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Bittersweet: people who love tonic water may have bigger brains

11-Feb-2019

Brain size doesn’t just relate to how smart people arebut also to how bitter they find tonic water, University of Queensland researchers have found. UQ Diamantina Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Daniel Hwang said it was the first time brain size and taste perception had been ...

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Eggshells could crack renewable energy puzzle

30-Jan-2019

Eggshells that are baked and then crushed into a fine powder could be a cheap alternative in renewable energy storage options, Murdoch University researchers have found. Dr Manickam Minakshi and his team have been working with researchers from around the world to test whether eggshell powder can ...

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Peeling bananas to purify water

29-Oct-2018

A group of University of Queensland engineering students has used the unusual combination of sand and banana skins to design a portable water treatment system for people in developing nations. Engineering student Hayden Baks saidcarbon in the banana peel was used to remove unsafe substances ...

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4 million Australians experiencing food insecurity

24-Oct-2018

A report released today by Australia’s largest food relief organisation, Foodbank, reveals that an alarming 4 million Australians have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months. The report exposes a growing problem in country areas where, during the past 12 months, 1.5 million Australians ...

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The Coca-Cola Company adds its first line of kombucha

21-Sep-2018

The Coca-Cola Company has acquired kombucha maker Organic & Raw Trading Co., which makes the MOJO brand of naturally fermented, live culture, organic kombucha drinks. MOJO kombucha – which is sold throughout Australia – is made from naturally fermented tea. Kombucha is the fastest-growing ...

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Needles hidden inside strawberries prompts official Australian probe

17-Sep-2018

Reports of consumers finding sewing needles inserted inside strawberries across Australia have prompted a government investigation. Health Minister Greg Hunt said Monday he hasordered the food safety authority to investigatethe cases, which have been reported in six of Australia's eight states ...

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Heinz fined 2.25 million dollars over children's snacks in Australia

29-Aug-2018

Canberra (dpa) - Food giant Heinz has been hit with a fine of 2.25 million dollars (1.63 million US dollars) after misleading consumers by claiming one of its toddler snacks was beneficial for young children's health, the Australian consumer watchdog said Friday. The Australian Federal Court ...

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Hepatitis A Infection From Frozen Pomegranate Arils Kills Women In Australia

08-Jun-2018

A women in Southern Australia died out of a rare Hepatitis A infection from frozen pomegranate arils. The health authorities have ordered to recall all frozen pomegranate arils sold by Creative Gourmet. There were 24 cases of hepatitis A infection from the frozen pomegranate in different parts of ...

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Australia says wine delays at China ports are 'irritation'

06-Jun-2018

Australia's trade minister has described recent weeks-long holdups at Chinese ports of Australian wine exports as an "irritation" in a bilateral trade relationship that is thriving despite diplomatic tensions. Australian wine and beef industry representatives are pressuring the Australian ...

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Independent Brewers Association appoints new CEO

08-May-2018

The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) is pleased to announce that it has appointed a new CEO to take the work of the Association into a new phase of development. Since the first meeting of a group of Australian smaller brewers seven years ago, the CBIA and subsequently relaunched IBA has ...

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