Foreign Affairs

Leopard shark switches to asexual reproduction and more Zedlines

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has shocked scientists by being the first in the world to give birth without a male, after previously mating in the typical way.

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. 

The breakthrough research, now published in Scientific Reports, confirms no male sperm was involved in the eggs' fertilisation. The process is called parthenogenesis, meaning virgin creation in Greek.

Yeelirrie Mine Given the Green Light and more Zedlines

The Western Australian Government has approved Cameco’s Yeelirrie mine proposal despite the Environmental Protection Agency knocking back the proposal last year. (image: Australian manufacturing)

In August last year, the Western Australian watchdog denied Cameco’s proposal due to the fact it failed to protect subterranean fauna, 1 of 9 key environmental factors.

State Development Minister Bill Marmoin believes the uranium industry has the potential to economically benefit the state.

It was discovered the proposed mining site in Northern Goldfields is home to tiny stygofauna and troglofauna.

6 People Rescued in Outback Queensland

Brisbane the most affordable city for private schooling and more Zedlines

Brisbane is the most affordable city when it comes to private schools according to new research. (image: wikimedia)

The Planning for Education Index released by The Australian Scholarship Group has forecasted the cost of private education for a child born in 2017 to be $372,037 - 24% below the national average.

Comparatively, Brisbane is the third most expensive city, behind Melbourne and Sydney, for public schooling, with the average cost being $60,135.


New construction proposals made to state government

Building Queensland is asking the state government to consider starting a host of new construction projects.

Fifth crocodile sighting in 10 days in Fitzroy River, and more Zedlines

Why are crocs moving further south? (Image source: flickr)

There have been reports of five crocodile sightings within the last 10 days around the area of Fitzroy River, in Rockhampton.

A spokesperson from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said wildlife officers are actively monitoring the area.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any sightings to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.


BOM issues flood warning for Bremar River

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued minor flood warnings for the Bremer River, especially around Rosewood Township.

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

Brexit a ‘disaster’ for UK’s Universities and more Zedlines..

University academics are warning of the disastrous effect that Brexit will have on tertiary education in the UK.

At a meeting recently held at the University of Oxford, the Education Select Committee listened to warnings about the financial impact of losing European research funding in Universities.

There are also fears that Brexit could see a loss in European Union students, as Cambridge University has already seen a 14% drop in EU applications for autumn this year.

Labor calls for LNP preference clarity over latest One Nation LGBTI comments

New asbestos data for Queensland state schools and more Zedlines...

The asbestos register for Queensland schools has been updated, revealing over 30,000 instances of ‘confirmed’ asbestos.

Asbestos materials such as ceilings, wall sheeting, or guttering do not pose a threat unless disturbed and are rated in the register from "negligible hazard" to "needs attention."

Parents can learn whether asbestos is present in their child’s school, by visiting the registry online on the Education Queensland website.

Sick and aged care residents support euthanasia legalisation

The Victorian health system could be the first in Australia to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients, with a bill to pass through parliament later this year.

Tigerair flights to Bali cancelled today and more Zedlines...

Tigerair flights in and out of Bali have been cancelled today as the airline’s dispute with the Indonesian government continues.

The Indonesian government accuses Tigerair of not following the conditions of its license which revolves around ticketing arrangements.

Tigerair says in a statement they are working with the Indonesian government and are moving towards meeting those requirements.

Furthering agriculture education for Brisbane students

120 agriculture teachers from regional areas have attended a conference in Brisbane to learn the latest in agriculture and take the new information back to their students.

Expedition for Bona Vista and Jenny Lind shipwrecks begin and more Zedlines

A team of 11 scientists have departed from Bundaberg in search of a number of famous shipwrecks in the Coral Sea. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

The group will travel 500km off the East Coast to Kenn’s reef in search of wreckage from ships known to have gone down in the area during the 19th century.

The main item of desire is the Bona Vista which was lost in 1828.

Wheelie bin used to trap crocodile metres from playground in North Queensland

Telescope to enhance search for distant planets and more Zedlines

One of the world’s largest telescopes will be altered to allow it to search for habitable planets in the nearest star system. (Image Source: Flickr)

The European Space Observatory’s telescope in Chile will now be able to more effectively search for planets in Alpha Centauri.

The changes will permit the telescope to drown out stellar light that affects the visibility of dimmer planets, increasing their visibility from Earth.

Further advancements planned for the 2020’s will enhance astronomers’ understanding on the nature of the star system.

Wall Collapses at Brisbane School