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A view from CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope antenna 29, with the phased array feed receiver in the centre, Southern Cross on the left and the Moon on the right. CSIRO/Alex Cherney

How we closed in on the location of a fast radio burst in a galaxy far, far away

For the first time scientists have located the home galaxy of a one-off fast radio burst. Here's how they did it – and what they learned about the galaxy.
Most new houses being built in Australia do no better than comply with the minimum energy performance required by regulations. Brendon Esposito/AAP

Australia’s still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

Australia requires a minimum six-star energy rating for new housing. New homes average just 6.2 stars, so builders are doing the bare minimum to comply, even as the costs of this approach are rising.
Australia’s future prosperity will require bold action on a number of fronts and a deliberate commitment to careful and considered long-term thinking. Hendra Pontomudis / unsplash

It’s time for Australia to commit to the kind of future it wants: CSIRO Australian National Outlook 2019

If the right changes are made today, Australia’s living standards could be up to 36% higher in 2060. This translates into a 90% increase in average wages (in adjusted, real terms) from today.
Raw sewage from 3,500 people in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs is discharged directly into the ocean. Will Turner/Unsplash

Australia’s pristine beaches have a poo problem

Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs have raw and untreated sewage from 3,500 people discharged directly into the Tasman Sea.
The Cape Grim observatory, home of the ‘world’s cleanest air’… and rising greenhouse gases. CSIRO

Why there’s more greenhouse gas in the atmosphere than you may have realised

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are at 414 parts per million. But thanks to a recalculation of methane's warming power, the total amount of greenhouse gases is now equivalent to more than 500.
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Curious Kids: why are there waves?

Waves occur in all sorts of places, and it's possible that waves you might see breaking at the beach are at the end of a very long journey.
Sunset at Australia’s Cape Grim observatory, one of the key global background monitoring sites for CFC-11. Paul Krummel/CSIRO

Eastern China pinpointed as source of rogue ozone-depleting emissions

For several years, emissions of CFCs have been rising, in apparent defiance of a global ban in place since 2010. A new global detective effort has traced the source to two eastern Chinese provinces.
The Rhenish Brown Coal Field in Germany. Germany is one of 18 developed countries whose carbon emissions declined between 2005-2015. SASCHA STEINBACH/AAP

Eighteen countries showing the way to carbon zero

Reducing emissions doesn't have to conflict with a growing economy, as these 18 developed nations show.

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