Science and Technology

 

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.

A street artist paints a powerful anti-Adani mural on the wall of the Greens Office in New Farm and more Zedlines

The painting depicts Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk holding a gun pointed at Nemo, from Disney’s Finding Nemo, with “REEF KILLER” written next to it.

 Sydney artist Scott Marsh says he is absolutely disgusted by the Adani Carmichael mine, and vowed to continue producing Adani-inspired artworks.

 

 

Queensland in full swing for National Reconciliation Week.

Infrastructure and public spaces in Brisbane are lighting up to create awareness  for National Reconciliation and will be lit until June 3.

Brisbane City Council has released a ‘green, clean sustainable report’, aiming to make Brisbane a global top-10 lifestyle city by 2031 and more Zedlines 

The plan outlines a boost in public transport and cycling, reduction of carbon emissions and improvement of natural habitats and urban forests. 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk labelled the plan as the council's most ambitious environmental agenda in the city's history - while Council's opposition leader Peter Cumming said the plan was a PR document lacking substance. 
 
The 87 page document cost more than $30 000 to produce. 
 

 

A private vet has confirmed a case of  Hendra virus in a pony paddock in the Gold Coast Hinterland. 
 
The infected pony was not vaccinated against the disease, and was later euthanised.

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

Australia’s first poo-powered car and more Zedlines...

The Queensland Urban Utilities treatment plant have introduced Australia’s first poo-powered car named the Mitsubishi i-MiEW.

 
After the plant captured waste from about three hundred thousand Brisbane residents, the sewage was fed into a cogeneration unit which generated electricity for the car.

QUU spokesman Justin Poulus says the company is now investigating how to purify the gas so it could be a standalone product as the gas extracted from the waste is still too low in purity to run a gas-fired car.

Tougher, Safer Laws for Queensland Construction Workers

Proposal to reintroduce Dingoes and other Zedlines

Reintroducing dingoes to areas they have previously inhabited could be the key to controlling feral cats and red foxes.

The Department of Agriculture estimates damage caused by foxes costs the government up to $227 million each year, and these predators are responsible for the extinction of at least 20 native animals.

A recent study fronted by Thomas Newsome of Deakin University suggests dingoes could drive off the feral foxes and cats while not posing the same risk to endangered animals.

Online delivery hurting small business

Small regional business is struggling to compete with supermarket online delivery services, according to business owners across Queensland.

Qld artist using plastics to highlight growing waste issue and more Zedlines

An artist out of North Queensland is using art to highlight the growing issue of waste within Australia (Image: Getty Images).

Through maths and a passion for environmental awareness, Alison McDonald has created an inventive 19 piece exhibit using simple geometric patterns and 100% recycled materials.

Ms McDonald’s captivating and interactive exhibit aims to demonstrate the effect an individual can have by simply being mindful of the waste they are creating.

LNP’s no body, no parole policy dropped
The Liberal National Party has failed to get its ‘no body, no parole’ policy into the government’s parole board bill.

Palaszczuk response to One Nation false expense allegations and more Zedlines

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has responded to allegations that senior figures within the One Nation Party had attempted to submit false expense claims to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The allegations lodged against One Nation have been referred to law enforcement bodies.

Palaszczuk says that if investigations into the allegations reveal any gaps Electoral laws that could be used by politicians to defraud taxpayers, those gaps would be filled by the Labor party.

Her response follows as a leaked recording of a One Nation meeting, in which Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff, James Ashby, posed the party charge an inflated price for campaign materials.

Dugong Numbers Rise in the Great Barrier Reef

Research from Sydney’s James Cook University has shown dugong calf populations in the Great Barrier Reef have made a comeback after they were wiped out due to their seagrass food supply being damaged from Cyclone Yasi and the subsequent flooding in 2011.

In a survey, scientists estimated that there are more than 5500 dugongs in the Queensland and New South Wales region, over half of which were in The Reef’s world heritage area.

Thriving dugong numbers can be an indicator of good ecosystem health as they play an integral ecological role in The Reef, but further surveys will be conducted every 5 years to monitor the marine animals’ progress.

 

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