Snapshot Issue06.17

01 Customers

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A new wave of ocean science by the C‑SHOR

The Southern Hemisphere could just as aptly be named the 'ocean hemisphere' - given only 20 per cent of its surface area is covered by land. We know that the southern oceans play a major role in shaping the climate of not only Australia but the rest of the world, but until recently these vast oceanic expanses were largely unmeasured and poorly understood. To combat this, Australia and China have joined forces to establish the first research centre with a focus on the Southern Hemisphere oceans. The Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (or CSHOR) will tackle the challenge of improving our understanding of the southern oceans and how they influence regional and global climate.

02 Research

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Passing gas unlocks key to fuel of the future

Hydrogen is a clean fuel that has an array of exciting applications, from powering vehicle fuel cells to industrial processes. But both sourcing and extracting hydrogen to get it to market had proved difficult - until now. Our scientists have developed a special membrane that allows hydrogen to be transported in the form of ammonia (which is already being traded globally), and then passed back through as hydrogen at the point of use. This means we could potentially transport Australian-made hydrogen to the world.

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New data security tech a walk in the park

Sure, you're probably no Michael Jackson, but the way you move is still unique. Our latest gait authentication technology - digital recognition of your walking style using wearable sensors - has the ability to register your individual movement and use it to lock and unlock smart devices. Because everyone has a different gait, which affects the movement of body segments differently, it can be used as a digital 'footprint' to identify and authenticate a user. And your kinetic energy can even provide a power source for wearables. It's an area of research we're taking step by step.

03 Discoveries

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04 People

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Top honours for our top scientists

Our Chief Scientist Dr Anita Hill, Chief Research Scientist for Agriculture, Dr Evans Lagudah and Honorary Fellow at our Oceans and Atmosphere unit Dr John Volkman were recently awarded prestigious fellowships with the Australian Academy of Science. The combined research of these three scientists spans numerous scientific breakthroughs, not to mention decades of research and much of the globe - from European universities and Chinese industry, to the United States, Ghana, Antarctica, across the Pacific Ocean and even the Peruvian coast. The trio are among 21 of Australia’s best scientists of 2017, selected for the honour after a rigorous and lengthy process.

JOBS

Cast off into a new role

We are looking for someone to come on board as a Physical Oceanographer with the Climate Science Centre based in Hobart. The Centre brings together the core of CSIRO's capability in climate modelling and observations of the atmosphere and ocean. The successful candidate will join the Climate Science Centre's world leading oceanography group to undertake research to improve understanding of the role of the oceans in the Earth climate system.

Jump start your job

Energy grids and renewable energy integration will be the focus of the new Program Leader position, based in Newcastle. You will lead a multi-disciplinary research and development team looking at new technologies, and providing trusted advice on the challenges facing the changing energy sector. Your team will work in modelling and analysis of regulatory frameworks, engineering development of new grid-side technologies, and social science aimed at understanding consumer drivers and behaviour.

05 Participate

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Making healthy foods taste better

Australians are still not eating as healthily as they should, despite years of programs and publicity warning of the health impacts of poor diets. But what if we could make healthier foods taste better and thus improve eating patterns? To examine questions of food taste, flavour and digestion under controlled conditions, we have developed a computational model of food mastication (chewing) and digestion. Next stop kebab-flavoured broccoli?

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Giving Australia a serve on eating habits

Most Australian adults would know they’re meant to eat two or more serves of fruit and five or more serves of vegetables every day (kebab-flavoured or not). A high intake of fruit and vegetables lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers - but whether or not we're getting there is another question. So what’s making it so hard for us to get to two and five?

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