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Aussie Inventors

April 12, 2008

Jindalee Radar System
Photo: Defence-data

The Australian Jindalee Radar System
The United States of America spent $11 billion developing an aircraft that could not be detected by radar. Scientists at the CSIRO then concluded that if the plane could not be detected, perhaps the turbulence it makes passing through air could be. $1.5 million later, in 1995, the Jindalee Radar system had transformed the stealth bomber into nothing more than an unusual looking aircraft.


Jindalee Radar System
Photo: Defence-data

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WARNING Politics & Boasting

Australia has had an incredible number of inventions accredited to it. Just a few of these inventions include:-

# The world’s first Grain stripper in 1843.
# The world’s first practical refrigerator in 1856; commissioned by a brewery to build a machine that cooled beer.
# The world’s first electric drill on 20 August 1889.
# The world’s first feature length film; the Story of the Kelly Gang produced in 1906.
# Aspro; a pain reliever based on aspirin in 1917.
# The first car radio was fitted to an Australian car in 1924.
# Mark Oliphant was the head scientist on the first fusion reaction, was in charge of the Manhattan Project that built the first bombs and formed the basis of a hydrogen bomb.
# The Ute; front like a car and a rear like a truck, Antibiotic penicillin in 1944.
# The Atomic absorption spectrophotometer in 1952.
# The Black box flight recorder in 1958; which the Australian government refused to support.
# The first Ultrasonic scanner in 1961.
# The Cochlear implant (bionic ear) in 1979.
# Ben Lexen designed a winged keel that helped Australia II end the American’s 132 ownership of the America’s cup in 1983.
# The world’s first frozen embryo baby was born in Melbourne on 28th March 1984.
# The world’s first multi-focal contact lens in 1992.
# The world’s first supersonic combustion in an atmospheric flight test at Woomera on July 30, 2002; the craft reached speeds of more than Mach 8, or 8 times the speed of sound.

OK it is an impressive list, but it’s matched by a single organization that is probably unique. Namely the CSIRO, aka the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia’s national science agency, it’s one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world and a leader in Climate change.

Now our ex-prime minister John Winston Howard, MP for 12 long years… once touted by the nuvo-opposition Liberals (our equivalent of the Republicans) as ‘The Messiah’; he turned out actually to be a very naughty boy, whom the ‘Libs’ sooo soon have all but forgotten.

In reality I believe he was a just another stupid bigot, who ironically worshiped the like ‘minded’ Robert Gordon Menzies; Prime Minister for 16 years and yet another ‘Messiah’, who amongst his stupider ideas, sold off Australia’s superior Rocket control and guidance systems to the US, because as he said, ‘I see no future in space’, or words to that effect. But wait there’s more, he then he sold Australia’s CSIRAC, one of the world’s first and arguably the world’s most successful first generation computer… because he ‘saw no future in computers’… Duuuh

Few politicians have a scientific back ground. Yet they are making decisions which, more often than not, are directives by corporate lobbyists responsible for getting them elected… it’s a totally stupid way to run a planet on the edge of numerous disasters, which so far, we’ve temporarily avoided by staggering around like a drunks wondering around on a freeway and oblivious to where they are.

The Australian CSIRO on the other hand, is a hugely successful organization, which I believe, suffered persecution because it didn’t, like the ABC, bend to the will of John Winston Howard, a person it seems, totally incapable of understanding or caring that Science, like the Humanities; which Howard also seemed bent on destroying, does not always immediate result in finical gain, but it does makes us better and it always pays off in the future in innumerable ways… the really scary thing is, Bush & Co. are worse.

And now a few of CSIRO’s victories:-

1953 Solar hot water – Developed by R N Morse at the CSIRO.

1953 The Mills Cross – a radiotelescope design consisting of two long ground antennas either in the form of a cross or a T shape was adopted world wide. It was invented by B. Y. Mills at the CSIRO.

1957 Trousers with a permeant crease – The process for producing permanently creased fabric was invented by Dr Arthur Farnworth of the CSIRO.

1963 Aerogard Insect Repellent – the essential ingredient to this famous insect repellent was invented by the entomologist Dr Doug Waterhouse at the CSIRO. He revealed the formula to representatives of the Mortein company who patented it and made substantial returns from the sale of the product.

1986 Gene shears – The discovery of gene shears was made by CSIRO scientists, Wayne Gerlach and Jim Haseloff.

1995 EXELGRAM – The world’s most sophisticated optical anti-counterfeiting technology was developed by the CSIRO.

And don’t forget 1995 – Jindalee Radar System – The United States of America spent $11 billion developing an aeroplane that could not be detected by radar. Scientists at the CSIRO then concluded that if the plane could not be detected, perhaps the turbulance it makes passing through air could be. $1.5 million later, the Jindalee Radar system had transformed the stealth bomber into nothing more than an unusual looking aircraft. 🙂

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