Solar energy has its limitations and so far, homes powered by solar can quickly lose power when the sun isn't out. But new tech now means that the sun's energy can be stored in batteries for later use in the home.
Scope reveals footage of scientists using the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Automatic Computer, Australia's first computer and the world's oldest surviving electronic computer, dating back to 1949.
CSIRO's Karl Forcey demonstrates how researchers use Starbug X, an autonomous underwater vehicle, to study the sea floor, monitoring water quality and creating high-resolution images of the marine environment.
Imagine if you could travel all over the world without ever leaving your seat! What would you do Well, Professor Kerrie Mengersen has that power in the form of virtual reality and she's using it to help save endangered animals around the world.
Usually when you break a bone, your body can repair it in a couple of months. But when it comes to the spine, breaking a bone can rob someone of their ability to walk! That's why Dr Nick Opie and Gil Rind from the University of Melbourne are working on a device which could one day help paraplegics get back on their feet.
Mosquitos aren't just annoying; in some parts of the world they can also spread an infectious disease called Malaria. And that's something that Dr Michelle Wykes and her team from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute are trying to put a stop to!
Artist and scientist, Dr Jason Nelson explains his new interactive artwork aimed at teaching kids about science. His installation is a giant touch screen that explores images from engineering to biology. He also has built an enormous interactive gaming wall.
What is a digital hospital Dr Rob caught up with Dr Clair Sullivan from the Princess Alexandra Hospital to find out. Join him, as he finds out how this 21st century hospital made the transition from the tangible to the digital.
Google And The World Brain radically questions the nature of the Internet. The film uses Google Books as a prism through which issues of data-mining, copyright, freedom and surveillance are illuminated.
The global cyberwar is heating up and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers. Now, thanks in part to secret documents released by Edward Snowden, the true scale of the National Security Agency's scope and power is coming to light. NOVA examines the science and technology behind cyber warfare and asks if we are already in the midst of a deadly new arms race.
In the early '60s, to talk about computer science meant talking about enormous calculators that were seen as pure science fiction to the vast majority. In 1963 the IBM PDP-1 occupied an entire room, cost $100,000 and was in few specialised laboratories. And while the world dreams about and fears this object of the future, in that small lab with tainted black windows, four pioneers invented the P101, ''the first desk top computer of the world". This is the birth of our age.
Two young automotive designers develop their concepts for the exterior and interior of a car. Their ideas are refined through the construction of full-scale clay models, and finally we see the cars being built on the assembly line.
After attempting to climb through several different terrains in a regular ATV (quad-bike), the inventors realise that the wheels are not sturdy enough and cannot negotiate the many obstacles they come across in the wilderness. They must redesign the legs so they can withstand the weight of the aluminium chassis as well as the driver of the machine. After hours of gruelling tests of different materials, there is only one material that can support the weight while still allowing the vehicle to 'walk' over any surface.
The team of inventors takes-on the future of thrill rides by attempting to build a waterslide simulator that lasts three times as long as an amusement park waterslide while also combining all the twists, drops and turns of several slides into one simulator. The prototype grows to three stories tall with almost five tons worth of materials. Can the guys complete this engineering feat in only two weeks?
The Internet has transformed every part of our lives and is now changing arguably the most important part - our love lives. Internet dating is now the second most common way that couples meet. But what is the best way to make the online search for love successful? What are the 'matchmaking' algorithms that the big companies use? Do they really deliver the goods, or is it just clever marketing and actually a giant con? And is there really any science involved? Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Xand Van Tulleken investigate.
Every day we produce more data than the human race did from the dawn of civilisation until the year 2000. Twitter, search engines, scientific experiments, stock markets - these colossal databases can be mined for valuable, sometimes mind-blowing, insights using the most sophisticated algorithms ever created. This documentary explores how scientists are using technology and innovation to search data.
In just seven years, Mark Zuckerberg has gone from his Harvard college dorm to running a business with 800 million users, and a possible value of $100 billion. His idea to 'make the world more open and connected' has sparked a revolution in communication.
Web Warriors offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world's newest and most vulnerable frontier: cyberspace. The film takes us into the world of hackers like Mafia Boy - a 15-year-old high school student who rose to infamy in 2000 by causing millions of dollars in damage after single-handedly shutting down internet giants - including Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, Dell, eTrade, and CNN. We meet Donnie who goes on a journey into the Russian cyber underground searching for the creators of a computer virus with the hopes of collecting the $250,000 reward being offered by Microsoft.