Asylum seekers drown off Libyan coast and more Zedlines

At least 20 dead bodies have been spotted in the sea off the Libyan coast after 200 people fell into the water, amongst them asylum seekers and toddlers. [Image source: Flickr]

The coast guard called in vessels to help with the rescue, after which about 1700 people were saved.

More than 1300 asylum seekers fleeing Africa and the Middle East have died in the Mediterranean sea this year.

Surfer saves man’s life

Surf Living Saving Queensland are praising a surfer who pulled an unconscious boardrider onto his surfboard and performed CPR, saving the man’s life.

Young girl escapes an aggressive sea lion and more Zedlines

A sea lion has dragged a young girl underwater in Vancouver.

The girl was sitting on the edge of a dock with a crowd of onlookers watching the sea lion, when it reached up and grabbed her by her dress, pulling under.

A man believed to be a relative of the girl jumped in after her, bringing her back to safety. She appeared unharmed.


Over the next two weeks more than 2600 Year 9 students will gather across Australia for Young Leader’s ‘Altitude Day’ series.

The series is a two-week national roadshow that celebrates the positive change that young people are able to make in the world.

Koala population more than halved in Queensland and more Zedlines

Koalas could soon be wiped out in areas across QLD due to land clearing, according to a recent report from World Wildlife Foundation Australia.

The report estimated nearly 180 koalas died as a result of bushland bulldozing in south east Queensland alone between 2013 and 2015.

There has been a 53 per cent decline in Queensland koala populations, and an 80 per cent decline in populations in southwest Qld.

The group has called upon the government to “bite the bullet” and put in stronger protections for Koalas and other wildlife.


A team of Indigenous rangers is undergoing training to use drones to monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

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.


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.


Queensland’s Kimberley College offers opt-out, principle decries stress levels and more Zedlines

The NAPLAN test is causing so much stress, a Queensland school is allowing most of its students to not sit it.

Six out of Kimberley College’s 320 students are not taking the state’s numeracy and literacy assessment test.

Parents are able to withdraw their children from taking the test on philosophical and religious grounds.

Principal Paul Thompson says he has not encouraged the boycott but added The NAPLAN puts too much stress on children for no valid reason.

Qld Deputy Premier calls for new trains to be ready for Commonwealth Games

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Government proposes increase to student fees, and more Zedlines

Following the release of the federal budget statistics released by the Guardian Australia this week it was shown that nearly half of Australians believe education should be free. (Image source: Wikimedia/Tulane Public Relations)

Despite this university fees in Australia have already seen a considerable rise in the last thirty years with graduates entering the workforce with debts ranging from $30,000 to $75,000.

The government is now proposing an increase of student fees by 7.5% over four years and a university funding cut of 2.8%.

Filipino pedophile ring bust exposes growing 'webcam sex tourism' trend

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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.

NAPLAN begins this week

A record 255,000 Queensland students are registered to take part in NAPLAN testing over the next three days.

Education minister Kate Jones says that the tests are important to help schools identify areas where students may require extra help.


More than 100 Queensland schools were set to trial online NAPLAN testing, but elected to delay the rollout of NAPLAN Online until 2018 last month.


Students’ NAPLAN reports will be provided to schools by August.

Daughters of slain mother to receive huge insurance payout.