Posts by Kashmi Ranasinghe
People power for the pollinators
Conservation science has often neglected cultural knowledge systems, values and approaches. A recent global study has found that people, such as Indigenous communities, are essential to conserving the pollinators that maintain and protect biodiversity, agriculture and habitat.
Past Antarctic air informs our future
Air bubbles trapped deep under Antarctic ice are helping us understand the impact that increasing emissions might have on a naturally occurring ‘air purifier’.
A warning for wine-lovers: climate change is messing with your favourite tipple’s timing
While the much-derided “latte set” are stereotyped as the biggest worriers about climate change, it’s the chardonnay crowd who are acutely feeling its effects.
Faster food is all about the TraNSIT
Like your food? Reducing transport costs for the agricultural community can benefit all of us.
When in Rome: radio astronomy gets a global boost
Governments from around the world have committed to building and operating an impressive new instrument for understanding the Universe – the Square Kilometre Array.
Using technology to better understand our Antarctic marine life
How do you measure data in such a large area for two species in a short amount of time? A team of scientists have used innovative technology to uncover the distribution of endangered blue whales and krill.
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s citizen science!
The Australian Birds of Prey in Flight book is a perfect example of the power of community and citizen science in action.
Phosphates to feed the world
We invented a new smelting process to produce phosphates for fertiliser. Called PyroPhos, it eliminates harmful waste found in other phosphate production processes and creates a valuable by-product which can be used in construction.
Ex marks the spot with creepy crawlies
Valentine’s Day – either you love it, or you hate it. This year, some clever organisations have given you a way to let you do just that and name a creepy crawly after your ex.
The latest buzz about Zika-resistant mozzies
Working with the University of California San Diego (UCSD), we’ve engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the biggest transmitter of Zika, to be resistant to spreading this devastating virus.
You’ve got the power! Keeping our electricity during a heatwave
With warm weather making itself known, how will our electricity grid cope with the pressures of increasingly extreme weather? How do we moderate our energy consumption if there’s a chance power supplies can’t cope with our needs?