2016 hottest year on record...and more Zedlines

A US government agency has reported that 2016 was the hottest year on record, continuing a streak for the third year of record global warmth.

The State of Climate in 2016 report is compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and based on contributions from around 500 scientists from more than 60 countries.

It states that 2016 surpassed 2015 as the warmest year in 137 years since records began, as a result of long-term global warming and a strong El Nino weather phenomenon of sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean hitting record highs, and that global surface temperatures.

Levels of greenhouse gases CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide were also at record highs with 402.9 parts per million, surpassing 400 parts per million for the first time in both modern atmospheric measurement and ice core records dating back 800 000 years.

Brisbane council awash with food safety questioning

According to the latest food safety complaint data, the cleanliness and quality of food served in Brisbane has been questioned more than 1000 times since April 2016.

The new data reveals 213 complaints have been made about food safety between April and June this year alone.

Brisbane City, Fortitude Valley, South Brisbane, Upper Mount Gravatt and Inala are the suburbs attracting the most complaints.

Despite the number of complaints, Brisbane City Council insists the city's food businesses must meet strict food safety standards, with the Lifestyle and Community Services chairman, Matthew Bourke, stating the council carried out more than 6400 safety inspections in the past year.

Bids for $5 billion defence vehicle contract draw to a close

Today is the final day of testing for a defense force armoured vehicle contract which has pitted Queensland and Victoria against each other.

Although neither of the vehicles being tested are Australian, the manufacturers have promised to set up shop in one of the two states - with the German company Rheinmetall choosing Queensland and the British BAE Systems choosing Victoria.

MP’s and both state governments have become involved in the stoush which will see manufacturing jobs go to the victor and the Palaszczuk government has already said they will invest in Rheinmetall if they are successful.

Refugees to be resettled in Armidale

200 refugees will be resettled in the northern New South Wales town of Armidale from early next year.

From February, humanitarian migrants from Iraq and Syria will begin settling in the town, taking six months to arrive.

The 200 are not part of the original cohort of 12 000 additional refugees the Abbott government pledged to take in 2015 in response to Syrian and Iraqi conflicts, all visas from which have already been assigned and nearly 10 500 have arrived.

Arrivals in Armidale will be housed by Settlement Services International, a contractor of the Department of Social Services, who will also assist with job searching.

Breakthrough discovery identifies major causes of miscarriages and multiple birth defects

A breakthrough medical study has uncovered a major cause for miscarriages and multiple birth defects and could change the way women prepare for pregnancy.

Scientists at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have discovered having low levels of a molecule called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide or NAD, damages embryos in the crucial first weeks of pregnancy when organs start forming.

The ground breaking study also found vitamin B3 taken before and during pregnancy may prevent miscarriages and birth defects caused by NAD deficiency.

Senior researcher professor Sally Dunwoodie says the ramifications from the study are likely to be huge.

Syrian army gains ground on Jordan border

Two rebel groups and a Syrian military source have confirmed the Syrian army and its allies have managed to seize control of at least 30 km of the country’s border in an attack on Thursday.

A military media unit run by Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian government, says the army have gained control over all checkpoints on the border in Sweida, one of the four Syrian provinces that border Jordan.

Much of Syria’s southwestern frontier with Jordan and Israel is still controlled by rebel groups, some backed by Western and Arab states.

The Syrian military source is describing the advance as a "big success".