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CSIRO is Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

As one of the world's largest and most diverse scientific global research organisations, work touches every aspect of Australian life: from the molecules that build life to the molecules in space.

Working from sites across the nation and around the globe, our 6500 staff are focussed on providing new ways to improve quality of life, as well as the economic and social performance of a number of industry sectors, through research and development.

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Dynamic Ensis invention improves box quality
24 May, 2007
A new invention by Ensis that measures the stiffness of corrugated boxes will provide the paper packaging industry with the ability to improve the quality of their products, and help exporters reduce the risk of product damage through faulty boxes.
Explaining the methane mystery
24 May, 2007
Scientists have explained why atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas methane have stabilised in recent years, but warn that increases could resume in the near future.
CSIRO builds smart farm
23 May, 2007
CSIRO is working towards the 'Smart Farm' of the future with research focussing on Wireless Sensor Networks and their potential to transform the Australian agriculture industry.
General relativity survives gruelling pulsar test
23 May, 2007
Astronomers have used a pair of pulsars orbiting each other, found with CSIRO
Aussie team makes landmark insulin discovery
12 May, 2007
A team of CSIRO scientists has determined the molecular structure of the insulin receptor, the protein on the surface of cells that mediates the effects of insulin. This advance builds on many years of international research to understand how insulin functions in the body.
Climate change and the risk to water supply
11 May, 2007
Science can assist the community to avoid rather than simply understand the potential negative effects of climate change, according to CSIRO Research Fellow, Dr Barrie Pittock
Nerve cell software keeps track of brain change
10 May, 2007
Brain research will get a boost as CSIRO launches in the United States its HCA-Vision nerve cell analysis software at Neuroscience, the world's largest conference for brain researchers.
New research Cluster launched to seek solutions to elusive Hydrogen Economy
09 May, 2007
A new $10.6 million research cluster aimed at leading Australia nearer to a sustainable hydrogen economy will be launched at CSIRO
New beef feed efficiency test a world first
08 May, 2007
The world
New bio-agent for parasite control
07 May, 2007
A new environmentally-friendly treatment to control the tiny parasitic worms which plague the livestock sector is set to become a commercial reality. Since 1997, CSIRO researchers and their partners at Sydney-based company, International Animal Health Products Pty Ltd, have worked to develop effective methods to grow and introduce the fungus, Duddingtonia flagrans, into stockfeed.
Waste not, want not
07 May, 2007
Recovering low- and medium-grade waste heat from industrial processes potentially offers substantial energy savings, according to a recent review by the Energy Transformed Flagship, which also recommends using satellite technology to map the nation
Genomics builds marine know-how
06 May, 2007
New CO2-capture technology has potential
05 May, 2007
Air shower set to cut water use by 30 per cent
04 May, 2007
As Australians become increasingly alert to the importance of using water wisely in the home, CSIRO researchers have found a way to use a third less water when you shower, by adding air.
Cool smelting option to help reduce global warming?
03 May, 2007
Australian researchers are investigating a new way of making aluminium that could cut the energy required to produce the metal by up to 30 per cent. Aluminium is an energy-intensive industry, consuming as much as 15 per cent of Australia
Littlest ship an ocean science giant
02 May, 2007
Australian climate scientists in Hobart and their international colleagues are celebrating the feats of a tiny New Zealand research vessel that is transforming the study of oceans and climate in the Southern Hemisphere.
When sea change meets climate change
01 May, 2007
Scientists have called for the development of constructive national and international partnerships to underpin an increasingly concerted effort to manage climate change.
Every wanna-be rocker
30 April, 2007
Virtual map of the sheep genome, a world first
29 April, 2007
In a world first, a team of international scientists led by CSIRO has constructed a virtual map of the genome of the sheep. The
Major Australian Alzheimer
28 April, 2007
A major Australian study to better understand the devastating and deadly Alzheimer
CSIRO completes its insulin receptor research
27 April, 2007
Dr Graeme Woodrow, Chief of CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies, today made a statement regarding the project undertaken by CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies to determine the structure of the insulin receptor.
Turning one man
26 April, 2007
CSIRO has developed an innovative solution to two very different problems confronting two of the biggest industries in the remote community of King Island in the Bass Strait, by transforming waste cardboard into an abundant fuel source.
Insect pests to have a new foe
25 April, 2007
A new method for designing insecticides could produce chemicals which are deadly to specific pests yet harmless to other species. A partnership between CSIRO and Australian Wool Innovation is on the way to discovering new environmentally-friendly insecticides. Safer insecticides targeting sheep blowflies and sheep body lice are being developed to save the wool industry millions of dollars in lost stock, while promoting a clean green image for wool.
Sustainable products, sustainable futures
24 April, 2007
Information about the environmental impact of a range of industry materials is to be made available to the public via a new national database. The Australian Life Cycle Inventory database initiative, led by CSIRO, will allow users from government and industry to assess and compare products across a number of industries ranging from building to packaging materials, and to choose those likely to give the best performance relative to their environmental impact.
Research spotlight turns on Ningaloo region
23 April, 2007
A new $12 million research collaboration was announced today for Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef Region. The Minister for Education, Science and Training and the Member for Curtin in WA, the Hon Julie Bishop, launched the Ningaloo Flagship Collaboration Fund Cluster today, at Murdoch University.
