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.

A world of ocean research awaits RV Investigator!

Just over a year ago construction of Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator began with flat sheets of steel, and now the blue-water research vessel looks amazing.

CSIRO develops test to improve stem cell safety

CSIRO scientists have developed a test to identify unsafe stem cells. It is the first safety test specifically for human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) – as published today in the international journal Stem Cells.

CSIRO Chairman announces extension to Chief Executive contract

CSIRO Chairman Mr Simon McKeon has announced today that Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark has agreed to extend her term with CSIRO to the end of 2014.

Preparing the ground for our electricity make-over

Change is a-coming! In 2050 CSIRO predicts that our homes and businesses could be powered by over 20 different energy sources and technologies. Together with our partners we are helping Australia’s electricity sector prepare for the monumental make-over required to undergo the transformation.

Predicting Australia's future marine environment with state of the art models

The drive to better understand the impacts of human activity on Australia’s coastal environments using computer modelling will bring together a team of international scientists in Hobart next week.

Marine forecasting on the horizon for Indian Ocean Rim

Indian Ocean nations will meet in Perth next week to discuss opportunities to develop regional ocean forecasting.

CTRL+P: Printing Australia’s largest solar cells

Scientists have produced the largest flexible, plastic solar cells in Australia – 10 times the size of what they were previously able to – thanks to a new solar cell printer that has been installed at CSIRO.

Bringing health services into our homes

CSIRO has been awarded more than A$4m research funding by the Federal Government to trial two new telehealth technologies under the NBN-Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program.

CSIRO launches new breed of factory bots focused on safety and sustainable manufacturing

A new breed of industrial robots and ICT systems could transform Australia’s manufacturing sector, creating safer environments and more efficient factories, according to a CSIRO whitepaper.

May-the-fourth be with the bots

CSIRO celebrates Global Star Wars Day by unveiling the next generation of robotics research.

Chief Executive Megan Clark's update to staff re Fairfax articles

As many of you will know CSIRO was the subject of a series of stories in the Fairfax press last month. I wanted to share with you our response to the allegations made in these stories and why we are responding that way.

One step closer to a blood test for Alzheimer's

Australian scientists are much closer to developing a screening test for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease.

RAFT polymerisation technology enabling the biotech industry

CSIRO Australia and Mirus Bio LLC are very pleased to announce a new license arrangement that will enable Mirus Bio to utilise the unique characteristics of CSIRO's Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer polymerisation technology (RAFT) to expand upon its high-end polymer development capabilities for the biotech industry.

Changing wave heights projected as the atmosphere warms

Climate scientists studying the impact of changing wave behaviour on the world's coastlines are reporting a likely decrease in average wave heights across 25 per cent of the global ocean.

CSIRO’s other icon celebrates 50 years

It may not have spawned its own movie or played a part in NASA's moon landings, but in its own way, CSIRO’s Phytotron facility has made no less a contribution to science than its more famous cousin, the Parkes Radio Telescope, aka "The Dish".

Maria Island joins international ocean monitoring network

A key facility in an international observing network to detect increasing ocean acidification is monitoring carbon cycling in the Tasman Sea from a site near Maria Island.

The future looks 'appy' for Aussie broadband connected homes

Up to A$50,000 in prize money on offer to create the next generation of broadband-enabled apps.

More than 85 years of growth, change and impact

The following opinion piece was provided to Fairfax by CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark on Friday, 12 April 2013.

CSIRO keeps the past in the future with world first 3D mobile mapping project

Australian researchers are using a novel mobile laser 3D mapping system called Zebedee to preserve some of the country’s oldest and most culturally significant heritage sites.

Statement regarding anti-counterfeit technology claims

The following statement was provided by Mike Whelan, Deputy Chief Executive Operations.

Building a bigger picture of the Bight

A unique Collaborative Research Science Program to improve understanding of the environmental, economic and social value of the Great Australian Bight was today announced by BP Developments Australia (BP), CSIRO and Marine Innovation Southern Australia (MISA).

Australia’s newest weather radar set to be all at sea

Some of the big questions about weather, climate, and the atmospheric conditions in remote areas of the world’s oceans will now be able to be answered following the purchase of a dual-polarisation weather research radar to sit atop Australia’s new research vessel Investigator.

CSIRO and the ANU launch biodiversity research centre

An initiative that will help Australia harness cutting-edge advances in biological sciences to inform better environmental management decision making will be announced on Wednesday 3 April at the official launch of the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, Canberra.

DNA technology set to speed up species discovery

Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Western Australia have teamed up with Kimberley Traditional Owners to test a new molecular technique that has the potential to revolutionise the discovery of new species, particularly those living in remote and poorly studied parts of the world.

New processing method to deliver huge benefits to global nickel industry

An environmentally friendly processing method that uses and recycles nitric acid could unlock 70 per cent of the world’s nickel supply.

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