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politicalowl Monday, October 23, 2017 - 20:33 Source

Up there on the hill they might be writing about something else but that's what they're talking about.

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En Passant Monday, October 23, 2017 - 20:31 Source


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After 21 disastrous polls, when will Malcolm Turnbull be replaced, and by whom?

It is only a matter of time till Malcolm Turnbull is replaced as leader. The question is, who will replace him?  My thoughts, in Independent Australia.

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John Quiggin Monday, October 23, 2017 - 20:04 Source

A steady stream of negative evidence hasn’t shaken the faith of believers in nuclear energy. Many of them are under the impression that the failure of nuclear energy is specific to the developed world, where some combination of environmentalism and NIMBYism prevents the adoption of an obviously sensible solution. It is widely imagined that China, India and other countries are forging ahead. This idea was plausible until fairly recently, but the latest evidence suggests that nuclear power is in terminal decline.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, October 23, 2017 - 19:56 Source

It seems the perfect recipe, a union of minds and fates. A case, long disputed, deliberated over, conspired over, meets a modern US president who favours the notion of birther theories, rigged systems, corrupt elites and corrosive establishments. As President Donald Trump announced over the weekend, “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will…

The post When Conspiracies Meet: Donald Trump and the JFK Files appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Inside Story Monday, October 23, 2017 - 17:23 Source

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe would be entitled, after Sunday’s election, to quote Mark Twain’s famous remark: “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Political death, that is. His ruling coalition not only threw back all challengers but also retained the crucial two-thirds majority in the lower house required to amend the constitution.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 23, 2017 - 16:30 Source

by Chris Becker A mixed start to the week with the Yen dropping on the Japanese election, sending domestic stocks higher while the ASX200 had a dip after its big moves last week. All eyes are on Trump’s tax plan, which may actually have the potential to pass through Congress, but also some caution in

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Renew Economy Monday, October 23, 2017 - 15:08 Source

The Coalition's proposed National Energy Guarantee is not a policy at all, just the idea of one. And attractive as it may be on a notional level, it is a long way short of being "workable" or even remotely effective. Here are 30 reasons why it should be approached with caution.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 23, 2017 - 14:31 Source

Bertrand Piccard wants to show governments 1,000 innovations that together will make it possible to reduce energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions by half.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, October 23, 2017 - 14:00 Source

A few weeks ago, there was another mass murder in the USA. This time the shooter, a 64-year-old male, holed himself up on the 32rd floor of a casino hotel complex in Las Vegas, Nevada and massacred 60, including himself, and injured more than 500 (at the time of writing). All the victims did wrong…

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:55 Source

From Roy Morgan Research: Analysis of long-running trends in the Australian labour market by Gender shows that strong increases in Australian employment this century have been driven by large increases in both full-time and part-time employment for both women and men. However, although these increases have been shared between both genders, the increasing number of

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Renew Economy Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:52 Source

NEG design could have immediate impact on large-scale renewable energy projects, particularly those looking to by-pass control of big gen-tailers" and go "merchant".

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Renew Economy Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:52 Source

NEG design could have immediate impact on large-scale renewable energy projects, particularly those looking to by-pass control of big gen-tailers" and go "merchant".

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Renew Economy Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:49 Source

Genex Power is pleased to provide an update in relation to the development of the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro project at Kidston.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:49 Source

Bulks are mixed in Dalian: Big Iron is mixed: Big Gold still a sell: The share market just loves a Pensioner Killer: Big Sleazy still a buy, especially if we get weak inflation: Big Shit see Domainfax flying towards IPO: Struggling again.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:46 Source

This plan to provide a plan is almost the worst outcome possible for investment certainty. If more detail doesn't emerge soon, it could be as bad for renewables as the Abbott years.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:37 Source

Chinese house prices are out and slowed some more in September, up just 0.2% month on month and 6.3% year on year: In terms of cities, everything is now slowing with top tiers set to go negative, second not far behind and lower tiers rolling: The number of cities with flat or falling prices was

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 23, 2017 - 13:13 Source

You don’t say, via the FT: Jordan Belfort, the former penny-stock broker immortalised in the film, The Wolf of Wall Street, has dismissed the current craze for initial coin offerings as “the biggest scam ever” that is bound to “blow up in . . . people’s faces”. The warning comes after ICOs — which raise funds online by selling investors digital

