Magic is how our great-grandparents might have described the idea of robots.
Now that they are becoming more and more a part of our lives, MAGIC is still the word used by an international consortium which is running a competition to find the best robots to do dangerous work for defence forces.
Winthrop Professor David Lumley, the Woodside-Chevron Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration, and Research Fellow Dr Jeffrey Shragge take what they describe as ‘snapshots' of the earth that cost about $10 million each.
Between 1967 and 1999, more than 3,000 hectares of seagrass were lost from Cockburn Sound.
Now, Siegy Kraus, Kingsley Dixon and Liz Sinclair from Kings Park, Gary Kendrick, Marion Cambridge and Renae Hovey from UWA's Oceans Institute, and PhD student John Statton are uncovering the best methods for restoring seagrasses through the Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Plan (SRRP).
In the minds of many academics pure science and applied research are worlds apart.
Yet an applied research centre last year produced a third of the university's publications in Nature and Science, all from industry co-funded projects, demonstrating that astute research project design can satisfy both academic and industry priorities.