Australian car manufacturers have warned that 20,000 vehicles already under recall for faulty Takata airbags are now classified as “critical”, with the competition watchdog issuing an alert that the cars listed as critical should not be driven.

In what is claimed to be a world first, a patient in America has been successfully implanted with a polymer heart valve jointly developed by Australia's national science agency CSIRO and medical device firm Foldax.

Australian energy market regulatory group, the Energy Market Commission (AEMC), has called for urgent action to be implemented to cope with what it says is the “rooftop solar expansion” and to get the grid ready for electric vehicles.

Climate change, noxious weeds and a number of human activities are leading to the extinction of bee species in Fiji, even as Australian researchers are discovering new species, it is claimed.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated $460,500 in funding to the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) to investigate opportunities for using renewables in process heating in manufacturing.

Australian-listed space technology operator Kleos Space has signed its first South American order, with an order by a Brazillian-based integrator.

A team from Flinders University has completed preparations for participating in the 2019 World Solar Challenge which takes place from 13 to 20 October and involves travelling from Darwin to Adelaide in a solar-powered vehicle.

Battery technologies developed in Australia will be sold globally in the next five years through a partnership between the CSIRO and Japanese specialist chemical manufacturer Piotrek.

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