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.

So many fish, one great map

From identifying what's on the end of your fishing line, to finding out which fishes occur in your local waters, FishMap has the answers.

Flu breakthrough: New drug developed to combat flu pandemic

CSIRO scientists have helped to design a new drug to safeguard against epidemic and pandemic flu strains – as published in Science today.

Ningaloo Niño – the story behind the massive 2011 WA marine heatwave

Abnormal climatic conditions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans during the 2010-2011 La Niña event combined to create the extreme marine heatwave seen off the Western Australia coast in 2011, according to a new paper published in Nature Scientific Reports.

Low carbon legacy: UltraBattery inventor retires

Bringing down the cost of hybrid electric vehicles and making it easier to integrate more renewable energy into the grid are just some of the achievements of CSIRO’s UltraBattery.

Landmark carbon assessment developed for Australia

The Australian landscape soaked up one third of the carbon emitted by fossil fuels in Australia over the past twenty years, according to a new CSIRO study released last week.

Perth established as one of world's top five geothermal cities

Funding for a major Australian geothermal project and establishing Perth as one of the world’s top five 'geothermal cities' were celebrated as some of the major achievements of the Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence (WAGCOE), at its successful conclusion today.

Australia's first rainforest research 'Supersite' opens for business

Following three years of research and planning, CSIRO and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) have opened Australia’s first large-scale rainforest research plot.

New CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship Director announced

Dr Paul Hardisty has been appointed Director of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship and will commence in May based at Perth.

CSIRO 'solar sponge' soaks up CO₂ emissions

CSIRO scientists have created a 'solar sponge' which captures and then releases carbon dioxide using the power of natural sunlight – as published today in scientific journal Angewandte Chemie.

Rock lobster fishery balances lifestyle and livelihood

CSIRO researchers are studying the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery to develop a scientific approach to integrate cultural factors into natural resource management.

Scientists use 3D printing to track big fish

CSIRO scientists are using 3D printing to build a new generation of hi-tech fish tags made of titanium. The aim is to use the tags to track big fish such as marlin, tuna, swordfish, trevally and sharks for longer periods.

World solar expert to shine light in Australia

Dr Manuel J Blanco joins CSIRO as Director of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI) on Monday 4 February 2013.

New leader for Australia's astronomy and space science research

CSIRO's astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space science activities will be headed up by a new leader, with the announcement today that Dr Lewis Ball has been appointed as the incoming Chief for CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) division.

CSIRO gives digital economy a boost

New national research push to create A$4 billion a year in digital services by 2025.

Greenland ice core records provide a vision of the future

Ice cores drilled in the Greenland ice sheet, recounting the history of the last great warming period more than 120,00 years ago, are giving scientists their clearest insight to a world that was warmer than today.

'Air shower' saves 50 per cent water

A new shower nozzle that uses up to 50 per cent less water while maintaining the sensation of full pressure could provide Australians with guilt-free showers over the hot, dry summer – simply by adding air.

CSIRO telescope takes temperature of Universe

Astronomers using a CSIRO radio telescope have taken the Universe's temperature, and have found that it has cooled down just the way the Big Bang theory predicts.

Phantom fishing targets turtles in northern Australia

CSIRO scientists working with GhostNets Australia and Indigenous rangers are identifying hotspots where lost fishing nets are threatening our marine biodiversity.

New 2D material for next generation high-speed electronics

Scientists at CSIRO and RMIT University have produced a new two-dimensional material that could revolutionise the electronics market, making “nano” more than just a marketing term.

Our Galaxy's "geysers" are towers of power

"Monster" outflows of charged particles from the centre of our Galaxy, stretching more than halfway across the sky, have been detected and mapped with CSIRO's 64-m Parkes radio telescope.

Evolution of flying bat clue to cancer and viruses

The genes of long-living and virus resistant bats may provide clues to the future treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer in people, researchers have found.

Solar to shine on with A$87 million

CSIRO will lead a new solar research initiative worth a total of over A$87 million, the Australian Government announced December 13th 2012.

Ocean science robot revolution hits symbolic millionth milestone

An innovative global observing system based on drifting sensors cycling from the surface to the ocean mid-depths is being celebrated by scientists today after reaching a major milestone – one million incredibly valuable ocean observations.

Researchers develop environmental assessment model for southern Tasmanian estuaries

Work has begun on a new computer model which will enable communities and aquaculture industries to better assess environmental and human impacts, on estuarine and marine environments in Tasmania.

CSIRO cotton research in Narrabri turns 40

CSIRO is celebrating its 40th anniversary of cotton research at Narrabri, based at the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI), NSW.

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