Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

Paniyiri Greek Festival on this weekend!

Brisbane will once again play host to the Paniyiri Greek Festival, for the 41st time since its launch in 1976.

Live entertainment and food will be aplenty at the cultural fiesta, as patrons enjoy anything and everything Greek, from honey puff eating competitions, to grape stomping and even a performance in celebration of the Hellenic Dancers 40th anniversary.

The event will take place over the upcoming weekend at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane.

 

WWF demands government do more to protect koalas

The World Wildlife Fund are calling upon the Queensland and New South Wales governments to do more to protect our koalas as figures show a rapid decline in numbers along what is known as the ‘Koala Coast’.

Dr Martin Taylor of the WWF estimates around 180 koalas died between 2013 and 2015 in South-east Queensland alone due to bulldozing and demolition of habitat.

Dr Taylor went on to say that the redevelopment of these habitats brought further threats like cats and dogs, with statistics showing an already staggering 80% decrease in population within the last two decades.

 

Bringing Them Home report, 20 years on

Calls are being made for an overhaul of Indigenous policies surrounding the Bringing Them Home report, which will be marked by a breakfast event in Canberra next Tuesday, 20 years after the original report was tabled in Parliament.

The Healing Foundation, who is hosting the breakfast, plans to provide a new report to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, who are both attending the event, which includes better approaches surrounding intergenerational trauma amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

May 26 marks 20 years since the landmark Bringing Them Home report was presented to the Howard government, which extensively documented the experiences of those of the Stolen Generation.

 

Australians are swapping clothes to reduce fashion waste

More Australians are making a conscious effort to reduce their clothing waste, by op shopping and attending clothes-swapping events.

Ethical shoppers have found their decisions to buy pre-loved or recycled wear is being made easier by the amount of clothes-swapping pop-ups happening around the country.

The fashion industry is the second-most polluting after oil and gas and Australia is one of the biggest fashion-wasting countries worldwide, with the average Australian throwing away up to thirty kilograms of clothing each year that often ends up in landfill.

The temptation of buying cheap clothes for fast fashion has a negative impact on not only the environment but on modern slavery overseas.

 

Millions of Indian women dropping out of work

A team of researchers from World Bank are currently looking into why millions of women in India are dropping out of work, following a 53% labour drop amongst women aged 15 to 24.

The unpreceded drop in women’s participation in the workforce could be attributed to marriage, motherhood, vexed gender relations, biases and patriarchy, however the researchers found the drop could be partly due to the recent expansion of secondary education and rapidly changing social norms.

This could be a matter of concern, as India is poised to increase economic growth and foster development, this means it is necessary to ensure the labour force is fully inclusive of women.