One third of Brisbane Ibis population disappears + more Zedlines

The Brisbane Ibis population has dropped 30% in the past financial year from 4712 to 3228 ibises, and it is unclear if the population will ever recover from the drop. (Image credit: Pixabay)

Griffith University urban ecologist Professor Darryl Jones says 70 per cent of Ibis interactions recorded across South Bank, City botanic gardens and Roma street parklands.

The Brisbane city council received 35 complaints per year for the last two years, with the largest complaint areas being Brisbane city, Chermside, Forest Lake, Nudgee, South Brisbane and Wynnum.

Multi-million dollar koala conservation facility approved for Brisbane’s south-west

Koala research is at the centre of a new $2 million facility in Brisbane’s south-west.

Working with universities and other research institutions, the center will focus on breed and release programs, and seek to enlighten how koalas coexist with the urban environment.

The research center was recently approved by council and construction is expected within the next few months.The facility is expected to open late 2018.

Australia celebrates World Mental Health Day

Today marks World Mental Health Day, a day to increase raise education, advocacy and knowledge of mental health.

In celebration of the day, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation have launched an online health gateway featuring a number of free and low-cost apps to provide support for those worried about their mental health.

Beyondblue have also launched the Know When Anxiety is Talking campaign, in an effort to raise awareness for Anxiety and to urge people to seek help if they are affected by anxiety.

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Cyber thieves steal defence contractor files

The Federal government will reveal today cyber-thieves hacked into the computer system of a national security contractor.

The hacking occurred last year, with intruders having access to the IT network for a long period of time, stealing a large amount of data.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre learned of the incident last November, Assistant Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan says it is unclear who staged the attack, but foreign powers are not out of the picture.

The ACSC identified a 15 per cent increase of cyber attacks over the past financial year.

17-year-old Pakistani scientist makes scientific discovery

17-year-old Pakistani scientist Muhammad Shaheer Niazi's research on electric honeycomb was recently published in the Royal Society Open Science journal.

The high school student from Pakistan's city of Lahore managed to photograph the movement of ions that forms the honeycomb besides recording the heat found on the surface of oil which no one has done before.

Mr Niazi hopes to attend a prestigious university to continue his research and eventually win another Nobel Prize for Pakistan for his scientific discovery.

Women march for Israeli-Palestinian peace

5000 Israeli and Palestinian women have trekked through a biblical desert landscape, converging on the shores of the Jordan River in a march for peace.

Amira Zidan, an Arab Israeli mother of one of the Women Wage Peace’s founders said they marched because they believed women can bring something different and new in an environment where men only believe in war.

The organisation was established after the 50-day Gaza war of 2014 when more than 2100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed.

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