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


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Ant and termite colonies unearth gold

Ant and termite nests show evidence of gold hidden deep underground in new research conducted by CSIRO.

Antarctic route highlights new ocean-climate links

A Hobart-Antarctic shipping route has generated the longest continuous record of temperature and salinity changes in the Southern Ocean for scientists studying how the ocean controls global climate.

Ants and termites boost dryland wheat yields

Ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature Communications by scientists at CSIRO and the University of Sydney.

Aphids teach scientists a thing or two

In recently unravelling the genome of the pea aphid, an international consortium of researchers has taken a major step towards understanding how to better control that bane of farmers and gardeners around the world.

Apollo Moon-landing award for telescope engineer

A former Officer-in-Charge at CSIRO's Parkes telescope is receiving an award for his role in the 1969 Moon landing.

Appointment boosts CSIRO bioinformatics research

A respected researcher in the field of bioinformatics, Dr Lars Jermiin, has been appointed CEO Science Leader of the Genome Bioinformatics team at CSIRO Entomology.

Are Australian children active and eating well?

The most comprehensive survey ever taken of Australian children’s diet and activity habits has revealed a picture of a generation where some children are eating a variety of healthy foods and are generally lean and active, while others are filling up on the wrong types of food and spending too long in front of the television.

Are moths choosy about their sexual partners?

Dr Sharon Downes will use her Australian Government Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to investigate, through careful mating and DNA fingerprinting, whether female bollworms choose which of their sexual partners father their offspring.

Arsenic bubbles ease copper troubles

CSIRO has developed a flotation process to more easily separate arsenic from copper ore, promising significant potential economic and environmental benefits.

Art meets science to talk climate change

Canadian artist Peter McLeish will address aspects of his video art-work interpretation of what climate change could mean to people living in the polar regions during a national tour in support of CSIRO/Cosmos Magazine’s SCINEMA Festival of Science Film.

Artificial bee silk a big step closer to reality

CSIRO scientist Dr Tara Sutherland and her team have achieved another important milestone in the international quest to artificially produce insect silk.

Astronomers catch a star being revved-up

Researchers have witnessed a star being transformed into an object that spins at almost 600 times a second using telescopes in the USA and the Netherlands, and CSIRO’s Parkes telescope in Australia.

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.

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.

Astronomers spy on galaxies in the raw

A CSIRO radio telescope has detected the raw material for making the first stars in galaxies that formed when the Universe was just three billion years old — less than a quarter of its current age. This opens the way to studying how these early galaxies make their first stars.

Atlas of Living Australia celebrates 40 million milestone

How many amphibians, arthropods or protozoa are living in your backyard? With over 40 million specimen records now available online in one location, you can find out!

Auditing the Earths sea-level and energy budgets

An international research team has balanced the sea-level rise budget by showing that the total amount of contributions to sea level rise explains the measured rise over recent decades.

AUSGRAINZ showcases future grains

The successful grains research and development alliance between Australia’s CSIRO and New Zealand’s Crop & Food Research, AUSGRAINZ, will announce its research directions for a further five-year term in Geelong today.

Aussie fly identification CD wins award

Summer is approaching and with it will come our ubiquitous flies. But there is a lot more to flies than those that provoke our great Aussie salute.

Aussie kids measure millipede’s mayhem

Every autumn, millions of little legs invade Australian houses as the feral Portuguese millipede goes on the march, but next March hundreds of CSIRO’s Double Helix Science Club members and students will be waiting.

Aussie ravens ruled out as West Nile virus indicators

Scientists at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria have found that birds are unlikely to be used as part of an ‘early warning’ system designed to alert health authorities to the presence of the deadly West Nile virus in Australia.

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.

Australia and Chile sign global mining agreement at Government House

CSIRO and Chile’s Ministry of Mining have signed an agreement to improve education, safety and technology development in the mining and minerals sector.

Australia and China partner for a low-emission energy future

Australia and China today signed a partnership agreement that will pave the way for the installation of low-emission coal energy technology in Beijing next year.

Australia and China: Eyes in the sky to monitor climate change

CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (CASM) will sign a research agreement in Beijing today to collaborate on China’s resource mapping satellite program.

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