Lowest Rates of Scientists in Australian Universities and More Zedlines...

Although Australians are attending university at a higher rate than ever, science graduates are sparse across the country. (Image source: Pixabay)

A new report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, which compared education outcomes, has found graduates of science, maths and statistics fields are down to as little as 6% of students.

Meanwhile, these fields have highest employment rates for STEM graduates.

As jobs in science and technology are on the rise, a fellow in higher education at the Grattan Institute, Ittima Cherastidtham, said it is important to promote the subject in schools.

Cherbourg to Pilot First Social Reinvestment Program

Queensland’s first social reinvestment pilot program is taking place in Cherbourg, and will provide opportunities for youth to become involved in their community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister, Mark Furner, said the initiative will focus on reducing property crime committed by youth.

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council will be working with a variety of stakeholders to implement initiatives, including: the Attorney General, the PCYC and the Department of Education and Training.

More Corruption Charges in Ipswich

Ipswich City Council’s chief operating officer of works, parks, and recreation, Craig Maudsley, has been charged with corruption this morning.

The corruption charges, which are officially “misconduct in relation to public office”, were filed by the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Mr Maudsley remains tight-lipped about the issue, while newly-elected mayor, Anthony Antoniolli, said council will comply with the commission and provide any assistance they may require.

Total Fire Ban in Sydney

Sydney is facing a total fire ban, as today shapes up to be the city’s hottest September day on record.

The ban is in response to an out of control grass fire at Beacon Hill, which required 115 firefighters to put it out.

Meteorologists predict Sydney will be warm, dry and dusty, with a breeze blowing pollen more than usual, and temperatures in some areas of New South Wales are tipped to exceed 30 degrees.

Gay Rights Pioneer Dies Aged 88

Pioneering gay rights activist, Edith Windsor, has died at the age of 88, her wife has confirmed.

Windsor’s case in the Supreme Court was the landmark case, which finally allowed same-sex marriage in the United States.

Windsor herself married in Canada in 2007, but it was not until she sued the US government that her marriage was recognised in America.

Tattoos May Cause Cancer

Researchers from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France have uncovered yet another link to cancer, which may be news too late for those with tattoos.

The study has found microscopic ink particles and chemicals from tattoos can seep into the body and wind up in lymph nodes, where these toxic impurities obstruct their ability to fight infections.

Study author, Hiram Castillo, said when someone gets a tattoo, they may check how a parlour sterilises their needles although “no one checks the chemical composition of the colours, but our study shows that maybe they should."