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2012-03-15 11:56:33

A salt-tolerant variety of durum wheat that outperforms other varieties by 25 per cent on salty soils has been developed by CSIRO scientists using traditional crop breeding techniques. Researchers have introduced a salt-tolerant gene into a commercial durum wheat which has produced spectacular results in field trials. "Salinity already affects more than 20 per cent of the world´s agricultural soils and is an increasing threat to food production due to climate change," CSIRO's Dr...

2012-02-22 14:56:57

Deep-diving ocean "gliders" have revealed the journey of Bass Strait water from the Tasman Sea to the Indian Ocean. Deployed in 2010 and 2011, the gliders have also profiled a 200-metre tall wall of water at the core of long-lived ocean eddies formed from the East Australian Current.The study, by University of Technology Sydney and CSIRO oceanographers, revealed the value of new sensors being deployed by Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System. "We're getting a terrific amount of...

'Bootylicious' Beyonce Has New Species Of Fly Named After Her
2012-01-13 09:04:56

An Australian fly species, found in far northern Queensland, has been given a rather unique name: Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae -- honoring American pop star Beyonce. Bryan Lessard, of CSIRO, Australia's top science agency, named the rare horsefly after Beyonce because of its impressive golden lower abdomen. The spectacular display of the fly's golden booty makes it the "all-time diva of flies." "It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in...

2011-11-29 11:09:04

A new report presents the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date of climate change in the Pacific region. New research providing critical information about how climate change is affecting Australia´s Pacific island neighbors and East Timor has been released today by the Australian Government´s Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP). The landmark, peer-reviewed publication, Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, presents the most...

2011-11-29 11:04:37

A major transformation in the food system is needed to address future threats to food security according to experts from some of the world´s leading science organizations. The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change (CSACC) — an independent global commission of eminent scientists — has released a blueprint for urgent action to deal with the global challenge of feeding the world in the face of climate change, population growth, uneven food distribution,...

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2011-09-26 08:34:49

   Scientists are taking the first steps to improve estimates of long-term wind speed changes for the fast-growing wind energy sector. The research is intended to identify the risks for generators in a changing climate. Some recent international studies have shown a decrease in wind speeds in several parts of the globe, including across Australia. However, more recent results by CSIRO show that Australia's average wind speed is actually increasing. Scientists at CSIRO...

2011-08-10 20:20:02

Relocating species threatened by climate change is a radical and hotly debated strategy for maintaining biodiversity. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from CSIRO, University of Queensland and United States Geological Survey present a pragmatic decision framework for determining when, if ever, to move species in the face of climate change. "As our climate changes more rapidly than species can adapt or disperse, natural resource managers increasingly...

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2011-07-14 13:49:07

Climate scientists are using the U.S. and Australian navies to deploy robotic measuring devices in the pirate-infested Indian Ocean. About a quarter of the Indian Ocean is off limits to climate scientists due to pirates making the waters too dangerous for research. "We have not been able to seed about one quarter of the Indian Ocean since the increase in the piracy and that has implications for understanding a region of influence in Australian and south Asian weather and climate," CSIRO...

2011-07-08 02:00:26

The discovery potential of the future international SKA radio telescope has been glimpsed following the commissioning of a working optical fibre link between CSIRO's Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope in Western Australia, and other radio telescopes across Australia and New Zealand. The achievement will be announced at the 2011 International SKA Forum, taking place this week in Banff, Canada. On 29 June, six telescopes "“ ASKAP, three CSIRO telescopes in New South Wales, a...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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