snaphot issue 0319

01 Breakthrough

close-up of two mosquitoes, with one’s eyes glowing red in the dark

Taking the sting out of Zika

While generally symptomless, the Zika virus is a major public health risk due to its effects on pregnant women. Working with the University of California San Diego, we’re developing Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the biggest transmitter of Zika, that are resistant to spreading this devastating virus. This mozzie could replace wild populations to help fight the virus’ spread.

02 Research

A humpback whale and calf underwater.

A whale's fill of krill

Whales love krill. One adult whale can eat up to three tonnes of krill in one day. We found that changes in marine environments, such as increases in ocean temperatures, could effect krill but the impacts on whale species could differ, depending on the region and where they feed. So what effect will climate change have on krill and consequently whale populations?

A female scientist in a white coat and safety goggles interacts with scientific equipment in a laboratory.

Mystery of the Buruli ulcer

Over the last few years, hundreds of Victorians have found themselves with a mysterious affliction: a wound which just won’t heal. Sometimes called the flesh-eating bacteria, Buruli ulcer is an infection of the skin and soft tissue. Our infectious disease researchers are working with communities and taking environmental samples for analysis to help solve the puzzle.

03 Discoveries

crown-of-thorns starfish on ocean floor. text overlaid reads 'dethroning the crown-of-thorns starfish'

04 People

ASKAP telescope dishes illumiated in colours of the rainbow under the milky way at night

Shining bright at Mardi Gras

We're positively beaming after marching in our first ever Mardi Gras parade. So much so, we lit up six of our ASKAP radio telescope dishes to show our excitement. 50 of our staff members danced up a rainbow storm, holding a giant double helix (DNA) to show that not only is our science diverse – from protecting the Great Barrier Reef and water purification technology, to crease-free cotton and 3D printed bones – but so are our people. From Mardi Gras and beyond, diversity is in our DNA.


Putting robots on the right path

A CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship helps facilitate the recruitment and development of our potential leaders. We are offering a CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow in Machine Learning for Robotic Mobility with our Data61 team. Research enabling mobile robots to traverse novel environments/terrains with legged and wheeled vehicles; developing new robotic behaviours, and working within larger teams developing these platforms. Brisbane based.

Unlimited scope

Become a research scientist using world‐class facilities associated with our astronomy and space science team and its partners, including the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, the Murchison Widefield Array, and future SKA-low prototypes. The research scientist will also be involved in the support of National Facility operations. Sydney or Perth.

05 Participate

bird in flight

Bird watchers flock together

Birds of prey spend most of their time in flight and, when viewed from the ground, they are notoriously hard to identify. Almost 50 citizen scientists shared their observations and photographs of Australian birds of prey to contribute to a new photographic guide book. Swoop over and get your hands on a copy.

peacock spider

protecting our Magical land of Oz

We have spiders that look like peacocks. We have mammals that lay eggs. We have birds that look like dinosaurs and stand up to two metres tall! Australia really is a magical land. Get off to see the wonderful land of Oz.While you're out and about, record the species that you see to help protect our unique biodiversity.


Watch Plans for world's largest telescope come into focus
small metal christmas tree shaped telescope antennas in the desert

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