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2010-07-01 14:32:31

A more flexible approach to the expansion of protected area systems could ultimately protect much more biodiversity for the same budget according to a new paper in the scientific journal Nature. Lead author Dr Richard Fuller of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and The University of Queensland said that without spending extra money "we could dramatically improve the performance of protected area systems by replacing a small number of poor performing areas with more cost-effective ones"....

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2010-06-28 09:15:00

After 10 years of careful breeding and research, scientists have developed what could be the world's most perfect prawn. CSIRO scientists and the prawn industry have bred an improved Black Tiger prawn which is producing record yields in aquaculture farms and winning awards. So good are these prawns that they have won five gold medals at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the past two years, including "ËœChampion of Show', the highest award possible. The scientists from CSIRO's Food...

2010-05-24 08:15:00

Nine new species of handfish have been described by CSIRO in research that highlights an urgent need to better understand and protect the diversity of life in Australia's oceans. The new species are described in a review of the handfish family by Hobart-based fish taxonomists from the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Daniel Gledhill and Peter Last. Supported by funding from the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, the review of the handfishes brings the family to 14...

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2010-03-15 10:43:17

Australia's average temperature is on the rise, providing compelling evidence of the validity of climate change, claims the country's top group of scientists in a report released on Monday. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), in a joint "State of the Climate" report with the Bureau of Meteorology, presented findings that the country's mean temperature has increased by 0.7 degrees Celsius in the past 50 years, though some areas have experienced as much as...

2010-03-11 07:00:00

ST. LOUIS, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL) announced today that it has entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) to manufacture and sell Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) agents - organic molecules that can be added to polymerization reactions to precisely control molecular weights and structures of polymers. Under the terms of the agreement,...

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2009-12-14 07:10:00

Australians can learn much from their deserts and from desert people about how to cope with climate change and scarce resources. That's the message of a new book released today by the Desert Knowledge CRC and CSIRO Publishing. "Dry Times: Blueprint for a Red Land" argues that desert plants, animals and people have been surviving and thriving for thousands of years on scarce resources and uncertain climates "“ and they have the systems to cope with uncertainty which urban society lacks....

2009-11-30 16:12:31

The first Marine Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report Card for Australia was released Nov. 27 The first-ever Australian benchmark of climate change impacts on marine ecosystems and options for adaptation is being released in Brisbane today. The Marine Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report Card for Australia, and an accompanying website, will provide a biennial guide for scientists, government and the community on observed and projected impacts of climate change on marine...

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2009-11-25 09:30:00

Technology designed to blast aliens in computer games is part of a new GPU (Graphics Processing Units) computer cluster that will process CSIRO research data thousands of times faster and more efficiently than a desktop PC. The new GPU cluster will complement the supercomputing resources available to CSIRO researchers such as the recently installed NCI facility at the Australian National University. The cluster will allow CSIRO scientists to explore what may well be the next generation...

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2009-10-20 09:19:33

Researchers are building the environmental equivalent of the ASX200 as a means of monitoring the health of Australian marine ecosystems. The state of an ecosystem can be understood by measuring the right ecological characteristics, just as the ASX200 index shows the state of the Australian stock market by following 200 selected stocks. CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship scientist Dr Keith Hayes, one of the leaders of the project, says the difficult part is selecting which characteristics to...

2009-10-19 09:53:22

CSIRO scientists have produced the first preliminary predictions of the potential impact of climate change on the Australian seabed. The results of the five-year study predict potential high-risk areas due to seabed movement, erosion and changes in reef growth. According to CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship project leader Dr Cedric Griffiths, the interaction between the ocean and the seabed is poorly understood. "We have more information about the surfaces of the Moon and Mars than we do...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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