Tasmanian Island to Harness Energy From Waves

The waters around King Island (in the Bass Strait off of Tasmania, Australia) will host a new technological unit that features an artificial “blowhole” to capture energy from the movement of waves. Funded by federal grants and private investors, this Wave Swell Energy renewable resource experiment will provide data about the system’s potential for expansion to nearby areas with adequate swells. Current research estimates that …

Word of Mouth: Hobart

Modern art, pub grub, fine dining and more in the tiny island state

Whether you’re visiting Tasmania for Dark MOFO or simply to see what life’s like at the other end of the world, there’s a lot to do on this little Australian island. Hobart, the state’s capital, has a rich history despite a sometimes forgotten past and the undoubtedly inaccurate reputation that the destination was sweet but dull. Thanks to ever-changing whisky and wine industries, an exciting …

Winemakers Tap Scientists for Better Bubbles

Funded by the Wine Australia organization, with additional support from several winemakers, a new scientific study is underway to improve Tasmanian wine quality and bubbles—as well as increase cost efficiency during the maturation process. Led by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, the study explores various winemaking techniques and specifically the practice of autolysis, which dates back to the Romans. This process, frequently used in premium …