The Rise of Electric Cars

July 18th, 2016
The market for electric cars continues to evolve, as technology improves, battery prices drop, and demand grows across the world. According to a new report from Lux Research, the market will reach $10 Billion by 2020, with six large car makers accounting for 90 percent of demand. While auto manufacturers Tesla will continue to lead the charge, BYD will dominate battery demand and the VW group are also expected to make big waves. In a separate report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), one in three cars are expected to be electric by 2040.

According to the Lux Research report, “Plug-in adoption is ultimately being fuelled by rapidly decreasing battery costs and the success of early EVs such as Tesla’s Model S and Nissan’s Leaf, which has forced a number of other OEMs to make more serious commitments to developing plug-in vehicles.” While plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will perform well in unit sales, accounting for 740,000 of 1.5 million vehicles over the next four years, fully electric vehicles will account for over 80 percent of the energy storage demand due to thei [...]

OECD Note on Australia

June 17th, 2016

In the past 11 quarters, domestic demand has contributed less than 0.5 percentage points to GDP growth in Australia, a worrying statistic with little historical precedent. This streak has only been equalled once before, and that was during the early 1990s recession. In fact, domestic demand has contributed less than 2 percentage points toward annual GDP growth during the last 14 quarters, much less than the historical average of 3.5 percentage points. This is increasingly being felt in peopl [...]

Foreign Investment and House Prices

June 10th, 2016

High levels of foreign investment in the Australian housing market continue to raise concern, with a little over 20 percent of property linked to overseas interests. With prices continuing to soar and many first-home buyers locked out of the market, foreign investment is seen by many as a significant problem. While the current national government seem unlikely to alter investment […]

The Transforming Home

May 27th, 2016

When it comes time to renovate your existing home or build a new one, there are lots of important decisions to make. How will your home be used? How much space do you need? How will that space be divided? While traditional home design relies on multiple independent spaces existing side-by-side, this paradigm is slowly changing. From movable walls and […]

The Sleep Revolution

May 26th, 2016

In the fast-paced, tech-enhanced world of today, is it any surprise that a good night’s sleep has become the ultimate status symbol. Whether it’s a sleep retreat, an intelligent sleep mask, or a fancy new mattress, an entire industry has developed around rest and rejuvenation. In her recent book ‘The Sleep Revolution’, Arianna Huffington promises to transform your life “one […]

Google Makes Art with AI

May 20th, 2016

Google’s new artificial intelligence has just released its first song, a 90 second composition announced at Moogfest in May and published by The Verge. While the simple melody is still a long way from Mozart, it’s an exciting start from the Google Brain-based Magenta project. With Google working on multiple AI systems and Microsoft experimenting with machine learning to create […]

RBA and Negative Gearing

May 16th, 2016

Negative gearing continues to make headlines in the lead-up to the federal election, as one of the key economic issues dividing the two major parties. While the government will not make changes to current policy, Labor have plans to wind back both negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount if elected. The Reserve Bank has long been uneasy about […]

House Prices Down in Most Cities

May 13th, 2016

Property prices continue to fall in most Australian cities, with Melbourne and Hobart the only capitals to post March quarter gains. According to data from real estate marketing company Domain, the national median house price has fallen for two consecutive quarters for the first time in five years, with the average Aussie home now costing $719,024. With demand for home […]

How to think like an Interior Designer

May 6th, 2016

While the experts usually know best, not everyone has the money or desire to hire a professional interior designer. Luckily – there’s a lot you can do on your own terms, especially if you’re prepared to get organised, mix things up, and embrace innovation. By stepping out of your comfort zone and learning to think like an interior designer, you […]

World’s First Microbiome Study

April 29th, 2016

The world’s first microbiome study has just been released, with the Flemish Gut Flora Project identifying 69 factors linked to gut flora composition and diversity. Set to be published in the leading academic journal Science, these results will provide important information for future disease research and clinical studies. Gut flora is an important component of human health, with this project […]

Secret Plans to Harness Fusion

April 22nd, 2016

Secret plans are under-way to harness fusion, with tech billionaires and private energy companies looking for a cheaper and cleaner way to power the world. While the holy grail of energy production has long been the domain of government projects, private investment is helping the industry enter exciting new territory. Even though general fusion is seen as a long-shot by […]