Space lover's ashes will orbit the earth and more Zedlines...

Family of Canberra man and space lover, Simon Reidy, has sent his ashes up to space to embark on a two year orbit around the earth. (Image source: NASA)

In February, his remains will be launched in a spacecraft on a sun-synchronous orbit, passing every location in the world from above.

His loved ones will be able to track the spacecraft via a phone app.

His sister said it “will make her feel connected to her brother as she celebrates his life and comes to terms with his tragic death.”

Search for trawler that sank off Queensland coast continues

Authorities said hopes are fading as the search for six fisherman who went missing after their trawler capsized and sank off the central Queensland coast on Monday night.

Police said although they’ve recovered debris from the trawler, there is no sign of the missing fisherman.

One of the crew members were rescued yesterday, but six men are still missing.

‘Very high crash risk’ for 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Queensland Government has announced a ‘very high crash risk’ on the M1 during the commonwealth games next year.

The prediction from the Department of Transport and Main roads M1 management plan, stated: “significant road safety risk” for motorists with “a high risk of poor travel time reliability”.

The M1 has been plagued by traffic problems for years, and the expected traffic for the commonwealth games will far exceed the motorway’s capacity.

Over the duration of the games, it has forecasted all-day congestion in the southbound lanes over a 33 kilometre strip, from Coomera to Tugun.

Australian special forces in the limelight

A new exhibition is opening today at the Australian War Memorial and will reveal the secret activities of Australia’s special forces personnel who are deployed overseas.

It features 25 rare interviews and 660 objects including uniforms, equipment, and awards.

The exhibition entitled “From the Shadows” will run for 12 months.

Raqqa free of IS

After a final battle for a stadium complex, the Islamic state group has lost its battle with Raqqa.

US Authorities supporting the SDF with critical airstrikes said 90% of the city is under their control, but there still remains about 100 IS fighters.

Authorities are still searching for sleeper cells and booby traps, but this signifies a major moment.

Raqqa’s town square used to be the scene for IS military parades, public executions and beheadings, spreading fear amongst citizens.

American writer wins prestigious award

Author George Saunders has won the booker prize for his first novel Lincoln in the Bardo.

Beating five other nominees, he won almost 85 thousand dollars alongside the award title.

The book tells the story of the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and his son Willie who dies at age 11 from Typhoid fever.