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20 Australian Inventions
That Changed The World.

  1. Electric Drill.
    In 1889, Australian electrical engineer, Arthur James Arnot patented the world’s first electric drill. The invention was originally designed to drill rock and dig coal.

  2. Electronic Pacemaker.
    In 1926, Dr. Mark Lidwill made an impromptu pacemaker at Sydney’s Crown Street Women’s Hospital. A newborn patient was suffering from heart problems, so Mark connected the baby’s heart to electrodes that stimulated the heartbeat with electric pulses. Concerned about the ethical issues involved with his invention, Mark declined recognition and patents for his invention that has saved many people throughout the world.

  3. Medical Application of Penicillin.
    In 1939, Howard Florey, with a team of scientists, purified penicillin from a special strain of mould. The team demonstrated penicillin’s ability to fight bacterial infection in mice and, later, humans. The antibiotic was mass produced and used to aid victims of World War II. Penicillin has been used around the world saving many lives through the combating of infection by common bacteria. Today, it is still widely used in combating infections, but its efficacy is at risk from the growing resistance to the antibiotic.

  4. Permanent Crease Clothing.
    In 1957, CSIRO developed a process called Si-Ro-Set. This technique uses chemicals to alter permanently the structure of wool fibres so they can be set with heat. This technology allowed for fashion innovations such as permanently pleated skirts.

  5. Plastic Spectacle Lenses.
    In 1960, Sola Optical released the first scratch-resistant plastic lens for glasses. The technology was further developed to create the first plastic bifocal, trifocal and progressive-focus lenses. Plastic lenses are used throughout the world due to their many benefits including safety, their lightweight and durability.

  6. Black Box Flight Recorder.
    In 1961, Dave Warren created the black box flight recorder - the device that records voices from the cockpit as well as flight data. The durable boxes were designed to replay the final moments before a plane crash, revealing what went wrong. Today, every commercial plane flies with this Australian invention and the recorder sits in the back of planes, to reduce the chances of damage during a crash.

  7. Inflatable Escape Slide & Raft.
    In 1965, Jack Grant, of Qantas, invented the inflatable aircraft escape slide, which is now mandatory safety equipment on all major airlines. The slides also can be used as a flotation device if the aircraft lands on water.

  8. Permaculture.
    Bill Mollison in 1972 had the epiphany that led to the development of permaculture, a concept that uses a natural approach to designing self-sufficient human settlements and agricultural systems. Today permaculture is an alternative to chemical-based agriculture that can be harmful to humans and the environment.

  9. Ultrasound Scanner.
    In 1976 Ausonics commercialised the ultrasound scanner. While studying ultrasound technology, CSIRO’s Ultrasonic Research Centre discovered a way to differentiate ultrasound echoes bouncing off soft tissue in the body and converting them to TV images. This discovery forever changed pre-natal care as it gave expecting parents a window to the foetus without x-ray exposure. Ultrasound technology is also used in the diagnoses of medical problems of the breast, abdomen, and reproductive organs.

  10. Triton Work Centre.
    In 1976, the 25-year-old television journalist George Lewin developed the Triton Work Centre. It is estimated that 10% of Australian households with a garage now have a multi-purpose workbench, which stabilises and improves the accuracy of portable power tools.

  11. Bionic Ear.
    In 1978, Professor Graeme Clark successfully tested the bionic ear. Cochlear implants are devices that are implanted into the head to electronically stimulate the auditory nerve. Graeme’s motivation to advance hearing loss technology was spawned from his father’s inadequate hearing.

  12. Racecam.
    In 1979, Channel 7 introduced live television broadcasting from racing cars, allowing viewers to watch the race from the driver’s perspective. Today the Racecam has been adapted to fit other sporting events such as snow skiing, basketball and cricket.

  13. The Winged Keel.
    Made its debut in 1983, on Australia II in America’s Cup. Australian yachtsman Ben Lexcen who is a marine architect, created a nearly horizontal foil or winged keel, at the base of a sailing boat keel. Typically, they are found on high-performance sailboats.

  14. Polymer Bank Notes.
    Plastic bank notes were first circulated in Australia in 1988 and developed in a combined effort by the Reserve Bank of Australia and CSIRO. The polymer material of the bank notes makes them very durable and counterfeit resistant.

  15. Wi-fi Technology.
    In 1992, John O’ Sullivan and his colleagues were originally looking for black holes when they realised the potential of the technology. John along with the CSIRO then developed wi-fi.

  16. Frazier Lens.
    In 1993, Jim Frazier’s deep-focus lens was patented in the United States. His innovative lens allowed for both the subject and background to be focused on at the same time. It also has the ability to rotate without the movement of the camera. The lens is now commonly used in movies and film throughout the world. Jim won an Academy Award in 1998 for his contribution.

  17. Spray-on Skin.
    In 1999, Professor Fiona Wood patented her spray-on skin technique. The innovation involves taking a small patch of the victim’s healthy skin and using it to grow new skin cells in a laboratory. The new skin cells are then sprayed on the victim’s damaged skin. This process significantly reduces recovery time and scarring. Fiona and her spray-on skin technique played a key role in treating burns victims from the 2002 Bali bombings; what’s more, Fiona and her team are credited with saving the lives of 28 people.

  18. Google Maps.
    From 2003 to 2004, the brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen developed the platform for Google Maps.

  19. Gardasil & Cervarix Cancer Vaccines.
    In 2006, Professor Ian Frazer discovered how to create a vaccination for cervical cancer. The commercial application, Gardasil, is a vaccine to prevent certain types of Human papilloma virus (H.P.V.). As cervical cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, the vaccination has huge implications for the prevention of cancer.

  20. Tank Bred Tuna System.
    In 2008, Hagen Stehr may have saved the southern blue fin tuna from extinction. The clean-seas system fools the tuna in a tank into thinking they are swimming out of the Australian Bight and into their breeding grounds.

Some Other Great Aussie Inventions.

Long-wear contact lens.
Salt-water pool chlorination system.
Stainless steel braces.
The automatic vinyl record changer.
The baby safety capsule.
The Crankless engine.
The electric drill.
The first military tank.
The horse-drawn grain stripper.
The mechanical icemaker.
The notepad.
The plastic wine cask.
The rotary clothes hoist.
The world’s first pre-paid postage.

 

 Intelligence.

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I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought
Wasn’t the thought I thought I thought.
If the thought I thought I thought,
Had been the thought I thought,
I wouldn’t have thought I thought.
(Author Unknown)
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