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Cricket on The Dish! News

by David, 18 October 2018 | 0 comments

Several people playing cricket on The Dish.

If you’ve ever seen the iconic movie The Dish, you’ll probably remember when two engineers turned the most famous telescope in Australia into a cricket pitch. Kids from across New South Wales got a chance to do the same, along with some of Australia’s biggest cricket stars.

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Why is CSIRO releasing mosquitoes? News

by David, 19 July 2018 | 4 comments

Image of two mosquitoes.

There are plenty of reasons to hate mosquitoes. They are annoying, hard to catch, and their bites can itch for days. But they’re not just irritating – in many places they spread diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue.

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Modern recipes for ancient grains News

by David, 23 February 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a bowl of muffins and some bags labeled Teff

You’ve heard of rice and wheat. You may have heard of maize and quinoa. But have you heard of teff? This ancient grain has been feeding the people of Ethiopia for thousands of years. And thanks to the work of CSIRO, it might soon be feeding you too!

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This supercomputer is super-fast, and super-cool News

by David, 7 July 2017 | 0 comments

A diagram illustrating undergraound lakes fedin into a supercomputer.

A few kilometres from the centre of Perth sits the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. This futuristic building contains several supercomputers, including the fastest computer in the southern hemisphere, Magnus. Pawsey is dedicated to supporting science, but it takes a lot of science to keep the building running.

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Measuring malaria on your breath News

by David, 27 February 2017 | 1 comments

It’s really annoying to get bitten by a mosquito. Your skin often swells, and the bite can itch for days. But in many places in the world, that small bite isn’t just annoying. It can cause a life-threatening disease: malaria. Malaria is a very tricky disease. Once you are infected, it can take weeks before…

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When crystals align News

by David, 20 January 2017 | 0 comments

Inside a small sample of powder, there hides a gigantic secret. In just a teaspoon of the stuff you’ll find the entire surface area of a football field. It sounds like something from Back to the Future, but for CSIRO scientists it’s the norm. The sample contains Metal Organic Frameworks, or MOFs, and they are made up of crystals that…

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New dish helps spaceships phone home News

by David, 22 December 2016 | 0 comments

A large radio telescope dish.

Voyager, Pathfinder, Cassini. Humanity has sent out dozens of plucky little space probes to explore our solar system. But when these robots need to call home, who’s listening in? Luckily for them, NASA has three deep space communication complexes scattered around the world. One of them is right here in Australia, operated by CSIRO. And…

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Money under the microscope Activity

by David, 9 November 2016 | 0 comments

You will need A new Australian $5 note Magnifying glass (optional) What to do Australian money is designed to be hard to copy. See if you can find all these features!

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Toilets up to standard

by David, 11 August 2016 | 0 comments

Not all scientists are smashing particles, discovering new chemicals or exploring exotic environments. Some scientists strive to keep things working in your home. It takes a lot of science to test everyday objects, such as toilets, to make sure they work the way they should. It starts when a group of people, including scientists and…

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Zippy zappy cars

by David, 2 May 2016 | 0 comments

It’s been really busy at Double Helix headquarters in the last few weeks. We’ve moved office, to the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra. There are lots of cool things at our new workplace, including a whole museum of CSIRO science! And when CSIRO staff need to zip into town or out to a research station,…

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