life memories: study
People with sleep apnoea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression, new research has shown.
Harnessing light for a solar-powered chemical industry
New technology that harnesses sunlight to drive chemical reactions is paving the way for a more sustainable chemical manufacturing industry, one of the globe’s biggest energy users.
Atari master: New AI smashes Google DeepMind in video game challenge
A new breed of algorithms has mastered Atari video games 10 times faster than state-of-the-art AI, with a breakthrough approach to problem solving.
Inactive Aussie kids en route to becoming a backseat generation
Australian kids are at risk of becoming a backseat generation with more than a third of primary schoolchildren not walking or riding to school despite living nearby, new research shows.
Helping machines speak our language
Researchers have developed technology to detect emotions in human speech, enabling more natural conversations with robots.
Recycling biosolids to make sustainable bricks
How can you recycle the world’s stockpiles of treated sewage sludge and boost sustainability in the construction industry, all at the same time? Turn those biosolids into bricks.
Sensors take headache out of summer beach parking
Researchers are installing sensors throughout the summer hotspot of Rye to monitor traffic, parking, crowd numbers and even toilet usage to better manage holiday crowds.
Ships that repair themselves best line of defence
Researchers have developed spray-on technology for repairing navy ships damaged by fire or missile attack.
Machine learning for a smarter world: Q&A with Fabio Zambetta
Computer scientist and tech innovator Fabio Zambetta is using AI to make machines, and the tasks they carry out for us, feel more natural.
Saving sight: using AI to diagnose diabetic eye disease
Researchers have used artificial intelligence to support the instant diagnosis of one of the top causes of blindness, diabetes-related eye disease, in its earliest stages.
Top optics award for pioneering RMIT physicist
World-leading RMIT University physicist Distinguished Professor Min Gu has been awarded a top international prize, named in honour of the Nobel-winning inventor of holography, Dennis Gabor.
Study reveals murder rates during Nazi genocide
New research shows we’ve underestimated the rate of killing during the Holocaust, and why it matters.
Engineering high impact AI solutions
A leading RMIT researcher has been recognised for bringing high impact engineering solutions to the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Study unlocks full potential of ‘supermaterial’ graphene
New research reveals why the “supermaterial” graphene has not transformed electronics as promised, and shows how to double its performance and finally harness its extraordinary potential.
Researchers tackle HIV and brain injury with NHMRC funding success
Three RMIT researchers have been awarded a total of $2.5 million in funding for projects investigating brain damage in infants and new treatments for managing HIV.
Small habitats crucial to species survival: study
Local patches of bushland play a much bigger role in conserving biodiversity and supporting the survival of endangered species than previously thought, according to new research.
RMIT and Ecole Centrale de Lyon awarded EU funding for global joint PhD program
A prestigious PhD program for nanotechnology research delivered by Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France and RMIT University in Australia has been awarded €1.6M in European funding.
Could child labour be a ‘necessary evil’ while extreme poverty persists?
New research highlighting the dangers of unsafe work for children also shows that child labour, in safer conditions, may help some to survive extreme poverty.
Four in ten think women lie about being victims of sexual assault
Four in ten Australians (42%) think sexual assault accusations are a way of getting back at men, according to the fourth National Community Attitudes Survey (NCAS) on violence against women.
Model city: new software predicts infrastructure lifecycle
Software developed by RMIT researchers is being used to help plan for the lifecycle and maintenance costs of assets including buildings, bridges and stormwater drainage.
Brisbane’s public transport access worst in the country: report
A new report measuring Brisbane’s liveability progress has found its residents have the worst access to public transport in Australia.
RMIT researcher named as MIT top ten young innovator
Early career researcher Wenyue Zou has been named among 10 top innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review for her work developing wearable UV sensors.
Cancer killer: uncovering the health benefits of Vietnam’s gấc fruit
RMIT researcher Dr Tien Huynh has travelled across south-east Asia to learn about the exceptional health benefits of the Vietnamese gac fruit and its ability to destroy cancer cells.
Solution for next generation nanochips comes out of thin air
The secret ingredient for the next generation of more powerful electronics could be air, according to new research.
Social housing in Australia must triple to meet demand: report
Australia needs to triple the amount of social housing built over the next 20 years if it is to meet future demands, a new study has found.
