By Calum Drummond At CSIRO we seek to have a profound and positive impact on the most significant challenges and opportunities facing Australia and humanity. We have always strongly believed that we, as a research organisation, are more effective when we build partnerships – rather than trying to find all the answers on our own.
By Luisa Volpato Many of you may enjoy a cold one on Australia Day, but as you sip that schooner spare a thought for the science behind the taste of your favourite beer. The Food Futures Flagship’s work in the area of quality biosensors draws on research into the smell and taste receptors of microscopic
By Keirissa Lawson We have developed a hydrocarbon sensor array system that can detect different types of hydrocarbons in marine waters at varying sensitivities and in real time. The sensors were originally used to explore for oil and gas resources, but are also being applied to study ocean changes, monitor our marine environments and measure
Petrochemicals are, like, so last century. Biodegradable, bioderived biomaterials are all the rage, and for good reason too.
Did you know that magnesium is the lightest of all metals – about one-third lighter than aluminium? That it is non-toxic, non-magnetic, has high-impact strength, is castable and resistant to denting? All of which makes it a great fit for the global auto industry looking to find new ways to make cars lighter and more
By Crystal Ladiges On the surface, Australia doesn’t seem to have a great deal in common with the Republic of Chile, our friend from across the Pacific. Australia is an island. Chile controls Easter Island. Australia’s mainland is the smallest, flattest continent on Earth. Chile is home to the Andes, the world’s longest continental mountain
We’ve developed a sensor to detect undetonated explosives on the sea floor, based on a technology used to find mineral deposits underground. The sensor was developed as part of a project with US Government agency, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and US-based research organisation Sky Research. The method for finding undetonated underwater explosives
In the seventies a TV show called the Six Million Dollar Man introduced the idea of implanting bionic parts to give people super strength. While this might have been fantasy at the time, the reality of creating extra strong body parts is now here – and making them is almost as easy as pressing ‘print’
By Emily Lehmann Nickel seems to be the underdog of the metal world. While we have all heard of it, a casual ask-around among friends tells me that most people know little about its value and what it’s used for. Nickel is versatile because it mixes well with other metals to form alloys. It’s also