Scanning electron microscope image of the reproductive apex of a barley plant (Hordeum vulgare).


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New 'enigma' moth helps crack evolution's code

It is less than 10mm long, but the aptly named ‘enigma’ moth recently discovered on Kangaroo Island in South Australia is causing quite a stir.

Investigator completes Antarctic cold water trials

The new Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator has returned to Hobart after successfully completing its cold water trials, which took the vessel to 65°S 146°E, which is about 2500 km south of Hobart.

Turtle and shark tagging part of new Ningaloo Reef research partnership

The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia will be the focus of a new marine research partnership between CSIRO and BHP Billiton Petroleum announced today.

New climate change projections for Australia

CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology today released climate change projections for Australia that provide updated national and regional information on how the climate may change to the end of the 21st century.

Greenhouse warming increases frequency of devastating La Niña events

Extreme La Niña events are projected to nearly double due to changes in the global climate, according to research published today in Nature Climate Change.

Cosmic radio burst caught red-handed

A short, sharp flash of radio waves from a mysterious source up to 5.5 billion light years from Earth has been detected by CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia.

All I want for Christmas is a good night’s sleep

Here’s something for the Christmas wish-list for Australia’s reported one million sleep apnoea sufferers - a new Australian-made solution - a 3D-printed titanium mouthguard to help let air flow freely.

Investigator produces its first Tasmanian sea floor maps

Over the past few weeks hydrographers on board Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, have created the first 3-D images of the ocean floor around Tasmania.

Australia’s living skin bared in stunning three dimensions

Australia’s vast and complex land surface has been exposed in new ways thanks to the most comprehensive nation-wide digital maps of our soils and landscapes yet produced.

Investigator makes light of heavy weather

Over the last few weeks companies supplying scientific equipment for the Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator, have been testing and calibrating gear and preparing the ship for research voyages in 2015.

Australia's biosecurity may be shocked

A human disease pandemic, European honey bee colonies wiped out and an invasion of a devastating wheat disease are just three potential biosecurity threats facing Australia, according to a report released today.

Dr Megan Clark AC appointed to Rio Tinto Board

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark has been appointed a non-executive director of the board of Rio Tinto.

Scientists reveal secrets of insect evolution

Using genetic analysis, scientists have for the first time been able to conclusively establish that insects originated approximately 480 million years ago, and that they developed the ability to fly approximately 80 million years later.

New CSIRO software opens Windows to science

New software which offers scientists and researchers an easy way to analyse, model and visualise scientific datasets has been released by CSIRO.

CSIRO produces 3D heel in world first surgery

CSIRO, St Vincent's Hospital and Victorian biotech company Anatomics have joined together to carry out world-first surgery to implant a titanium-printed heel bone into a Melbourne man.

International technology innovator to lead CSIRO

Chair of the CSIRO Board, Simon McKeon announced today that the new Chief Executive of the CSIRO will be Dr Larry Marshall.

Australia examines its strengths and sees its future in iManufacturing

Australia needs to play to its strengths and transition from traditional manufacturing into new areas of competitive advantage.

Solving the mystery of Ned Kelly’s remains

For the first time since his death 136 years ago a comprehensive study of scientific evidence has revealed the secrets of Ned Kelly, uncovering the truth of his burial, post-mortem and what became of his skull.

Smartphone app a life saver for heart attack patients

Patients recovering from heart attacks are far more likely to complete life-saving rehabilitation if they have access to a new smartphone app developed by CSIRO, research has shown.

A sexless union to bear great fruit

We have received a $14.5million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa.

$28.8 million adds up for Indigenous students

Closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement and employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the aim of a new CSIRO education program, funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation.

Building trust is key to mining’s ‘social licence’

Australians have endorsed the important role mining plays in the prosperity of the nation but there is still much to be done to bolster the industry’s acceptance, trust and support, according to a CSIRO report released today.

Global carbon dioxide emissions reached 36 billion tonnes in 2013

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels reached a new record of 36 billion tonnes last year.

Australian museums must innovate or risk becoming ‘digital dinosaurs’

Australia’s cultural institutions risk losing their relevance if they don’t increase their use of digital technologies and services, new research has shown.

Plastic on the coasts is ours

The world's largest collection of marine debris information has identified Australia's coastal rubbish is mainly plastic from Australian sources.

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