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Countdown to Satellite Launch and new era of ocean research (Podcast 20 Jun 2008)

Teams of climate change researchers around the world will be anxiously counting down the launch of the Jason-2 satellite from California, scheduled for 20 June 2008. Successful lift-off will mean a whole new era in detecting the expansion of our oceans and sea level rise, both major indicators of climate change. (5.30)

The Hidden crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin (Podcast 19 Jun 2008)

The drought in the Murray-Darling Basin continues, but lack of rainfall is not the only woe to afflict one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions. In this podcast, CSIRO’s Dr Ian Smith, Co-Ordinator of the South East Australia Climate Initiative, explains that global warming has a less obvious, but very real, threat. (6.06)  

Outraged Scientists call for more funds for marine research (Podcast 10 Jun 2008)

Scientists from the CSIRO and the University of Queensland have called for a bigger research effort into the impact of climate change on marine species, outraged that research into the oceans has received far less Government funding than the examination of climate change on terrestrial species. (5.30)

Australia’s north – nirvana for irrigators? (Podcast 26 May 2008)

The continuing drought is prompting a re-appraisal of northern Australia’s vast rivers and streams, fed copiously during every rainy season. But is a move to the North, or piping the water south, the answer to our irrigation problems? In this podcast, Dr Cuan Petheram dashes some hopes and dreams. (4.24)

Testing for Alzheimers - with a toothbrush (Podcast 23 May 2008)

Imagine being able to find out if you’re vulnerable to getting Alzheimers disease in your 20’s or 30’s, in time to take preventative measures against this increasingly prevalent disease. In this podcast, CSIRO’s Dr Phil Thomas explains that simple testing, employing a small toothbrush, has indicated that such early detection is within the realms of possibility (5.21)

Strange star stumps astronomers (Podcast 19 May 2008)

It’s obese and yet speedy...find out why this pulsar has astronomers scratching their heads. In this podcast, Dr David Champion describes the star...and theories on why it’s such astronomical oddball.. (5:13)

How climate change will affect your backyard (Podcast 06 May 2008)

Dr Benjamin Preston from CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship explains that there are practical measures we can take to ameliorate the effects of climate change. (6.15)

Bio-Economics 101 - What does it mean? (Podcast 28 Apr 2008)

Is Australia ready to enter the world of 'bio-economics', and how many of us will be working in the 'bio-factories' of the future? In this podcast, CSIRO General Manager Cameron Begley explains how Australia is perfectly placed to support a shift to resources, based on things we grow. (5:16)

One of the roundest balls in the world set to become an international standard (Podcast 21 Apr 2008)

A two year exercise in patience, care and precision measurement has produced a silicon sphere which is in the running to become the world's standard kilogram. In this podcast, CSIRO’s Master Optician, Achim Leistner describes this once in a lifetime search for perfection. (4.09)

The secret world of Australia's native rats and mice (Podcast 14 Apr 2008)

Why do some mice build huge mounds of pebbles in the desert? And how did stick nest mice become instant barbecues? In this podcast, CSIRO researcher Dr Fred Ford opens up the wonderful world of Australia’s native mice and rats. (4.43)

CSIRO technology moves aircraft cargo security into the front line (Podcast 07 Apr 2008)

Dr Nick Cutmore explains how a new collaboration connecting CSIRO neutron technology with x-rays will be able to tell us exactly what’s beneath our seats next time we fly. (4.52)

Defeating climate change: for Australians, it's personal (Podcast 26 Mar 2008)

Dr John Gardner explains how we can make a difference in battling climate change from our living rooms and kitchens. (5:25)

ECHIDNA™ on the ground and NASA in space: measuring carbon from our forests (Podcast 20 Mar 2008)

Dr Glenn Newnham explains how the CSIRO-developed ECHIDNA™ works and why NASA wants it. (4:13)

A specialist at your beside - via broadband (Podcast 19 Mar 2008)

A unique trial of groundbreaking CSIRO technology is taking place at the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie, Tasmania, and it has the potential to help solve Australia’s rural health crisis. (5:38)

Attacking greenhouse gas emissions – collectively (Podcast 26 Feb 2008)

What happens when regional industries, including a brewery and a hospital, join forces with the CSIRO to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for an entire district? Find out how in this podcast. (5.33)

Cracking down on cyber crime (Podcast 19 Feb 2008)

The internet has changed our lives, but its lack of security can make us easy prey for cyber criminals. In this podcast, you’ll discover how a new portable device by the CSIRO allows us to safely use any computer. (4:12)

The wind, climate change and the Southern oceans (Podcast 18 Feb 2008)

We all know that the oceans are warming, especially in our polar regions. But what role does wind play in raising surface, or deeper, ocean temperatures? A 15 year study of water temperature profiles undertaken by CSIRO, French and US scientists is revealing some surprising answers. (5:46)

Re-think on how to beat a major poultry disease (Podcast 11 Feb 2008)

Working at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Monash University PhD student, Anthony Keyburn, has made a discovery which will change the focus of the worldwide search for a vaccine for the major poultry disease – necrotic enteritis. (3.54)

Why human-generated aerosols can affect our weather (Podcast 24 Jan 2008)

Discover why the rise of human-generated pollution is forcing a change in ocean circulation in the Southern Hemisphere and in turn affecting our region’s weather systems. (5:30)  

Scientific surprises for Santa (Podcast 21 Dec 2007)

Discover how CSIRO's ‘elves‘ have developed a range of technologies for the kitchen and sleigh this Christmas. (5.28)

Fighting off the yellow dwarf (Podcast 14 Dec 2007)

Learn how the world’s first’ trigenomic’ chromosome can be used to breed wheat varieties resistant to diseases like Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus and leaf rust. (6:26)

Climate change: an adaptation plan for agriculture (Podcast 04 Dec 2007)

Early action by the agricultural sector in adapting to climate change could have substantial benefits for some industry sectors according to new CSIRO research discussed in this podcast. (6:16)

Economic impacts of emission reductions (Podcast 03 Dec 2007)

A new report indicates that the economic impacts of a 50 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050 are 'manageable' says Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds in this podcast. (5:05)

Are bees the new silkworms? (Podcast 21 Nov 2007)

Discover how bees and ants create silk strong enough to make bulletproof vests. (5:00)

The inner secrets of gold nuggets (Podcast 14 Nov 2007)

Dr Rob Hough and his team looked at gold nuggets from around Australia and found that the nuggets formed deep underground at high temperatures rather than in place, where they were found. (4:51)

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