Australia’s healthcare system must quickly incorporate technologies including remote consulting, wearable monitors and full digitisation if it is to meet the challenges of the coming decade, an investigation by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) has found.

The University of Sydney says it has used Microsoft cognitive services to build an AI-infused bot in “double-quick time” that responds to student enquiries about COVID-19 and provides instant answers to many of their questions.

South Australia-based Myriota, a connectivity provider for nanosatellite Internet of Things devices, undertaken a $28 million series B funding round led by industry superannuation fund Hostplus and Main Sequence Ventures, the company has announced.

A doctoral candidate from Southern Cross University is using drones to measure the size of whales as she studies various aspects of the lifecycles of these denizens of the ocean.

The CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory, the only high biocontainment facility in the southern hemisphere, has been renamed the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness and given a funding boost even as its researchers start the first stage of testing potential vaccines for COVID-19.

The Australian Computer Society has called for “daring and innovative ideas” for its online 'Flatten the Curve' hackathon taking place over 48 hours from next Thursday 9 April, as part of the society’s response to the COVID-19.

More than two-thirds (70%) of Australian workers believe their productivity is the same or higher when working from home compared to an office environment, with many of them believing that this new form of working will become much more important when emerging from coronavirus than before.

Myriota Canada, a subsidiary of South Australia-based Myriota, a connectivity provider for nanosatellite Internet of Things devices, has entered into an agreement with exactEarth to purchase satellite communications assets.

Australia's national science agency, the CSIRO, says it has begun the first stage of testing potential vaccines for COVID-19, with the testing process expected to take three months.

Fuel cell stack and system developer PowerCell Sweden has announced the signing of a three-year contract with a European shipyard valued at 6.9 million euros for the development and delivery of a megawatt marine fuel cell system.

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