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A unique immune-system capability in bats which lets them carry but not be affected by fatal diseases could provide clues to help protect people, according to the CSIRO. (Image source: Creative Commons)

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Threatened Japanese stingrays killed in shark nets off Gold Coast

Two threatened Japanese stingrays have been killed in shark nets off Miami on the Gold Coast.

Sea Shepherd spokesperson Natalie Banks says the rays were bitten by sharks most likely after they had been entangled.

The environmental and animal rights activist group have called on the Queensland Government to be more transparent about the by-catch in the nets.

Hospital records show baby Asha burned accidentally

Hospital records released from Lady Cilento regarding the admission of baby Asha stands reveals how she acquired the burns after conflicting reports surfaced last week.

Supporters of the asylum seeker family released the hospital records which state baby Asha accidentally pulled a bowl of boiling water onto herself in her makeshift tent home in detention on Nauru.

The Federal Government has been accused of leaking the investigation of the incident to the media, generating stories suggesting the mother intentionally injured her child to get to Australia.

In national news…

Australia sends doctors and aircraft to aid Fiji, post Cyclone Winston

A Royal Australian Air Force Globemaster carrying urgent humanitarian supplies and personnel has touched down overnight in cyclone-ravaged Fiji.

Four helicopters, which will help carry out disaster assessments will accompany the large military Transport Aircraft also on their way and a RAAF Orion surveillance aircraft is on standby.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says an aeromedical evacuation team of six health workers will provide lifesaving support in remote outer islands.

Bats' disease immunity could 'help' humans

A unique immune-system capability in bats which lets them carry but not be affected by fatal diseases could provide clues to help protect people, according to the CSIRO.

The team found bats keep their immune system switched on all the time, unlike humans who only activate it when we get infected.

The discovery believed to be a world-first, may hold the key to protecting people from deadly diseases like Ebola, and Hendra virus. he research is looking into redirecting other species' immune responses to behave in a similar manner to that of bat.

In international news…

Jat protesters cut off water supply to Delhi

More than 10 million people in India's capital, Delhi, are without water after protesters sabotaged a key canal which supplies around three-fifths of the cities supply.

The army took control of the Munak canal after Jat (d-jat) community protesters seized it, but repairs are expected to take some time. Tankers were dispatched to the area but it will not be enough to make up for the shortfall.

All Delhi's schools have been closed because of the water crisis, and nineteen people have been killed and hundreds hurt in three days of riots.

British scientists uncover how superbugs build their defences

Scientists in Britain have discovered the inner-workings of some superbugs, gaining enough knowledge to begin learning how to treat antibiotic resistant diseases.

The researchers discovered how certain bugs build their defences, bringing them one step closer to defeating superbugs in the future.

The discovery comes as the World Health Organisation warned most antibiotics will be redundant within the century.