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Cosmic rays come from extragalactic sources and more zedlines...

An international team of scientists have discovered high-energy cosmic rays that hit Earth come from outside our galaxy. Photo from Pixabay.

These rays, first recorded about 50 years ago, are charged particles hitting the Earth’s atmosphere, but unlike low-energy rays that come from the sun or exploded stars, scientists had been unable to determine the cause or where they came from.

The team studied 10 years’ worth of data from the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, concluding that the high-energy cosmic rays come from an extragalactic source approximately 326 million light years away, but were unable to determine how they are created.

The team will now try to find a more direct source.

Queenslanders lose $215 million to Pokies and more Zedlines

Queenslanders lost a record 215 million in one month to casino and hotel gambling, which equates to an average loss of more than $280,000 every hour per day (Image Credits: Pcb21).

The figures were revealed by a Fairfax Media analysis of open data published by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.


Over the 12 months to July, that figure ballooned to $2.28 billion, a marginal increase on the previous year's $2.27 billion.


Queensland nursing exchange program links city and country


Four nurses have exchanged jobs for three months as part of the State Government's Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program.


Discovery of new known life forms by UQ researchers and more Zedlines

Research by the University of Queensland has uncovered over 8,000 new life forms, representing a near 10 per cent increase in known genomes (Image credits: Herney).

Researchers have stated the discovery means they are much closer to fully representing the microbial world.


A.C.E Co-researcher Dr Donovan Parks believes fully understanding the microbial world lays the foundation for critical biogeochemical and industrial processes in the future.


Study shows Australian Consumers more Pessimistic and Queensland construction struggling  


Deloitte’s latest Access Economics report says people are spending more but are feeling more pessimistic, with consumer sentiment shifting downwards.


Florida animals from Zoo Miami have seen a change in scenery since the arrival of Hurricane Irma.  

The zoo has relocated smaller fragile animals such as Pink flamingoes to concrete bunkers, which is an upgrade from previous hurricanes, where flamingoes found themselves locked in toilet blocks for protection.

Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill says the Zoo is as ready as they can be and that workers have scrambled to secure animals and finish testing emergency equipment.

Larger animals including elephants, lions and apes have not been evacuated, but their enclosures have been heavily fortified.

Occupation of Lytton Road House

The Anti Poverty Network SEQ recently occupied a house in Lytton Road to demonstrate the amount of houses that are unoccupied. They believe these houses should be become available and repurposed to the homeless community in Brisbane. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to an organiser from Anti Poverty Network SEQ, Feargal McGovern during the occupation and also later about what the occupation was about and what went down. 

Image credit: Jack McDonnell 

Update on The TPP

On Monday the 28th of August, Australian Fair Trade Investment Network in partnership with the Australian Council of Trade Unions, held a rally protesting the Trans Pacific Partnership. Brisbane Line reporter Jack McDonnell spoke with Dr Patricia Ranald the coordinator of AFTINET about the current status of the TPP and what went on at the rally.

National Op Shop Weeks Needs Your Help

Photo used with permission from Jon Dee

National Op Shop Week hopes to inspire Australians to support their local Op Shops and the programs they pay for.

Running from the 27th August, events will be held across the country, and will be supported by media personalities Craig Reucassel and Gretel Killeen.

4ZZZ reporter, Nicole Keramos spoke to the event's founder, activist Jon Dee about how vital quality donations are to Op Shops and to the projects they support.


To find out more about National Op Shop week, go to:

Artificial intelligence fighting deforestation in Congo

New artificial intelligence technologies capable of predicting where deforestation is most likely to occur could help the Democratic Republic of Congo cut carbon commissions and protect its quickly shrinking rainforest.

The technology has predicted that woods covering an area the size of Luxembourg will be cut down by 2025, releasing 205 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Scientists widely agree that preserving rainforests is the cheapest and most effective way to reduce the carbon emissions that drive global warming.

Congo’s rainforest is the second largest in the world after the Amazon, but is under constant pressure from farming, mining, logging, and infrastructure developments.


A change is in the West End

If you have lived in West End for a significant amount of time you may have noticed the area around you has been changing.  The increase of population, rental and property prices has the suburb once known for it’s bohemian atmosphere transforming into Brisbane’s latest gentrified hub, forcing lower income earners out. 

Story by Liana Walker

Amazon reserve opened for mining and more zedlines...

The Brazilian government will strip the protection of a national reserve in the Amazon to allow commercial mineral exploration, to stimulate the country’s economy. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Located in the northern states of Amapa and Para, the amazonian reserve is larger than the size of Denmark, and contains resources such as manganese, gold and iron.

It’s also home to biodiverse wildlife and indigenous populations.

Brazil’s president Michel Temer insisted environmental protection laws will be followed, yet the move has attracted criticism from environmentalists and political opponents.

Mining companies required to hire more employees locally