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Wednesday, 12 September

00:23

Widely used antidepressant fluoxetine contributing to multi-antibiotic resistant superbugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists have discovered a key ingredient in the most widely used antidepressants may be contributing to the antibiotic resistant superbug that has spread through hospitals across the world. Bacteria has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics in recent years, which is generally thought to be down to overusing of the drugs. However, it seems other medications may be contributing to the weakening effect. Researchers from Australia's University of Queensland discovered the drug fluoxetine, which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) commonly found in antidepressants like Prozac and Sarafem, can reduce antibiotic capabilities. The team stumbled upon the discovery after their previous study found triclosan, a common ingredient in toothpaste and hand wash, "can directly induce antibiotic resistance". "We wondered whether other non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals such as fluoxetine can directly induce antibiotic resistance,"said engineer Jiahua Guo from the university's Advanced Water Management Centre.

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Tuesday, 11 September

13:25

MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 10, 2018 at 10:32PM ,

Mackay supreme court list

September 10, 2018 at 10:32PM ,

Access to Daily Law List for Mackay Magistrates Court Matters. Skip links and keyboard navigation. This information should not be confused with the

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09:36

"If You Have Come To Help Me...." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. 
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, 
then let us work together."
- 1970s Aboriginal activists group, Queensland

06:27

Superb Fairy-wren at Wyaralong Dam. Mt Joyce Recreation Area reported by John Price on 07-09-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

This wren appears to have 4 eyes? (Moderators note: on closer inspection the second eye is the rear end of a tick)

01:55

Starfish-Killing Drone Could Protect Coral Reefs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Robot drone could protect Great Barrier Reef by killing crown-of-thorns starfish

An underwater drone that can keep watch over the Great Barrier Reef's health and kill invading species is ready to be put to the test.

Researchers from Queensland University of Technology say their robot reef protector can monitor coral bleaching, water quality, pest species, pollution and sediment buildup. It has also been trained to detect crown-of-thorns starfish with 99% accuracy and can inject the coral-eating starfish with vinegar or bile salts, both deadly to the invasive predator.

Professor Matthew Dunbabin said RangerBot was not only autonomous but could also stay under water three times longer than a human diver and operate in all weather conditions. "It's an impressive piece of technology, [it's] also deliberately low cost to allow production to be scaled up once the next level of operational testing is completed and all the necessary approvals are in place," he said on Friday.

Dunbabin said the team hoped to eventually launch the drones up the length of the 2,300-kilometre long reef.

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Monday, 10 September

21:01

Brisbane median house price rises to $673,000 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Brisbane closes the gap

The ratio of Sydney to Brisbane house prices recently came off a record high of 2.2, depending upon your preferred data source.

As this cycle progresses it wouldn't be surprising to see that ratio close back towards 1.

The REIQ reported today that Brisbane's median house increased by 0.9 per cent over the quarter and 2 per cent over the past year to $673,000.

That's the highest ever figure for Brisbane.

Brisbane's median house price has increased by just over 20 per cent over the past five years.

The figure for the Brisbane LGA was closer to 30 per cent. 

The median unit price increased by a somewhat slower 1.4 per cent over the most recent 12-month period to $405,000. 

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18:56

Barn Owl at Minnippi Parklands reported by Stuart Pickering on 10-09-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

1 near southern car-park, bird was constantly harassed by Miners & Butcherbirds. First site record, poor record shot attached

13:58

ETHIOPIA PART C Lake Langano and the Rift Valley sunshinecoastbirds

Black-winged Lovebird

Following our visit to Awash National Park (see following post) we continued south to the very nice Harro Langano lodge on the south-east shore of Lake Langano for a two-night stay. Early the first morning we saw a pair of Yellow-fronted Parrots in the tall fig trees outside the lodge restaurant.

Yellow-fronted Parrot
We headed around to the west shore of the lake to check out the compound of the largely disbanded Simbo Lodge. Here were loads of excellent birds including Gymnogene, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Rufous Chatterer, Red-necked Wryneck, Bare-faced Go-Away-Bird and White-bellied Go-Away-Bird.
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11:18

Channel-billed Cuckoo at Gold's Scrub Lane (Lake Samsonvale) reported by Marie Tarrant on 10-09-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

I heard the first raucous call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo for the summer this morning around Lake Samsonvale.

08:48

From savage attack on child to assaulting, abusing women Warrego Watchman

A 22-year-old man who threatened to bash his girlfriend to death with a car jack once attacked a child half his age so savagely the...

08:45

Overworked Aussie Helpers chief admitted to hospital Warrego Watchman

AUSSIE HELPERS founder Brian Egan has been hospitalised because of overwork, his daughter has confirmed. Hes just worked himself into the ground, said Sam Price,...

06:03

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 10, 2018 at 04:22AM ,

Mackay court news

September 10, 2018 at 04:22AM ,

Related editors picks police crime court mining business mackay magistrates court mackay court crash mackay crime. The Supreme Court followed

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ETHIOPIA PART B Gelada Baboons to Awash National Park sunshinecoastbirds



Gelada male
Following our twitch of the restricted Ethiopian endemic, the Ankober Serin (see following post) at Gemessa Gebel, we chanced upon three fair-sized troops of Gelada Baboons on the edge of juniper forest near the cliff edges. This species, endemic to the Ethiopian highlands, has long been high on my wish-list. We watched them for some time, noting that they seemed largely unconcerned by us but quickly scurried off into the forest when herdsmen with goats appeared.

Gelada family group
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