Fire is a natural part of the Australian environment. Fire has been such a dominant factor that many native plants are adapted to periodic burning. Due to the suppression of natural fires many square kilometres are being choked by a dense sea of invading shrubs.
This film is essentially a profile of Dr Tom Pressley whose research in the field of textiles makes an excellent case study of how an applied scientist operates.
The story of the European rabbit in Australia must surely be one of the most amazing examples of an animal’s ability to colonise a new land. Just how and why this happened makes a fascinating study.
Dr Jon Ables, an astronomer with the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics, takes us on a tour of the 64 metre radio telescope near Parkes, New South Wales.
SIROTEM embodies Australian solutions to the shortcomings of overseas electronic devices trying to detect minerals hidden beneath our difficult types of soil. SIROTEM foreshadows the development of other exploration tools from this revolutionary Australian technology.
Heat, disease and parasites prevent European breeds of dairy cattle from realising their full potential for milk production in tropical areas. Cattle native to these regions are hardy and adapted to the conditions but are poor milk producers.
In the late 1950”s Australian agronomists realised that the native pastures of northern Australia had to be supplemented by new legumes to produce high quality feed for cattle.
A record of flammability trials carried out by the CSIRO Division of Protein Chemistry in collaboration with the Standards Association of Australia. The fabrics tested covered a spectrum of flammability characteristics and consisted of natural and synthetic fibres and blends of these.