Scanning electron microscope image of the reproductive apex of a barley plant (Hordeum vulgare).


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Breaking news

What’s our role in the search for missing flight MH370?

Many people have been asking CSIRO for our take on the situation, the ocean, the technology being used to find the debris of the plane – so we wanted to let you know how our technology is being used and how we’re assisting the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Industrial oils from above the ground, not below it

Two hundred of the world’s top minds in plant oil research are gathering in Australia next week to share their research into how renewable plant-based oils can be engineered to replace industrial oils that have traditionally been manufactured from petroleum.

$10m project to store CO2 underground in China

CSIRO is partnering with China United Coalbed Methane Corporation Limited (CUCBM) on a A$10 million joint demonstration project that will store 2000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) underground in the Shanxi Province and extract methane for use as an energy source.

CSIRO grants global license for new polymer technology

CSIRO has signed a global licensing agreement for its patented RAFT technology. Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (or RAFT) technology is an elegant and powerful polymerisation process that has given rise to a new branch of polymer chemistry.

Conserving nature and dollars: delivering cost-effective biodiversity protection

A more flexible approach to the expansion of protected area systems could ultimately protect much more biodiversity for the same budget according to a new paper in the scientific journal Nature.

‘How to’ guide for innovation in industrial research

Innovation in Industrial Research, a new book from CSIRO Publishing, is a hands-on guide for Australian scientists, managers and students.

Of lice and man: researchers sequence human body louse genome

They make you itch and they are hard to find but scientists have got the body louse well and truly in their sights.

Is this the perfect prawn?

After 10 years of careful breeding and research, scientists have developed what could be the world’s most perfect prawn.

Astronomers find cause of “dicky tickers”

In today’s issue of Science, CSIRO astronomer George Hobbs and colleagues in the UK, Germany and Canada report that they have taken a big step towards solving a 30-year-old puzzle: why the “cosmic clocks” called pulsars aren’t perfect.

Australia’s first climate change adaptation conference opens next week

The first international conference held in Australia to discuss the science and options for adapting to climate change begins on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 29 June.

Deep thinking on the world’s oceans

The world's deep ocean researchers – scientists whose field of interest extends into the uncertain world below about 2000 metres – met in Hobart this week to discuss deep ocean changes, their causes and their implications.

Valuing and protecting Indigenous wild food resources

The value of rivers and wild food resources to Aboriginal people is the focus of new research that will help transform water management on Cape York in northern Queensland.

Natural energy to help power exploration of the Universe

The Federal Government has announced today that the CSIRO will receive $47.3 million for the development of solar and geothermal energy technologies to power a radio-astronomy observatory and its supporting computer centre.

Scientists find new home for threatened orchids

For many people uprooting and moving to a new home is a stressful and time consuming exercise, however it pales in comparison to the complexity of relocating native populations of rare and endangered orchids.

‘Citizen scientists’ can aid biodiversity research

Getting a true picture of biodiversity changes in the future may depend on scientists gaining access to the records of ‘citizen scientists’ around the world, according to a paper published today in the scientific journal PLoS Biology.

Kudos for CSIRO’s supercomputing capability

One of the world’s leading developers of graphics processing units (GPUs), NVIDIA, announced today that CSIRO has been selected as a member of its international network of high performance computing research centres.

Solvent extraction technology benefits sponsors

Details of the benefits accruing to solvent extraction (SX) operators sponsoring a new three-year, $4 million, jointly-funded project designed to reduce the significant losses they suffer as a result of reagent loss, are provided in the June edition of CSIRO’s Process magazine.

Bursting 'bubbles' the origin of galactic gas clouds

Like bubbles bursting on the surface of a glass of champagne, ‘bubbles’ in our Galaxy burst and leave flecks of material in the form of clouds of hydrogen gas, researchers using CSIRO’s Parkes telescope have found.

Aussies and Kiwis forge a cosmic connection

Six radio telescopes across Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to act as one giant telescope, linking up over a distance of 5500 km for the first time.

Remote-access meters can cut your energy costs

A new web-based smart metering system has been developed by CSIRO to enable householders, small businesses and electricity retailers to remotely control energy use over a broadband Internet connection.

Global warming’s influence on El Niño still unknown

The climate of the Pacific region will undergo significant changes as atmospheric temperatures rise but scientists can not yet identify the influence it will have on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) weather phenomenon.

American honour for Australian space tracking stations

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla and former tracking stations, Honeysuckle Creek and Orroral Valley, near Canberra, will be honoured tomorrow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as sites of Historic Aerospace Significance.

Australian elected Fellow of the Royal Society

An internationally respected researcher responsible for major breakthroughs in the development of polymer technologies, CSIRO’s Dr Ezio Rizzardo, has been elected as a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s prestigious Royal Society.

Relieving the electronic health records headache

CSIRO is helping to relieve some of the ‘pain’ associated with creating electronic health records for Australians.

Nine new species for disappearing handfish family

Nine new species of handfish have been described by CSIRO in research that highlights an urgent need to better understand and protect the diversity of life in Australia’s oceans.

New Fibres Research and Innovation Centre launched

Australian research into the development of new, cutting-edge textile, fibre and advanced composites technologies received a major boost today with the announcement by the Prime Minister the Hon Kevin Rudd of $37 million of funds to establish the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) in Geelong, Victoria.

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