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Ice bucket challenge donations lead to new gene discovery and more Zedlines

Scientists have discovered a gene related to motor neuron disease, or ALS, thanks in part to money raised by the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge. Image Source: Flickr, floodllama

Scientists have discovered a gene related to motor neuron disease, or ALS, thanks in part to money raised by the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge.

The internet trend, created in the summer of 2014 involved pouring ice cold water over ones’ head to simulate suffering from the disease, raised over 150 million dollars.

While not all sufferers are affected by the discovered gene, scientists nevertheless hope to develop gene therapy to treat it.

 

Public transport saving tax ruling expires without being used.

There’s something in the water and more Zedlines...

Queensland scientists are saying the drug residue from medication is making it’s way into our drinking water

There’s something in the water

Queensland scientists are saying the drug residue from medication may be making it’s way into our drinking water

Dr Oelgemoeller from James Cook University says studies have revealed "serious concerns" in relation to the effect of drug residues on humans and animals.

He says there’s further evidence that even the most modern water treatment systems fall short of their task to completely remove residues.

Moreton Bay rail link leads to mass Koala deaths and more Zedlines...

Leading Koala experts have labelled the Moreton Bay rail link project a catastrophic failure after the deaths of 281 Koalas. The Moreton Bay coast is a Koala sensitive area and the project will see the new rail line run through it from Petrie to Kippa Ring.

Moreton Bay rail link leads to mass Koala deaths

Leading Koala experts have labelled the Moreton Bay rail link project a catastrophic failure after the deaths of 281 Koalas.

The Moreton Bay coast is a Koala sensitive area and the project will see the new rail line run through it from Petrie to Kippa Ring.

The project has been labelled the biggest Koala killer, with Koalas being killed by wild dogs, illness, or unknown causes since the habitat was cleared in March 2013.

New Zealand to exterminate all introduced species and more Zedlines

In a world first, the New Zealand government has announced the introduction of a radical pest extermination programme that aims to wipe out introduced species of rats, stoats and possums by 2050.

Palaszczuk to review proposed terror laws

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will explore Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s plans for the indefinite detention of convicted terrorists.

Mr Turnbull has urged state and territory leaders to support state-based legislation that sees the treatment of terrorists the same as dangerous sex offenders.

Ms Palaszczuk said she will look very closely at the intentions behind the Prime Minister’s  counter-terrorism plans.

Specialist training for Queensland teachers

Chicken scent proven to prevent malaria and more Zedlines

Researchers in Ethiopia have found that the scent of a live chicken could help prevent malaria. Image Source: Wikipedia

Shots fired in the Gold Coast

Police investigations are currently underway in the Gold Coast following reports of shots being fired just after 5am.

Police were called to a property on Brenini Drive in Coombabah with belief that there were people inside the building at the time.

No injuries have yet been reported and investigations are continuing.

Additional 2,200 cameras to be implemented in digital expansion

Mass grave of greyhounds found and more Zedlines

Investigators in the Hunter Valley have discovered a mass grave reported to contain 99 greyhounds, all of which were killed by blows to the head or gunshot wounds. Photo: Wikipedia

Mass grave of greyhounds found

Investigators in the Hunter Valley have discovered a mass grave reported to contain 99 greyhounds, all of which were killed by blows to the head or gunshot wounds.

The dogs buried there are believed to have been killed between two thousand and nine and two thousand and thirteen because they were under-performing and no longer needed.

Donald Trump officially announced as Republican nominee and more Zedlines...

Donald Trump has been officially announced as the Republican Nominee during the second day of the Republican Convention in Ohio.

Donald Trump officially announced as Republican nominee

Donald Trump has been officially announced as the Republican Nominee during the second day of the Republican Convention in Ohio.

Trump’s home state of New York gave him 89 delegates, the final votes needed to secure the nomination.

Before formally submitting Trump’s name Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions described him as a singular leader and that he could get America back on track.

Greyhound industry to remain in Queensland

Greyhound industry to remain in Queensland, Anne Aly first Muslim MP, Theresa May to become British PM

Greyhound industry to remain in Queensland

Racing Minister Grace Grace has thrown her support behind the greyhound industry, after a meeting with key stakeholders.

Grace Grace says that while the industry has a prosperous future in Queensland, it must ensure that the highest standards of animal welfare are upheld.

The decision follows the Baird Government's move to shut down greyhound racing in New South Wales, after a report revealed widespread animal cruelty.

New support for vulnerable energy customers

Start-up weekend to spark Indigenous business and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host Australia’s first Indigenous Start-Up Weekend to spark interest in Indigenous business. (Image source: Wikipedia)

 

Start-up weekend to spark Indigenous business

Brisbane is set to host Australia’s first Indigenous Start-Up Weekend to encourage and teach young Indigenous people about the process of starting a business.

Founder Dean Foley, a Kamilaroi man, wants Indigenous people to see what business possibilities are out there and get them involved in the start-up community.

Mr Foley said the weekend is about working together for economic independence and taking those skills back to the community.

 

Queeensland urged to ban greyhound racing and more Zedlines

Animal Liberation Queensland has urged Queensland to follow New South Wales' and ban greyhound racing after animal cruelty was found in the sport. (Image source: Wikipedia)

Queeensland urged to ban greyhound racing

Following New South Wales’ decision to ban greyhound racing, Animal Liberation Queensland (ALQ) has called for the sport to be banned in Queensland as well.

The ban came after a commission of enquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry showed systemic animal cruelty present in the sport.

ALQ President Chay Neal said the same issues uncovered in NSW also exist in Queensland, including widespread live baiting, regular track injuries and deaths as well as mass killings.

 

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