Selected CSIRO media mentions for the week commencing 30 August 2021. If you encounter a paywall, request a text version by emailing the article title here.
So far, no signals have been detected to suggest we are not alone. But with the Murchison Widefield Array now allowing much-expanded searches to be conducted alongside other astrophysical investigations, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – commonly referred to as SETI – is definitely ramping up – SciTech Daily, 5 September 2021.
For the last 11,000 years, the southern Pacific Ocean has cycled between warm El Niño and cold La Niña conditions, driving the climate on both sides of the ocean. But new modelling suggests that these cycles may be interrupted as a world warms under human-induced climate change – The Echo, 2 September 2021.
Australian engineers – with support from CSIRO – have developed the Magneto-EX, the world’s first inspection robot with an Ex rating, meaning it’s safe to use in explosive atmospheres – Create, 1 September 2021.
The ex-military vehicle has been transformed into a firefighting vehicle capable of traversing dangerous terrains to support rescue, path clearing and firefighting missions over distances in excess of 100 kilometres – Australian Defence, 30 August 2021.
Australia wants to launch several of its own satellites to move from identifying a generic agricultural activity to pinpointing a specific crop… and provide data on climate science, disaster management, water resource monitoring, agriculture and land use – North Queensland Register, 1 September 2021.