Science savvy kids and more Zedlines

Citizen science raised to new heights, with kids signing up to help document Australian species in app ‘Atlas Living Australia’.

Wildlife spotter aims to make science fun while adding to a national database of Australian species. 

Children take and upload photos identifying their finds and those made by others.

Australian University evolution ecologist Professor Craig Moritz says “it actually gets kids out in the real world getting interested in our biodiversity."



A strategy to strengthen the future of volunteering

A call to action for women's health and more Zedlines

The International Day of Action for Women’s Health advocates women’s rights and promotes the sexual and reproductive health movement worldwide.

This year’s campaign highlighted the extreme consequences resulting from a narrow approach to women’s health.

The institutional violence was accepted and enforced by the State through the denial of sexual and reproductive health services and rights.


150 gather in Brisbane in support of Australia’s peacekeepers.

About one-hundred-and-fifty people gather in Brisbane City for a march to mark the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in international peacekeeping missions.

New Zealand launches battery powered rocket into space and more Zedlines

A 3D printed, battery powered rocket has been launched from the remote Mahia Peninsula, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday. Image: Flickr

The launch is a step towards overcoming financial and logistical barriers to space, and makes New Zealand a new potential space hub.
The Los Angeles and New Zealand based space firm said it is working to get satellites into orbit regularly for companies, while increasing the number of launch opportunities. 

The firm spent the last four years testing out the rocket and finally got approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration which is monitoring the flight.

Queensland Globe gets a revamp

Dutton's deadline leaves asylum seekers with "impossible choice"

Asylum seekers living in the community for years have been told they would have only four months to lodge complicated applications or face a loss of government payments or deportation.

On Sunday, Peter Dutton made a case against what he called “fake refugees.” He gave the roughly 7,500 asylum seekers in Australia who had not yet lodged claims until October 1 to do so or face the removal of government welfare and the prospect of deportation.

Young girl escapes an aggressive sea lion and more Zedlines

A sea lion has dragged a young girl underwater in Vancouver.

The girl was sitting on the edge of a dock with a crowd of onlookers watching the sea lion, when it reached up and grabbed her by her dress, pulling under.

A man believed to be a relative of the girl jumped in after her, bringing her back to safety. She appeared unharmed.


Over the next two weeks more than 2600 Year 9 students will gather across Australia for Young Leader’s ‘Altitude Day’ series.

The series is a two-week national roadshow that celebrates the positive change that young people are able to make in the world.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.


Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.


Senate Inquiry into Centrelink Debt Program and other Zedlines...

The final hearing of a senate inquiry into Centrelink’s Automated Debt Program will take place today in Canberra. (Image: Wikipedia)

The inquiry comes after more than two hundred thousand individuals have received false debt recovery letters, making one in five of the notices inaccurate.

Anglicare Australia, who are attending the hearing today, say that Centrelink is creating fear among citizens when it is the agency responsible for assisting those most in need.


Fairfax Spends Half a Billion on Redundancies

Fairfax Media have spent half a billion dollars on redundancies in the past nine years, a senate inquiry has found.

Closure of Manus Island to start in two weeks and more Zedlines

Australia’s Refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island will begin closure within the next two weeks, with asylum seekers told to consider their options. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The centre will officially close its doors on the 31st of October this year, with temporary accommodation being offered to those who are found to be seeking refuge.

Refugees will have the option to reside in Papua New Guinea or return home, but none will be re-settled in Australia.

New amendments to ride-sharing legislation have been recommended in Queensland
An inordinate amount of amendments to ride-sharing laws are set to be put to Queensland parliament.

Dutton "caught out lying" on Manus Island events, says Greens senator

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has some explaining to do.

That’s the sentiment from Greens senator for Tasmania, Nick McKim, who travelled to Manus Island last week on a fact-finding mission almost a month after an outburst of violence saw a group of Papua New Guinean Navy personnel fire weapons into the detention centre.