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Moon dust sample expected to sell for up to $5 million and more Zedlines

A collection bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong on the first manned mission to the Moon in 1969 is expected to be auctioned for up to 5 million dollars.

The sample, collected during the Apollo 11 mission, is 30 by 20 centimetres in size and contains traces of moon dust, giving it an estimated worth of 2.52 to 5.05 million dollars.

The item was misidentified and sold at an online government auction in 2015 for $1,255.

NASA fought to recover the sample but in December, a federal judge ruled that it legally belonged to the Chicago-based woman who purchased it at the auction.

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New research indicates humans reached Australia at least 65 thousand years ago and more zedlines...

A new excavation of a rock shelter near Kakadu National Park indicates humans reached Australia at least sixty five thousand years ago, which is nearly eighteen thousands years earlier than experts had believed. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

The discovery was made after archeologists conducted sophisticated dating of sediments and confirms the historical and cultural importance of the archaeological site.

Chris Clarkson from the University of Queensland says the new date would have a big impact on our understanding of when humans left Africa and moved through what is now called South-East Asia.  

 

Pig's head left outside Islamic Primary School 

Indigenous Queenslanders encouraged to develop computer coding skills

Eight indigenous communities will benefit from 157 thousand dollars in grants to support the delivery of STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities.

Aurukun , Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, North Burnett, Paroo and Townsville were announced to be the communities that will benefit from computer coding based skills programs.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the program was specifically designed to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university.

NSW mega-piggery plans get shut down and more Zedlines...

Controversial plans for a large scale piggery in southern New South Wales have been shut down amidst environmental concerns.

Regional New South Wales operation, Blantyre Farms, applied to build a new $12 million piggery with the capacity to hold 25,000 animals near Harden but Hilltops Council have formally rejected the application following a public forum where over 40 people spoke for and against the development.

Council administrator Wendy Tuckerman said she had no option but to reject it, and mentioned the council are not legally bound to continue with the plans because the general terms of agreement were not approved by state agencies.

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

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Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

QLD targeting zero net emissions by 2050 and other Zedlines

The state government has voiced its plan to target zero net emissions in Queensland by 2050 (Image:Wikimedia).

Queensland is currently the heaviest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions when ranked against the other states and territories in Australia, releasing over 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions in 2015 alone.

Deputy Premier of Queensland Jackie Trad, insisted that the plan is vital in helping Australia meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement.

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QPS VS Towing Company

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has become embroiled in a conflict with towing company tow.com.au, who are contracted to impound cars caught doing burnouts, racing or other hooning behavior at a cost to the driver.

QPS has ordered an injunction against the company to prevent them from texting car owners to call Police Minister Mark Ryan about disputed impoundment fees and the QPS is threatening drop tow.com.au.

The towing company alleges they are in debt for 10 million dollars and is demanding payment from the Queensland Police for their services.

Queensland to become leader in clean energy growth

The Palaszczuk government have unveiled plans to become the leader in clean energy growth by the year 2050.

Camel escapes from NT Circus

Northern Territory police have been led on a wild camel chase after the runaway animal escaped from a local Circus.

The camel put peak hour traffic at a standstill while it proceeded to evade recapture by circus workers and police.

It was eventually restrained on the ninth green of a golf course, not quite making it to the bar.

Construction on New England Highway begins

Construction has begun on new overtaking lanes on the New England Highway between Yarraman and Toowoomba.

The seven million dollar project will add an extra 1.3 kilometers of road and provide motorists more opportunities f to overtake safely.

Only 10% of year 12 students are studying a different language and more Zedlines...

The percentage of year 12 students studying a different language in year 12 has decreased from 40% in 1960 to 10% in 2016 despite Australia becoming more culturally diverse.

Assistant Professor at the University of Melbourne Ruth Fielding argues that Australia’s multilingual diversity is being stifled by a monolingual culture and approach to curriculum in schools.

Bilingualism is a skill most people will benefit from and is highly likely that students today will use it in their future jobs. 

 

 

Guidance on sale of sugary beverages

 

Queensland Health has offered guidelines to Queensland hospitals regarding the sale of sugary drinks.

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