Featured Publications

Ending aging in super glassy polymer membranes

A new material that prevents plastic from ageing has been developed by CSIRO - offering huge environmental and cost savings for the energy industry.

Enabling Australia's Digital Future: Cyber security trends and implications

Australia’s transition to a digital economy is opening up new and exciting opportunities for innovation and global competitiveness. It is driving change across key sectors such as healthcare, energy and government and facilitating
greater levels of social and economic prosperity.

Capturing natural-colour 3D models of insects for species discovery and diagnostics

Collections of biological specimens are fundamental to scientific understanding and characterisation of natural diversity — past, present and future. This paper presents a system for liberating useful information from physical collections by bringing specimens into the digital domain so they can be more readily shared, analysed, annotated and compared.

Hybrid antibacterial fabrics with extremely high aspect ratio Ag/AgTCNQ nanowires

Bugs, beware. A new antibacterial fabric that kills off deadly pathogens could be a new line of defence against nasty infections in our hospitals. For the past year we’ve been working with scientists from RMIT University to develop the fabric that has been shown to destroy both E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as Golden Staph, within just 10 minutes of contact.

Baseline map of organic carbon in Australian soil to support national carbon accounting and monitoring under climate change

We can effectively monitor soil condition---and develop sound policy to offset the emissions of greenhouse gases---only with accurate baselines. Currently, estimates of soil organic C for countries or continents are unavailable or largely uncertain because they are derived from sparse data, with large gaps over many areas of the Earth.

A meta-analysis of crop yield under climate change and adaptation

Feeding a growing global population in a changing climate presents a significant challenge to society. The projected yields of crops under a range of agricultural and climatic scenarios are needed to assess food security prospects.

Geographical limits to species-range shifts are suggested by climate velocity

The implications of anthropogenic climate change for biodiversity at global and local scales are not yet fully known or appreciated. Here we use the velocity of climate change to derive trajectories corresponding to organisms tracking their climatic niche.

Ancient aqueous environments at Endeavour Crater, Mars

At Matijevic Hill on the rim of Endeavour Crater, the rover Opportunity has investigated the oldest rocks it has yet encountered, dating from the Noachian era.

Chapter One - Biology and Ecology of Irukandji Jellyfish (Cnidaria: Cubozoa)

The potentially fatal Irukandji Syndrome is relatively common in tropical waters throughout the world. It is caused by the sting of the Irukandji jellyfish, a family of box jellyfish that are almost impossible to detect in the water due to their small size and transparency.

Projected response of the Indian Ocean Dipole to greenhouse warming

A phenomenon in the Indian Ocean that affects events in southeast Australia is helping to predict extreme weather up to six months in advance.