CSIRO and partners scope NT Hub to lower emissions and boost investment

NT hub could create a blueprint for other low emissions hubs around Australia.

Catalysts found to convert carbon dioxide to fuel

The goal of tackling global warming by turning carbon dioxide into fuel could be one step closer with researchers using a supercomputer to identify a group of “single-atom” catalysts that could play a key role.

Metal-absorbing plants and a sustainable future for mining

Phytomining research has the potential to unlock a sustainable stream of critical metals, including from mine wastes and tailings, that still hold residual metals of interest.

Investment in youth environmental education key to addressing climate change

Greater investment and innovation in educating children about environmental issues is needed to help future generations respond to the climate emergency, experts warn.

Roadmap highlights opportunity to lead in carbon capture and utilisation

Australia could turn carbon dioxide waste into a valuable revenue stream according to a new report from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

New DNA test to transform wild fish population management

A DNA test developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, can improve management of wild fish populations for conservation or harvest by determining the ages of fishes.

Australian finalist in international science communication prize

The successful Australian video entry about Project Gilghi details an initiative to supply remote communities with energy-efficient, transportable water purifying treatment plants.

Virtual tourists to be ‘teleported’ into the deep past for World Heritage bid

Flinders Ranges virtual tourists to be ‘teleported’ into the deep past for World Heritage bid.

Conserving coastal seaweed: a must-have for migrating sea birds

UniSA researchers show that beach-cast seaweed provides shelter, and a range of microclimates, in addition to food, that ensure the survival of many shore-bird species

University science helps businesses bridge the ‘valley of death’

University science helps businesses bridge commercialisation’s ‘valley of death’ by taking opportunities through to end products.

Food waste helps secure future fish

Human food scraps could be used to create high-quality food for farmed fish, leading to a more sustainable global fish economy.

Recycling face masks into roads to tackle COVID-generated waste

Researchers have shown how disposable face masks could be recycled to make roads, in a circular economy solution to pandemic-generated waste.

Reducing risk in mega wildfires

Fighting wildfires is one of the most dangerous professions in the world but new ECU research may reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities whilst responding to large wildfires.

Determining shark ‘Deterrent’ devices from snake oil

Globally, the number of shark bites is on the rise, with a threefold increase since 1982. White sharks, bull sharks and tiger sharks are most commonly responsible.

Making biodiesel from dirty old cooking oil and ag waste just got way easier

Low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel.

Machine learning helps to map invasive gamba grass from space

Researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that reliably detects invasive gamba grass from high-resolution satellite imagery.

CSIRO and partners take aim at ending plastic waste

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is developing a major research program to tackle plastic waste and reimagine the future of plastics.

Building better economic futures

The new era in manufacturing is driven by long-term science from Australia’s universities.

Using drones to conserve wildlife

Dr Debbie Saunders will join Dr Maryam Parviz and Professor Tony Weiss in a Spark Festival discussion at 12 noon on 15 October from 12 pm. Crazy Works – Startups have more impact than papers will be a lively discussion about how academic researchers can be better prepared to create startups.

How cigarette butts can be recycled into bricks: a step-by-step plan

Researchers have shown how industries could work together to recycle cigarette butts into bricks, in a step-by-step implementation plan for saving energy and solving a global littering problem.

Space technology to boost water quality management

Satellites in space and a network of ground-based sensors could be used to monitor the quality of Australia’s inland waterways, reservoirs and coastal environments.

Satellites and AI to help fight bushfires

Launched in September 2019, the SmartSat CRC is working towards the capability of tracking fire fronts in real time.

Packaging up a perfect PhD in food waste

Researcher Ruby Chan joined the Fight Food Waste CRC as a PhD student through RMIT and she is already exploring innovative ways to use packaging more effectively to prevent waste.

It’s time for a food-waste fight

“Food waste is a really huge issue, wasting about $20 billion every year in Australia alone. It’s also the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases,” says Dr Steven Lapidge, CEO of the Fight Food Waste CRC.