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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CSIRO wireless team wins top Aussie science award
The CSIRO team that invented the technology behind most high-speed wireless local area networks (WLANs) was last night awarded an Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Award.
CSIRO at Australia’s biggest ICT trade show – CeBIT
Technology to deliver high value business services, aid medical diagnosis and bring broadband Internet to rural and remote areas are among the CSIRO innovations on show at Australia’s biggest information and communication technology (ICT) event next week.
Warming could change SA’s weed pests
Hotter temperatures and reduced rainfall in South Australia due to climate change could prompt a period of ‘weed change’ across the state, according to a new report from CSIRO.
A new “Make It Safe” guide to food safety
CSIRO Food and Nutritional Sciences has released a book – Make It Safe: A Guide to Food Safety – which provides small-scale food manufacturers with a practical guide to controlling food safety hazards.
Traditional knowledge and science journey together
A Central Australian delegation of CSIRO staff and Aboriginal colleagues will share their knowledge about the role indigenous societies play in conserving biological, cultural and linguistic diversity, at an international conference in Canada from 9-14 May.
Biofuel crops push ignoring biosecurity impacts
Important biosecurity issues are being ignored in the global push to develop new non-food crops for biofuels and industrial and pharmaceutical uses, according to a report published recently by CSIRO.
Scientists offer new take on selective fishing
A new, less selective approach to commercial fishing is needed to ensure the ongoing productivity of marine ecosystems and to maintain biodiversity, according to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.