Increase in carbon dioxide emissions accelerating
22 April, 2007
New research shows the rate of increase in carbon dioxide emissions more than doubled since the 1990s. According to the co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research scientist Dr Mike Raupach, 7.9 billion tonnes of carbon were emitted into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and the rate of increase is accelerating.
Out-smarting hitch-hikers in timber
21 April, 2007
Pests hitch-hiking in timber being traded internationally could be in for a rocky ride if delegates at a Post Harvest Timber Forum have their way. Delegates from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China and the United States will gather to discuss ways to move timber around the world without threatening the biosecurity of importing countries.
Parkes gears up for another 45 years
20 April, 2007
A vital step towards controlling Crown Rot
19 April, 2007
By mapping the family tree of the fungus that causes
Found, the apple gene for red
18 April, 2007
CSIRO researchers have located the gene that controls the colour of apples, a discovery that may lead to bright new apple varieties.
CSIRO demonstrates world
17 April, 2007
CSIRO researchers will tomorrow demonstrate the fastest and most efficient wireless link ever achieved. The CSIRO ICT Centre today announced that it has achieved over six gigabits per second over a point to point wireless connection with the highest efficiency (2.4bits/s/Hz) ever achieved for such a system.
$8.5m funding boost for CSIRO biosecurity laboratory
16 April, 2007
Elusive rust resistance genes located
15 April, 2007
The discovery of a DNA marker for two key rust resistance genes is enabling plant breeders around the world to breed more effective rust resistant wheat varieties. The genes, Lr34 and Yr18 are inherited together and provide wheat plants with improved protection against leaf rust and stripe rust, two major diseases of wheat in Australia and worldwide.
Asian haze impacts on Australian rainfall
14 April, 2007
Elevated particle emissions resulting from increased economic activity in Asia may have increased Australia
Extracting bioactives from agricultural and food processing streams
13 April, 2007
Transforming products from agricultural and food processing streams into health-enhancing ingredients for use in a variety of foods and nutraceuticals is the aim of a new $7 million Flagship Collaboration Fund Cluster involving CSIRO
World authority praises new geology publication
12 April, 2007
Dr Anthony J. Naldrett, the world
Maths a priority area for growth says CSIRO
11 April, 2007
CSIRO welcomes the recommendations of a review of the state of the mathematical sciences in Australia which was released yesterday by a committee of the Australian Academy of Science.
HD Medical and CSIRO sign agreement for non-contact heart sensor
10 April, 2007
CSIRO has announced the signing of a licensing agreement with Melbourne based bio-technology medical device company, HD Medical Group Limited, for commercial application of its non-contact sensor technology.
Ensis team helps rebuild after Boxing Day tsunami
09 April, 2007
Scientists from Ensis are undertaking a project in Thailand to help reforest the small island of Pra Thong, which bore the brunt of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. The 75 square kilometre island, lying off Thailand
Energy Express, new energy buildings for Australia
22 October, 2006
A new design software tool, Energy Express is expected to mark a turning point in the way energy-efficient commercial buildings are designed in Australia and overseas
New high-tech concrete is lighter, stronger & green
22 October, 2006
Australian scientists have developed a breakthrough low-cost, lightweight, concrete technology that is set to lower costs and speed up construction projects from residential homes to high-rise buildings.
New test to detect aquatic pests
22 October, 2006
CSIRO marine scientists have developed a technique that gives new hope in the battle to stop the spread of aquatic pests.
CSIRO brings home the bacon
22 October, 2006
A team of CSIRO Livestock Industries researchers are helping to make pigs healthier and happier, while fattening the bottom line. Dr David Strom leads a team at CSIRO Livestock Industries' Australian Animal Health Laboratory, detecting and modulating immune responses in pigs.
Breakthrough polymer for bone repair
21 October, 2006
A breakthrough in polymer development means that soon there may be a radical new treatment for people with broken bones, a special kind of material that can 'glue' the bone back together and support it while it heals.
Fighting sheep worms with genomics
21 October, 2006
Leading-edge technology is being used by two CSIRO Livestock Industries' research teams to identify genes that enable sheep to resist intestinal parasites. The discovery of such genes could lead to new products, control strategies, and markers to identify superior animals in selective breeding programs, which will substantially improve the overall health and welfare of the national flock.
Improving livestock production techniques
21 October, 2006
Scientists from eight developing countries, the US, Europe, Japan and New Zealand will attend a workshop in Brisbane next week to learn new techniques designed to improve the productivity of ruminant livestock animals while reducing their emissions of a major 'greenhouse' gas, methane.
Knowing when to flower
21 October, 2006
The secret of flowering in our major food crops like wheat has been revealed with the discovery by CSIRO Plant Industry of a gene that triggers flowering in cereals. 'Important cereal crops like wheat and barley rely on the gene we found, WAP1, to initiate flowering,' says Dr Ben Trevaskis, CSIRO Plant Industry.
Sunbaking to make your car body stronger
20 October, 2006
CSIRO scientists have discovered a new process which could soon lead to the production of aluminium cars and planes that get stronger the longer they are left to 'bake' in the sun.
International effort assists dairy research
20 October, 2006
A plant toxins expert from Iran is assisting CSIRO Livestock Industries' scientists in their search for the cause of a liver disease afflicting dairy cattle in southern Australia.
Study confirms sheepskins prevent bed sores
20 October, 2006
A major cause of patient pain and suffering and additional healthcare costs in hospitals and aged care facilities, pressure ulcers (bed sores), can be more than halved by using a simple but effective bedding overlay product developed by CSIRO.
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