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Broccoli in your coffee

With funding from vegetable growers through Hort Innovation, CSIRO has developed a broccoli powder that could help pack extra veggies into your diet. The 100 per cent broccoli powder is made from whole broccoli, and produced using a combination of selected pre-treatment and drying processes to retain the natural colour, flavour and nutrient composition of fresh broccoli. Broccoli contains protein, fibre and health-promoting bioactive phytochemicals, making it an ideal candidate for being turned into a powder ingredient. https://blog.csiro.au/broccoli-better-latte-than-never/?

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A new system to analyse gold

Since the middle ages the fire assay has been the gold standard in gold analysis. However a new system has been developed by the CSIRO using powerful x-rays to bombard rock samples and activate atoms of gold – and other metals – giving off unique atomic signatures which are detected by a highly sensitive detector. It dramatically reduces the turnaround time on assays from days to minutes, providing critical data to miners on gold grades in near real-time to support operational decisions.. While this new system is currently calibrated to evaluate gold, it can also be applied to a range of other minerals, including silver and copper. https://blog.csiro.au/first-photon-assay-installation/

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A community you can join if you love fishing

Fisho is an app that’s been designed for people who love to fish in Australia. It offers comprehensive weather forecasts including temperature, barometric pressure, tide times, wind, swell activity and moon phases -everything you need to know to make sure you’re fishing at the right time. You can use it to keep a fishing log. You take a photo of your catch, name the species and bait and Fisho creates a catch card that records the location, weather conditions, tide and moon phase, bait, species and any notes you want to add. https://fishoapp.com.au/

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Exporting sunshine as green hydrogen

Australia could soon be “exporting sunshine” in the form of ­renewable energy-produced ­hyd­rogen, creating an industry that could rival Australia’s LNG ­exports. Hydrogen has significant potential as a clean energy source, but is currently uneconomical to produce and export at scale. Japan is embracing hydrogen, which produces heat and water vapour when burned, in a national strategy to create an emissions-free “hydrogen society” by 2030. The shift to green hydrogen, produced by ­excess solar and wind energy, would allow Australia to “export sunshine” on a large scale. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/chief-scientist-alan-finkel-talks-up-green-hydrogen-exports/news-story/084d7c40674373ab969312a2674fd534?

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Designs fabricated as soon as they are created

A team of scientists at Cornell University is building a robotic assistant to fabricate 3D digital designs in real time. Called the Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA), the system combines augmented reality (AR) with robotic modeling, allowing users to design primitive 3D models on one side of a platform while the robotic arm fabricates the object on the other. The combination of AR with fast 3D printing, makes it possible for the designer to not only receive the visual cue of their design, but also the fast, in-situ tangible feedback that otherwise couldn’t be possible. www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/robotic-3d-printing-augmented-reality/

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97% of plastic bottles recycled

An industry-led scheme in Norway is credited with increasing plastic bottle recycling levels to 97 per cent. Consumers pay a small additional charge on each bottle they buy. When the bottle is returned either to the shop or a recycling machine, the deposit is refunded. Shops are given a small handling fee for taking the returned bottles. Recycling machines – often found in supermarkets – read the barcodes of the bottles and usually offer customers vouchers for the shop, or the option of making a charitable donation. www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-plastic-bottle-recycling-system-norway-adopt-ocean-pollution-latest-news-a8198761.html

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A simpler and more effective way to purify water

A new patented form of graphene, called Graphair, is an effective filter that supercharges water purification; making it simpler and faster. Researchers from the University of Sydney, UTS, QUT and Victoria University tested and analysed Graphair and its water purification qualities.They found that without Graphair, a membrane’s filtration rate halved in 72 hours, as contaminants clogged it. When the Graphair was added, the membrane didn’t clog, plus it filtered more contaminants and water. Graphair is made out of soybean oil, most often found in vegetable oil. So now there is a better, cheaper, water filter using a common cooking ingredient. This could mean proper, effective water filtration is in reach of developing world communities. https://blog.csiro.au/super-material-filters-sydney-harbour-water/

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