Onion skin cells used to make artificial muscles that really work

Onion skin cells used to make artificial muscles that really work

Scientists at National Taiwan University have used the epidermal cells of an onion to create an artificial muscle that can bend, contract and expand on cue, and can even pick up a cotton ball. Now they just have to make it stronger.
Could organic compost help save the Great Barrier Reef?

Could organic compost help save the Great Barrier Reef?

Pasture trials on a Central Queensland beef farm show that using organic compost instead of synthetic fertiliser can be a win-win for farmers and the reef, minimising run-off while slashing input costs and boosting yield, fodder quality and soil health.
Nuffield Australia offers a record number of farming scholarships for 2017

Nuffield Australia offers a record number of farming scholarships for 2017

The annual Nuffield Australia farm scholarships recognise young farmers helping to advance their chosen agricultural sectors, opening doors to a global community of likeminded scholars and experts in the field. This year, there are more scholarships up for grabs than ever before: get your applications in by June 30.
WA start-up turns coffee grounds into mushrooming profits

WA start-up turns coffee grounds into mushrooming profits

Two forward-thinking former FIFO workers are using city café waste as the basis for a sustainable mushroom-farming venture that’s making healthy profits with minimal overheads.