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Under The Milky Way Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 19:16 Source

This is a description of my families cat: Swishy. She had green eyes, brown and white fur, cute, little, white paws and an innocent face expression.

One day when I was 18 months old, my sister was 2 years old and my brother was 5 years old, our family were playing a game of UNO. In the middle of my sister’s turn my dad heard a meowing sound and saw……….

A CAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once everyone had seen the big suprize we started to think what to name this mysterious cat. We ended up calling her………… SWISHY!!!!!!

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John Quiggin Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 18:17 Source

Earlier today, I wrote to Josh Frydenberg, the Minister for Energy and Environment, resigning as a Member of the Climate Change Authority. Mine is the third recent resignation: Clive Hamilton resigned in February, and Danny Price a couple of days ago. There’s a story in the Guardian here. My resignation statement is over the fold.

Resignation from the Climate Change Authority: Statement by John Quiggin

I have written today to the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP to submit my resignation as a Member of the Climate Change Authority.

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Prosper Australia Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 16:32 Source

Peter Martin, Australia’s clearest economic writer, has turned his icy gaze to Stamp Duty. This vile tax causes real harm to all of us and begs to be struck from the statute books. Yes, it is a state tax. Yes, the feds can push reform along and add $85.5 billion to the economy. “There’s no […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 15:32 Source

Australia’s wind farms could soon become “core providers” of crucial grid stability services, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:52 Source

Australian PV manufacturer Tindo Solar has a new owner, with plans to create nation's largest vertically integrated solar retailer.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:27 Source

Cohda Wireless today announces it has received two grants from the Government of South Australia, totaling $2 million, as part of the Future Mobility Lab Fund.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:26 Source

We think this is the best number-plate on a Tesla electric vehicle that we have seen to date.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:26 Source

We think this is the best number-plate on a Tesla electric vehicle that we have seen to date.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:23 Source

New product will help Aussie businesses save thousands in electricity and other utility costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:23 Source

Tony’s Abbott's war on renewables was meant to reduce electricity prices. But it has done the opposite—and a lot more.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:23 Source

Tony’s Abbott's war on renewables was meant to reduce electricity prices. But it has done the opposite—and a lot more.

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Harrangue Man Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:20 Source

As noted I like to feed our chickens Pringles; they like them and I like how they like them.I tried to frisbee throw a Pringle to near the scruff, for her feathers cloud her eyes making it difficult to see Pringles further away, but my lame throw, wind and the design of the Pringle all led to the Pringle getting stuck in a tree.It would likely come down from the wind in a short time but I wouldn't have had the enjoyment of seeing them go for it. So I got a rake and knocked the Pringle from the tree.I am pretty sure that is a life first—I

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:19 Source

Victoria regulator says there is obviously network value in rooftop solar, but it says it is difficult to work out how much without a grid services market.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:19 Source

Victoria regulator says there is obviously network value in rooftop solar, but it says it is difficult to work out how much without a grid services market.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:07 Source

The Palaszczuk Government will consult with the energy industry to develop innovative ways to reduce state school energy costs using solar and energy efficiency measures.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:53 Source

South Australia looking for only one hour of battery storage, in decision that may rule out some battery storage technologies.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:39 Source

Nearly every Australian will pay some part of the cost of the Abbott Government’s decision to effectively stop investment in generation.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:39 Source

Nearly every Australian will pay some part of the cost of the Abbott Government’s decision to effectively stop investment in generation.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:31 Source

Regulators back-track on proposed rules that could have effectively banned the installation of all battery storage devices inside homes and garages.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:26 Source

The demise of Urth Energy has raised some interesting questions about the value of spot pricing for solar households, and on the issue of tariffs in general.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:11 Source

Electricity network owner attacks major energy retailers over reliability of their gas plants, the manipulation of prices and high retail fees. It says it wants rapid transition to renewables, but incumbents and market rules getting in the way.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:59 Source

Fairfax joins Murdoch media, ABC and right wing blogs with hysterical and inaccurate story about potential blackouts once Hazelwood is closed.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:59 Source

Fairfax joins Murdoch media, ABC and right wing blogs with hysterical and inaccurate story about potential blackouts once Hazelwood is closed.

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Peter Martin Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:40 Source

The myth about budgets is that they can achieve much at all.

In decades to come few will be remembered for anything other than the introduction of Medicare, the national disability insurance scheme and the goods and services tax.

But in six weeks' time the government will have an opportunity to actually do something that will last; something far more important, and more transformative, than the apparently doomed plan to cut the rate of company tax.

It's an idea from the Greens, but that's a plus. It gives it a good chance of getting through the Senate.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

At 582,578 square miles, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is not just the United States' largest marine protected area—it's currently the largest marine protected area in the world. The monument, a stepladder-shaped oceanic expanse dotted with atolls, shoals, and islands northeast of Hawaii's island of Kauai, was created by President Bush in 2006 and expanded by President Obama in 2016. The goal of Papahānaumokuākea, and of marine protected areas more broadly, is to spare it from the spoilage that frequently happens in unprotected areas: overfishing, pollution, and degradation.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

Sure, we'd all love to traipse over to Europa and go hunting for alien lifeforms. But in the meantime, we can enjoy the weirdos that already live right here on Earth. Here are 10 of our favorite Earth-dwelling aliens—organisms so strange they seem otherworldly.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, give or take a few million years. But most of what we see today on our planet's surface is much younger—only a few billion years old, if that.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

Early on Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed a specific “security enhancement,” which restricts “large electronic devices” in the cabins of flights into the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East. The fear is that they might be used to smuggle explosive devices—or at least crucial pieces of improvised bombs—onto commercial aircrafts.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

Katherine Schreiber and Leslie Sim are experts on exercise addiction who believe that tech advances encourage obsessive goal monitoring. Schreiber and Sim loathe wearable tech. “It's the worst,” Schreiber says. “The dumbest thing in the world,” says Sim. Schreiber has written extensively about exercise addiction, and Sim is a clinical child adolescent psychologist at the Mayo Clinic. Many of Sim's adolescent patients have twin exercise and eating disorders, which tend to go together.

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Club Troppo Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:57 Source

Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story The Emperor’s New Clothes epitomises the phenomenon of the truth hiding in plain sight as a result of collective delusion or selective vision.

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