The power of nature in tackling loneliness and social isolation among vulnerable groups
Researchers in Europe, Australia and Latin America are combining social interactions with the colours, sounds and smells of the natural environment to improve mental health in at-risk communities.
Misconceptions of food packaging aggravates food waste problem
New RMIT-led research reveals most Australians think food packaging waste is a bigger environmental issue than food waste – but the opposite is true.
One in four households struggle to pay power bills - five ways to tackle hidden energy poverty
RMIT researchers are calling for a collaborative approach to help trusted intermediaries working in health, energy and social services identify and support Australians living in energy poverty.
Wonder drug-capsule may one day replace insulin injection for diabetics
Scientists in Melbourne have designed a new type of oral capsule that could mean pain-free delivery of insulin and other protein drugs.
Australians paying $6 billion for unused apartment parking
Experts are calling for planning policy to ‘unbundle’ parking spaces from apartments to reduce housing costs and alleviate street parking woes.
“Inkable” nanomaterial promises big benefits for bendable electronics
An international team of scientists is developing an inkable nanomaterial that they say could one day become a spray-on electronic component for ultra-thin, lightweight and bendable displays and devices.
Smart nanotechnology for more accurate delivery of insulin
Glucose-responsive insulin that eliminates the need for people with type 1 diabetes to check their blood sugar levels could be a step closer thanks to research led by RMIT and Monash University.
Sustainable transitions in industry need a national approach to design: report
New reports unveil a critical roadmap to transition Australia to a circular economy through design to help businesses and industry make real environmental change.
Building cladding with recycled glass scores sky-high results in sustainability
Engineers have developed new fire-safe building claddings using recycled glass, creating a promising circular-economy solution to address a major waste stream.
Hardy health plant a hero ingredient to help manage obesity
Antioxidants in the roselle plant have anti-obesity properties that could help in food alternatives to current weight management medications, according to new research.
How to make hydrogen straight from seawater – no desalination required
Researchers have developed a cheaper and more energy-efficient way to make hydrogen directly from seawater, in a critical step towards a truly viable green hydrogen industry.
Building Ukraine back better requires affordable, inclusive and green housing: report
Adequate accommodation is an essential foundation for social and economic wellbeing at the best of times, but when war directly impacts neighbourhoods as it has done in Ukraine, it’s vital that housing is at the heart of recovery plans, a new report has found.