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Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Research shows the bond between humans and animals is beneficial to both species, and there is no better way to celebrate that love than by bringing your furry friend to work. (Image Source: Pexel)

Friday the 23rd of June marks international take your dog to work day where businesses are encouraged to open their doors to all furry friends, great and small.

Clinical psychologist Dr Samantha Clarke studies the benefits of owning a dog, finding dog owners generally report a lower rate of depression and deal with grief better than non-dog owners.

 

Brisbane City Council removes hedges used as storage by homeless

Refugee week food ration challenge and more Zedlines...

More than 10, 000 people across Australia are completing the ‘act for peace ration challenge’ this week, where they survive on the same food provided to Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan.

 
The initiative is a part of world refugee week, aiming to raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster. 
 
Participants are given a small amount of rice, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. 
 
So far, the Challenge has raised over 2 Million dollars - enough to feed over 8, 000 refugees for an entire year. 

 

MS Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride 

Girls breaking stereotypes and gender norms and more Zedlines...

An unlikely music trio has emerged from conservative West Java in the form of three young Muslim schoolgirls who have formed their own thrash metal band known as VoB.- which means ‘noisy’ in their native Sudanese.

Their frontwoman Firddia Kurnia said the group takes inspiration from classics such as Slipknot, Rage Against the Machine and Lamb of God.

The group have since won fame throughout the country and skipped school to travel four hours to the capital to play live on national television.

It was their music teacher turned manager, Erza Satia, who introduced the girls to metal and hopes to continue guiding them to success.

 

Midwife Abuse

Scottish church allows gay marriage

Same sex couples will now be allowed to marry in selected churches across Scotland, after religious authorities voted to alter texts stating marriage as between a man and a woman, the first such move for a major Christian church in Britain.

Over two-thirds of the general synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, including bishops, clergy and laity, voted in favour of the change, opening the way for same sex couples to marry in Anglican Churches across Scotland.

David Chillingworth, head of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said though the decision is a monumental step, it is not unanimous, and no member of the clergy would be made to preside over same-sex weddings against their will.

Same sex marriage has been legal in Britain since 2014 but churches have not since permitted same sex weddings.

RIP Great Barrier Reef

The UNESCO has highlighted deteriorating water quality and explains the Turnbull Government is failing to police land clearing in Great Barrier Reef catchment.

UNESCO’s has voiced “serious concern” about the impact of coral bleaching and cautioned that Australia will not meet the targets of the Reef 2050 report without additional work to increase water quality.

Wilderness Society National Nature Campaigner Jessica Panegyres explains that the Turnbull Government is failing to deliver on its promise to maintain the law and prosecute land-clearing breaches in catchments of the Great Barrier Reef.

 

No Pets Policy

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

Queensland Moving Towards Solar Power Energy Goals and more Zedlines

New figures confirm solar rooftops have overtaken Gladstone Power Station as Queensland’s primary power source. [Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

Energy Minister Mark Bailey has credited Premier Annastacia Palazscuk’s renewable energy policy for Queensland’s steady uptake of solar power.

Mr Bailey says Queensland currently has the most prevalent solar panel usage of any Australian state, and believes Queensland is on track to reach the target of one million solar rooftops by 2020.

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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.

 

First International blind tennis competition, and more Zedlines

Five Australians from Melbourne will travel to Spain next month to participate in the first international blind tennis competition. Image source: Pixabay

Maurice Gleeson, president of Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria, said the event is an important milestone for the sport, after previous attempts to cater the sport to blind people was unsustainable.

The sport is played in much the same way as conventional tennis, but with a yellow foam ball that makes it easier for players to hear it, as well as modified rules.

 

Translink to launch in Toowoomba

Public transport is set to improve in Toowoomba, after the announcement that Translink will launch in June.

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