Women's Issues

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.

The moths have it... better listeners make for better partners and more zedlines

University of Melbourne researchers have found that Charles Darwin’s theory that a female’s choice of mate could drive the evolution of mating signals in males may well be correct. Picture source: flickr

Almost 150 years after Charles Darwin first proposed his theory of sexual selection, University of Melbourne researchers have found that male moths with larger antennae are better at detecting female signals in order to ‘win’ the competition of mating success.

Professor Elgar said their results show that females may have a significant and largely unrecognised role in the sexual selection of the elaborate antennae of moths.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.


Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.


Antarctica is going green!? and more Zedlines...

Researchers say climate change is turning Antarctica green. Image source: Wikimedia

A study suggests global warming has spiked plant growth in the continent over the last fifty years.

Rising temperatures have increased the rate of moss growth in the region by four to five times since the 1950s.

Co-author of the research Matt Amesbury from the University of Exeter said while Antarctica will not become entirely green, it is likely to become greener than it currently is.


Queensland government offering Adani a ‘royalties holiday’

Side of avocado with that house deposit? - and more Zedlines...

The avo on toast obsession has taken another turn, as new townhouses in Brisbane’s southwest are being offered alongside the promise of a year’s worth of free avocado on toast. Image source: Good Free Photos

The townhouses in Sherwood, which are going for nearly $600 thousand, are described as featuring “chic design elements” and “quality craftsmanship,” but the real hook is the year’s supply of avocado on toast, once a weekend from nearby cafes.

Real Estate Agent Cameron Crouch said the marketing stunt is aimed at the younger generation, and was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek response to a column which ran in the Australian last year, which chastised young prospective home buyers for spending too much money on brunches rather than saving for a deposit.


Forests discovered using photo-interpretation tool, and more Zedlines

Vast stretches of undocumented forests, equal to 60% of Australia’s landmass, have been discovered using a new tool to analyse the surface of the earth. Image source: Pixabay

The research was led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and included teams of scientists and students from 15 organisations, including the University of Adelaide.

The researchers carried out their analysis using photo-interpretation tool, Collect Earth, and discovered 467 hectares of what was considered dry land in Australia, was actually dense forest.

University of Adelaide's plant conservation biology chairman, Professor Andrew Lowe said the findings mean scientists now have a new resource that can help mitigate climate change.


Don’t even Pokémon Go there and more zedlines...

A Russian blogger has been found guilty of inciting religious hatred after playing interactive smartphone game Pokémon Go inside a Russian Orthodox church. Image source: Flickr.

Twenty-two year old, Ruslan Sokolovsky, posted a video to YouTube last year using strong language to mock Christianity and compared Jesus Christ to a Pokémon character.

In the video which has received almost 2 million views, Sokolovsky said he had decided to play the popular game inside the church because he had seen a news report saying people who did so could be fined or jailed.

Rollout of Commonwealth Games train fleet delayed

Design issues have delayed the rollout of new Gold Coast trains that are being brought in to accommodate for additional commuters during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Image source: wikimedia)

The $4.4 billion fleet, which is being built in India, was halted after the State Government discovered significant problems with driver visibility, braking systems, air-conditioning and ventilation.

Transport Minister Jackie Trad had hoped that some of the 15 extra trains needed would have been deployed by the end of 2016.

NSW GPs given powers to report on Domestic Violence

NSW Doctors will be given new powers to report suspected domestic violence cases, regardless of suffers' wishes. IMAGE SOURCE: Isha Mehmood/Flickr

NSW GPs will be given the power to alert welfare services for suspected domestic violence victims.

Doctors in NSW can now refer suspected sufferers of domestic violence to protective services without patient consent if they believe their life or safety is at risk.

One in six women and one in twenty men will experience domestic violence, with eighty to one hundred Australians dying each year, making domestic violence more than an order of magnitude more fatal than terrorism.

Budget to unveil manufacturing package.