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.
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.
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.
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 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.