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.

CSIRO and China work together towards global border security

CSIRO and Chinese company Nuctech have commercialised a world-first cargo scanner that is now installed and in use at Abu Dhabi Airport in the United Arab Emirates and at Nikola Tesla Airport in Serbia.

Warming causes more extreme shifts of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rain band

South Pacific countries will experience more extreme floods and droughts, in response to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a paper out today in the journal Nature.

CSIRO technology gives Australian Olympic sailors the winning edge

CSIRO’s detailed wind forecasts have helped the Australian Olympic Sailing Team win gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

CSIRO helps prevent farmer death and injury with help of 'crash test cow'

A new type of cattle gate aimed at preventing farmer death and injury has completed rigorous testing and development by the CSIRO. SaferGate, designed by farmer and inventor Edward Evans, has been put to the test by a CSIRO-developed 'crash test cow'.

Australia creates world’s first continental-scale mineral maps

The new suite of mineral maps will enable mining companies to increase the efficiency and viability of their exploration efforts.

White shark spotted in the west (Queensland that is)

You may have seen A Fish Called Wanda, but have you met one? Well now you can. Wanda the white shark will be travelling to regional Queensland as part of CSIRO’s National Science Week event Oceans in the Outback.

Climate projections for Vietnam

Australian and Vietnamese climate scientists met in Hanoi last week to begin work on developing higher-resolution climate change projections for Vietnam.

UK Space Agency chief to head CSIRO Information Sciences group

Some of Australia’s most important space, mathematics and digital technologies research will now be driven by a new leader, with today’s announcement that Dr David Williams has been appointed as CSIRO Group Executive, Information Sciences.

New bat virus could hold key to Hendra virus

Australian scientists have discovered a new virus in bats that could help shed light on how Hendra and Nipah viruses cause disease and death in animals and humans.

Australia is "all ears" for Mars landing

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will land on Mars on Monday 6 August (AEST). The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, which CSIRO manages on behalf of NASA, will be the main tracking station for the landing. CSIRO's Parkes telescope ("The Dish") will also be receiving signals, as a backup.

New discovery of how carbon is stored in the Southern Ocean

A team of British and Australian scientists has discovered how carbon is drawn down from the surface of the Southern Ocean to the deep waters beneath.

Australia to catch the wave and hang ten (per cent that is)

Australia’s oceans hold a bounty of energy and could produce 24-hour power, either from the tides, currents or waves.

Portable device detects soil contamination

Ziltek Pty Ltd and CSIRO have announced the commercialisation of a new hand-held device for the rapid in-field analysis of petroleum contamination in soil.

No reason to be sheepish about paternity

A new, low-cost DNA test to verify sheep parentage could soon help breeders worldwide to record accurate pedigrees and maximise the genetic potential of their flock.

CSIRO to supply essential antibodies in the search for new, safe and affordable rotavirus vaccines

CSIRO has been contracted by PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) to produce antibodies on a large scale that will aid the development of new, safe, affordable and effective vaccines against rotavirus, a major cause of severe and fatal diarrhoea in young children worldwide.

The more the merrier – farmers must diversify to survive

Broadening the mix of agricultural enterprises could help farmers protect themselves from the long-term impacts of climate variability, according to a new report from CSIRO.

Australian scientist awarded a Royal Medal from the Royal Society London

Internationally recognised chemist Professor Andrew Holmes has been awarded the 2012 Royal Medal – the only Australian in 10 years to receive the award.

CSIRO signs landmark agreement with US NOAA on marine and climate research

CSIRO and the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today signed a series of agreements that bring together the scientific capabilities of two global leaders in marine and atmospheric research.

Study reveals good news about the GI of rice

Research analysing 235 types of rice from around the world has found its glycemic index (GI) varies from one type of rice to another with most varieties scoring a low to medium GI.

MDI and CSIRO sign Technology Deal for Next Generation Production of 'Green Whistle'

Australian healthcare company Medical Developments International (MDI) and CSIRO have signed a technology deal to develop a new production process for the drug methoxyflurane – the pain-relieving ingredient used in Penthrox™ (commonly known as the green whistle).

Sustainable metal production: how do we get there?

CSIRO is taking a closer look at how to assist the metal production industry to become more sustainable in a carbon-constrained environment.

Belching black hole proves a biggie

Observations with CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array have confirmed that astronomers have found the first known "middleweight" black hole.

National Action on Climate Change

Preventing food and water shortages, managing more intense natural disasters and their economic fallout, and avoiding climate-driven extinctions, are among critical topics that will be discussed by those attending the Australian 2012 National Climate Change Adaptation conference in Albert Park, Melbourne from 26-28 June.

Unmanned aircraft to the ResQu

Unmanned aircraft could provide vital intelligence to help Australian authorities fight natural disasters, such as the 2011 Queensland floods, thanks to a $7 million project underway in Brisbane.

WLAN technology wins international patent award

The CSIRO team that invented a faster system for wireless local area networking – which later became the foundation of Wi-Fi in its most popular form today – has won a European Inventor Award 2012.

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