Waters are more polluted than tests say

(Technical University of Munich (TUM) 30 November 2015) Bodies of water are ‘sinks’, and thereby bind contaminants particularly well. If even slightly toxic concentrations in water are to be detected, the growth and swimming behavior of small crustaceans and copepods should be used for ecotoxicological assessments. This was the conclusion of a scientist from the TUM, who carried out a number of studies on the subject. She also confirmed that it is more informative to test several substances on various aquatic species, rather than carrying out individual toxicity tests.

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New police forensics centre at Majura hit by delays

CAnberra Times Megan Gorrey 30 November 2015

Federal police employees will have to wait until next year to move into a multimillion-dollar forensics lab in Canberra after construction delays pushed back the completion date.

The Majura hub was expected to be fully operational by the end of this year but now staff at the overcrowded Weston forensics facility are not expected to move in for several months.

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Girl, 12, on attempted murder charge after alleged fight at Caboolture

Courier Mail 1 December 2015

A GIRL, 12, has been charged with attempted murder after an incident at an education facility in Caboolture, north of Brisbane.

Police will allege at 9.15am yesterday, the girl threatened another 12-year-old girl with a knife.

It will be further alleged that a struggle ensued in which the victim sustained minor injuries to her neck and hands.

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Stereosonic death: Emergency doctor wants pill testing at music festivals after Sylvia Choi’s drug overdose

ABC News  |  7:30 Conor Duffy 30 November 2015

An emergency physician is one of a growing number of people calling for pill testing at music festivals after a woman’s death from an ecstasy overdose at Stereosonic at the weekend.  “Drug testing or pill checking involves taking a forensic laboratory to the point of consumption,” Dr David Caldicott said.  “For example, in Zurich they bring a shipping container of forensic equipment to Europe’s largest rave … and allow people to come and submit their product for testing.”

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Inquest for brumby road deaths

Townsville Bulletin Christie Anderson 1 December 2015

THE deaths of two people in separate crashes involving brumbies in Townsville will be examined as part of a coronial inquest starting next year.

The inquest will look into two crashes which killed 15-year-old Byron Crowley on September 30 and Bernard Ashton Davis on July 31.

Read more:  http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/inquest-for-brumby-road-deaths/story-fnjfzs4b-1227628969257

Man killed in suspected hit-and-run at Oakey

ABC News 30 November 2015

A man found dead on the side of the road at Oakey in the Darling Downs is likely to have hit by a car several hours earlier, police say.   Police believe the man, a local mechanic who lived on the street, had been walking home from a fast food outlet about 7:30pm Sunday when he was fatally struck.

Read more:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-30/man-killed-suspected-hit-and-run-oakey-brisbane/6987450

Brisbane irradiation facility ready for Australia’s first big season of mango deliveries to USA, as horticulture searches for new export options

ABC News | Qld Country Hour David Sparkes 30 November 2015

Australia’s only irradiation facility with approval for exports to the United States is ready for its first big season of mango deliveries.  Brisbane company Steritech earned the American approval in January, becoming one of just eight accredited facilities around the world.

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