Best stories of 2021
COVID-19 continued to dominate news headlines in 2021, and rightly so. But the global pandemic didn’t put the brakes on other scientific endeavours in other areas including at CSIRO, so our editorial team has rounded up the best science stories from the past year.
Motherboards as mother lode
Did you know there is up to 100 times more gold in a tonne of mobile phones than in a tonne of gold ore? Microbes could underpin a new urban biomining industry, where gold, silver, copper and other e-waste metals are extracted more cleanly and more economically than through conventional mining.
Food trends of the future
In 20 years, will we swap beef for crickets, 3-D print food, or grow our leafy greens on vertical farms in our cities? And what will changes in our diet mean for Australia’s agrifood sector?