Drones can now flap wings, ride wind currents like birds
The next generation of unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines, thanks to new research.
Urban greening installation improves wellbeing
A new installation featuring native plants and a wildlife soundscape is on display at RMIT, exploring the relationship between urban greening and wellbeing.
History blooms with commemorative artwork
A wreath of wearable enamel brooches is on display at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in a creative tribute to the stories of the first world war.
Algorithms, AI and robots: architecture's new frontier
Poised at the intersection of design and technology, architect Alisa Andrasek is using algorithmic design and robotic construction to create sweeping forms and spaces fit for the future.
Tech breakthrough to allow 100-times-faster internet
Groundbreaking new technology allows super-fast internet by harnessing twisted light beams to carry more data and process it faster.
RMIT researchers win prestigious 2018 Victoria Fellowship
RMIT researchers Sumeet Walia and Flora Salim have been awarded Victoria Fellowships for their outstanding work in nanotechnology and data science respectively.
Computers use social media data to predict crime
Algorithms can now predict the time and place of various crimes by analysing location-based data from social media users.
Grey matters: why your brain needs sleep
Ahead of this week’s Sleep and Brain Health Symposium, Dr Melinda Jackson from RMIT’s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences shares the ugly truth about quality sleep and a healthy brain.
Better GPS opens new opportunities for industry
Leading geospatial scientists say Australian industries are yet to fully tap the potential of rapidly improving Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.
The value of esports: a partnership between Essendon Football Club and RMIT
The rapidly growing esports industry is set to be the subject of a new study, providing a unique insight into the networked media sports industry.
New centre to help industry make sense of data
A new centre will use cutting edge research to help partner organisations turn data into knowledge.
Immune control: Treating brain injury with an on/off switch
Australian researchers have developed groundbreaking technology for controlling the body’s own immune response to brain damage, in an advance that could prove crucial in treating brain injuries.
It just got easier to find your dream
You can now find your dream job faster thanks to SEEK search engine improvements developed in a major industry collaboration.
The race to build a quantum computer
Tasks that take billions of years done in just minutes. That’s the quantum revolution coming to computing and it’s set to transform our whole society.
Thermal imaging improves diabetes related foot ulcer assessment
Thermal imaging can better predict a diabetes related foot ulcer’s size and the healing trajectory than conventional methods, Melbourne-led research has found.
Diagnostic advance: gas-sensing capsule set to hit market by 2022
An electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut to revolutionise the diagnosis of gut disorders could be available within four years, following an agreement between RMIT and Atmo Biosciences.
Sun exposure gets personal with wearable UV sensors
Managing vitamin absorption and avoiding sun damage could soon be as simple as slipping on a bracelet thanks to new personalised sensors.
Quick and not-so-dirty: a rapid nano-filter for clean water
Researchers have designed a rapid nano-filter that can clean dirty water over 100 times faster than current technology.
Senate Inquiry first step towards addressing hidden financial abuse
RMIT’s Supriya Singh presents to the Senate Inquiry on dowry abuse in Australia, throwing light on the devastating effects of unseen economic abuse and the need to criminalise it.
Global study on the impact of social media for citizen engagement
RMIT and Oslo Metropolitan University researchers are studying the use of social media to support citizen participation in local government in a study funded by The Research Council of Norway.
Study highlights roundabout risk for older drivers
Newly published research shows why so many older drivers crash at roundabouts and what can be done to improve safety.
How liveable is Melbourne really? New report settles the score
A new report measuring Melbourne’s liveability progress calls for a redistribution of employment across the city to reduce commute times, ease traffic congestion and encourage more physical activity.
Pushing ‘print’ on large-scale piezoelectric materials
The production of motion sensing devices in mobile phones could become cheaper and more energy-efficient through pioneering work on piezoelectrics by researchers at RMIT.
Blockchain to boost charity donations
Charities and philanthropic organisations are investigating the potential of blockchain technology to solve their trust problem.
Bloody marvels: How micro devices are delivering big blood results
From rapid diagnosis of heart attacks to screening bleeding disorders, tiny devices designed to handle the complexities of blood could be the future of pathology.
Report: affordability driving Australia’s digital divide
A new report from RMIT University and Telstra shows Australians are spending more time online than ever before, with affordability the biggest barrier for those being left behind.
