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.

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.

Industry leads electricity transformation

In a first for Australia, over 35 industry partners will work together to explore a future vision for Australia’s electricity system. This vision will help guide the expected A$240 billion investment required by the sector over the next 20 years.

Ant and termite colonies unearth gold

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

Our changing beaches - scientists look for a break in the surf zone

Australian scientists are taking a closer look at a south Perth beach in a research project to improve short and long-term beach and shoreline predictions.

That's one small step for apps one giant leap for soil science

Australia’s national soil databases can now be accessed in real time online through a new iPad app called SoilMapp.

The widening gap between present emissions and the two-degree target

Carbon dioxide emission reductions required to limit global warming to 2°C are becoming a receding goal based on new figures reported today in the latest Global Carbon Project (GCP) calculations published today in the advanced online edition of Nature Climate Change.

Fish ear bones point to climate impacts

Scientists believe that fish ear bones and their distinctive growth rings can offer clues to the likely impacts of climate change in aquatic environments.

'Retired' scientists unmask bush graffiti artist

In a remarkable piece of detective work, a team of 'retired' CSIRO scientists have revealed the group of artists responsible for the iconic scribbles found on smooth-barked Eucalyptus trees in southeastern Australia.

New Chief for CSIRO Land and Water

Australia’s environmental research will be significantly boosted by today’s appointment of internationally renowned scientist Professor Paul Bertsch as new Chief of CSIRO Land and Water.

Technology to help weather bushfires, floods and more

Flooded subways, distressed people, destroyed homes, failed electricity supply, piled-up debris in city streets - Hurricane Sandy showed us the devastating effects of natural disasters.

Queensland’s national ship-naming competition winner to tour Australia’s Marine National Facility

Nearly three years ago a 10-year-old Queensland primary school student beat the rush of entries in a national competition to find a name for Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel.

Crystals that trap pollution win at Tall Poppies

CSIRO mathematician Dr Aaron Thornton was named a 2012 Victorian Young Tall Poppy last night, in recognition of his work in carbon dioxide and molecular gas research.

CSIRO sensor detects bombs on sea floor

CSIRO has developed a sensor to detect undetonated explosives on the sea floor. It is based on technology used to find mineral deposits underground.

Calling wanna-be time travellers

Ever wondered what your future holds? Fame, fortune, a world powered by low carbon energy? You can now take a peek at what will power Australia in 2050 with just a click of your mouse – none of that tricky time travel required.

Gene find turns soldier beetle defence into biotech opportunity

New antibiotic and anti-cancer chemicals may one day be synthesised using biotechnology, following CSIRO’s discovery of the three genes that combine to provide soldier beetles with their potent predator defence system.

Designing solar arrays for a climate benefit

A study to determine whether energy production can simultaneously be used to positively affect regional climates, including modifying rainfall patterns, has begun in CSIRO’s weather and energy research unit.

Scientists team up with Google in an Australian first

Detailed satellite imagery about Australian landscapes will soon be only a button push away for land managers in community and non-profit sectors thanks to a partnership between Australian scientists and Google, announced last night in Sydney.

Social media sorted with smart software

Responding earlier to bushfires and helping address mental health issues are just two of the benefits being seen with the introduction of new social media software from CSIRO.

CSIRO leads additive manufacturing charge with new titanium facility

CSIRO has announced the opening of a new titanium additive manufacturing facility that will be used for developing advanced titanium parts for aerospace, medical, automotive and manufacturing applications.

Australian scientists join global change research community

Australia has joined the research organisation the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) which specialises in the application of advanced systems analysis to examine the complex systems which are at the heart of today's global challenges, specifically energy, water, food, climate change and population growth.

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