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2014-04-04 04:21:01

SYDNEY, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The threat of "peak data" and what that could mean for the way we connect and access essential services in the future, is the focus of a report released by CSIRO, Australia's national science agency. Director of CSIRO's Digital Productivity and Services Flagship Dr Ian Oppermann said wireless technology had been adopted at "breakneck pace" around the world. "The data rates that people now expect from their mobile services are about a hundred times the...

Billion Ton Asteroid Smashes Into Tiny Star In Puppis Constellation
2014-02-20 13:05:00

[ Watch the Video: Fight Between Tiny Star And Giant Asteroid ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have found evidence that a tiny star 37,000 light-years away from Earth is being bombarded by asteroids. Scientists say PSR J0738-4042, a star located in the constellation of Puppis, has been hit with an asteroid that had a mass of about a billion tons. The team used CSIRO's Parkes Observatory telescope and another telescope in South Africa to make the...

New Maps Show Locations Of Species At Risk As The Climate Changes
2014-02-11 09:22:04

CSIRO In research published today in the journal Nature, CSIRO and an international team of scientists revealed global maps showing how fast and in which direction local climates are shifting. This new study points to a simpler way of looking at climatic changes and their likely effects on biodiversity. As climate change unfolds over the next century, plants and animals will need to adapt or shift locations to track their ideal climate. “The maps show areas where plants and...

Climate Science Boost With Tropical Aerosols Profile
2013-08-02 12:59:57

CSIRO The seasonal influence of aerosols on Australia's tropical climate can now be included in climate models following completion of the first long-term study of fine smoke particles generated by burning of the savanna open woodland and grassland. Australia's biomass burning emissions comprise about eight per cent of the global total, ranking third by continent behind Africa (48 per cent) and South America (27 per cent). Lead researcher, CSIRO's Dr Ross Mitchell, said fine particles...

Causes Of A Rapid Warming In The Upper Subtropical Oceans Of The Southern Hemisphere Identified
2013-07-23 13:04:07

CSIRO They partly attribute the observed warming, and preceding cooling trends to ocean circulation changes induced by global greenhouse gas emissions and aerosols predominantly generated in the Northern Hemisphere from human activity. The research, by scientists from CSIRO and the University of NSW, was published today in Scientific Reports. Mr Tim Cowan, lead author of the study, says his group was initially interested in the three decade long cooling below the surface of the...

2013-02-12 14:14:20

Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight. In a study published today in Angewandte Chemie, Monash University and CSIRO scientists for the first time discovered a photosensitive metal organic framework (MOF) - a class of materials known for their exceptional capacity to store gases. This has created a powerful and cost-effective new tool to...

Fish Ear Bones Can Offer Clues To Impacts Of Climate Change In Aquatic Environments
2012-11-28 11:38:09

CSIRO Australia The earbones, or 'otoliths', help fish to detect movement and to orient themselves in the water. Otoliths set down annual growth rings that can be measured and counted to estimate the age and growth rates of fish. "Otoliths can form the basis of new techniques for modelling fish growth, productivity and distribution in future environments," said Dr John Morrongiello of CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship, lead author of a paper published online in Nature Climate Change...

2012-09-04 14:36:02

Ship engine exhaust emissions make up more than a quarter of nitrogen oxide emissions generated in the Australian region according to a recently-published study by CSIRO and the Australian Maritime College in Launceston. Nitrogen oxide is a non-greenhouse gas, unlike similarly named nitrous oxide. The remainder comes from road and air transport, energy generation, and industrial processes. Global studies indicate that shipping emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulphur contribute to the...

2012-03-15 11:56:33

A salt-tolerant variety of durum wheat that outperforms other varieties by 25 per cent on salty soils has been developed by CSIRO scientists using traditional crop breeding techniques. Researchers have introduced a salt-tolerant gene into a commercial durum wheat which has produced spectacular results in field trials. "Salinity already affects more than 20 per cent of the world´s agricultural soils and is an increasing threat to food production due to climate change," CSIRO's Dr...

2012-03-15 11:53:05

By using decades of vineyard records, scientists have for the first time been able to attribute early ripening of wine grapes to climate warming and declines in soil water content. The study reveals that management factors has also influenced the shift, offering hope for growers to develop adaptation strategies. The study was published in Nature Climate Change and was done by scientists from the University of Melbourne and the CSIRO. Climate scientist and viticulturist Dr Leanne...


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