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


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Pulsars make a GPS for the cosmos

CSIRO scientists have written software that could guide spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, show that the planet Nibiru doesn’t exist … and prove that the Earth goes around the Sun.

Clear actions for CSIRO from independent report

CSIRO has today released the General Findings Report of the independent investigator, Professor Dennis Pearce AO, who has been examining allegations from current and former staff of workplace bullying and other unreasonable behaviour in the organisation.

Plasma-treated nano filters help purify world water supply

Access to safe drinking water is a step closer to being a reality for those in developing countries, thanks to new research published today in Nature Communications.

The Aboriginal story of Burke and Wills

Few episodes in Australian history have received as much attention as the expedition of explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills.

CSIRO review of issues raised about CSIRO’s interactions with DataTrace

At CSIRO, our scientific and business integrity is at the core of what we do. As we said we would do when allegations about CSIRO's interactions with DataTraceDNA Pty Ltd were raised in the media in April 2013, we have investigated and have the following findings.

CSIRO uses x-ray vision to detect unseen gold

Powerful x-rays can now be used to rapidly and accurately detect gold in ore samples, thanks to a new technique developed by CSIRO – a move that could save Australia’s minerals industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

CSIRO takes charge of Australia’s information overload

CSIRO has announced the appointment of Dr Bronwyn Harch as chief of its newest research division with a focus on data-driven computational and information sciences.

Marine life spawns sooner as oceans warm

Warming oceans are impacting the breeding patterns and habitat of marine life, effectively re-arranging the broader marine landscape as species adjust to a changing climate, according to a three-year international study published today in Nature Climate Change.

Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind'

Australian soils are losing about 1.6 million tonnes of carbon per year from wind erosion and dust storms affecting agricultural productivity, our economy and carbon accounts, according to new research.

'Perfect' food for 'perfect' prawns

Australian researchers have developed a food additive for farmed prawns that will mean prawn lovers will have access to more sustainable prawns that still taste great.

Barrier reef corals deliver world first for sunscreen

CSIRO, in partnership with skincare company Larissa Bright Australia, has created the world's first UVA/UVB sunscreen filters which mimic the natural sun protection used by corals on the Great Barrier Reef.

Climate science boost with tropical aerosols profile

The seasonal influence of aerosols on Australia's tropical climate can now be included in climate models following completion of the first long-term study of fine smoke particles generated by burning of the savanna open woodland and grassland.

International partnership to protect us from deadly viruses

Researchers from Australia, Singapore and the US are joining forces, through a A$20 million partnership, to help pre-empt and prepare the world for the next human pandemic.

Tropical ecosystems regulate variations in Earth’s carbon dioxide levels

Rising temperatures, influenced by natural events such as El Niño, have a corresponding increase in the release of carbon dioxide from tropical forest ecosystems, according to a new study out today.

Rapid upper ocean warming linked to declining aerosols

Australian scientists have identified causes of a rapid warming in the upper subtropical oceans of the Southern Hemisphere.

Research supports a new approach to counting CO2 emissions

Researchers have called for a system of carbon emission assessments that reflect better the true contribution of each emitting nation to the increase in atmospheric CO2 and promote preservation of forests, particularly in tropical regions.

Geoscience enters the cloud to tackle society's biggest challenges

Cloud computing and one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers will form the backbone of a national integrated geoscience data network being developed by CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and AuScope.

Deep-space flashes light up a new face of Nature

CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope has detected brief flashes of radio emission from the distant Universe. Their origin is unknown.

Deserts 'greening' from rising CO2

Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research.

CSIRO appoints new leader of water research

CSIRO has announced the appointment of Dr Carol Couch as Director of the Water for a Healthy Country National Research Flagship. With an investment of more than A$80 million dollars per annum the Flagship is the largest research partnership focusing on water in Australia.

CSIRO and DSTO join to strengthen research capability

Australia’s two largest publicly funded research agencies, the CSIRO and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), have signed a Strategic Relationship Agreement aimed at high-impact research priorities.

Australia extends its expertise in water resource management to Asia

Scientists from Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, are applying their knowledge in transboundary river basin management to improve the livelihoods of people living in some of the poorest parts of Asia.

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.

Harvesting smart technologies to tackle the global food shortage

New CSIRO research reveals productivity benefits for farming in the digital economy.

Climate tug of war disrupting Australian atmospheric circulation patterns

Further evidence of climate change shifting atmospheric circulation in the southern Australian-New Zealand region has been identified in a new study.

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