Latest Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization Stories

2009-01-19 08:10:00

A scientific voyage off Australia's southern coast has found new species of animals and more evidence of the destructive impact of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide on deep-sea corals. The U.S. and Australian researchers explored a vertical slice in the earth's crust known as the Tasman Fracture Zone, which drops from approximately 1.2 miles to more 2.5 miles deep. "We set out to search for life deeper than any previous voyage in Australian waters," said Ron Thresher from Australia's...

2008-12-17 18:28:00

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Asia Special Situation Acquisition Corp ("ASSAC") (NYSE: CIO) today announced the signing of a binding letter of Intent with White Energy Company Limited ("WEC") (Australia: WEC) whereby ASSAC has agreed to acquire, through an exchange of shares, WEC's South-East Asian business, BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd ("BCBC Singapore"), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of WEC. Upon completion of the transaction, it is anticipated that WEC or...

2008-09-18 13:57:59

In an attempt to help conservation of marine animals and aid in climate change monitoring, scientists using DNA have catalogued and described 100 new species of sharks and rays in Australian waters. More than 90 of the newly named species were identified by scientists in a 1994 book "Sharks and Rays of Australia" but remained scientifically undescribed. One rare species of carpet shark catalogued was found in the belly of another shark. A revised 2009 edition of the book by Australia's peak...

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  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).