Arts

A street artist paints a powerful anti-Adani mural on the wall of the Greens Office in New Farm and more Zedlines

The painting depicts Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk holding a gun pointed at Nemo, from Disney’s Finding Nemo, with “REEF KILLER” written next to it.

 Sydney artist Scott Marsh says he is absolutely disgusted by the Adani Carmichael mine, and vowed to continue producing Adani-inspired artworks.

 

 

Queensland in full swing for National Reconciliation Week.

Infrastructure and public spaces in Brisbane are lighting up to create awareness  for National Reconciliation and will be lit until June 3.

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.

 

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.

 

GOMA gets lit, fam

Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art is set to receive a glowing face lift, just in time for its 10th anniversary year. Picture source: Flickr

The permanent installation will be created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell and will feature a major architectural light installation, illuminating GOMA’s facade at night and transforming the way the cultural landmark is seen and experienced.

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says the one-of-a-kind work will further enhance GOMA’s position as a cultural drawcard, showcasing the best in contemporary art worldwide.

TechnologyOne stands up to Brisbane City Council

Qantas toxic spill damage and more zedlines

Qantas takes responsibility to rectify damage from toxic spill. Image Source: Wikipedia

Qantas takes responsibility but not action for toxic spillage last week.

On Monday the 10th of April, twenty-two thousand litres of toxic firefighting foam containing perfluorinated spilled from a Qantas hanger into Brisbane waterways.

Although Qantas Domestic chief executive, Andrew David, has admitted fault on behalf of the travel company, a plan for compensation is yet to be acknowledged or discussed.

 

Local woman carves way for female tattoo artists with a 'female only' studio

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.

Astronauts reach International Space Station, and more Zedlines

A Soyuz spacecraft has reached the International Space Station (ISS), completing the first two-man flight there in over a decade. Image source: Wikipedia

Russian Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and US Astronaut Jack Fischer successfully docked into the ISS, ready to begin a five-month mission alongside three astronauts already stationed there.

The crew is set to conduct several experiments in orbit, including making a Russian dairy product.

 

Community event helping fund mental health initiatives

A community event has been instrumental in providing the funds needed to support a Central Queensland program helping prevent suicide among youth.

Two-thirds of reef hit by coral bleaching and more zedlines.

Queensland Scientists have discovered coral bleaching to be reaching toward the south of the reef. Image Source: Wikimedia/Oregon State University

The new areas of bleached coral were discovered with the help of an aerial survey taken by The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in 2016 and 2017.

The images show the most serious damage to be in the reef’s central section, although bleaching is also reported to be moving across a southern region of coral.

Scientists say that even the fastest growing coral needs an uninterrupted period of ten years to grow healthily.

 

South-east Queensland flooding raises environment safety concerns

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