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01 Customers

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3D printed sternum for U.S. cancer patient

A little piece of Aussie ingenuity has changed the life of an American cancer patient. When Penelope Heller was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in 2014 she was left with no choice but to have her sternum removed. While the operation was successful in treating the cancer, ongoing chest pain and problems continued to plague Penelope. Then she read about a patient in Spain who underwent a similar operation to her - except that they received a custom-built titanium implant designed by Melbourne company Anatomics and printed at our very own Lab 22. It was a discovery that marked the start of a life-changing journey.

02 Research

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New apple tech turns down brown

In a breakthrough that promises to shake apple consumption right to the core, we've developed a technology that will stop apples from going brown. This non-browning tech isolates and replaces the naturally occurring enzyme that causes discolouration. It has the potential to reduce waste not only in apples but also in other important horticultural crops - such as potatoes, beans, lettuce, and grapes - where produce with only small injuries could still be sold. How d'you like them apples?

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Coral bleaching not so black and white

Scientists have been raising the alarm about coral bleaching for decades. While there's no doubt as to the threat coral bleaching poses, our new research suggests not all reefs will be at risk of recurrent bleaching at the same time. Understanding regional differences can help reef managers identify the reef areas that are at high risk of recurring bleaching events, and which ones are potential temporary safe havens. This can buy us valuable time in the battle to protect the world’s corals.

03 Discoveries

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04 People

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Aussies leading hunt for grav waves

An Australian group, led by Associate Professor Tara Murphy from the University of Sydney and the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, has used our Australia Telescope Compact Array to confirm radio-wave emission from a gravitational wave event. Gravitational waves – ripples in space-time produced by massive, accelerating bodies like orbiting black holes or neutron stars – were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago and first observed in 2015. This latest discovery adds crucial new details to our understanding of the Universe.


Are we in your future?

As a Consulting Economist with CSIRO Futures (having an honours degree in Economics will help) you will work with teams across all of CSIRO’s research areas to help clients translate science into strategy and plan for an uncertain future. Hopefully you will be able to analyse the impact of long term trends on the economy to help inform decision making for senior industry and government clients.

Do you get social?

Believe it, CSIRO’s Data61 is seeking a Postdoc Fellow to assist with processing social media in real-time. The successful candidate will hear the words they have been waiting all their teenage lives for: “Get on that screen!” Then they will mine appropriate insights from social media (e.g., Twitter) in real-time and integrate them with other data sources for better detection, diagnosis and prognosis of infectious diseases, resulting in enhanced public health surveillance systems and models.

05 Participate

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Funding the deep tech stars of tomorrow

Companies developing new ways to diagnose cancer, next generation WiFi chips and quantum computing firmware are among the first to receive investment from Main Sequence Ventures, manager of our $100 million Innovation Fund. Main Sequence Ventures is led by veteran venture capitalist Bill Bartee, and a team of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs with extensive experience in science and technology. Wondering where the name came from?

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Keep a closer eye on our science

So, you're a CSIRO fan (we hope!) and you enjoy your monthly Snapshot of our latest research and announcements. That's great! But did you know you don't have to wait until the start of each month to get your CSIRO news? Jump on over to our blog and subscribe for daily or weekly updates to CSIROscope to find out about super sized sea sponges, food facts and mythbusters, citizen science opportunities, and jockeys riding sea dragons (and that's just been in the last few days). If you don't, this angry Currawong could be visiting you next.


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