Ever since Skeleton Weed was first discovered in Australia 50 years ago, farmers and scientists have been searching for a way to stop it spreading through the wheatlands of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This is the story of their search. It tells of the early frustrations over failure to eradicate the weed, […]
This film, designed principally for zoology students, shows echidnas in the field and in the laboratory – their feeding behaviour and the suckling of the young.
This study is the story of rainmaking in Australia – from the first tentative experiments with dry ice to the present, large-scale operations using silver iodide as the seeding agent.
Scientists have always wanted to classify things, to divide them up into meaningful groups. We all do this every day, when we speak about human races, or give names to the plants we grow in our gardens. But to do this efficiently needs years of experience, years of working with the things we want to […]
How does a radio telescope work? What do radio signals tell us about the Universe? This film looks at the 210 ft. Radio Telescope at the Australian National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Parkes, New South Wales, showing some of the research made possible by the design of this complex radio aerial. Radio studies of the Large […]
Mairaj Ali, a Colombo Plan Fellow, came to Australia in 1965 from the Karachi Marine Biological Research Station to study scientific film production. In this film he records his impressions of Melbourne and of the CSIRO Film Unit, where he spent most of his time.
This remarkable film record of marsupial birth shows mating, the female’s preparation for the birth of her young and, finally, the birth itself.
Think you’re an early adopter? CSIRAC was an automatic digital computer, the fifth computer of its kind ever built. It weighed 7,000 kg and had a RAM of 768 words.
If the field biologist is to advise on the conservation of rare birds and the control of pests, he must be able to study birds in their natural environment and to record their pattern of behaviour over a number of years. But first, he must be able to identify individuals in a species. This film […]