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2008-06-29 06:02:19

By Anonymous The voices of science were drowned out when 1000 of Australia's brightest minds discussed ideas for the nation's future. Six years ago this magazine launched conScience, an opinion column to give Australians an outlet "for expressing forthright views on national issues". The first columnist was Bryan Gaensler, a young Australian astronomer making a mark with his discoveries from his base at Harvard University. Under the headline "Time for Scientists to Rock the Boat",...

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2008-06-23 10:55:00

Nanoparticles of gold too small to be seen with the naked eye have been created in laboratories, but up until now, have never been seen in nature. The search for these natural but "Ëœinvisible' nanoparticles is important. If they can be proved to exist, the knowledge will help give us a deeper understanding of how gold can be transported and deposited by geological processes, and therefore help explorers to find new gold deposits in Australia. Now, hard evidence that gold...

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2008-06-19 10:50:00

Several huge active submarine volcanoes, spreading ridges and rift zones have been discovered northeast of Fiji by a team of Australian and American scientists aboard the Marine National Facility Research Vessel, Southern Surveyor. On the hunt for subsea volcanic and hot-spring activity, the team of geologists located the volcanoes while mapping previously uncharted areas. Using high-tech multi-beam sonar mapping equipment, digital images of the seafloor revealed the formerly unknown...

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2008-06-18 09:38:58

Working from China, CSIRO astronomers have remotely controlled telescopes in three countries and streamed their data to CSIRO's Parkes Observatory in New South Wales for processing in real time. "We're now in the age of astronomy without borders," said Dr Tasso Tzioumis of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF). "From a single operations center we can make huge streams of precisely time-linked data flow simultaneously between several countries, at gigabits per second." The...

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2008-06-18 09:20:00

Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Melbourne in Australia, and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are on the brink of a discovery which will facilitate the development of new, safe, more sustainable ways of controlling the world's worst agricultural insect pest "“ the moth, Helicoverpa armigera. The Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, said "“ at the BIO 2008 International Convention in San Diego,...

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2008-06-06 11:15:00

The international science community must devote more resources to research into the effects climate change is having on ocean environments, according to a paper published today in the journal Science by researchers at CSIRO's Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship."Marine ecosystems are undoubtedly under-resourced, overlooked and under threat and our collective knowledge of impacts on marine life is a mere drop in the ocean," wrote Dr Anthony Richardson, from The University of...

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2008-04-29 09:00:00

Australian researchers are a step closer to turning plants into "Ëœbiofactories' capable of producing oils which can be used to replace petrochemicals used to manufacture a range of products.Scientists working within the joint CSIRO/Grains Research and Development Corporation Crop Biofactories Initiative (CBI) have achieved a major advance by accumulating 30 per cent of an unusual fatty acid (UFA) in the model plant, Arabidopsis.UFAs are usually sourced from petrochemicals to...

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2008-04-16 11:30:00

Deep-sea sharks have been tagged and tracked and their habitats precisely mapped in world-first research to test the conservation value of areas closed to commercial fishing.Last month scientists from the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship fitted acoustic tags to 50 gulper sharks, swellsharks and green eye dogfish near Port Lincoln, South Australia.They will track the shark's movements in a closed area designed to protect the gulper shark "“ a species which is severely...

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2008-04-01 11:55:00

Climate change is likely to transform many of Australia's natural landscapes, according to a new study by CSIRO scientists. The report, "Implications of Climate Change for the National Reserve System," was prepared for the Federal Government, and released today by Environment Minister Peter Garrett.Author Dr Michael Dunlop says climate change is forcing environmental scientists to rethink their approach.Temperatures over Australia are projected to rise by about 1 ºC by...

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2008-03-25 12:30:00

The giant ocean eddy that cooled Sydney's shores a year ago has been superseded by another 300 km diameter giant.CSIRO Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship scientist, Dr David Griffin, says the "Ëœbirth' of the eddy has been traced to last August."From satellite maps of sea-level we can see that it had been loitering this side of Lord Howe Island for some time and began approaching the NSW coast near Christmas," Dr Griffin says."It remained stationary during January and...


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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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