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Six megatrends that will shape our future

Three years ago, the CSIRO, embarked on a "global foresight" project, not to enlighten the world at large but mainly to guide its own research. However, the CSIRO has identified six "megatrends" that indicate major shifts in environmental, social and economic conditions that will substantially change the way people live for the next two decades.

Creative Innovation conference is back this year to solve ‘wicked problems’

With the Australian business sector stuck with risk-adverse strategies and stifling of creativity and innovation, Ci2012 also intends to submit its findings and results to the Australian government for consideration.

Payoff from Wi-Fi patent swells to $829 million but, time is running out for...

It might be the last big cheque CSIRO will collect before its storied patent — used in an estimated three billion Wi-Fi devices worldwide — expires at the end of next year. The CSIRO has pocketed about $829 million, a lot of it grudgingly from American companies who infringed on the patent. The story of this single patent is something every entrepreneur should understand.

CSIRO scientists break ground with mapping of Alzheimer’s protein [INNOVATOR]

A team of scientists, led by Dr Jose Varghese at CSIRO, has focused its research on a destructive protein known as amyloid beta, which assembles itself in the brain and builds up plaque that is associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Australian telescope tunes in to black hole radio… only 13 light-years away!

With help from an Australian telescope, an international team of scientists extracted data from a quirky little quasar and concluded that cosmic dinosaurs called radio galaxies were far more powerful than originally thought. These mega-black holes sent out radio-emitting jets that transmitted energy to gas that formed the raw material for the creation of stars. Freakin' cool, yeah?

One billion investment in Queensland innovation

In an effort to inject new life into Queensland's economy, the Queensland State Government has partnered with Zernike Group to create the Brisbane Technology Park, part of the state government's Smart State Strategy.

CSIRO teams with German companies to explore revolutionary food decontamination process

In the fruit and vegetable aisle, organic produce was labelled as such, and an unattractive bunch of specimens they were, too. The tomatoes looked like they'd been bludgeoned from the bush with a nail-studded bat and kicked all the way to the store. The potatoes had obviously been in a brawl with the onions.

Carbon Dioxide In, Methane Out

CSIRO and CUCBM are collaborating in a revolutionary new CO2 injection system that approaches the coal seam laterally rather than vertically, which, they believe, will increase the flow rate of the CO2, benefitting its underground storage.

CSIRO Head McKeon on the promise of scientific research

In this podcast, Simon McKeon, executive chairman of Macquarie Bank and chairman of CSIRO, talks about his vision for CSIRO and the status of scientific research in Australia, its problems and its promise for Australia’s future.

CSIRO launches 'How to' guide for innovation in industrial research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), last week, released a 'How to' guide for for innovation in industrial research. Called Innovation in Industrial Research, the book was written for Australian scientists, managers and students.

CSIRO launches ‘How to’ guide for innovation in industrial research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), last week, released a 'How to' guide for for innovation in industrial research. Called Innovation in Industrial Research, the book was written for Australian scientists, managers and students.

A formal response to our rabble rousing from Senator Carr's office

Following our recent series of articles on innovation in Australia (our Australia Day series), we received the following note from the Office of Senator Kim Carr, Australia’s Innovation Minister. We were expecting a dressing down. Here's what we got instead.

A formal response to our rabble rousing from Senator Carr’s office

Following our recent series of articles on innovation in Australia (our Australia Day series), we received the following note from the Office of Senator Kim Carr, Australia’s Innovation Minister. We were expecting a dressing down. Here's what we got instead.

CSIRO-developed hybrid battery secures US$32.5M, but who profits?

So while this $US32.5 million US Government funding for UltraBattery is certainly a tremendous validation for the technology and the CSIRO researchers who developed it, the international licensing option pursued means that Australia will, in all likelihood, only receive couch change from what stands to be an extremely lucrative venture for the foreign companies (Furukawa Battery Company and East Penn) that are actually doing the commercialisation.

From little things, big things grow

Like every great technological epoch, the nanotech revolution appears unstoppable. The companies and societies that adapt best will thrive. Those that don’t will perish. Fortunately,...

Research funding shake-up… worth a stir

The Research Collaboration Review, chaired by Mr Donald McGauchie and released last March, recommends funding changes to major public sector research agencies in an...
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