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2011-07-05 14:20:45

Carbon dioxide may be the most name-dropped greenhouse gas, but methane is 20 times more potent. In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculated that 20 percent of the nation's human-related methane emissions were attributable to livestock digestive processes. In Australia, livestock emissions account for 12 percent of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions. To understand how methane is produced in livestock, an international team of scientists including researchers at...

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2011-06-20 08:45:00

Australian research institute Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) launched a new website on Monday that allows Internet users to monitor greenhouse gas emissions. The site was developed so people can see how climate-warming gases have increased as a result of human activities. "The measurements testify to a steady rise in carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere, mainly caused by the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation," CSIRO scientist...

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2011-05-18 08:05:00

In just 10 weeks a team of Canadian researchers has succeeded in 'barcoding' 28,000 moth and butterfly specimens "“ or about 65 percent of Australia's 10,000 known species "“ held at CSIRO's Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) in Canberra. Conducted in collaboration with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) as part of the International Barcode of Life (IBoL), the project involved extracting DNA from each specimen to record its unique genetic code and entering the results,...

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2011-04-04 07:04:53

Marine scientists from five research agencies have pooled their skills and resources to compile a directory of life on Australia's continental shelf. They examined the shelf seascape during a three-year program of the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) Marine Biodiversity Hub. Hub director, Professor Nic Bax of CSIRO and the University of Tasmania, says the program developed and applied a consistent, national approach to biodiversity mapping. "The program compiled existing...

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2011-04-02 06:40:00

An international team of scientists published new research this week on the origins of flies and, and despite popular belief, the common ancestry house flies have with mosquitoes. Researchers, publishing a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, said the mosquito branched off the same evolutionary tree as the house fly about 220 million years ago, while the house fly branched off about 170 million years later. While only a few species of flies are commonly...

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2011-02-11 14:05:00

Australia's research agency CSIRO reported on Friday that scientists hunting for fossils of giant rats in East Timor stumbled on unique rock carvings up to 12,000 years old. The experts were digging in Timor's Lene Hara cave when they came upon a group of stylized human faces etched in the rock.  The cave is known as a treasure trove of fossils and rock art. "Looking up from the cave floor at a colleague sitting on a ledge, my head torch shone on what seemed to be a weathered carving,"...

2011-01-26 14:22:23

As the residents of Queensland, Australia, turn to the mammoth task of cleaning up after the devastating floods over the last weeks, data from ESA's Earth observation satellites are showing potential for delivering more timely warnings. The floods in Queensland have been the worst in decades "“ and with high waters now hitting parts of the southern state of Victoria, this disaster is not over yet. Although the heavy rains in Australia have been triggered by La Niña,...

2010-11-04 01:10:54

A major CSIRO breakthrough in wireless technology designed to bring broadband to people living beyond the optical fibre network, will be unveiled in Sydney tomorrow. The first half of CSIRO's Ngara technology will enable multiple users to upload information at the same time, without reducing their individual systems' data transfer rate of 12 Mbps. "Someone who doesn't live near the fibre network could get to it using our new wireless system," CSIRO ICT Centre Director Dr Ian Oppermann said....

2010-09-28 17:43:12

Scientists are reporting significant changes in the distribution of coastal fish species in south-east Australia which they say are partly due to climate change. CSIRO's Climate Adaptation and Wealth from Oceans Flagships have identified 43 species, representing about 30 per cent of the inshore fish families occurring in the region, that exhibited shifts thought to be climate-related. These include warm temperate surf-zone species such as Silver Drummer and Rock Blackfish that are breeding...

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2010-09-17 11:50:00

A study conducted by an Australian science agency has discovered signs that the country's ancient Aborigines may have been the world's first astronomers, pre-dating Stonehenge by more than a thousand years. Professor Ray Norris, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO), said detailed knowledge of the stars through songs and stories had been passed down through generations by the Aboriginal people, whose history dates back tens of thousands of years. "We know there's...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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