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Bee Disease enters South-East Queensland and more Zedlines...

Shanks Brood disease was found in a beehive in Wooloowin and is believed to have caused deaths of native beehives. Image source: Wikimedia

Bee disease enters South-East Queensland

South-East Queensland has been hit by a disease believing to have caused the death of every native bee hive. 

The disease known as Shanks Brood was found in a hive in Wooloowin, the first time the disease has been recognised outside of Sydney.

Home HIV test kit to be sold in pharmacies and more Zedlines

Australian company Atomo Diagnostics has developed a home use HIV test kit, to be sold in pharmacies for fifteen to twenty dollars each. (Image source: Flickr, UNICEF Ethiopia)

Australian company Atomo Diagnostics has developed a home use HIV test kit, to be sold in pharmacies for fifteen to twenty dollars each.

The kit, which uses a simple finger prick blood test to show whether a person is HIV positive, is on trial to get approval from the Therapeutic Goods Association.

This comes on the heels of the announcement of a potential breakthrough treatment for HIV out of University of New South Wales.

 

 

Study shows "smarter" koalas

Venezuelans call for President to resign and more Zedlines

Venezuelans are set to march on the country’s National Electoral Council’s headquarters next week as the government delays referendum to oust current President Nicolas Maduro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Venezuelans call for President to resign 

Venezuelans are set to march on the country’s National Electoral Council’s headquarters next week as the government delays referendum to oust current President Nicolas Maduro.

It comes after just short of two million people signed a petition calling for his resignation, which far exceeds the one hundred and ninety four thousand seven hundred and twenty nine needed for the referendum process to begin.

Great Barrier Reef oil spill investigation finalised and more Zedlines

A year-long investigation into a major oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef last year has pinpointed a foreign ship as being responsible for the 10-15 tonne spill that killed two seabirds and took two weeks to clean up. Image Source: commons.wikimedia.org

A year-long investigation into a major oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef last year has pinpointed a foreign ship as being responsible for the 10-15 tonne spill that killed two seabirds and took two weeks to clean up.

The investigation led by Maritime Safety Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is estimated to cost up to 1.5 million dollars but Ports Minister Mark Bailey says Queenslanders will not have to front the costs as they will come out of the offending ship’s insurance or from a National plan fund.

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.

John Elferink sacked from NT Corrections Portfolio and more Zedlines...

Northern Territory Correction’s minister and Attorney General John Elferink has been sacked following evidence of mistreatment of teenage prisoners.

John Elferink sacked from NT Corrections Portfolio

Northern Territory Correction’s minister and Attorney General John Elferink has been sacked following evidence of mistreatment of teenage prisoners.

Northern Territory’s Chief Minister Adam Giles has alleged there has been a culture of cover up within the Corrections system and is taking the portfolios of Corrections and Justice away from Mr Elferink.

Register to Donate - Donate Life Week

Australians are being encouraged to put their support for organ donation into practice by registering to become donors, ahead of Donate Life week.

Almost 70% of Australians are willing to become organ or tissue donors, though only a third of adults have joined the national registry, and only 8% of 18-24 year olds.

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Malcolm Turnbull announces royal commission into youth detention centres and more Zedlines

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a royal commission into youth detention centres following a Four Corners report.

Police Minister praises community spirit

Acting Police Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has thanked all those involved in the search for missing Gold Coast Girl Jocelyn Lewis.  

Dr Lynham said the positive outcome of the search is testament to the hard work of Police and SES, and community spirit.

The search effort involved over 150 Queensland Police and SES officers, as well as thousands of locals who joined the search to find Jocelyn. 

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

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