Latest Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Stories

2009-10-06 11:18:35

Machine-mounted sensors, being developed through CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship, could help locate ore deposits, characterize the mining environment, and differentiate ore grades. Scientists are working on a new range of materials characterization analyzers and techniques that could help unlock the value contained in Australia's mineral deposits and improve processing performance, according to the October issue of Process. Machine-mounted sensors, being developed through CSIRO Minerals...

2009-10-01 12:24:20

Australia has been stripped bare of vegetation to expose the surface that lies beneath. Scientists from CSIRO's Water for a Healthy Country Flagship have removed approximately 90 percent of Australia's vegetation cover from satellite images of the continent to produce the most detailed available Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of its topography. "The DEM will revolutionize geological applications, land-use studies, soil science, and much more," CSIRO's Dr John Gallant said in an address today...

2009-08-31 08:50:00

Both species eat sound dry wood and can co-exist in the same tree but, while drywood termite colonies contain only about 200 individuals and are confined to one tree, colonies of Coptotermes "“ Australia's dominant wood-eating termite "“ contain around a million individuals, including thousands of aggressive soldiers, and can forage on up to 20 trees simultaneously."We already knew that chewing termites generate vibrations which they use to determine wood size and quality, so it...

2009-07-29 09:55:00

"Although e-noses already have many uses "“ such as detecting spoilage in the food industry and monitoring air quality "“ they are not as discriminating as biological noses," according to CSIRO scientist, Dr Stephen Trowell."Our efforts to improve e-noses recently received a boost following our development of a new system which enables us to compare technical sensors with biological sensors."We looked at how the most common type of e-nose sensors "“ metal oxide or...

2009-07-21 07:29:00

MONHEIM, Germany, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer CropScience is expanding its global research and development activities in seeds and traits to include a focus on cereals. In support of this expansion, the company recently formalised a long-term alliance with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national research organization, which is one of the world's leading institutions in the development of new wheat varieties. The agreement...

2009-07-20 10:40:00

The world's peak ocean science body has adopted a new definition of seawater developed by Australian, German and US scientists to make climate projections more accurate. In Paris late last month the General Assembly of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) accepted the case for the introduction of a new international thermodynamic description of seawater, cast in terms of a new salinity variable called Absolute Salinity. Hobart-based CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship...

2009-07-14 09:35:00

The IMACS/MODSIM Congress will attract more than 650 experts in modeling and simulation from Australia and overseas to the Cairns Convention Center from July 13-17, 2009.CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences chief and Congress speaker Dr Louise Ryan said mathematical models are ways of describing the actions of very complex natural and man-made systems by quantifying how their key components interact."Take a simple food chain we might learn about at school "“ plankton are eaten by...

2009-06-12 11:10:00

Sophisticated sensors that measure leaf wetness, soil moisture and temperature are helping rehabilitate rainforest in the Springbrook World Heritage precinct in south-east Queensland.The CSIRO sensors are being used to uncover the microclimatic conditions favourable for rapid natural regeneration of degraded rainforest environments.A network of ten sensor nodes, connected wirelessly, has been sampling parameters such as rainfall, humidity, temperature, soil moisture and the amount of...

2009-05-05 08:22:05

'Drought-proofing' Australia's urban regions by installing large domestic water tanks may enable the dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti to regain its foothold across the country and expand its range of possible infections, according to a new study published May 5 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Dr Nigel Beebe and colleagues from the University of Queensland, CSIRO Entomology, the Australian Army Malaria Institute, and the Communicable Diseases Branch of Queensland...

2009-03-25 10:58:15

A scientist warned attendees of a major climate change conference on Wednesday that rising summer temperatures due to global warming, drier weather and smog from transport and bushfires will make Sydney, Australia a health hazard by 2060, Reuters reported. Martin Cope of the state-funded Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) said the elderly would be most at risk from heat stress, while others with asthma or heart conditions would be at risk as well. Cope...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.