Superfoods extra insurance for consumers

Superfoods extra insurance for consumers

Australian consumers are skeptical about new superfoods as they enter the market but still consume them for a bit of “extra insurance” for their health, according to research at the University of Adelaide. For her PhD studies, Jessica Loyer from the University’s Food Values Research Group has conducted the first research of its kind looking…

Floodwaters turn cars into death traps

Floodwaters turn cars into death traps

Engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have discovered just how easily cars can be washed away by even the smallest currents – making the crossing of floodwaters a dangerous and potentially life-threatening decision. A team at the UNSW Water Research Laboratory has been testing how small and large cars behave when they…

Dietary fibre secret to healthy old age

Dietary fibre secret to healthy old age

Most people know that a diet high in fibre helps to keep us ‘regular’. Now Australian researchers have uncovered a surprising benefit of this often-undervalued dietary component. Scientists from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research found that eating the right amount of fibre from breads, cereals and fruits can help us avoid disease and disability…

Cheers! Here's to gluten-free barley beer

Cheers! Here's to gluten-free barley beer

CSIRO’s Kebari barley has been used to make the world’s first commercially produced, full flavoured, barley-based gluten-free beer. This is especially good news for people with coeliac disease who could soon enjoy a greater variety of foods and beverages thanks to work by Australian scientists. German beer brewing company, Radeberger has used Kebari barley to…

Rich pastures for growth

Rich pastures for growth

Investment in northern agriculture central focus of the Northern Australia Food Futures conference in Darwin. CSIRO researchers will join more than 300 industry and government representatives to discuss the sustainable development of the north. Northern Australia, comprising 40 per cent of Australia’s land mass, is already the world’s fifth largest beef and sugar exporter, with…