Discovery of new known life forms by UQ researchers and more Zedlines

Research by the University of Queensland has uncovered over 8,000 new life forms, representing a near 10 per cent increase in known genomes (Image credits: Herney).

Researchers have stated the discovery means they are much closer to fully representing the microbial world.


A.C.E Co-researcher Dr Donovan Parks believes fully understanding the microbial world lays the foundation for critical biogeochemical and industrial processes in the future.


Study shows Australian Consumers more Pessimistic and Queensland construction struggling  


Deloitte’s latest Access Economics report says people are spending more but are feeling more pessimistic, with consumer sentiment shifting downwards.


Queensland is set to face more troubles, with many of the sunshine state’s projects moving past their peak construction workforce two years ago.


However, this year could be a ‘turnaround’ year for Queensland if employment growth continues to grow at its January and July levels of 2.7 percent according to the report.  



UN recommends reducing rates of indigenous incarceration and removal


The United Nations criticised Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Government on its routine incarceration of Indigenous youths.  


UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights Victoria Tauli-Corpuz says the lack of progress to improve education, health and employment infrastructure for Indigenous people has fuelled escalating incarceration rates.


The report shows that children as young as 10 years old are being incarcerated, underlining Australia’s failure in achieving its “Close the gap” targets.


Mandatory bike helmet debate rages on ahead of policy review


For over 50 years, Bicycle Network have been a stern supporter and influencer of laws for cyclists on the road, but recent support for helmets in the network has started to decline.


A survey by the Bicycle Network of public support for helmet laws has seen a resounding response for abolishing the laws.


The survey has already received over 10,000 responses and with a policy review into mandatory helmet laws to begin in April 2018, the results of the survey could be a major influencer.


200 children die at refugee camps due to malnutrition


Over 200 children have died over the last week in the refugee camps in Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilla’s in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh.  


Nasima Yesmin, the director of the Cox’s Bazar-based NGO Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK), said most of the Rohingya children have been facing serious health issues since the crisis began.


A shortage of baby food and proper care, an inability of weakened mothers to breastfeed properly, and the spread of diseases has been causing these deaths in the Bangladesh-Myanmar border areas.


Qatar foreign minister urges UN to take action


The Qatari Foreign Minister has said the diplomatic blockade against Qatar and its Gulf neighbours is a Human Rights Violation and urged the UN to take action.


Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a land, air and sea blockade


The group then issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera, limiting ties with Iran, and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country as a prerequisite.