Mental Health

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.

 

Macron inaugurated and more Zedlines

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron is inaugurated amidst a show of military prowess.

 The thirty-nine year old President attends the Paris drive-through in an open-topped jeep, rather than the traditional black limousine, deliberately bringing attention to France’s military power.

More than 1,500 of France’s security force personnel attend the inauguration, as the country remains in a state of emergency following multiple terrorist attacks.

 

Final stage of cycleway commences

Construction has begun on the final phase of the Veloway Cycleway Stage D, which will serve cyclists from Annerley, Greenslopes and Buranda.

Australia's Eurovision competitor makes finals and other Zedlines

Australia’s Isaiah Firebrace has made it through to the Eurovision finals.

The 17 year old from the town of Moama, in southern NSW will perform this weekend in the final round of the song contest, this year held in Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv.

He will be the third Australian to compete in Eurovision’s finals, after Dami Im in 2016 and Guy Sebastian in 2016.

Labor’s ‘broken’ mental health system under fire
Mental Health nurses are saying a toxic workplace culture has festered under the secrecy of Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Overwatch Australia - first responders

‘There ought to be at least as much common sense about living
and dying as there is about going to the grocery store
and buying a loaf of bread.’
Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

A few years ago my uncle told me a story about his time driving busses in Canberra:

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.

Indian biotech firm produces 100% effective Zika vaccine and more Zedlines

An Indian firm has been testing a Zika virus vaccine which has shown 100% efficacy against infection during animal trials. (Image Source: Pixabay)

An Indian firm has been testing a Zika virus vaccine which has shown 100% efficacy against infection during animal trials.

Published in the ‘Nature group journal of Scientific Reports’, Bharat Biotech’s Zika virus vaccine protected against infection caused by the Asian Zika as well as the African Zika virus strain

This vaccine is ‘inactivated’, grown in a culture and killed in a chemical or physical process.

Rising mental illness in Queensland teens

Increased police presence and more Zedlines...

Queensland police will be out and about today on Brisbane roads as part of a high-visibility safety blitz in preparation for the Easter long weekend.

 
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating says today’s high-visibility operation is designed to send a strong message to road users.

The Police say they will be targeting the “fatal five”: speeding, driving under the influence, using mobile phones at the wheel, driving tired and people not wearing seat belts.

 

QLD paramedics treat 300 snakebites this year

Queensland paramedics have had to treat over 300 snakebite incidents since January this year, averaging at 3 people a day.

Centrelink system unaccommodating to gender-diverse students and more Zedlines...

Non-binary and gender diverse students receiving welfare are being warned their payments may cease due to the limitations within the youth-allowance services. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Centrelink’s system, which only allows for male and female identification, is causing distress amongst indeterminate, intersex and unspecified students once enrolment forms are reaching their desks.

While handfuls of Universities around Australia allow for a more diverse identification, students are experiencing kick-backs from the ageing systems used by Centrelink, with one student being told that their gender would be noted on the personal record, but the current system makes it impossible to lodge properly.

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