Selected CSIRO media mentions for the week commencing 14 March 2022. If you encounter a paywall, request a text version by emailing the article title here.
According to Australian researchers, sanitising face masks lowers their efficiency. A team from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) reported on Thursday that exposing N95 and P2 face masks to alcohol-based sanitisers risks “severe degradation” of their ability to guard against airborne threats in a world-first study – News Track, 24 February 2022.
This data, combined with the CSIRO Food Frequency Questionnaire, linked high coffee consumption to slower cognitive decline and revealed that the consumption of two cups a day could produce an 8 per cent decrease in cognitive decline over a 10-year period – Epigram, 11 March 2022.
Looming climate change may be economically hard for low-income cattle farmers in poor countries due to increasing heat stress on the animals. Globally, by the end of this century those producers may face financial loss between $15 and $40 billion annually – Cornell Chronicle, 10 March 2022.
With funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund, Hovells Creek Landcare Group (HCLG) installed two soil moisture probes in the north and south of the district last week to complement their existing probe – Cowra Guardian, 25 February 2022.
In the 1950s, a group of CSIRO scientists found an extremely bright source of radio emission coming from Sagittarius, which became known as Sagittarius A. After further analysis, it was found that this radio emission was probably located at the galactic centre, and 1958 was adopted as the zero point of the galactic co-ordinate system – Canberra Times, 13 March 2022.