CSIRO cuts amount to ‘real crisis’ in environmental science, scientists say

Sydney Morning Herald 9 February 2016

CSIRO scientists say deep staffing cuts facing key divisions constitute “a real crisis for all environmental science” in the organisation, amid mounting international criticism.

Scientists in units likely to take the brunt of the 100 full-time positions to go with the Land and Water division held a video conference on Tuesday to hear which sections would be hardest hit.

They are part of 350 jobs to be axed, a move that has drawn international condemnation with some 600 scientists at home and abroad, led by Paul Durack from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US, understood to have signed a letter opposed to the cuts.

Operation North Airsander results in seizure of two kilograms of ice and seven firearms

QPS News 10 February 2016

Detectives from the Hervey Bay Criminal Investigation Branch and Taskforce Maxima commenced Operation North Airsander in May 2015 to investigate the trafficking of commercial quantities of methylamphetamine (ICE) in the Hervey Bay area by a longstanding associate of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.

Yesterday and today 65 QPS officers and National Anti-Gang Squad officers conducted early morning search warrants resulting in arrests for trafficking ice and the seizure of two kilograms of ice, meth oil and steroids.  Police have also seized seven high powered illegal weapons during this operation and two silencers. One of these weapons was a loaded handgun.


Man dies in kite surfing accident

Brisbane Times 9 February 2016

A man has drowned while kite surfing in Moreton Bay.

Police were called to the Brighton area to reports of a kitesurfer in the water about 4.30pm.

It was later confirmed the man had died.

The man’s body, which was in the water about a kilometre off shore between Woody Point and Scarborough, was being retrieved by Volunteer Marine Rescue.

Person found dead after home catches fire in Sherwood, Brisbane

ABC News 9 February 2016

A person has been found dead after a house fire at Sherwood in Brisbane’s south-west.

A police statement said officers who were called to the scene of the blaze in Borden Street found the body inside the house.


Lettuce linked to salmonella outbreak may have been exported overseas

ABC News 10 February 2016

Australian lettuce linked to an outbreak of salmonella may have been exported overseas, Government officials say.


New type 2 diabetes biomarker identified

(IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) 8 February 2016) Type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90 percent of diabetes cases as well as being one of the major cardiovascular risk factors. Researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) have found an epigenetic mechanism implicated in the regulation of blood sugar. The results of this work could help identify patients at risk of developing diabetes, control treatment response, and generate possible future therapies for this disease.

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New study links traffic-related air pollution to facial dark spots

(Elsevier 8 February 2016) A largescale study that included women from Germany and China has demonstrated a link between levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution-associated gases with the formation of dark spots on the skin, known as lentigenes. The most pronounced changes were observed on the cheeks of Asian women over the age of 50. The report is published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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