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:54 Source

By Gareth Aird, Senior Economist at CBA: Key Points: We expect the headline CPI to rise by 0.9% in Q3 (2.1%pa), boosted by a large rise in electricity and gas prices. The underlying CPI on our forecasts will print at 0.5% (2.1%pa). Weak core inflation and little sign of inflation pressures building means monetary policy

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:03 Source

When Stephen Paddock opened fire Oct. 1 on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing 59, the city became the unfortunate host of one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Investigators are still trying to piece together the events that took place that evening, and why.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:03 Source

Before any medication, vaccine, or other drug therapy reaches human use, it goes through extensive testing in the lab—often in animals, and typically in mice. This step in the evaluation process is extremely important. The way a drug affects a cluster of cells in a Petri dish often has little to do with the way it will behave inside a living organism, where multiple organ systems are at play.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:03 Source

The problem with dogs is that they're a lot like babies that never grow up. This is both a great strength and a huge annoyance, mostly because they can't talk. Researchers who study infant learning and behavior have to rely on other cues, like how long subjects look at an object, because asking them questions is just a big waste of time. Dogs are the same, and that makes it very difficult to come to definitive conclusions about their behavior and what it means.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:03 Source

Mosquitoes are weird fliers. Your typical air-jackey —a sparrow or a fruit fly, for instance—takes flight by jumping into the air. Only once aloft do they begin to flap their wings.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:57 Source

Hollywood's latest disaster flick, “Geostorm,” is premised on the idea that humans have figured out how to control the Earth's climate. A powerful satellite-based technology allows users to fine-tune the weather, overcoming the ravages of climate change. Everyone, everywhere can quite literally “have a nice day,” until—spoiler alert!—things do not go as planned.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:57 Source

Bugs, well, bug a lot of people. There's nothing quite as irritating as a fly buzzing around a room (except, perhaps, the constant itching of a bug bite). It's hard to look at a mosquito, with its habit of spreading diseases like malaria and Zika, and not think we'd be better off without them.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:57 Source

Earlier this year, the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations reported that a cold case of nearly 14 years had finally been cracked. In 2015, a woman who was attacked by her Air Force instructor in 2000 had been able to describe a family portrait she noticed in his home. The instructor denied that it had ever hung on his wall—until the prosecution projected a photo of his family sitting on their living room sofa with the portrait visible behind them.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:57 Source

Before the mile run each year in middle school, on the dreaded walk down from the classroom to the course, my classmates would argue over the best way to prevent a side stitch. More so than turning an ankle or coming in last, that repetitive stabbing pain is what the majority of us dreaded most. Our cures ranged across the map from taught techniques, like breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth and not eating for three hours prior, to my favorite: Punching yourself in the stomach at the slightest hint of pain (don't try it, it doesn't work).

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:57 Source

The $400 Lenovo Explorer headset is built for Mixed Reality with front-facing cameras to integrate the environment.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:57 Source

Every year at its Max conference, Adobe gives "sneak peeks" at new tech that will one day make its way into apps like Photoshop, and its video editing software Premiere. These demos gave us our first look at Adobe's seemingly magic Content Aware Fill tool, which automatically replaces objects when you Photoshop them out. This year's tech demos show off some truly impressive image editing feats, all of which is powered by the machine learning tech Adobe calls Sensei. Here are some of the most impressive.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:57 Source

Earth is a planet of habit. It rigorously adheres to a whirlwind of a daily schedule, spinning through its tasks (mostly: spinning.) In terms of long-term plans, it has those down too. It orbits the Sun every 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes 46 seconds, thank-you-very-much.

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Popular Science Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:57 Source

Your smartphone is powered by a chip. The new iPhones, including the upcoming iPhone X, use one called an A11 Bionic, and other handsets, like the Pixel 2, pack a Snapdragon 835. But chips in modern phones are not homogeneous pieces of silicon—they have specialised components, or hardware blocks, on them. Because of these multiple elements, processors like these are referred to as a “system on a chip.” One of those blocks is the image signal processor, which takes the data from your camera and makes it into a photograph.

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