Medical device technologies win major innovation awards
Pioneering medical technologies developed at RMIT University have won top spots in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS "Victorian QuickFire Challenge: Driving Device Innovation".
Smart system makes humans and machines better flight partners
RMIT research is helping machines work better with pilots and air traffic controllers.
The gut-brain connection: a new frontier for autism research
Researchers are discovering new connections between the brain and gut that could make a difference to the daily life of children with autism and their families.
Coming out at work is complex and an ongoing dilemma, research finds
Less than a third of LGBTIQ+ employees are out to all their colleagues and this significantly compromises their wellbeing and work performance, new research has found.
Forging ahead in academic rankings
RMIT continues to advance on the global stage with further gains made in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
Pioneering health research awarded NHMRC fellowship and funding
RMIT researchers working to harness the power of nanotechnology to personalise medicine and to develop new technology for analysing blood clots have been awarded over $1.4 million in NHRMC funding.
Third time’s the charm: how to overcome your public speaking fears
Scared of giving a speech? Dread the idea of a job interview? Avatars and virtual reality could be the key to overcoming public speaking fears, according to an RMIT researcher.
Seven myths about homelessness busted
As experts and policymakers gather for Homelessness Week, we take a closer look at common myths and misconceptions about some of our most vulnerable citizens.
New Future Fellows boost RMIT research
New ARC Future Fellowships awarded to RMIT researchers will support landmark projects on foetal brain development, improving human rights and cutting-edge photonics.
Edukate: Dr Kate Fox nominated for leadership award
Dr Kate Fox knows exactly why she gets up every morning. The Senior Lecturer comes to work at RMIT’s School of Engineering every day to make a difference for children like her son Jake.
Gas sensing gut pill beats breath test diagnosis
New trials of a breakthrough swallowable sensor have revealed the device is 3,000 times more accurate than current technology used to diagnose many gut disorders.
Baby, let’s keep in touch
New mums who keep in touch with their workplace while on maternity leave are more hireable and less likely to experience unconscious bias, research shows.
Sensor technology to improve safety and health in aged care
Flexible sensors developed at RMIT will be integrated into new health monitoring technology to improve aged care, in a project supported through a $1.7 million Federal Government grant.
How design and technology is transforming healthcare: Insights from global experts
Experts across the health ecosystem have shared their insights on the way healthcare is being impacted in a digitally connected world at a recent RMIT health innovation symposium in Europe.
Sydney liveability scorecard reveals urban wins and fails
A new report measuring Sydney’s liveability progress finds the city is struggling to meet its public transport targets, but other Australian capitals should aim to replicate its ambitious policies.
New partnership to help prevent aquatic pollution
A new $5 million partnership between RMIT University and Melbourne Water will help combat pollution in Australia’s waterways and bays.
RMIT leading researcher wins national lifetime award
Professor Calum Drummond has been awarded the prestigious Ian Wark Medal and Lecture for outstanding advances in chemistry and materials science research, and contributions to Australia's prosperity.
New technology for early detection of Type 1 diabetes
Researchers are developing early detection technology for Type 1 diabetes that can accurately predict if a child is at risk of the chronic disease.
Snooze mobiles: how vibrations in cars make drivers sleepy
New research has found the natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel.
Laser-made aircraft parts
Researchers are 3D printing aircraft parts using new laser technology that could transform industry.
Research on law reform protects vulnerable workers
Workers’ rights have been boosted with regulation of the labour hire sector in Victoria, thanks to research undertaken by an RMIT academic in partnership with the State Government.
Interactive storytelling machine captivates audiences
On display in Melbourne this June as part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, an innovative digital installation turns audiences into artists.
Dual accolades for Madhu Bhaskaran
Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran's work in the field of flexible electronics has been recognised with two significant honours.
Honeybees zero in on nothing
Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing.
Beyond colour in cellular microscopy
A new microscopy technique developed at RMIT allows researchers to see more of what’s happening inside cells.
Cyber safety in remote Aboriginal communities: report
RMIT University has released the key findings from a new report commissioned by Telstra to better understand the barriers to digital inclusion for remote Indigenous Australians.
One in three Australian kids exposed to disadvantage, new research reveals
Almost a third of Australian children experience some form of disadvantage that can have a lasting impact on their development, a new study of more than 5,000 children released today has found.