Natural Disaster

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.

Heatwave hits state and more zedlines...

Thunderstorms are anticipated, followed by an extreme heatwave in Sunshine Coast and Darlings Downs as temperatures reach the high 30s in some areas this weekend. Photo from Flickr.

A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.

Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.

Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.

Assisted Dying Bill Introduced into NSW and more Zedlines...

The voluntary assisted dying bill will be introduced to the New South Wales Parliament today by National’s MP Trevor Khan. (Image Source: Flickr)

The bill will allow patients to self-administer a lethal substance to end their lives by a medical practitioner or nominated person if they are at least twenty-five years old, suffering from a terminal illness which will result in death within twelve months and experiencing severe pain.

The bill will be decided by conscience vote later this year.


QUT Creates Australia’s First Lithium-ion Battery

Flood Class Action Against Queensland Government Delayed Until December and more Zedlines...

The Queensland flood class action will be put on hold and leave almost seven thousand Queenslanders waiting a further two months before their day in court. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The trial which was set to begin in the New South Wales Supreme Court on October the third will now be moved to the fourth of December this year, with two weeks of hearings and then the trial re-commencing in February next year.

The delay is caused by mediation efforts between Maurice Blackburn lawyers who are representing the flooded Queenslanders and Seqwater and the Queensland Government.

Queensland State of Electricity Rewrite

Inland Railway to be Built Across Queensland Floodplain Despite Warnings From Farmers and more Zedlines...

The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite warnings from farmers that it could put lives at risk. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.

Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.

Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival

The Brisbane City Council is hoping the state’s ID scanning laws won’t deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.

Thousands affected by typhoon in southern Japan

Thousands of people have been evacuated, and two have been declared missing, after a typhoon made landfall in southern Japan yesterday.

Nearly 60,000 households on the island of Kyushu have been issued with evacuation orders, as the Meteorological Agency warned of strong winds, high waves and mudslides.

The typhoon has also impacted transport, with hundreds of flight and train services being cancelled.

Queenslanders consuming too much red meat

Queenslanders are being urged to swap their meat for veggies after a new study has found that only 7 per cent of residents in the sunshine state are eating enough vegetables.

Blazes burning on in New South Wales and more zedlines...

New South Wales is still feeling the heat, with 70 bushfires still burning and 20 out of control. Photo from Flickr.

Residents have been warned to prepare their homes and have a fire plan until the situation resolves.

Dry weather and high winds have caused higher fire dangers but conditions are expected to improve on the weekend, allowing firefighters to start controlled burn offs, before declining again on Monday.

Children lacking swimming skills at risk

Ahead of the Surf Life Saving Queensland annual Coast Safe report, the organisation is addressing the decline in school-aged children with basic swimming skills as the ‘greatest challenge’.


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.

Thousands flood Brisbane streets to march for same-sex marriage

Brisbane’s CBD was filled with thousands of people over the weekend to march for same-sex marriage.

Streets were closed as the city centre was flooded with rainbow flags and passionate citizens urging people to vote ‘YES’ on the upcoming postal poll.

The High Court recently threw out the case to stop the plebiscite and Australian households will begin receiving surveys this week with a result expected in mid-November.

Queenslanders are warned to prepare for dangerous bushfire season

Australian scientists lead breakthrough to repair damage reefs

Research led by Australian scientists could pave the way for coral reefs all around the world to be repaired and restored.

The research project, conducted in the Philippines, has proven that coral larvae is able to grow into colonies the size of dinner plates within three years and can also begin reproducing in this time.

Lead researcher Professor Peter Harrison, from Southern Cross University, says it is possible to grow coral larvae in tanks and deliver them directly onto reefs in need of restoration, including the Great Barrier Reef.


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