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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists to tackle biosecurity disease threats
World-renowned scientists are meeting today at the Emerging Infectious Diseases Symposium (EIDS2012), in Geelong, Victoria, to help improve our ability to protect people and animals from increasing biosecurity threats, such as Hendra virus and dengue fever.
CSIRO sticks it to weeds this spring
CSIRO has developed a new biodegradable weed mat which could put a stop to nasty weeds and transform the future of Australia’s agriculture and farming industries.
Australia’s first bushfire resistant straw house to be built
With bushfire season fast approaching, construction of the first bushfire resistant straw bale house tested by CSIRO has begun in rural Victoria. Conceived by sustainable designer Joost Bakker, the house is based on design principles that minimise environmental impact and it is set to withstand temperatures equal to that of a worst case bushfire scenario.
Southern Hemisphere becoming drier
A decline in April-May rainfall over south-east Australia is associated with a southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone according to research published today in Scientific Reports, a primary research journal from the publishers of Nature.
Mozzie protein alert to invading viruses
CSIRO scientists have discovered how mosquitoes develop viral immunity, potentially leading to improved vaccines, and other control measures, for mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and West Nile.
Bath time’s over for computer models
It’s time for computer models of tsunamis and storm surges to get out of the bath, according to a CSIRO researcher speaking at the Coast to Coast Conference in Brisbane on September 21, 2012. More realistic models are needed for infrastructure planners and emergency managers to better prepare for disasters.