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Endemol Shine Australia, the company that brings us the TV binging series MasterChef and Ninja Warrior are currently casting for a new series called LEGO Masters. They are searching ALL of Australia for the BEST and most creative LEGO Builders

They are looking for bright engineering minds, who love LEGO and building with Legos to compete in teams of two to take part in this new television series.

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The field of robotics is accelerating at an increasingly rapid rate and is showing no signs of slowing down. But there remain some significant robotics challenges standing between us and real progress.
Recently, a team from the journal Science Robotics conducted an open online survey to better understand some of the major unsolved robotics challenges – aka what keeps roboticists up at night?

Following the survey, they created a panel of 10 experts who shortlisted the 30 most important topics and research directions. These were then grouped into 10 major robotics challenges that “might have major breakthroughs, significant research, and/or socioeconomic impact in the next five to 10 years”.

Many of these challenges build on each other and require collaboration and innovation to solve them. But the benefits are manifold, as these challenges – and resulting solutions – will transform almost every facet of our lives in the decade, from medical care to exploration to offices.

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A group of university students has brought us one step closer to a cure for HIV by developing an innovative DNA scaffold to study the virus at close range.

A student-designed DNA scaffold that helps provide new insights into self-assembling biological systems has taken out the Grand Prize at Harvard University’s annual BIOMOD challenge.

The international competition invites teams of undergraduate students from around the world to develop new nanotechnologies using DNA, RNA and proteins.

Past winners have developed prototypes for nanotherapeutics and molecular robots. However, 2017’s winners – UNSW’s Capsid Constructors – had other ambitions.

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If the winners of these STEM student awards are any indication, the future of science and engineering in Australia is pretty bright.

It’s an exciting time for the STEM students revealed as winners for the 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.

The awards highlight innovative science and engineering projects from students across Australia and seek to “promote the next generation of STEM leaders”.

Winners and runners-up for the competition’s three categories (Engineering, Investigations and Innovation to Market) were picked from a field of 26 finalists. Although competition was fierce across the board, many entrants cited a desire to make the world a better place and an inquisitive mind as the motivations for their projects.

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