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


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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).

It's electricity, but not as we know it

Australia's electricity landscape could change significantly in the future and consumers will be deciding just what that future will look like.

Helping miners find the right water balance

The coal mining industry will be better equipped to manage water and deal with extreme weather events, thanks to a new model developed by CSIRO.

Get the conversation started

Ever wondered how vaccines work, why whales strand themselves or if luck really exists? The Explainer: From Déjà Vu to Why the Sky is Blue and Other Conundrums is a collection of straightforward, accessible, and engaging explanations from those in the know on those everyday concepts that may have made you stop and wonder.

Indian Ocean phenomenon helping to predict extreme weather

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

The smart software fighting fire with #fire

Australia's key disaster management agencies have joined forces to tackle the problem of how to access and interpret information gathered during bushfires, and other natural disasters to help emergency services save lives and property.

The one Toolie that's welcome at Schoolies

Over 28,000 students will descend on the Gold Coast for the start of schoolies this week, and while the party may be chaos, emergency departments on the Gold Coast already know how many patients will be coming through the door.

Black hole jets pack a powerful punch

High-speed 'jets' spat out by black holes pack a lot of power because they contain heavy atoms, astronomers have found.

Media statement

On 31 October, CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark advised staff about changes to recruitment processes at the organisation.

Lead role for CSIRO in SKA R&D

CSIRO will play a lead role in the next stage of the development of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), to be located in Australia and in Africa.

Robot rings in Phar Lap trifecta

For the first time, the body of Australia’s most famous racehorse Phar Lap will be brought together virtually using CSIRO’s Museum Robot at the National Museum of Australia.

Pill-popping galaxy hooked on gas

Our Galaxy may have been swallowing “pills” — clouds of gas with a magnetic wrapper — to keep making stars for the past eight billion years.

Bats confirmed as SARS origin

A team of international scientists has isolated a very close relative of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) from horseshoe bats in China, confirming them as the origin of the virus responsible for the 2002-3 pandemic.

Gilding the gum tree – scientists strike gold in leaves

Eucalyptus trees in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia are drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing it in their leaves and branches.

Gravitational waves "know" how black holes grow

Supermassive black holes: every large galaxy's got one. But how did they grow so big?

3D printed horseshoe to improve racing performance

CSIRO scientists have custom made and 3D printed a set of titanium shoes for one Melbourne race horse in a first for the sport.

Herbicide runoff reduced to Great Barrier Reef

An innovative new approach to sugarcane plantation weed management trialled in select Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments has shown a 90 per cent reduction in runoff of highly soluble herbicides into waterways.

Australia and India to collaborate on clean fuel production

In a time when Australia’s liquid transport fuel supplies are declining and our transport needs are growing, a research partnership between Australia and India could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels.

Does my virtual forehead look big in this?

CSIRO’s new Smart Vision technology helps online shoppers make better decisions.

Australia’s Marine National Facility to farewell its research vessel Southern Surveyor

Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, is to be sold by open tender on the international market, in the lead up to the arrival of its replacement, RV Investigator.

World authority leads ocean energy research

One of the world’s authorities on offshore oil spill countermeasures has taken the helm of CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship.

CSIRO helps build Australia’s quietest hospital

A team of CSIRO scientists have carried out sophisticated acoustic studies, in a quest to help create the quietest hospital in Australia.

Outback Rover helps sharpen satellite signals

CSIRO’s ‘Outback Rover’ is helping scientists improve the accuracy of satellites.

Astronomers find missing link pulsar

An international team of astronomers has used X-ray telescopes in space and ground-based telescopes, including two of CSIRO's, to identify a pulsar that switches between emitting X-rays and emitting radio waves. This is the first direct evidence of one kind of pulsar turning into another.

Seeing more than carbon for the trees

Schemes that offer economic incentives for growing trees for carbon present an opportunity to reverse trends in land clearing but also to restore ecosystem services – such as pest control, pollination, soil and water conservation.

3D mapping is a 'Pisa' cake for Aussie scientists

Australian researchers have created the first ever interior 3D map of Italy’s iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa by using a breakthrough mobile laser mapping system.

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