3D printed viruses helping regional Queenslanders understand disease and more Zedlines

Rockhampton’s Central Queensland University is using 3D printing technology to teach regional Queensland students about viruses and biomedical science.

The university’s engineering and medical departments have combined to 3D print replicas of microscopic viruses such as polio, ebola, zika, and the common cold.

Senior Lecturer in Biology Padraig Strappe believes that being able to hold and observe the physical structure of these pathogens is important in understanding how they infect, mutate, and are attacked by pathogens.

 

Late Dr Evelyn Scott AO to receive state funeral

The Premier has announced that prominent Indigenous rights activist Dr Evelyn Scott will receive a state funeral in Townsville this week, making her the first Aboriginal woman to receive that honour.

Dr Scott, who passed away last week, was a leader and a champion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and a prominent driver of the 1967 referendum that led to a new era of legal recognition for our Indigenous population.

She went on to serve as the first general-secretary of the Indigenous controlled Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in the 1970s and later served as Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says that, thanks to Dr Scott, more Australians have dared to dream.

 

New campaign to raise the smoking age to 21

An Australian mining magnate is lobbying federal and state governments to raise the legal smoking age to 21 in a move to fight lung cancer.

Andrew Forrest believes raising the age would prevent young people from becoming addicted and save the government up to 3.1 billion dollars in associated economic strain every year.

The campaign is based on numbers that suggest 90 per cent of adult smokers are already addicted to tobacco by the age of 21.

Mr Forrest says tobacco companies must be held accountable for the suffering they have caused Australians and cannot be allowed to continue to prey on our youth.

 

Failures to prevent Aboriginal deaths in custody

The death of a young Indigenous man in Tamworth last month is shining a light on the failings of the Australian system to record and prevent Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Corrective Services New South Wales has recorded 106 deaths in custody since mid-2012, of which 13 were Indigenous men.

Many of these deaths have been found to have breached the recommendations of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, which stated that Aboriginal prisoners should not be placed in isolated detention.

The Australian media has also drawn criticism for failing to report the death until almost a week after it occurred, with an Indigenous media outlet observing the death of a giant crocodile drew more media attention than Chatfield’s death in custody.

 

People climbing Mount Agung despite eruption fears

Indonesian authorities are condemning the reckless behaviour and irresponsible actions of three men who climbed to the peak of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano ahead of its expected eruption.

The video emerged online, showing the three men standing near the crater of the volcano, and steam can be seen smoldering in the background.

Authorities are concerned the footage may provoke copy-cat behaviour in an area that no one should enter until it is deemed safe.

Volcanologists say that the past week's escalation in tremors indicates an eruption is more likely than not, but cannot pinpoint exactly when it will happen.

 

Austria implements ‘Burqa Ban’

A law banning the Burqa in Austria came into effect on Sunday, joining other European countries in outlawing the garment.

Of approximately 9 million people living in Austria, there are only 100-150 Muslim women, 0.002% of the population, who wear the burqa.

Austrian officials have defended the law labelled as a “Prohibition on the Covering of the Face” as being religiously neutral.

Activists have labelled the law has an attack on religious freedom and violators could face fines of $180.