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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.

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.

U.S Army to develop biodegradable bullets that turn into plants, and more Zedlines

Could biodegradable bullets help save the environment? (Image source: flickr)

The U.S Army are currently looking to develop biodegradable bullets that would eventually turn into plants.

Empty shells from fired bullets and ammunition contain components that take a hundred or more years to biodegrade, the new ammo will have biodegradable composites embedded with seeds.

The initiative will allow for future proving grounds as well as training grounds worldwide to become a haven for green trees.


Eight billionaires as wealthy as poorest half of the world

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.

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

Prawn farmers demand inquiry following virus outbreak and more Zedlines

The virus, known as white spot disease, was found at five farms near the Logan River and in wild prawns in the river, itself.

Prawn farmers demand inquiry following virus outbreak

Prawn farmers are demanding a full inquiry into the arrival of a devastating new virus, and any quarantine failings that let it come in.

The virus, known as white spot disease, was found at five farms near the Logan River and in wild prawns in the river, itself.

Farmers believe the virus came with prawn imports from infected areas overseas, but the source of the outbreak is not yet known.

Rescue operation for two men and toddler successful

Western Downs Alliance CSG victory against Santos and more Zedlines

Queensland community group Western Downs Alliance has claimed a big win over Santos, forcing changes to the environmental approval of coal seam gas fields in the Surat Basin. (image: Flickr; Sarah Moles)

Concerns related to the multi-billion dollar project include the dumping of millions of litres of wastewater into the Dawson River.

The federal government has now amended the approval meaning Santos will not be able to dump water in the river without strict assessment and approval.


One Nation candidate's event de-funded by council

The Ipswich City council has dropped funding for the Harmony Day event organised by former One Nation candidate Shan Ju Lin for homophobic comments she made on social media.

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

Indian chemical plant changes carbon emissions into baking soda and more Zedlines..

An Indian chemical plant has figured out how to change all of its carbon emissions into baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

The Tuticorin Alkali chemicals plant in Eastern India that has developed this technology says that this process could end up clearing 10 percent of carbon emissions in atmosphere using this technology

While this carbon capture technology is not new, the Alkali Chemicals Plant in Tuticorin is running without subsidies from the government, proving that this process can be efficient.

Study Reveals Pilots Suffer From Suicidal Thoughts ... & More Zedlines

A Harvard University study has found thousands of commercial pilots have experienced suicidal thoughts.

Experts warned pilots might cover up their symptoms of depression for fear of losing their jobs, as they are automatically deemed unfit to fly if diagnosed.

The study comes after the 2015 Germanwings crash, when a pilot suspected of being mentally ill crashed the airliner into the French Alps, killing 150 passengers.

Government Urged to Ditch Toondah Harbour Project