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2011-04-04 07:04:53

Marine scientists from five research agencies have pooled their skills and resources to compile a directory of life on Australia's continental shelf. They examined the shelf seascape during a three-year program of the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) Marine Biodiversity Hub. Hub director, Professor Nic Bax of CSIRO and the University of Tasmania, says the program developed and applied a consistent, national approach to biodiversity mapping. "The program compiled existing...

2011-04-02 01:59:05

Ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture, according to a paper published today in the journal 'Nature Communications' by scientists at CSIRO and the University of Sydney. "Ants and termites perform the same ecosystem service functions in dryland agriculture that earthworms perform in cooler and wetter areas, but the potential for ants and termites to provide these benefits has received little attention until now," said CSIRO's Dr Theo Evans....

2010-09-28 17:43:12

Scientists are reporting significant changes in the distribution of coastal fish species in south-east Australia which they say are partly due to climate change. CSIRO's Climate Adaptation and Wealth from Oceans Flagships have identified 43 species, representing about 30 per cent of the inshore fish families occurring in the region, that exhibited shifts thought to be climate-related. These include warm temperate surf-zone species such as Silver Drummer and Rock Blackfish that are breeding...

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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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2010-04-16 13:04:52

A major Australian study has provided new insights into the loss of structure in regions of the brain and its potential association with Alzheimer's Disease. The findings recently reported in Neurology suggest a build-up of deposits of the protein amyloid-beta in a region of the brain known as the temporal inferior cortex. The region is connected to the hippocampus, which is involved in memory. Alzheimer's is characterized by two factors: a build-up of amyloid-beta plaques in the brain, and a...

2009-10-07 01:17:00

SYDNEY, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Sydney-based Clinical Genomics Pty Ltd and CSIRO have entered into a new phase in their collaboration to develop improved diagnostics for cancers of the colon and rectum (bowel cancer). In an earlier research program, Clinical Genomics and researchers from CSIRO's Preventative Health Flagship used advanced genomics and mathematics to identify a number of biomarker genes capable of differentiating between bowel cancer tissue, even at its very earliest...

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2009-05-07 06:42:09

The origin of the massive green tide of algae that nearly wrecked the Beijing Olympics sailing regatta has been discovered by scientists, BBC news reported Wednesday.  Satellite images divulge evidence that swift development of farmed seaweed nearly 200km down the coast is the cause for the colossal algal bloom. As the green tide drifted closer to the regatta city of Qingdao, it multiplied in size, so much so that it is regarded the largest ever recorded in the entire world.  It...

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2009-03-24 10:15:00

Two new greenhouse gases are accumulating in the atmosphere, according to an international research team led by scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US and CSIRO scientist, Dr Paul Fraser, from the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research. Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and sulfuryl fluoride (SO2F2) are powerful greenhouse gases that have recently been discovered to be growing quickly in the global background atmosphere. These gases are used in industrial...

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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,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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