CSIRO, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization is Australia's governmental agency for scientific research. CSIRO was originally founded in 1926 as the Advisory Council of Science and Industry. CSIRO employs 6,000 scientists, technicians and support staff with 50 sites around Australia and labs in Mexico and France. CSIRO is divided into 16 operational divisions including but not limited to, Australia Telescope National Laboratory, Energy Technology, Entomology, Material Sciences and Engineering, Sustainable Ecosystems and Molecular and Health Technologies. CSIRO is noted for its work at the Darwin Laboratories, the invention of the Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, invention of the insect repellent Aerogar and a series of biological control inhibiting the spread of rabbit hemorrhagic disease. Media inquiries are welcome.
No more cloudy days for solar
For a country with so much sunlight, some might think Australia has been slow to adapt its electricity generation mix to include solar power. One of the main reasons for this is solar intermittency.
Portable device detects soil contamination
(Phys.org) -- The RemScan device uses an infrared signal to directly measure petroleum hydrocarbons in soil. The user simply pulls the trigger for a result in 15 seconds. The traditional method for measuring petroleum contamination ...
Beware of the enemy within
Evidence supporting Australia's internal quarantine restrictions designed to stop the spread of insect pests, has been published in the respected scientific journal, Nature Communications.
Ocean salinities show an intensified water cycle
(PhysOrg.com) -- Evidence that the world's water cycle has already intensified is contained in new research to be published in the American Journal of Climate.
New 'green' technologies make die castings stronger
Conventional die castings can be made stronger using new, more environmentally friendly technologies developed by CSIRO.
Uncovering early stages of Alzheimer's Disease
(PhysOrg.com) -- A major Australian study has provided new insights into the loss of structure in regions of the brain and its potential association with Alzheimer's Disease.
Sustainable coastal management and climate adaptation examined in new book
(Phys.org)—Sustainable management of Australia's much-loved coast is complex and challenging. Much is already known about coastal environments, but to date, coastal management has had limited success; in some cases management ...
Seagrasses make full recovery after flood
CSIRO researchers have found that vital seagrass beds in Moreton Bay recovered within 12 months of the 2011 Brisbane floods.
Lightweight composites to get trimmer and smarter
(PhysOrg.com) -- CSIRO researchers have set themselves the goal of producing a new generation of super-strong, lightweight polymer composite materials for use in aircraft, road vehicles, trains and ferries.
The more the merrier -- farmers must diversify to survive
Aside from market fluctuations and changes in commodity prices, climate variability is the greatest threat to the long-term economic viability of dryland farms. In order to counter these uncertainties, many farmers have turned ...