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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 13:45 Source

If Australia fails to move on its climate policies, it may have no choice but to cut emissions to zero within five years to meet its share of the global effort to avoid a climate crisis. But it's not something that policy makers want to admit.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 13:32 Source

Tesla's safe yet sexy "family car", the Model X SUV, has arrived in Australia, alongside news of a bigger battery pack and more ludicrous speeds.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 13:32 Source

Tesla's safe yet sexy "family car", the Model X SUV, has arrived on Australian shores, alongside news of a bigger battery pack and even more ludicrous speeds.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 13:20 Source

Tesla confirms 100kWh battery pack available for Model X and Model S, offering more ludicrous 0-100km/h times at "obviously more expensive" price.

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John Quiggin Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 13:07 Source

Another day, another article complaining that we have too many young people going to university. I’ll pick this one by Nicholas Stuart, not because it’s particularly good or bad, but because it covers all the main points. Then I’ll ask, the following question:

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:12 Source

New research suggests that limiting global warming to 1.5℃ rather than letting it reach 2℃ could make a significant difference to the severity of extreme weather events in Australia, and could make all the difference for the Great Barrier Reef.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:44 Source

The solar PV cost reduction spiral reached its lowest point yet at an auction in Chile last week, where a Spanish developer won contracts to sell power from a solar plant high in the Andes for $29.10/MWh.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:38 Source

It hasn’t taken long for the co-operative negotiation strategy to be discarded in favour of the “we won so you have to do what we say” media blitz. Morrison, Cormann, O’Dwyer and others faithfully repeat their lines for the day (one wonders if they realise how ridiculous it sounds when all of them use the…

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Tesla took Ludicrous Mode to new heights today. Some subtle wiring changes and a major battery upgrade improved mileage and gave the Model S enough oomph to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds—within fractions of seconds of Ferrari and Porsche models.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Would you fall through the world if there was a giant hole, or just die in the center? That's a question Life Noggin took on for Youtube.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Blemished food may be a stigma we should erase. Marks on produce scare shoppers into health concerns, but a lot of food may be harmless, and wasted for aesthetic reasons.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Pokémon Go is having a rough time with the long-haul game plan. After setting plenty of records and monopolizing the news in July, the game has lost some 15 million regular users.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Flying machines are hard secrets to keep. By their very nature, they soar into the heavens, above the heads of those below. America's military tends to keep its secret planes secret by only flying them in vast swathes of empty desert, until they're ready for public debut.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

As US President Obama prepares to tour the areas of Louisiana and get a close-up look at the communities hit hard by last week's flooding, NOAA released aerial imagery of the flood, offering a broader perspective.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Microsoft has acquired 2-year-old scheduling startup Genee, and will kill the service and integrate its functionality into Office 365 next week. As part of the Office suite, it could be the missing link among all the pieces.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Pokemon Go is still massively popular with mobile gaming savants, and developer Niantic remains on top of things by continuing to roll out new updates to keep things fresh. But up until now the Team Leaders, appointed to each team, haven't seemed to serve any real purpose beyond letting me rep a special team by slapping a sticker on the back of my car or sporting a T-shirt with their logo emblazoned on it. Niantic is changing this, as the Team Leaders will now be tasked with evaluating which one of your Pokemon is prime for training with special items called Candy and Stardust earned in-game.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Imagine taking a pill that includes an ingestible sensor that takes measurements and sends information wirelessly to your doctor, or a pill that senses changes in your gut microbiome and adjusts its dose accordingly. Ingestible medical devices promise such applications, and many more, but a big challenge is making their power sources safe for our bodies.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Mosul wasn't supposed to fall again. The city in Northern Iraq saw intense fighting between American forces and Saddam Hussein's sons in 2003, and in 2008 saw major campaign by American troops against insurgent forces.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Black metal faintly lit against a dark backdrop gives just the slightest hint of an airplane. The glimpses are parts of a teaser trailer for the Boeing and Saab designed T-X, their entry into a trainer jet competition for the Air Force. If the video is slowed down just enough, it's possible to see just the tip of the plane:

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

After nearly two years, NASA has re-established contact with the other partner of a two-craft mission to study the sun.

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:31 Source

A fisherman from the Philippines discovered a giant pearl a decade ago, and kept it under his bed as a good luck charm until this year. Now some estimates put its value at as much as $100 million.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:29 Source

From the epilogue to Stalin's Hammer: Paris.

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The Political Sword Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:00 Source

As you sit on your comfortable chair after a satisfying meal with a glass of your favourite drink in hand and view current affairs programmes on TV, do you reflect on the plethora of distressing images that assail viewers day after day? Do you ponder how you might feel if you were part of those images?

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:52 Source

Victoria will put taxis and Uber on a common footing with light regulation. It will impose a $2 per trip tax on both modes to fund compensation for taxi license owners Is a $2 tax on Uber and taxi trips over the top?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 06:00 Source

Wednesday 24 August The ‘adults’ – as they are want to call themselves – have been in government for a term, and are now a couple of months into a second. How do we assess their performance? What have they done that progresses our nation? What policies have they implemented that serve the common good?…

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 00:16 Source

NSW Greens Spokesperson for Maritime and Ports letter to NSW Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight, 7 July 2016.Letter in reply from NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, 10 August 2016.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 00:15 Source

As a recognised bargaining representative of the Turnbull Government, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Minister for Employment, Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash is once more before the Australian Fair Work Commission.Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), media release, 17 August 2016:CPSU TAKES ON MINISTER MICHAELIA CASH IN FAIR WORK COMMISSIONThe CPSU has taken Employment Minister Michaelia Cash to the Fair Work Commission over her failure to engage in good faith around enterprise agreements for Commonweal

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En Passant Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 21:37 Source

With the burkini ban in France, the schoolgirl porn website scandal in Australia and the reaction to it from Melbourne’s Kambyra College, last week was a “great week” for women, writes John Passant in Independent Australia. French burkini ban: Women measuring up and measuring up women

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 19:37 Source

Denis Bright invites discussion about the future of the Queensland Nickel site at Yabulu, just north of Townsville in North Queensland. As the icon of an earlier resources boom, BHP Billiton’s nickel and cobalt refinery at Yabulu, 25 kms north of Townsville entered production in 1974. Scant attention was given to the environmental protection of…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 18:36 Source

Scottie Morrison was grumbling about superannuation funds not investing in coal. Apparently, according to Mr Morrison, they’re doing so for ideological reasons. As he told us: “Some industry funds, for example, won’t allow their funds to be invested in coal shares. Now that’s got nothing to do with returns necessarily, that’s got to do with…

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