New research from the CSIRO explores the possibility of making robots that emulate evolutionary adaptation so they are better able to respond to their environments. The paper, authored by researchers from CSIRO’s Active Integrated Matter Future Science Platform (AIM FSP) and published in Nature: Machine Intelligence, argues that robots could eventually be designed to display … Continue reading Adaptability to be key for future robots, study argues
The national science agency, CSIRO and energy market operator, AEMO have announced a new report on costs of electricity generation. The inaugural GenCost report, prepared collaboratively with a range of industry stakeholders, updates estimates of the cost to generate electricity from new power plants in Australia; GenCost 2018 found solar and wind technologies to be … Continue reading Annual update says renewables are cheapest
Sydney-based energy storage company Ecoult will supply its technology to US defence contractor Raytheon for use in a new microgrid project that has the potential to provide more sustainable backup power systems. The microgrid is being used by the U.S. Department of Defense at the Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod. The Base … Continue reading Australian energy storage technology employed in US defence microgrid project
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is investing $35 million in frontier research in space technology and artificial intelligence (AI). The investment will include the development of advanced imaging of Earth from satellites, in addition to cutting-edge data science to support the growth of AI technology. The investment is part of CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms portfolio, … Continue reading CSIRO invests $35 million in future of space and AI
Emesent, a drone autonomy spin-out from CSIRO, has raised $3.5 million in venture capital to commercialise its first product – Hovermap. Main Sequence Ventures, which manages the CSIRO Innovation Fund, led the funding round along with long-time Bechtel mining executive Andy Greig. Developed by former researchers from CSIRO’s Data61, Emesent’s world-leading Hovermap technology automates the … Continue reading Mine drone start-up commercialises first product with $3.5m boost
A new peer-reviewed study of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), which is a tiny fraction of the size and mass of the Milky Way galaxy, uses images taken with CSIRO’s powerful Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope array. Lead researcher, professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths, from ANU said the features of the radio images were more than three … Continue reading Astronomers witness slow death of nearby galaxy
Australian researchers using a CSIRO radio telescope in Western Australia have nearly doubled the known number of ‘fast radio bursts’. The team’s discoveries include the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever detected. Their findings were reported on October 11 in the journal Nature. Fast radio bursts come from all over the sky and last for … Continue reading CSIRO telescope almost doubles flashes of radio bursts from space
An economically sustainable hydrogen industry could soon be on the cards according to a blueprint released by CSIRO, the national science agency, which found that cost competitiveness is firmly on the horizon. National Hydrogen Roadmap sets out a path to develop the action and investment plans required to realise the full benefits of a hydrogen … Continue reading CSIRO roadmap set to scale-up hydrogen industry
Australia’s national science agency has appointed Dr Cathy Foley to the position of CSIRO chief scientist – a unique role which will help champion science, its impact and contribution to the world. Foley is a world-renowned physicist and science leader most noted for her work developing superconducting devices and systems which have assisted in unearthing … Continue reading Physicist appointed as CSIRO chief scientist
The national science agency is calling on all Australians to be part of its energy research by providing valuable information that will improve understanding of the way households consume, generate and interact with energy. By using the new CSIRO Energise app, ‘citizen scientists’ will help to paint a clearer picture of contemporary energy use to … Continue reading New CSIRO Energise app for citizen scientists
Australia could lead the world in re-using and recycling lithium-ion batteries. This would address a growing waste, which is increasing by 20 per cent each year. A new report, Lithium Battery Recycling in Australia, addresses growing demand for lithium-ion technology, currently used in vast quantities in electronic and household devices. Low battery recycling rates can … Continue reading Australia could lead lithium-ion battery recycling charge
New technology installed on CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope will let astronomers ‘hear’ a wider range of radio waves from objects in space, opening the way to new science. The new equipment is a receiver, a ‘bionic ear’ for the cosmos which catches radio waves and turns them into electrical signals for astronomers to analyse. The … Continue reading Telescope’s bionic ear hears more of the universe
CSIRO has announced a partnership with San Francisco-based ocean technology start-up, Saildrone, to radically improve measurement and monitoring in Australian waters and the Southern Ocean. The research partnership over five years between Saildrone and CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere group will see the deployment of state-of-the-art unmanned ocean surface vehicles, Saildrones, for the first time in … Continue reading Saildrones improve monitoring of Oz water
CSIRO has opened a new $100 million research facility focused on solving some of Australia’s biggest challenges across agriculture, the environment and the digital world. The Synergy Building features 15,000 sqm of modern lab and office accommodation housing 500 scientists focused on areas including future crops, natural resources, climate science and data or digital solutions. … Continue reading CSIRO opens $100 million collaborative research facility in ACT
A partnership between CSIRO and Australian medical device company Anatomics has led to the first successful implantation of a 3D printed titanium and polymer sternal and rib cage in a US patient. Ms Penelope Heller, a 20 year old American, who was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma (a rare bone cancer) in 2014, had to have her … Continue reading CSIRO partnership sees US patient receive 3D printed sternal and rib cage
BOC, a member of The Linde Group, will support the CSIRO during its $3.4 million ammonia to hydrogen cracking and membrane purification project that is set to revolutionise the global supply chain for hydrogen. As part of a recently signed collaboration agreement, BOC will contribute in-kind gas products, equipment and technical expertise worth in excess … Continue reading BOC team up with CSIRO for hydrogen project
CSIRO research will fill a gap in the global energy technology chain to supply fuel cell vehicles with low-emissions hydrogen sourced from Australia.
CSIRO has announced a partnership with start-up company Ecocentric, on a system that recognises the electrical ‘fingerprint’ of individual appliances to increase energy efficiency in buildings.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has announced plans to boost Australia’s innovation overseas by opening a CSIRO US office.
Australia’s solar heliostat technology will be used for concentrating solar thermal (CST) electricity generation in China.