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


CSIRO's Media Centre provides journalists and the media with information about CSIRO's research and other activities.

RV Investigator to arrive in Hobart tomorrow!

Australia’s marine science community is celebrating the arrival of the new Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator into its home port of Hobart, Tasmania on Tuesday 9 September at 10am.

Robots to ResQu rainforests from purple plague

Australia’s rare and precious rainforests, like the iconic Daintree, could have an unexpected aerial ally in the battle against weeds – autonomous helicopters.

From the caves to the classroom

The latest chapter in a long history of mapping technology innovation at Jenolan Caves will see students from around Australia explore the caves in virtual reality as part of Australia’s biggest school excursion.

River red gum - more than just a tree

So much more than just a tree, the river red gum has been central to the tensions between economic, social and environmental values of rivers and floodplain landscapes in Australia - perhaps more so than any other Australian plant or animal.

New collaborations seek to solve infectious disease challenges

Many of Australia's leading animal and human infectious disease experts are joining forces this week to identify challenges that might benefit from greater collaboration across Australia's research institutions.

CSIRO releases Spanish version of free pesticide risk tool

Spanish-speaking farmers and regulators will be better equipped to manage the impacts of pesticides on water resources thanks to a new version of CSIRO’s popular Pesticide Impact Rating Index (PIRI) tool.

Latest biodiversity information captured in new CSIRO book

This morning at Parliament House, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will launch Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia, a new book from CSIRO.

Biological agent closing in on weedy rampant escapee

Sticky snakeroot, Mexican devil or Crofton weed – call it what you want - since the early 1900s this weed has been causing grief in Australia. But now the release of a new biological control agent brings some hope.

Analysing Australians’ attitudes to science

Most Australians equate CSIRO with Science, and attitudes in support of CSIRO rise and fall with changes in community attitudes to Science. While awareness of, and trust in, CSIRO remains high across the wider community, increasingly young people and those with anti-science outlooks are unaware of, or uninterested in, CSIRO and its work.

Turning mining wastewater into rainwater

A new cost-effective technology to treat mining wastewater and reduce sludge by up to 90 per cent has been used for the first time at a commercial mine.

A telescope is born

It may look like just dots on a page, but an image of distant galaxies taken last week represents a huge step forward for CSIRO's Australia SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope in Western Australia.

What’s in the sheep genome? Wool see

After eight years of work, researchers have completed the first sequencing of the entire sheep genome.

Technology deal secures commercial RAFT agent supply

The global polymer industry will soon have access to commercial quantities of RAFT agents, thanks to a new licensing arrangement between Boron Molecular and CSIRO.

Supercritical solar - new frontier for power generation

CSIRO has used solar energy to generate hot and pressurised ‘supercritical’ steam, at the highest temperatures ever achieved in the world outside of fossil fuel sources.

Soil contamination detector launched in the US

A handheld detector that reduces both the cost and time taken to remediate sites contaminated by petroleum products has been launched to market in the United States.

Twitter tool shows a real-time view of our emotions

Researchers from CSIRO have unveiled a new online tool developed for the Black Dog Institute, in partnership with Amazon Web Services, called ‘We Feel’ which analyses the words from millions of tweets to display a real-time view of our emotions.

Cockroaches vs furry slippers

Did you forget Mothers' Day? Don't fret - here's a present that will make your mum glad you were a bit slow. Or at least make a change from chocolates and fluffy slippers. It's A Guide to the Cockroaches of Australia.

3D printed first to treat sleep apnoea

A new 3D printed device is set to end the suffering for thousands of sleep apnoea patients.

New antivirals closer with opening of new laboratory

Construction of the unique Biosecure Immunology Laboratory in Victoria will improve Australia’s ability to develop new treatments for highly infectious viruses such as influenza and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Future cyber threats to cause more headaches than ‘Heartbleed’

Tomorrow’s hackers could shut down infrastructure and defraud public sector of billions according to a new report released by CSIRO at CeBIT’s Cyber Security Conference today.

CSIRO innovation could reduce brown coal emissions by up to 50 per cent

CSIRO and its industry partners plan to conduct a A$1 million trial of the Direct Injection Carbon Engine (DICE) with the aim of reducing emissions from brown coal-generated electricity by 50 per cent compared to current technology.

Hollywood makeover for plastic

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

Research leads to food and sport deals

The commercialisation of CSIRO research and technology reached an important milestone this week with agreements being signed in the food, sport and surveying industries.

Chocolate bytes with virtual mouth this Easter

Here's something to chew over. Easter chocolates, along with our favourite everyday foods, could taste just as good but be healthier in future, thanks to new technology that is revealing the science of chewing.

Improving the way we deliver our science

CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark, recently updated staff about new operating arrangements at the organisation.

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