Tom Koutsantonis, Energy Minister, South Australia

South Australia's Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis has labelled a plan by the state’s Liberal Opposition leader Steven Marshall to scrap the Renewable Energy Target (RET) as dangerous for both investment in South Australia and the “stability of the electricity grid”.

India cuts some ties with Gates Foundation

The Indian government has announced a partial cutting of ties with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and has increased funds to its own immunisation programmes, due to the foundation’s acknowledged ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

‘Over-thinking’, stress may be part of the dieting dilemma: CSIRO

The CSIRO says its behavioural scientists have identified the dominant diet type among Australian adults, revealing why many people find it hard to maintain a healthy diet.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt opens Feros Care tech hub

Not-for-profit aged care and support services provider Feros Care has opened a new state-of-the-art technology hub that it says is transforming the way health and aged care is delivered.

Apple sued over texting driver's accident

Apple has been sued by a driver whose vehicle was hit by another car, the driver of which was using an iPhone to send an SMS while driving.

GreenSync raises $11.5 million for global expansion

Melbourne-based tech energy company GreenSynce has raised $11.5 million in a Series B funding round led by the Australian Government-owned Clean Energy Finance Corporation through the Clean Energy Innovation Fund, and Southern Cross Venture Partners through the Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund.

E-waste jumps 63% in past 5 years

E-waste in the Asia/Oceania region in 2015 totalled 12.3 million tonnes, 2.4 times the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The first Regional E-waste Monitor: East and Southeast Asia, was compiled by the United Nations University, (UNU) through its Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme and funded by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

Lithium-ion batteries to self-extinguish

Stanford scientists have come up with what is claimed to be the first self-extinguishing Lithium-ion battery.

Firm uses carbon dioxide from own plant to make baking soda

An Indian company based in the southern state of Kerala is attracting global interest after its ability to capture carbon dioxide from its own coal-powered plant and converts it into baking soda was publicised.

Microsoft forms joint network to aid eyecare

Microsoft has teamed up with commercial research organisations and academic institutions, including Australia's Brian Holden Vision Institute, to launch a network that will use artificial intelligence to eliminate avoidable blindness and scale the delivery of eyecare services.

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