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Tracking male mozzies to tackle disease
A new project in Northern Queensland aims to mark, release and recapture male mozzies to better understand their movements and behaviour. The study will lay the groundwork for future plans to reduce numbers of the disease-carrying female mozzies with an insect sterilisation program. We're partnering with global life sciences organisation Verily (a Google affiliate) and James Cook University to kick off the project, which builds on our previous work in Innisfail, QLD. De-bugging diseases like Zika and dengue.
Person fishing
More extreme weather ahead
Our fourth biennial State of the Climate Report was released last week with the Bureau of Meteorology. It updates our detailed climate measurements and includes new findings. As in earlier reports, our observations show trends continuing with more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons to come. The 2016 report also shows for the first time that warming now extends to at least 2,000 metres below the surface of our oceans, and draws on new modelling to study the connection between global warming with individual extreme events. Catch up on the latest findings in our State of the Climate Report 2016.
Cow on the beach
Seaweed? See solution
The Ancient Greeks and Icelanders aren't widely known for their agricultural legacies, but it looks like they were onto something when they added seaweed to their livestock feed. Hundreds of years later, when a Canadian farmer noticed his seaside cattle behaving differently to those without a water view, we picked up the research thread. Not only have we since found that seaweed helps improve the cows’ health and growth, but it also reduces their methane production by about 20 per cent. But working with seaweed is a complicated business. Weeding out problems and lending a kelp-ing hand.
The Nightmare Machine
Ms Jin Teng
Prolific part-time PhD praised
An outstanding record of publication on influential water modelling has seen CSIRO researcher Jin Teng recognised with an award from Thomson Reuters this month. Ms Teng's work investigating climate impact on water, including water availability, floods and droughts, has formed the subject of numerous papers published. She's also accomplished this while a part-time PhD student at the Australian National University. The inaugural Women in Research Citation Awards recognise the achievements of 12 early to mid-career women researchers in Australia, based on Web of Science Core Collection publication and citation data. Why Ms Teng says water is not a dry subject.
Star apprenticeship
This fitter and turner apprenticeship is with the Antenna Mechanical team in Canberra, which supports ground-based spacecraft telecommunications. You will perform basic maintenance and support more complex antenna tasks to assist the international NASA Deep Space Network. You must be an Australian Citizen and as the work is directly with NASA, you will be required to obtain an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) clearance (not as scary as it seems). Hurry, apply before 8 November.
A private matter
Joining the Data61 Data Privacy team in Sydney, you will be working as a Senior Researcher in the development of privacy preserving algorithms for data release, analytics query and data processing in multiple strategic and industry-driven projects. You will also work in the development of fundamental theoretical frameworks for efficient private data-centric multi-party collaboration and data sharing platforms. Sounds serious.
Looking in toilet
Why your number twos should be threes and fours
It's not exactly meal time conversation, but if lumpy, blobby, mushy or liquid describe the matter you're flushing away, your stools might be trying to tell you something about your meals. The Bristol Stool Chart turns 18 this year, and remains one of the best DIY diagnostic tools you can use to check if all's well in your digestive tract. While the chart's easy list of seven stool types has stood the test of time, we're always learning more about the intricate going on of your gut's microbiome. Pull up a stool and settle in for a read.
Pile of food
Biting off more than you can chew a global problem
From the water used on crops, to the methane emissions of livestock, through to the energy used to transport your food to you - eating can stack up to be an environmental hazard! But fear not, to mark World Food Day this month, we've got five easy tips to help you serve up an extra helping to the planet and make your meals travel an extra mile in value, not in distance. Some are as easy as making a plan before you head off to the shops so you only buy what you need. Check out our other tips for food frugality.
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