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Australian innovations

Enterprising Australia, ABC Radio Online, 10 July 2014

The modern day inventions of creative Australians have gone on show in Canberra, in an exhibition that proves our innovators are still steaming ahead.

From the baby capsule to an electronic unit that treats back pain, the Enterprising Australians exhibition at the Questacon Technology Learning Centre at Deakin tells the story of 35 products, processes and materials that are improving lives around the world.

A reputation for innovation

Australia has a well-earned reputation for innovation, going back to the development of the stump-jump plough. But according to Dr Stuart Kohlhagen, Questacon’s manager of science and technology, “it didn’t stop in the 19th century.”

“In fact,” he said, “it’s diversifying and there are richer and richer stories.”

The exhibition shows how the inventors developed their creative ideas into useful products that could be marketed domestically and internationally across  a range of fields including agriculture, food science and medicine.

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