Snapshot Issue07.18

01 Customers

An app for bright sparks

Energy prices are a major issue for Australian households. And when it comes to how households interact with energy, what it means to them and what their pain points are, there’s still a lot to learn. We want to paint a clear picture of contemporary energy use to guide research and decisions about Australia's energy future. That’s where you - and our newly-launched citizen science app, Energise - come in. The app is a two-way communication channel: you’ll get tips for energy efficiency in the home, cutting-edge research updates, and short videos from our scientists. By taking part, households across the country will provide valuable data to support the science that will ultimately improve our national energy systems. Give me the power!

02 Research

Name a 500 million year old gene

Bazza, Shazza, Bluey; Aussies are great name-creators. Our scientists are great gene-discoverers. Put the two together and what do you get? You tell us - we’re giving Australians the chance to name a 500 million year old gene we’ve discovered. It plays a critical role in regulating the body’s immune response to infection and disease. It could be used to develop new treatments for influenza, arthritis and even cancer.

Antarctica isn’t frozen in time

Antarctica is inextricably linked to the global climate – even slight changes in its ecosystems can affect the rest of the world. We’ve worked with Monash Uni to consider two scenarios for Antarctica’s future, each describing a plausible future based on the latest science. We can choose which of these trajectories we follow but the window of opportunity is closing fast. What will Antarctica look like in 2070?

03 Discoveries

04 People

How scientists get their sea legs

Science on the sea isn’t always cruisy. You say goodbye to weekends, hello to wild weather and ‘nice to meet you’ to close-quarter companions. When you are battling sea-sickness, home-sickness, the weather is getting worse and your testing equipment fails, it can be hard to keep your spirits up. So, what do our intrepid seafarers do to boost morale? Dress up and play Twister of course! We spoke to some of our seafaring scientists to find out more about what life’s like on a research vessel. Spoiler alert: when a scientist gets a sample, it makes it all worthwhile.

JOBS

Keeping rust at bay

We are looking for a scientist with experience in cereal rust diseases with broader expertise in other fungal diseases. You will join CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Rust Resistance group which carries out both basic research into cereal rust disease biology and in translating this to high industry impact through its development and release of a suite of molecular markers to the Australian and global wheat breeding industry. Based in Canberra.

Healthy position

Do you have a doctorate in statistics, applied mathematics, operations research, engineering, machine learning, data science, implementation research or health economics? Based in either Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney or Perth, you will be part of the Health Data Analytics research team which does quantitative and qualitative research in areas such as hospital efficiencies, treatment effectiveness, risk prediction, workforce planning and implementation evaluations of new care models.

05 Participate

Cannabis for critters

Watching a beloved pet suffer from arthritis or lose their appetite from illness is awful - but medicinal cannabis may be able to help. Animals such as dogs, cats and horses process cannabinoids (found in cannabis) just like humans, so if used properly medicinal cannabis can impact areas such as appetite, pain-sensation, nausea, mood and memory. We’re helping work out the optimal delivery system for each animal’s body and digestive system. We want our furry friends to feel fine.

Whale(shark) of a time

In what is arguably the world’s best job, some of our scientists have been diving at Ningaloo Reef with whale sharks to conduct world-first research using DNA samples. The samples will help determine how old the whale sharks are, including their age at any measured length, how long it takes them to mature and how long they live for. We have also tagged some whale sharks to learn more about them. Want to watch? You can track our tagged whale sharks from your phone.

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